TBR Spotlight: Frankenstein Darcy — by Cass Grix

Cover image and summary from goodreads.com.

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: Stealing Darcy — By Cass Grix


Cover image and summary from goodreads.com.

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”

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+.

Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this meme is all about making book-ish lists of your “Top Ten”s!

Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

(Not Necessarily in the Following Order)

What’s your Top Ten for this week?

Top Ten Classics I’m Dying to Read

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this meme is all about making book-ish lists of your "Top Ten"s!
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this meme is all about making book-ish lists of your “Top Ten”s!

Top Ten Classics I’m Dying to Read

(Not Necessarily in the Following Order)

1. Le Morte D’Arthur – Thomas Mallory

2. The Illiad – Homer

3. The Odyssey – Homer

4. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

5. The final 20 Shakespeare novels. (I’ve read the first 50, already) – William Shakespeare

6. Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones

7. The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis

8. The Fall of Arthur – J.R.R. Tolkien

9. Fire of the Covenant: The Story of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies – Gerald N. Lund

10. The rest of the Ender-verse novels – Orson Scott Card

Sorry for the low-quality! I ran out of time!


What’s your Top Ten for this week?