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message 1: by Layla (new)

Layla Even if Austen does use "shew," this is a ... pretty accurate attitude to hold towards Shades of Milk and Honey.


message 2: by Layla (new)

Layla Oh God that book. I know everyone and their mother loves them! and the sequels! but I could not tolerate them.


message 3: by Brigid (new)

Brigid oh man! i'd heard such great things about this book. Maybe I'll like it better...i hope? -_-


message 4: by Derrolyn (new)

Derrolyn Anderson Hmmm... Gotta find that fanfic, LOL.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies DIIIIIIIIE, BOOK.

-_-


Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) Wow, um, that's a lot of anger there. 0_0
Nothing unusual there. ^_^


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies I don't know if I made my feelings clear or not.


message 8: by Brigid (new)

Brigid Loved the review Khanh, now I'm second guessing my purchase.

I'm just guessing here, but I'm sensing troll potential here. They're coming....i can just feel it in the air Khanh.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies I know. They always come when I use this much profanity. I can't help it. I'm in a really bad mood and this book didn't help.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies And especially when it's such a clean, inoffensive book such as this.

I'm expecting "U CURSE = U DUMB" comments aplenty.


message 11: by Brigid (new)

Brigid Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine) wrote: "I know. They always come when I use this much profanity. I can't help it. I'm in a really bad mood and this book didn't help."

Oh no, what's the problem? you know, other than the book.

this book has a lot of fans too.


message 12: by Derrolyn (new)

Derrolyn Anderson This oughtta spice up my feed :)


message 13: by Brigid (new)

Brigid since when does the use of a curse word make you stupid? It makes no sense to me. Actions and decisions make a stupid person, at least from my POV.


message 14: by Brigid (new)

Brigid Derrolyn wrote: "This oughtta spice up my feed :)"

I'm ready with my machine gun, i'm open to other suggestions.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies There's a lot of people who assume if someone curses a lot, they must be really dumb with no vocabulary in their head besides BLEEEEEEEEP.


message 16: by Jana (new)

Jana Khanh wrote: "Mr. V is as subtle as a brick to the face."

So, it would seem, is this book. :( Such a shame, because I'd heard glowing reviews about later installments in the series. And I'm a fan of Austen's work, but I'm guessing that I might not enjoy this as much as I'd hoped. (If your anger is any indication.)


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies I don't care enough to continue. For a magical HR, there are better authors with more interesting characters, because there was no point to the magic within this book. I LOVE Austen fanfics. I've read an obscene number of alternate P&P books. They're all fairly bad, but none have been so boring or pointless as this.


message 18: by Brigid (new)

Brigid Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine) wrote: "I don't care enough to continue. For a magical HR, there are better authors with more interesting characters, because there was no point to the magic within this book. I LOVE Austen fanfics. I've r..."

wait, a minute. I thought this was alternate history, as so called by literary fanatics.


♥ Innocent Lamb ~ Forever Reading ♥ - AKA Smarties Someone needs to shew the writer how annoying that is. I can't even figure out what chuze is for. Choose/.

Either way... THis book sounds like it sucks.

Are you a fan of the originals?


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Brigid: In order for it to be called an alternate history, there has to be some kind of fucking background building. There was none. It's England. With some magic, largely decorative.

Innocent Lamb: Yes, I love the original Austens. Well, some of them. Can't say I care for Mansfield Park or Persuasion.


message 21: by Fi (new)

Fi Amazing review, Khanh! Wouldn't have touched the book if I were you, merely because of the color of the cover lol


♥ Innocent Lamb ~ Forever Reading ♥ - AKA Smarties I'd only read Jane Eyre. I find I have a had history with classics. *cough*RomeoAndJulet*cough*


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

I probably shouldn't use that gif, since it has the word n**** in it >_<


♥ Innocent Lamb ~ Forever Reading ♥ - AKA Smarties Oh well. YOLO, right?

Gosh. I hate R&J. I have to study it this year for my English class - 10 weeks of torture right there.


message 25: by Savina (new)

Savina M. Hilarious. I love your rage, Khanh:)


message 26: by Kuroi (new)

Kuroi Why would the author chuse to write thiz whey? Does it zerve a purpuce?

(Seriously. Somebody explain it to me.)


message 27: by Jules (new)

Jules (Never enough time to read) I was just looking at this one yesterday and I'm so glad I read your review first. The language issues alone would drive me nuts!!


message 28: by Kribu (new)

Kribu Dammit. This one's on my already-bought-to-read pile. I'd hoped for something, well, better. More magic at least...

Ah well, maybe I'll still like it whenever I get to it (which might not be for a few years yet - this review didn't make me hurry to push it towards the top of the TBR list, somehow). Ha. Ha.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Savina: Everyone does >_< I don't know why ~_~

Krishna: La! I do not know! It was a complete surprize that the author choze to do so.

Jules: I don't think it bothered everyone, but I'm a nitpicker for details. If you're as picky as I am, then there's a good chance you won't enjoy it.

Kribu: Nooooooooo. I'm glad you have a large TBR pile =) There was a lot of magic, but it's, like, pretty magic and nothing else. The magic, the glamour, is used for decoration, to make details in images move a la Harry Potter, to make things invisible for a play. To make a person look prettier. It's useless.


message 30: by Kribu (new)

Kribu I wouldn't be bothered by the choice of archaic language (I sort of liked it in Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), but I would expect more consistency, yes - even if there wasn't always a lot of consistency in spelling back in the 18th century or so.

The use of magic for just, well, prettifying people is disappointing. :-/


message 31: by Martyn (new)

Martyn Stanley Another great review Khanh! :)


message 32: by Angela (new)

Angela The inconsistencies in language would drive me INSANE!

Great review Khanh!


message 33: by Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* (last edited May 20, 2014 07:01AM) (new)

Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* I would take one look at 'shew' and toss the book, it sounds like such a made-up word lol. especially with so many inconsistencies.


message 34: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Thanks Khanh, adding yet another Austen-esque book to the must-avoid pile! This must be pretty bad if Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife is preferable to it, because that book was awful.


message 35: by Mike (new)

Mike This almost sounds like a Buzzfeed quiz was taken for making a book:

Choose a literary titan:
-Orwell (Dystopia with nothing new to say about the genre)
-Austen (English countryside Romance)
-Poe (end up with some murders and some horror themes but nothing actually scary)
-Asimov (Robots! or Space Ships! But probably aliens even though they were conspicuously absent from his books)
-Vonnegut (Ha! Trick question, no one would ever actually choose this one)

Choose a number of love triangles:
-1
-2
-3
-No Triangles, just pentagons, pentagons as far as the eye can see

Choose an irrelevant "setting" feature that won't actually impact anything:
-Dragons (but not the fierce, deadly, ancient types)
-Robots (but don't raise any question about sentience and free will)
-Magic (but only used in the most insipid way by idiots instead of being studied and exploited by mad geniuses/corporations/governments/militaries)
-Aliens (but nothing fundamental about how humans view themselves and their place in the universe changes)
-Deadly disease (that doesn't actually change the normal patterns of life significantly

Insta-love
-Yes
-Oh Hell Yes
-Why is this EVEN A QUESTION?

Slut Shaming
-Yes
-What are you, some stupid skank? Of course yes
-Isn't that what all women do behind other women's backs?

Annoying writing style:
-e.e. cummings was my hero!
-1337 5p34k
-Olde Timey English (sometimes, when the writer remembers)
-How old people think teenagers talk

Female protagonist:
-Doormat
-Woman hater
-Too cool for school (and all those boy obsessed girls)
-Too cool for "love" (until she meets her destiny)
-Mary Sue
-A Mary Sue so Mary Sue-ish other Mary Sues would totally talk smack about her behind her back

Etc.
Etc.
Etc.


message 36: by [deleted user] (new)

Angela wrote: "The inconsistencies in language would drive me INSANE!

Great review Khanh!"


I second that. No go for me.

And Mike, lol!! great comments as always.

ps. nincompoop <--haven't heard that one in a while, made me smile


message 37: by Brigid (new)

Brigid Mike wrote: "This almost sounds like a Buzzfeed quiz was taken for making a book:

Choose a literary titan:
-Orwell (Dystopia with nothing new to say about the genre)
-Austen (English countryside Romance)
-Poe ..."


LOLLLLLL. wow that's some extensive stuff Mike. That list just makes me sad how many tropes authors use to form their plot lines and characters. ;(


message 38: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Nagy @mike

"Choose a number of love triangles:
-1
-2
-3
-No Triangles, just pentagons, pentagons as far as the eye can see
"

So this got me thinking there is an Apeirogon which is infinite sides and if any YA author would ever be able to come up with a love Apeirogon I know it must be possible somehow. Maybe throw in some other universes then love Apeirogon with other versions of yourself clearly this is the answer.


message 39: by Mike (new)

Mike Aaron wrote: "@mike

"Choose a number of love triangles:
-1
-2
-3
-No Triangles, just pentagons, pentagons as far as the eye can see
"

So this got me thinking there is an Apeirogon which is infinite sides and i..."


I will probably regret coming up with this plot idea but...

On one side of the world a scientists accidentally comes up with a compound that serves as an instant love potion that is perfectly soluble with water. It gets released and spreads to the entire world.

Meanwhile on the other side of the world a scientist is successful in creating a bridge between our world and every other world in the multiverse. The love compound then infiltrates the multiverse through some poor safety protocols.

Boom: a love aperirogen.


message 40: by Susana (new)

Susana Thank you, Khanh!
Finally a book to be removed from my tbr pile!


message 41: by Ellen Gail (new)

Ellen Gail Jane Austen would not fucking approve.

This sounds awful but I'm so glad you read it. I'm dying with laughter. But didn't you know that spelling things with a z was first invented in the 19th century? Wickham totally had the first "No Regretz" tattoo.

Oh and: "The difference is that when you bite into said GMO tomato, it tastes like mealy, mushy, tasteless crap. This book is the equivalent of a limp, tasteless slice of tomato on a McDonalds' hamburger" My tongue just shuddered reading that. Don't even try, McDonald's. If that's a tomato, then I'm a unicorn tampon.


message 42: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth The sequel comes up with a military application for the magic, and might qualify as an alternate history. But it still gives no idea how "glamour" works, really. Fairies or something, who knows.


message 43: by Tim (new)

Tim Phan-Nguyen Well, this doesn't sound very glamorous, I mean, glamourous.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Thank you, everyone!

Ashley: It's not a made up word, but if you're going to use antiquated language, I expect it to be used consistently

Hannah: Not gonna lie, I liked Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, if only for the giggles (and the sex)

Mike: we need to do a chapter using teenspeak. I would suggest leetspeak, but I had quite enough of that during my WoW days

Ellen: Jay-Z would not exist prior to the 19th century?! He would simply be Jay.

Elizabeth: Nice name! And it sounds more interesting...is there as much writing inconsistencies as the first?

Tim: Nope >P


Zahara Cerise ~ Spring Fevering I just got this book from the library and started reading it, only to realize I had already gotten it from the library and quit reading it once before, for the same reasons you wrote in your review. Well, not all the same reasons, since I never got far enough to reach some of them.

I really hope I can remember not to get this book from the library again!


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Lol! 3rd time wouldn't be a charm!


message 47: by [deleted user] (new)

I was about to add this to my 'To Read' list, but from your review it looks like this book would drive me crazy. Thanks for stopping me from wasting my time.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Always happy to help =)


message 49: by Brigid (new)

Brigid Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine) wrote: "Always happy to help =)"

*snort* Hahahaha! shit I just spit up my coffee.


message 50: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth As to the writing or spelling inconsistencies, I can't really recall any? But it was a long time ago. I remember reading an interview with the author where she explained that she did more research for the second book, and made sure that she only used words that Jane Austen would have used by making a actual "Jane Austen Word List" database out of all the words in Jane Austen's writings. So maybe it has some of Jane's idiosyncratic spellings, but is at least consistent about it.
The plot is much more interesting, if only for the relief of it not being about drawing rooms all the damn time. It still takes a while to get started. And there's not outright slut-shaming, but there is the unfortunate fact that the heroine is apparently the only woman with brains in England, and I don't know about France, she never really meets any women in France. I want to find out if she makes any female friends that she respects as equals before I read the sequels, because otherwise that would get pretty annoying.


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