TBR Spotlight: Frankenstein Darcy — by Cass Grix

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Title: Frankenstein Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Paranormal

Author: Cass Grix

Genre/Pages: Pride and Prejudice Paranormal Variation / 302

Summary: Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein. When he first comes to Hertfordshire, Frankenstein Darcy is a man of secrets, wanting to find peace. Falling in love with a provincial nobody is not in his plans. Elizabeth Bennet is both intrigued by this tall, dark, handsome stranger and infuriated by his arrogance. Neither of them realize how dangerous falling in love can be.

Frankenstein Darcy is a fun, romantic literary mashup, following the basic plot of Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s greatest romances, and combining it with the themes of Frankenstein, one of the world’s greatest Gothic stories.

In this full length novel, Darcy and Elizabeth deal with the conflict between science and religion, nature vs.nurture, love and friendship, and inner and outer beauty.”

Cover Review: I love it! Beautiful text and overall an aesthetically pleasing cover that accurately represents the contents of the book. 

Why I put it on my TBR list: I am a HUGE fan of Cass Grix. Not just as an author, but also as a person. She is fabulous, and her storytelling completely and immediately immerses you and transports you to a different world. I love everything about her writing, her stories, and her characters.

That said, I’ve never considered myself a Pride and Prejudice fan until I started reading Cass’ books. But now, I have grown to appreciate the story, but moreso, I appreciate what Cass does to make each of her Pride and Prejudice retellings unique and entertaining. And how much more unique can you get than Frankenstein Darcy???

Love Pride and Prejudice? Love Frankenstein? Make sure to order your copy of Frankenstein Darcy today!

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

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+.

Mesmerize – By Artist Arthur

Picture and summary from goodreads.com

Title: Mesmerize

Author: Artist Arthur

Genre/Pages: Paranormal Fantasy/248

Rating: ★★★☆ (3.5 of 5)

Summary: You can’t move forward until you deal with the past… Starting over is nothing new to diplomat’s daughter Lindsey Yi. She’s grown up changing schools the way other girls change clothes. Still, moving to Lincoln, Connecticut, is different. Although she’s still reeling from the loss of her parents in an accident, Lindsey is finally in a place that feels like home. Because here, Lindsey’s ability to read other people’s thoughts doesn’t make her weird. It makes her one of the Mystyx. When Dylan Murphy—hot, popular and a senior—starts to notice her, things get serious, fast. But even as she’s figuring out how she really feels, the Mystyx realize that they’re not the only supernaturals in town. There are other gifted teens who have different motives. And they are hoping to get close enough to the Mystyx to convert them—and the world—to Darkness.…

My Review: When Lindsey Yi’s parents are killed in a mysterious train crash, she’s moves to Lincoln, Conneticut. There she makes friends she never expected, and discovers she is one of them. Lindsey is a Mystyx. A mortal being with paranormal abilities, hers being reading other’s thoughts. She finally feels like she’s found a home…but are the strangely aggressive new cheerleaders really just that, or something more? Something fighting on the other side?

I picked this book up at a book sale, and, of course, checked to make sure it was the first book in the series; however, I could find nothing but “A Mystyx Novel”, so I assumed it was the first book. I was 3 books off.  But, I didn’t figure that out until the last page, when I saw an ad for “Mystyx #1 Manifest”. So, I would suggest reading the first three books BEFORE you read this one. I bet it would’ve made a lot more sense that way!

Anyway, even reading it without even knowing that it was the 4th book in a 5 book series, I loved it! It was a great book, though at the beginning it was very choppy and confusing…probably once more because I hadn’t read the first 3; even then, though, Arthur is very thorough in her writing, explaining things in such a way, that I never suspected it was a 4th book.

I really enjoyed Artist Arthur’s writing style, and how she created her characters; the whole concept of this book was very intriguing, and made me keep reading, even when I was a bit confused. It’s a beautifully written book.

To Sum it up: I would NOT give this to anyone under the age of 11. There is some passionate kissing, some mentions of “getting physical” and one scene where, in the author’s own words, they “practically have sex on the football court”. It is a short scene, but still. Other than that, this book was great, and I would recommend it for 11-12 +