Saturday, December 15, 2012

Review: Mr. Darcy Vampyre by Amanda Grange

Publication Date: August 8th 2009
Format: Paperback 320pp


Synopsis (From the Publisher):
"Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary, gives us something completely new—a delightfully thrilling, paranormal Pride and Prejudice sequel, full of danger, darkness and deep romantic love… 
Amanda Grange's style and wit bring readers back to Jane Austen's timeless storytelling, but always from a very unique and unusual perspective, and now Grange is back with an exciting and completely new take on Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. 
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre starts where Pride and Prejudice ends and introduces a dark family curse so perfectly that the result is a delightfully thrilling, spine-chilling, breathtaking read. A dark, poignant and visionary continuation of Austen's beloved story, this tale is full of danger, darkness and immortal love."
My Review:


Picking up with the final chapters of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy Vampyre begins with the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy, and it continues with their wedding tour. Unfortunately, married life isn't what either of them expect as their journey is fraught with vicious mobs, hijacked coaches, and perilous quests. There is a dark secret lurking behind the esteemed name of Darcy, one that could destroy them both if it is revealed.

I went into this book prepared for a questionable reading experience- the whole turning classic literature into vampires and zombies really isn't my cup of tea- but I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself looking forward to my next free moment so I could continue Darcy and Elizabeth's story. There were many references to previous encounters between these two in Jane Austen's original work, and it was at these tender moments of reminiscing I often smiled or gave a soft chuckle.

Overall this was a very easy read with enough unexpected moments to prolong the readers interest. If you are wary of classics turned vampire, but still want to give the genre a try, I would recommend this novel based on the fact that the book isn't over the top, and the characters are not unrecognizable.

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