REVIEW of “Pulse and Prejudice” by Colette L. Saucier

I was eager to read this book not only because it is a variation of Pride a Prejudice but because it involves vampires.

I have to confess that I like the “Twilight Saga”, I read the books before watching the films and I liked Edward Cullen from the first page. However, I have always preferred the “proper” vampires that people discover with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and in my case, also watching the film adaptation  of Anne Rice’s Interview with the vampire.

I was pretty sure, without reading anything about Pulse and Prejudice, that our Mr Darcy was going to be a “real vampire”. I was more than happy to discover that I was right.

We can experience a different approach to this love story, where the passions are stronger and where the pain is sharper. Mr Darcy does not only fight the social status, he fights his own condition. He suffers more than Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy because he thinks himself to be a sort of a monster. However, Colette L. Saucier is showing all the time the man that he is, the human side of this vampire without heart, physical heart I mean.

Although with pain, I have liked to see the story from his eyes and his feelings. Not only towards Elizabeth but towards all the characters. I always enjoy Colonel Fitzwilliam, as well as Mr Bingley, the annoying Miss Bingley, Jane Bennet, Georgiana (we listen to her more in this variation) or the baddy Wickham, among others.  However, I need to mention Rivens, Darcy’s valet. He is a very important character working in the shade (I am very fond of him).

SPOILER ALERT!!!

I cannot consider this an spoiler but just in case you do not want to know, stop reading immediately!

Love will find its way through paths where wolves would fear to prey. (“The Giaour” by Lord Byron)

The spoiler is that Elizabeth and Darcy end up together 😉  The important question is: how do they end up together? You will have to read this amazing book to know how Mr Darcy, Vampire, finds true love.

I want to thank Colette L. Saucier for doing great giveaways where her fans and Jane Austen’s fans can win her books. I also want to thank you because with all the poems that you use in Pulse and Prejudice (as the one I copied above), you have reminded me of a subject that I did in my English degree that I had a bit forgotten, poetry.

(Picture from http://www.colettesaucier.com/pulse-and-prejudice/)

REVIEW of “Mr Darcy’s Fault” by Regina Jeffers

I was so lucky as to win Mr Darcy’s Fault in one of the giveaways that Regina Jeffers has done. Thank you, Regina 🙂

What if Elizabeth Bennet does not read Mr Darcy’s letter? In this novella, the author has made me “suffer”. I was not expecting the things that happen after Darcy hands the letter to Elizabeth.

We knew Elizabeth was stubborn but in this text, she is utterly annoying, a bit obnoxious at the beginning. Do not get me wrong, she may be annoying for me but I have really enjoyed the reading of Mr Darcy’s Fault. The story has different turnarounds that join our protagonist or that separate them as well. Darcy shows his weaknesses, his hopes and his unconditional love. However, he surrenders to easily at Vauxhall gardens (you will need to read it to know what happens).

What I have also enjoyed is the appearance of one of the secondary characters that I like from P&P: Charlotte. Here she is obviously already Mrs Collins. She is still strong and has her ideas clear. She appears in only part of the novella but it is enough for me.

In Mr Darcy’s Fault, Wills and Lizzy will make you devour the story of their peculiar love.

I have read a few of Regina Jeffers’ book and I higly recommend her writing. If you want to know more about this novella or about this author, visit  http://www.rjeffers.com/ or follow her on https://twitter.com/reginajeffers.

(picture from http://www.rjeffers.com/MrDarcysFault.html)

REVIEW of “Most Truly” by Reina M. Williams

Kitty Bennet: the forth daughter, accomplice, silly, a bit vain… what else do you think about her?

She is all these and maybe more in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice but now Reina M. Williams shows us Miss Catherine Bennet’s changes.

I have liked to read about her inner struggles to become a better lady. Following Georgiana and Elizabeth but always keeping her personality. Her “own charm” is what will differentiate her from her sisters. He loves her for who she is. Who is he? You will need to read this novella, it is very nicely written.

In Most Truly, we still can see Elizabeth’s wit and intelligence. Darcy is sweeter and Colonel Fitzwilliam is  “most truly the gentleman” (P&P).

There are more characters in this novella that are also relevant but Reina M. Williams wanted to show Kitty, show her progression and show her strength.

For more information about this author, visit http://www.reinamwilliams.com/ or follow her on https://twitter.com/reinamwilliams.

(picture from http://www.reinamwilliams.com/p/regencies.html)

REVIEW of Murder and Matchmaking by Debbie Cowens

What if Mr Darcy is not more Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy but Mr Sherlock Darcy?

As you are reading, our Darcy is not more a “simple” gentleman, he is the most famous detective in London. He is not on his own, he has Doctor Bingley to help him (wink wink).

They are, as in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, friends and here also colleagues.

Darcy will solve a mystery, that the reader knows the solution from the very first paragraph. However, Mr Sherlock Darcy will have thegreat help of an amateur detective, Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

At this point, you may think that everything will be clear soon and that maybe it is not so intriguing. However, you are not right! The story is not as foreseeable as one may think. We have other famous characters from Jane Austen’s books and we have an extremely important character during the whole book: Lydia. In Pride and Prejudice, Lydia is a character that may have you as a enemy or as a friend, you may like her or hate her (depends on your mood as well while reading). In Murder and Matchmaking, you do not know what you feel for her, but Lydia does not leave you indifferent…

I hope you like this book. I am looking forward to reading Mansfield  with monsters, Debbie Cowens co-authored this book and as far as I have been checking, it is a bestseller. (As Debbie Cowens has corrected me, Mansfield with monsters is not about Mansfield Park. My mind was too busy thinking of Jane Austen that I assumed things that were not right. I do apologise. Here you can find information about this book http://www.steampress.co.nz/monsters.html).

(picture from http://paperroadpress.co.nz/murder-and-match-making-debbie-cowens/)

REVIEW of “No cause to repine” by Rose Fairbanks

Darcy and Elisabeth are now in the middle of a scandal and she accepts to marry him. It is true that in all the variations that I have read, they end up together, as it happens in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. However, this time there is more story, there are more people involved. Characters show more their personality, for instance Mr Bennet or we discover the ‘real’ Lady Catherine.

Darcy talks more and shows his soul and mind, it is something that I have really liked. Elizabeth is still ‘impertinent’ but she is in essence the same. She loves teasing exactly the same way as Jane Austen described.

The story is still about these two amazing characters but they are not alone. Family, friendship and love are the key in this story and the faithfulness to Jane Austen’s style is endearing.

I highly recommend this novel to the lovers of Pride and Prejudice and other variations.

Thank you, Rose Fairbanks for sharing your novel with me.

(picture from http://rosefairbanks.com/2014/10/13/no-cause-to-repine/)

Me, myself and I

I would like to use this blog to write about my vices and my weaknesses. I love reading any kind of fiction but above all: romance. I consider myself a “normal” person, with “common” hobbies. However, within my “normality” I enjoy discussing and I believe that I can share a great variery of ideas and points of views that other people may agree with or not.

I may write about the books that ,at the moment, I am devouring, or I may post pictures of lovely animals… I mean, cats 🙂 (Yes, I am, or I will be, a crazy cat lady)

I can share music that I love or I can share different videos or tweets that I like or find interesting.

My first post is called “Me, myself and I” because as you have read, I am just talking about myself. Firstly, it comes to mind the song by Beyoncé but also a blog that a friend had long time ago, right Leo?.

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I will enjoy posting new entries.

Ana Darcy