This book started off strong. I loved the concept, and I loved the prologue. I couldn't stop giggling at the idea of my favorite characters in these nThis book started off strong. I loved the concept, and I loved the prologue. I couldn't stop giggling at the idea of my favorite characters in these new roles, and I'm a sucker for a musician anyway, so this was a great combo.
Unfortunately, that giggly feeling didn't stick around. I got to 63% and finally just had to put it down. At that point, I had been skimming for easily 20%.
The POV hops between characters with dizzying frequency, and even if it hadn't, all of the perspectives other than Elizabeth and Darcy were sort of irritating. Jane and Bingley are cute for about 2 pages, and then it's sickening and sappy. I found Richard and his troubles interesting and sympathetic until it got super repetitive.
The dialogue tags are littered with adverbs in an almost distracting way. A couple of times they even made me laugh, because they were so silly. There's an overabundance of small talk -- it seems to take up half of the page in most scenes. We get every detail of the hellos and goodbyes, and tons of other details that are completely insignificant to plot or characterization. It might have been okay, except that the conversations have none of the source material's cleverness.
I kept reading as long as I did for two reasons. First, I really, really wanted to like this story. As I said above, it has a lot of elements that would indicate it's a perfect book for me. And second, I was curious to see how the various plot elements of Pride and Prejudice would be worked into the modern-day setting. When those failed to impress me . . . well, I had no choice but to put this thing down. It was starting to feel like work to finish it, and I have too many books on my TBR list for that.
RATING: 2 stars, just because I did get a few good giggles out of the beginning....more
I picked up this book again in a fit of insomnia, needing an easy read that I knew would be satisfying. It didn't disappoint on the second go-round, eI picked up this book again in a fit of insomnia, needing an easy read that I knew would be satisfying. It didn't disappoint on the second go-round, either. I like Willow's drive to succeed and her supportive (and yet weird) family. I like that, while there's some confict with Eli that's driven by the past, most of the story is pulled along by Willow's own fears and insecurities. It's all very natural and relatable....more
This one is more like 4.5 stars instead of a solid 5, but I'm rounding up out of general love for the series and the characters. My biggest quasi-compThis one is more like 4.5 stars instead of a solid 5, but I'm rounding up out of general love for the series and the characters. My biggest quasi-complaint is that out of the core 6 characters, only Justin gets any solid screen time. It was nice that Senneth and Tayse had some scenes of their own, but I would have liked to have the others around for a larger chunk of the book. I liked Ellynor well enough, but her POV was not nearly as enthralling as the rest of the gang, and that's my reason for deducting that whopping half of a star.
Despite my lesser love for Ellynor, my absolute favorite scene of the whole book is the one near the end where (view spoiler)[she finds Justin almost dead. Oh MAN the feels (hide spoiler)]. Though, to be fair, that might largely be because of how much I love Justin.
I like how we got to see the carry-through from book 2, with Kirra proclaiming (view spoiler)[that Justin is her brother. I felt that about their relationship long before either acknowledged it, which just made Justin's realization about it that much stronger (hide spoiler)]. I also liked that Kirra got to talk to Senneth a bit about how things were going with (view spoiler)[her and Donnal. And though I love a super happy ending, her proclamation that she would probably never get married and her explanation for it made me appreciate Kirra more, particularly after her bad life decisions in book 2. I really appreciate that their relationship is unique to them, and that it doesn't try to be anything that it's not.
"I think I own him, Senneth. I think there is nothing I could do to drive him away. That moves and frightens me and makes me want to be very, very careful with his heart."(hide spoiler)]
And? Tayse is THE MAN. I loved (view spoiler)[his marriage proposal. That took some serious guts of a very different kind than the guts he usually displays (hide spoiler)]. Oh! And how about the sneaky revelation about (view spoiler)[Queen Valri? Not that I hadn't already guessed that she was Lirren, because duh, but I was really amused at how off-handedly that was thrown in (hide spoiler)].
I still LOVE LOVE LOVE these books. I'm taking a short break before I read book 4, partially to let a friend who's on book 1 catch up, and partially because I don't want them to end!
A side note: I listened to about 80% of this book on audio, like I did entirely with the first 2 books, and I was not impressed. It switched to a male narrator, since Justin is the main POV character in this book, and he was not good at doing the female voices. Or keeping the accents straight. Donnal had an Irish accent, even though he didn't have one in the first 2 books. (Different narrator, yeah, but I would have liked some consistency.) I got used to that eventually, but then Cammon's accent started fluctuating toward Irish, too, despite not being at all Irish at the beginning of the book. So yeah. While I highly recommend the audio for books 1 and 2, I think I'm going to stick with the kindle version for book 4.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more