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I remember being excited about this one last year and then somehow forgot about its release. So I'm super glad I remembered because that was totally brilliant, badass, and everything I never knew I needed in a P&P retelling. It kept the heart of the story but made some pretty clever changes. I don't even know how to explain how epic the last 1/3 was... if you like dragon battles + Mr. Darcy then definitely check this one out!
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 fa ...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
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 ...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, a ...more
Three generous stars for some unique (albeit strange) ideas and a hearty attempt at a reimagining.
This is a thoroughly entertaining variation of Pride and Prejudice that very effectively transports the reader to a fantasy world filled with mythical creatures, and there's lots of humor and a touch of mystery thrown in for good measure. I don't usually take note of a cover since I read most of my books on an old ink display kindle, but this one is gorgeous. It seems as though Heartstone has been discovered by fantasy readers but not JAFF readers, so I hope to be like a ...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
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 diff ...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.
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 opti ...more
Гордость и предубеждение и драконы.
Но только если в версии про зомби я плевалась и возмущалась, то тут наслаждалась, кайфовала и местами восторженно попискивала, привлекая очень много подозрительных взглядов в метро)
Сюжет достаточно тесно переплетен с оригинальным "ГиП", но при этом все же уникален и не лишен собственного очарования. Драконы и монстры, люди и чувства. Незыблемая классика и любимое фэнтези.
Что-то из основного сюжета убрано (например, линия с Уикх ...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, gnom ...more
This was pitched as a "Pride & Prejudice with dragons", which is a lot for any story to stand up to but this one managed incredibly well. While I don't exactly consider it a "retelling" of P&P, the parallels were wonderfully done and made the parts of the story that were all its own just that much more enjoyable!
I just read in another review that this is a standalone and that ...more
High fantasy is the genre of my heart. It is the genre that always feels like home to me, so when I found out that there was a high fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice, you can bet I was all over that faster than you could say, "Darcy." I was admittedly worried going into this; I've been burned by Austen adaptations many times before (Unleashing Mr. Darcy to this day remains the ...more
"A Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay..."
Heartstone is a Pride and Prejudice retelling only with a twist. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the original Pride and Prejudice. It is my all time favorite book and when I read the blurb for Heartstone I was super exc ...more
I loved this one. I was actually going back and forth on whether to rate this one 5 stars. It was so close, but I don't think quite there. I loved Aliza and Alastair. This book had all the elements familiar of Pride and Prejudice, but was still unique enough to be its own story. And of course the witty banter we all associate with Lizzy and Darcy was there and I am here for it.
And yes, I definitely read everything Curdred said in Ricky Collin's voic ...more
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