They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor h ...more
EDIT: OKAY FIVE STARS IT IS. :D :D :D :D :D :D
Check out a swoony excerpt from the book! While Heartstone is NOT a romance novel, it does feature a lovely and subtle romance. =) Click the graphic below!
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Summary (from Goodreads):
A debut historical ...more
I want to admit up front that I have never, ever read any Jane Austen. How I was able to navigate through four years at a liberal arts university without ever reading this author still amazes me, but I did, without any grand plan by myself to do so. All of which means that when I picked up Heartstone by Elle Katharine White I was experiencing this fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice without any real knowledge of the original, which I actually believe helpe ...more
Pride and Prejudice retellings and other Austenesque-inspired stories have traditionally been hit-or-miss with me, but there was something about Heartstone that drew me to it right away. Might it have been the dragons? Okay yeah, it was the dragons.
While I’ll be the first to admit I’m no aficionado on the works of Jane Austen, I am familiar enough with Pride and Prejudice to know that Heartstone is actually a pretty faithf ...more
Pride and Prejudice and Dragons!
If you are a fellow P&P fan you can imagine the scope of my excitement for this book. And now after I've finished it a couple of hours ago I can finally say that I mostly liked the author's revision of the original story, but it was not enough for me to make me not to return in my head to favorite scenes from P&P while reading Heartstone.
Just like in P&P in this book we have a world of high society, ladies and gentlemen and balls, of course. But right besides Rege
This book is a bit difficult for me to review because it had SO MUCH potential, and while it wasn't terrible it certainly could have been better.
Dragons & Dragon Riders? Yes, these were great aspects. But I wish they were better explored. Like we did not really get to see as many action-packed battles as I would have liked. We did not even get to see them defeat the creatures they were originally brought to Hart Run's to defeat. The only semi-decent fight we got to see was near the ...more
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I'm always on the lookout for books with dragons. This one came onto my radar last year and I meant to read it right away... hehe I didn't get to it. I had to add it to my Moody Reader reading list and totally hit it up early in the year for some fluffy reading. Plus its a retelling of Pride and Prejudice!! And I love the idea of a historical fantasy.
I loved the idea of reading this retelling and getting a new version of Prid ...more
Pride and Prejudice. WITH DRAGONS.
WITH DRAGONS people! Oh please, please, please let this be as awesome as it sounds!
It was actually just last year where I fell in love with Pride &Prejudice, and I admit, while I did like the book, it was the 2005 movie (the one with Keira Knightley!) that totally won me over. Ever since my AP lit teacher showed my class a snippet of the movie, I put that on the moment I got home. I was a goner for the story the ...more
This book… was amazing!
I’m going to start by saying that I’m not usually a fan of epic historical fantasy it’s just too much for me to ingest and this cover just screams it with that dragon… but I knew I had to give it a try when I read it was touted as Pride & Prejudice meets dragons, wyverns and warriors!
From the very first page I was pulled into this story, and y ...more
so WHOOPS I accidentally read that in one day. This is by no means a perfect book but BOY HOWDY did i love reading it! Ships and humor and dragon riders and beasties and shippity ship and yes, slightly rushed execution and kinda dropped plots but YOU KNOW WHAT if this means a surprise sequel I am heeeere for it
tl;dr, it's got some debut growing pains but this book is thoroughly enjoyable, both as a P&P retelling and a high fantasy in its own right. Tbh I think I liked the parts where it differed ...more
Three generous stars for some unique (albeit strange) ideas and a hearty attempt at a reimagining. ...more
I had been hearing good things about this book. So I decided to read it. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this.
The beginning was really good and so funny! But after that it went downhill. I couldn't even feel the romance. It came out of nowhere. And I was just found myself bored.
Still recommend. ...more
Pride & Prejudice dragon style? YES PLEASE!
Hmm. This was a bit disappointing. The story was only barely OKAY. 2.5 stars, not sure if I can round up. The biggest problem was that all the original Pride and Prejudice jerks and weirdos were painted as super nice peeps. Well, except for Wickham. You can’t make everybody nice without making the story boring!
Lady Catherine - nice
Mr Collins - kind and fair
When I first heard about this book, I was immediately drawn to it because of the dragons, and because it seemed like a fantasy debut that was worth a read. Once early reviews came out, and I realised it was a Pride & Prejudice retelling too, I immediately preordered it, because anything linked to P&P is right for me.
In Heartstone, Aliza Bentaine lives in a Manor with her parents and sisters, and in the recent months, the manor has been attacked by gryphons, and the Lord has no other option but t ...more
And I did enjoy it. It combined the supernatural world with the ‘regency’ setting well and the author created a believable history for the world she created. The dragons were done soooo well and it was so easy for me to believe that they were a natura ...more
Jane Austen July 2019: Read a modern retelling of a Jane Austen book. ...more
I have read several JAFF authors' stories which venture into the sci-fi world of dragons, gryphons, lindworms, wyverns, lamias, etc. However this variation is different in that the characters who parallel those in P&P canon have different names. Part of the attraction of this story for me was identifying those and then paying attention as to how their characteristics matched those of Jane Austen's masterpiece. ...more
This was a fun way to spend several hours, but I actually think I would have liked it better if I had never read Pride and Prejudice. If you're not aware, Heartstone is debut author Elle Katharine White's retelling of the Jane Austen classic (a top ten book for me), but with dragons (and such).
I want to be clear that I find nothing wrong with this book at all. It's a cleverly told story that takes the frame of its source material and transforms it from a romantic comedy of errors with a satirica ...more
*Genre* Fantasy, Retellings
Elle Katharine White's Heartstone is a story that reimages Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This is a world where there are two types of beings exist; Tekari, sworn enemies of humans, and Shani, friends of humans. There is something dangerous coming, and nobody quite knows what it wants. Instead of using zombies to tell her story as in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, White uses a variety of beings from gryphon's, gnomes, wyve ...more
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