**spoiler alert** This is definitely a different—yet kind of cool, especially if you like vampires—take on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" novel,...more**spoiler alert** This is definitely a different—yet kind of cool, especially if you like vampires—take on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" novel, at least, the continuation of it. (And if you haven't read Jane Austen's novel, don't fear, since Amanda Grange summarizes quite a bit key plot points from "Pride and Prejudice". After a while, you might just wish Elizabeth would stop whining about missing Longbourn and Jane so much!) It's almost a "modern" Gothic novel (at least, modernly written)—it has all the hallmarks of a Gothic novel: romance, supernatural occurrences, ancient evil villains, love conquering all, a curse, and a mystery nearly kept entirely from the heroine—Elizabeth—till just about the climax.
I enjoyed reading this more than "Pride and Prejudice" because I like vampires, and I also like retellings of stories and fairy tales and mythologies. I sort of loved how parts of "Pride and Prejudice" were retold to incorporate the vampire mythology, as well as the near extreme measures taken to keep Elizabeth Bennett out of the Darcy family, and why Darcy behaved "really" in such a cold manner towards Elizabeth. I wasn't ever completely comfortable with the author's style of writing, which was sort of "detached" (but this could also be because the story dealt more with the plot, especially the heavy descriptions of traveling from place to place to place, and parties and new characters, rather than divulging the characters' innermost thoughts), but I did think it suited the story overall.
I was expecting Elizabeth to be turned into a vampire and was surprised when it didn't happen—even more surprised when it turned out there was a way to reverse Darcy's "curse". I also kept expecting Elizabeth and Darcy to sleep together, but each time a dramatic moment arose when it might occur, it just as quickly stopped. After Elizabeth finally found out about Darcy's curse, I was almost a little bored—thinking the story could only end one of two ways—Elizabeth turning into a vampire, or Elizabeth somehow managing to kill Darcy, but my boredom didn't last more than a few pages. I liked the journey into the ancient, buried temple to attempt the ordeal of un-making Darcy a vampire. Overall, the novel was a lot of fun. (less)