Review of Engaging Mr. Darcy by Rachel John

Synopsis (from Amazon):
“Angry people are not always wise.” – Jane Austen

After a standoff in the pizza parlor, Elsie Bennet has decided Fitzwilliam “I-Throw-Fitz” Darcy is the worst customer she’s ever encountered. Also the best looking, but that’s beside the point. She’s horrified to discover Will is not just passing through her small town, he’s her new neighbor.

Will Darcy has all the money and time he could ask for, and yet life never seems to meet his expectations. When his best friend, Charlie, starts dating Jane Bennet, Will becomes their unhappy third-wheel. The solution? Bring along Jane’s sister, Elsie, a girl who challenges him, makes him laugh, plagues his thoughts, and unfortunately, hates his guts.

Will might control a lot of things, but he won’t control her. Elsie’s already been warned away by her new friend, Jeff Wickham, who found out the hard way that Will is not someone to be crossed. Things would be so much simpler if she was attracted to Jeff. But she’s not. She’s attracted to Will, and the tug-o-war between her mind and her heart is going to drive her mad.

A modern day take on Pride and Prejudice with all the characters you know and love.

Review:
This is probably one of my favourite modern day versions of Pride and Prejudice, after The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. This is an original take in which Jane and Elsie actually work and help support their parents. Jane is as kind and practical as ever, and Elsie is, as our Elizabeth/Lizzy always is– feisty, hot tempered, and perfect.

The twist on what Jeff did to Will’s sister was definitely not something I’d anticipated, but I found that it really added an extra layer and depth to the story. Like every version of the story, I hated Caroline. I also really liked how Charlie seemed intelligent about business, but completely hopeless about romance. While Darcy is ever a snob, it was neat to see him trying to give Charlie the right idea of what to do to not be a massive jerk.

The whole Jeff/Darcy thing was really well done, and what Jeff did to Lydia was quite genius too. It never would have occurred to me to put together the events that Rachel John did, and I think that altogether, this book is definitely on my top Pride and Prejudice retellings list. I highly recommend!

Star Rating: 

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I am quite excited to tell you that I have finished the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith today, January 11th (I started it on the 8th).  This is my book club book of the month, so I won’t give too much away now, lest we discuss it later but I had to share a few of my feelings while they are fresh.

I absolutely love this book, and while there are some parts that irritated me, I find that this one very closely rivals the original Pride and Prejudice in my heart.

This is an absolutely amazing book, and since the movie is coming out next month, you’d definitely do well to read it now!

Review of Austenland by Shannon Hale

Remember that time I said I had done all of the reviews for the past year?  I forgot about this book, which I bought in hardcover and promptly inhaled.  This brings my total of novels read up to 56 for 2015!

Austenland: A Novel
By Shannon Hale

Star Rating: 

Genre: Romance

Number of Pages: 208

Date Started: December 24, 2015
Date Finished: December 26, 2015

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Synopsis:(From Amazon)
Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man―perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?Review:
I’m not going to lie– I saw the movie to this book first (because I hadn’t realized it was based on a book).  I absolutely adore this novel, and it is so much more than the movie.  I understand the choices made for the movie in regards to plotline and simplifying the plot for theatre, and the movie works, but this book is amazing.  In keeping with telling the truth, I will have to say that I have yet to see the BBC Pride and Prejudice– but I feel that it is now my duty to see it!

Jane has bad habits when it comes to dating.  She’s a hopeless romantic, like so many of us, and finds herself too easily caring and taken by any attractive guy.  Chivalry is not dead, and many, like Jane, hope to find a man who will be respectful and proper, while still having a spark of romance.  Hale shows what has oftentimes been proven true: sometimes, you need to stop looking because then you never know what might find you.

61JHvyUN4ZL._UX250_Author Bio: (From Amazon)
New York Times best selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published The Goose Girl, the first in her award-winning Books of Bayern series. She has published seventeen books for young readers including the Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy and its two sequels, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, superhero YA novel Dangerous, and the first four Ever After High books. Her novels for the adult crowd include Austenland (now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell) and Midnight in Austenland. Shannon and her husband Dean Hale have collaborated on several projects such as Eisner-nominee Rapunzel’s Revenge and early chapter book series The Princess in Black. They spend non-writing hours corralling their four young children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

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