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review 2016-11-23 08:36
Review - Mr Darcy's Obsession by Abigail Reynolds

Cross posted from The Pemberley Library

 

I'm a recent fan but I am so obsessed by Pride & Prejudice that I'm of the belief that I could happily read anything that even hints at being a retelling, variation, vagary, etc. since the original was over too soon. It's fitting that my first adventure into the world of P&P fanfiction  is titled Mr Darcy's Obsession and is authored by Abigail Reynolds.

 

What a book! I loved it. Slightly different from the original as they fork apart around the time of the Rosing's meeting but the beloved characters were just as I remembered them with a few new names thrown in for good measure. I'm not really familiar with the sub-genres yet but I think this one might be a 'What-if' and the story follows what would happen if Darcy had never been able to propose and Elizabeth's father had died, scattering the sisters and their mother to cope as best they can.

 

I wasn't sure what to expect as I'm still not used to how things veer off from the original but if they're all like this one then I'll be lapping them up! I loved Darcy and his attempts to meet Elizabeth, I loved the misunderstandings, I loved the new setting and most of all I loved the outcome.

 

Since reading P&P I've watched both the BBC drama with Colin Firth and the movie with Matthew MacFadyen and loved them both in their own ways and I'm not sure which Darcy is my favourite. Reading this I pictured Colin Firth as Mr Darcy so perhaps he'll be my guy when reading the FF's. Suits me! Can't wait to build up my library with more of the same...

 

                      

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text 2016-11-19 14:15
OMG! Finally able to post!!!

I have no idea when I last posted but I'm guessing it was about 20 million years ago because that's how long it feels like!

 

I haven't had a 'text post box' to write my post in since all that hooha with the slow site etc.    Did anyone else lose their box?  It's been well over a month for me. I guess not as I see lots of posting going on on my dash.

 

Anyhoo, between the slow site back when, feeling a bit poorly and then the missing box I've been absent for so long I feel a out of my depth now I can post again.  Not sure why I've finally got a box back but I'm glad I have.

 

While I've been gone I've been reading a bit here and there and mostly it's been JAFF.  That's a new find for me and I'm obsessed with it!  JaneAustenFanFiction,  Can't get enough of it!  Does anyone else read it?  It's not online like the Harry Potter stuff though, it's actual printed books (and ebooks but I'm stickin to paper).  I've been making a new blog especially for it in case this one didn't come back on for me, but the new one is on blogspot like my other one.  If anyone wants to catch up now and then I'm over there quite a lot lately, behind the scenes tinkering with it and making it how I like it.  It's new so there's nothing really on it yet but it's a work in progress :)

 

http://thepemberleylibrary.blogspot.co.uk/

 

So, that's my news, such as it is.  Not a lot going on really apart from reading a bit here and there.  I miss you all though

 

*Edit* Forgot to say...So far I've found 844 JAFF books (not counting the ebook only ones!) so my reading list is pretty full for the next 20 years :D

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review 2015-06-05 16:01
Love is Red by Sophie Jaff
Love Is Red (The Nightsong Trilogy) - Sophie Jaff

So, I still honestly don't know exactly how I feel about Love Is Red. If you love a book for the first three-quarters of it, and then are completely baffled at the ending, how does that translate? I can definitely say that this is an interesting read. Whatever you might be expecting, I doubt very much you'll walk away from this book without being surprised.

 

Love Is Red alternates chapters from the point of view of Katherine, our "Vessel", and this mysterious serial killer who is more than what he seems. It becomes apparent quite quickly that this evil is more entity than man. He can see into the minds of others. Read the "colors" that they give off. Truth be told, I was more entranced by our killer than Katherine. His descriptions of the way colors feel, and smell, was gorgeous. His chapters were brilliantly written, and fascinating.

 

Katherine's point of view, on the other hand, felt very underwritten. Her thoughts were scattered. She felt hollow, vapid, and sometimes flighty. The only true thing I felt about her was that she really loved Lucas. Everything else felt manufactured to push this story along. I suppose, in a way, that's almost fitting. Since she's supposed to be an empty vessel? Still, I couldn't quite wrap my head around her choices, and it made it hard to feel anything for her.

 

Now plot wise, this book started off quite stellar. Quick moving, I could only watch in horror as the plot led me from one unfortunate victim of our killer, straight on to the next. I watched as he wooed them. As he stalked them. It was terrifying and intriguing. I thought I had pinned who he actually was and, as it turns out, I was so very wrong. Sadly, as I mentioned above, the last quarter of the book was maddeningly unfinished. I felt like nothing was really tied together. It was as if the author remembered that there were more books to come, and so decided to just leave everything undone. Not nice. I have so many questions, and I'm not happy about it.

 

For the simple fact that this book did give me a lot of great reading time, I'll offer up three stars. I also truly believe that the writing in the chapters told by the killer are well worth your time. The writing is gorgeous, and not to be missed. Just be warned, you might be a bit angry at the ending.

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text 2015-06-02 03:29
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Love Is Red (The Nightsong Trilogy) - Sophie Jaff

So I accepted this for a blog tour, and then totally spaced that I was supposed to review it today. Luckily the tour company is super sweet, and they're letting me post later. Lol. But that's not what I came here to tell you.

 

No, what I came here to tell you is that so far this book is amazing. I devoured half of it in about an hour, that's how good it is. Reading from the point of view of a serial killer/demon/entity (truth be told I still don't know what he is) is so perfectly creepy. Want to get inside the head of a psychopath and watch in horror as he chooses and stalks his victims? Welcome to your book.

 

Unless the second half of this is awful, this book is getting a minimum of 4 stars.

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