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review 2019-02-14 03:18
The Jane Austen Marriage Manual - Kim Izzo
Using Jane Austen's books as a guide to making a good marriage, Kate freelances an article on whether it would work in the present day.  Playing the role of Lady Katherine Billingham Shaw, Kate is swept up into the glamorous lifestyle of the rich.  As she researches her article and decides to look for a billionaire to marry, Kate has to choose which path she will walk--money or love.
I enjoyed this book but I had some trouble liking the characters.  My favorite character was Fawn, Kate's "mentor.  Kate made me crazy--sometimes I liked her, sometimes I didn't.  Marianne and Brandon angered me as they criticized her but were the ones who put her into the Lady Kate role and encouraged her to do the research.  As I looked at the other characters and situations in the book, I have to wonder that such cynicism exists.  I feel bad for those who choose this as a way of life.  There was the occasional one-liner that made me laugh but mostly I was shaking my head at the sadness of the lives of those who feel they need to make a marriage because of money.  I am glad Kate finally got it right.  I liked that we found out what happened to Scott, her former fiancé.  What a sad ending for him.
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review 2019-02-13 15:46
Ever After High: Briar Beauty's Story by Shannon Hale
Ever After High: Briar Beauty's Story - Shannon Hale

Short and sweet!
Briar is an interesting character. She has a bunch of mischievous brothers, and is excited to go to Ever After High.
This little tale is an intro into her life leading up to her departure for school.
I do wish there was more though.



Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2019/02/ever-after-high-briar-beautys-story-by.html
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review 2019-02-07 15:01
ARC REVIEW Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

UnmarriageableRetelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice that takes place in modern day Pakistan. I really enjoyed this is a beautiful blend of Austin's story and a modern Pakistani family that fell from luxury and money to almost nothing. The lives of the Bennet and the Binat family run pretty much parallel with each other. I especially loved that Alys (Lizzy) loved Austin and would talk about her all the time. Alys and Jena (Jane) are English Lit. teachers at the local girls school, The British School of Dilipabad, and both looked down on because they haven't married yet. Mari, Qitty and Lady (Lydia) are pretty similar to their counterparts, Mari strict and overly religious, Qitty struggles with her weight and the constant reminder from everyone about how she would be prettier if she lost weight, and then there is Lady selfish, spoiled, crass, and wild. Mr and Mrs Binat aren't far off from the originals either.

Dealing with the social injustices the Binat's deal with aren't that different from the ones the Bennet's faced and Alys' feminist views and opinions are quite a bit more harsh than Lizzy's and I completely understand why Alys needed to be a bit more jaded than Lizzy. Kamal writes a more indepth family background for the Binat's but it also gives fuel to the fire when Wickaam feeds Alys his lies about Darsee. Mmmm Valentine Darsee, not only did he uphold the Darsy imagery as prideful, sexy, a good friend and brother he proved to be very intelligent and forward thinking. Alys and Darsee are able to talk about literature and a multitude of other topics even when Alys didn't like him she found he was easy to talk to.     

Overall, I really did love how this one played out and what Kamal did to the story to make it her own. It definitely shows that Jane Austen's works can be adapted to fit different cultures because of how relatable the characters and situations are. I enjoyed reading it because the similarities and the differences between the original and this one and I loved learning new things about a culture I knew nothing about before. It was easy to picture the beautiful Binat sisters in my mind and hear their voices in my head, which they all had British accents because apparently that's the default setting for accents in my brain. It was an excellent retelling of a classic story through the eyes of a different culture.   


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review 2019-02-04 02:25
Pride & Prejudice & Assassinations - Leo Charles Taylor
Mr. Darcy is a member of an organization that keeps the nobles and gentry on the straight and narrow.  If they mess up, Mr. Darcy is sent to clean-up how ever he must in this new retelling of Pride and Prejudice. 
I enjoyed this book.  I liked the combination of old familiar characters and new characters.  I loved having Mr. Darcy's point-of-view as familiar scenes show up here.  This was just fun!  I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
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text 2019-02-03 18:36
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 416 pages.
Reflection - Elizabeth Lim

“I’ve seen many men dress as girls to evade serving in the army, but never any women who dressed as boys so they could serve.” 

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