Review: Stealing Darcy — By Cass Grix

 

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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. 

Review: Bewitching Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Paranormal — by Cass Grix”


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Bewitching Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Paranormal

Author: Cass Grix

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

Genre / Pages: Paranormal / 99

Summary: Fitzwilliam Darcy has never met a woman like Elizabeth Bennet. He finds her fascinating, irritating, compelling, inspiring, maddening, and absolutely beautiful. If he didn’t know better, he would think he was bewitched.

Bewitching Mr. Darcy is a Pride and Prejudice Variation, a paranormal novella.

Cover Review: I really love this cover! It’s gorgeous!

My review: I received a free copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review. So I’ll be honest: I have watched the Kiera Knightley Pride and Prejudice twice, the Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-day Comedy twice, and I thoroughly enjoyed both films. But I’m definitely not a Jane Austen fangirl (are they called Janeites?) or anything. So, admittedly, I was a bit hesitant when Cass approached me with reading these novellas. But I decided to give this novella a shot, and I was very pleasantly surprised.

It was an absolutely charming (pun totally intended) novella! Cass provides a a refreshing and quirky take on a classic romance. And in case that isn’t enough to convince you, Cass’ writing style is absolutely beautiful. She is a masterful storyteller, and adeptly weaves the magical world with the muggl– erm, non-magical world. She crafts complex characters that I actually care about. I definitely like Bewitching Mr. Darcy better than the original Pride & Prejudice… I think that every story ever written can benefit from a healthy dose of magic.

In this novella, we’re introduced to a mostly hidden world of wizardry during a very formal and conservative time. Some wizards have “come out” and are publicly ridiculed for their delusional practices, but most wizards are, like Elizabeth and her father, secretive and subtle in their magic useage. What happens when the fiercely independent and self-confident Elizabeth Bennet decides that she wants to humble the arrogant and closed-off Fitzwilliam Darcy? Well, you’ll have to buy the e-book HERE to find out ;)

Content AdvisorySome kissing, etc. Nothing explicit. 

To Sum It Up: Bewitching Mr. Darcy  was fun and quick read. I loved this story, and I’m sure that other YA fans of Paranormal Romance would, too!  I highly recommend it to readers 12+.

Pillar of Light – By Gerald N. Lund

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com

 Title: Pillar of Light (The Work and the Glory, #1)

 Author: Gerald N. Lund

 Genre/Pages: Historical Fiction/456

 Rating: ★★★★★ (5 of 5)

 Summary: PILLAR OF LIGHT begins the saga of the Benjamin Steed family, who, in the fall of 1826, move from Vermont to Palmyra Township in upstate New York in search of better farmland. Almost immediately they meet a young man named Joseph Smith and are thrown into the maelstrom of controversy that swirls around him. Is he deluded farm boy or prophet of God? Does he commune with angels or consort with devils? The answers to those questions – intensely personal, bitterly divisive – will profoundly affect the lives of the Steeds and many others. From the frontiers of early America to the complexities of the last half of the twentieth century, THE WORK AND THE GLORY series chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of one family caught up in the events of the Restoration.

My Review: Wow. This book was incredible. Absolutely incredible. I originally read this book when I was about 10 or 11, and, at that time, I honestly think I was a bit to young to truly understand  and “get” this book. Now, re-reading it at the age of 15, this book means so much more to me.

Strictly as a work of historical fiction, this book was incredibly well written; the history and little facts about day-to-day life in the 1800’s blending seamlessly with the fictional family and their personal roles in the events surrounding the Restoration. As a work of religious historical fiction however, it’s even better. Lund perfectly illustrates the feelings, emotions, and thoughts of both sides of the controversy; truly making history come to life in a way it never has before.

The research that went into this book is absolutely mind-blowing. From little details about plowing and clearing land, to the bigger events of the early Saints and the LDS religion; it was obvious that a lot of time and effort went into the creating of this incredible book. And not only that, the fictional storyline and the Benjamin Steed family was just as amazing. Not once did the story get lost in the history, or the history lost in the story. The writing and plot pulled me in, and – within minutes of picking it up – I honestly could not put it down!

To Sum it up: To anyone looking for a fun and easy way to learn more about the early history Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or even just someone who wants a good historical fiction novel surrounding the church – Look no further! A perfect mix of history, fiction, romance, and suspense, I would recommend Pillar of Light to ages 14+.

Hamlet – By William Shakespeare

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 Title: Hamlet (Shakespeare Made Easy)

Author: William Shakespeare

Genre/Pages: Historical Fiction/311

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

Summary: “Hamlet” is the story of the Prince of Denmark who learns of the death of his father at the hands of his uncle, Claudius. Claudius murders Hamlet’s father, his own brother, to take the throne of Denmark and to marry Hamlet’s widowed mother. Hamlet is sunk into a state of great despair as a result of discovering the murder of his father and the infidelity of his mother. Hamlet is torn between his great sadness and his desire for the revenge of his father’s murder.

My Review:  When young Prince Hamlet discovers his father’s death was not – as had been believed – of natural causes, but actually a murder, he gets mad. And begins to seek revenge. Pretending to be insane with grief over his father’s death and his mother’s hasty re-marriage, Hamlet plots a way to reveal his uncle’s crime, meanwhile Laertes challenges Hamlet to a duel. A duel with extremely weighted odds…

This is probably my favorite Shakespeare tragedy – it was just so amazing! I’m not sure what exactly it was about it that I liked so much, but I just found the whole book fascinating. I read the Shakespeare Made Easy version, which really was very enlightening. Some things I wouldn’t really understand normally, with the translation, made a lot more sense.

I think it was really the politics of it all, of revenge, of love, that made me like it so much, and of course, the corruption and under-handed-ness that went with being royal back then.

Truly a fascinating book! I loved the characters, and how Shakespeare wrote it all! He really pulls you into the story, and it’s quite an enjoyable read. It’s been said a million times, but I’ll say it again, he’s truly a master poet/dramatist/writer.

To Sum it up: I really liked this book, the politics of it all was really fascinating, and the story itself was really cool.  Just because, any younger, and a lot of stuff will be lost on them, I’d recommend this for a 12 + audience.