Title: Stealing Darcy
Author: Cass Grix
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)
Genre/Pages: Paranormal / 306
Summary: “Armed with gypsy magic, Caroline Bingley plots to take Fitzwilliam Darcy away from Elizabeth Bennet. Caroline takes Elizabeth’s place – through a body swap – and Darcy must determine which woman is his true love.
Stealing Darcy is a paranormal variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set in the Regency Era. It was published previously with Jane Grix as the author.”
Cover Review: Although I think the face shape is a bit off, you could do a lot worse than this cover. (Especially in modern mainstream publishing where everything is clip art photoshop — but that’s a different post for a different day). I think the color scheme is absolutely beautiful, and overall, this is a book I’d love to have on my shelf!
My Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am a HUGE fan of this author — not only is she a fabulous person in real life, she’s also a masterful storyteller. I am not the world’s biggest fan of Pride and Prejudice, by any stretch of the imagination. But when Cass offered me a copy of her book, I couldn’t say no. And I did not regret that decision one bit!
Characters: Can I say WOW? Normally, Mr. Darcy bugs me. Like, a lot. He usually takes arrogant to a whole new level of infuriating. But not this Darcy. Sure, he’s confident and arrogant, but he’s also kind and understanding and sees people for who they really are. The biggest moral of this story was that love will prevail — regardless of outward appearances. This moral was beautifully illustrated through these realistically heartbreaking and heartwarming characters.
Plot: I thought it would be weird to read a book when I already knew how it would end. I may not have read Pride and Prejudice, but everyone knows the basic plot of it. However, with Cass at the helm of this story, I never should have doubted that I would be intensely engaged by the actions of characters. Out of the two P&P variations I’ve read, and the three (?) that I’ve watched — this one is by far my favorite. I am head over heels in love with this book!
Content Advisory: Some intense scenes and some kissing.
To Sum It Up: This book is a beautiful blend of romance, suspense, and magic. I was laughing out loud, I was internally screaming at the characters, and at times I was nearly brought to tears. If you’re looking for a refreshingly quirky romance, this is the book for you. I highly recommend it to readers 14 and up.