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Grave Expectations

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  75 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Heaven knows, we need never be ashamed of our wolfish cravings. . . .

Bristly, sensitive, and meat-hungry Pip is a robust young whelp, an orphan born under a full moon. Between hunting escaped convicts alongside zombified soldiers, trying not to become one of the hunted himself, and hiding his hairy hands from the supernaturally beautiful and haughty Estella, whose devili
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
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Sep 17, 2011 marked it as no-thank-you
Shelves: monster-mash
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I liked it better than Dickens' Great Expectations. Honestly, I sometimes feel like I don't fully grasp some of the classics until I've read these weird versions. Still, there was way too much of Dickens' writing left in it, so that I felt I was wading through the story instead of enjoying it. What was easy to read in then isn't now.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was apprehensive about this book when I first bought it (on sale). I don't usually go for this kind of thing (I expected a rather large cheese factor, which I hate) but what a surprise it was to me. The writing is excellent. It dovetails absolutely perfectly with the original. The writing is consistent with Dickens' style and beautifully so. I enjoyed the take on including vampires and werewolves a hundred times more than I ever thought I would. It made the whole London scene even more atmosph ...more
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Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Readers the world over will thank authoress Sherri Browning Erwin for her lighthearted, furred, and fanged journey into the world of Dickens. This is not to say that her version is meant to eclipse the original; just to be a more palatable kin that the reader will invite to stay and to whom the three day guest rule will never apply. See the rest of my review at
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Will this ridiculous trend ever end?!?
Sep 21, 2011 marked it as noway-josé
Hopefully this fad will receive a stake through the heart AND silver bullet soon.
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Pip Pirrip definitely didn't have an easy start in life.You see he is a werewolf whose mother and father are dead. So he was raised by his older sister Mrs. Joe Gargery who he calls Mrs. Joe. She is a harsh woman who rules with an iron fist, or should I say with a silver tipped cane she likes to call the Tickler. Pip hunts escaped convicts while also trying to hide his wolfish tendencies from the girl he has fallen in love with, but when he learns that his lady love is actually someone that slay ...more
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While Grave Expectations isn't laugh-out-loud humorous like the first supernatural-classic mashups, the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series, it is still an enjoyable take on Dickens' 1860 novel. (Based on my one brief encounter with Dickens' writing - David Copperfield - this version is much less tedious and confusing than the original, too.) While the werewolves, vampires, and zombies play clear roles in the story, Dickens' original purpose in writing the novel shines through should readers ...more
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Grave Expectations is a new paranormal retelling of Great Expectations.
I love these recent adaptations of the classics. Sherri Browning Erwin takes the old characters Pip, now a were wolf, and Estelle turned slayer, Erwin turns our classics upside down.
I love the snark inherit in Erwin's book. Both Jane Slayer and now Grave Expectations had been fabulous reads for me. There is this great lot of dark description in the novel and it give the scenery of the book a whole new feel. One minute we are
William Bentrim
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: super-normal fans
Grave Expectations by Sherri Browning Erwin

A supernormal depiction of Dicken’s Great Expectations.

Pip is a werewolf and Miss Haversham is a vampire. Magwitch the convict is a werewolf. That pretty much says it all. The characters from Dickens book were re-written to fit the appetite for supernormal created or at least propagated by the whole Twilight experience.

The book was well written with a reasonable facsimile to the Dickens style. It was most definitely not my cup of tea but I think it wi
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well done for a monster classic. The monster theme seemed to work particularly well with Great Expectations, so that it meshed with the story instead of feeling tacked on, like some other monster classics I have read.
Addy Buffum
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
loved jayne slayer; this one not as much. however, i find that the more you know the originalw the more you love the parody. enjoyable read.
Sep 23, 2011 marked it as to-read
I loved Pride and Predudice and Zombies, so I have "great expectations" from this novel!
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Sherri Browning Erwin, best known for critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations, also writes paranormal romance and historical romance as Sherri Browning. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in Massachusetts and Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut. Watch for her return to historical romance with the upcoming Thornbr ...more

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