This book made me so happy. I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. I started reading it today, and three hours later, I finished it. It’This book made me so happy. I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. I started reading it today, and three hours later, I finished it. It’s just so fantastic! It has all the charm and wit and elegance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but then it has humor and a slightly modern feel at times, made possible through the manga drawings. Which, by the way, were extremely well drawn.
There were times when I laughed out loud at the antics of the characters, and at some of the drawings that told so much more than words could ever say. Especially when it involved Mr. Darcy, since in the original novel we never really get into his head.
First, Mr. Colllins. Oh dear, he’s always just made me cringe with his awkwardness and weirdness. But in this manga, ha! When he asked Elizabeth to marry him and she said “no” which he found “fashionable,” he kept popping up all over the place, asking her to marry him. One picture had his head sticking out of a pot and Elizabeth spewing tea. So funny! Oh my gosh.
Then when Elizabeth visits Pemberley and she remembers that Mr. Darcy owns it, there’s a picture of Darcy looking like a king: wearing a cloak, holding a scepter, head held high. Basically the opposite of his quiet, don’t-look-at-me character. Bahaha! There were also little modern things like the words “ha ha” and “awkward” in certain pictures. Very much not a Jane Austen thing.
The drawings added so much emotion. And most of the time they were just subtle things, like Darcy reaching for Elizabeth then retracting his hand, and Darcy rubbing the back of his head when talking to Elizabeth about something that made him nervous. The emotion and characters’ inner feelings were done so beautifully.
Ah, I just love this book so much! It’s the most fantastic thing. It’s perfect. Now, to get my hands on Manga Classics: Jane Eyre, which is sure to be just as delightful. ...more
That was a terrible ending, I have to say. I feel like this book and the second book were too different from the first book, mostly because of EleanorThat was a terrible ending, I have to say. I feel like this book and the second book were too different from the first book, mostly because of Eleanor's character. I didn't like that Eleanor kept so many secrets. I wasn't expecting her to be so at odds with the Spirit Hunters, and I didn't like it. But dang, I really wanted to love this book and the second one....more
I didn’t care for this novel. Like, at all. So I’m just going to keep this review short. The premise is pretty cool, and I did like the base story linI didn’t care for this novel. Like, at all. So I’m just going to keep this review short. The premise is pretty cool, and I did like the base story line to the novel. But that’s kind of where my likes ended. I didn’t like any of the characters, Bishop being the one I disliked the most. He rankled me to no end. There was nothing in his character that I liked, or felt drawn to. I didn’t like Indigo. Reading the book in her annoying voice grated on my nerves. And the fact that she ended up liking Bishop… I would have liked the book better if she hadn’t ended up with him. So, those are my thoughts after reading Hexed. I’m sure some people will like it (some people already do), it just wasn’t for me....more
I was really hoping that I would like this book, since I loved Entwined, but I didn’t. Probably the main thing that drew me away was the voice of theI was really hoping that I would like this book, since I loved Entwined, but I didn’t. Probably the main thing that drew me away was the voice of the narrator, which of course then affected the style of the writing. It’s told in 1st person from Jonathan’s, the main character, point of view. I didn’t care for the way he told the story (how Dixon wrote it). When Johnathan was narrating, Dixon would write things like “Lady Fl—Queen Honoria” (p. 157) because he changed his mind midway through thinking it. I did find it interesting and fun when she used footnotes to add additional commentary from Jonathan.
Another thing that I found interesting was how Jonathan illusioned. I don’t think I quite understand how illusioning works (for most of the book I was kind of confused about the logistics behind it), but when Jonathan illusions later in the novel he uses math and science. Even though I hate math (gag), it was cool how Dixon did it. For example, Jonathan would “mentally grasp an oxygen particle from the air, then multiplied it thousands and millions of times over, mixed it with one methane particle…” (p. 258). There’s even math equations in the book! I only appreciated the math because it was used to explain the magic. If not for that, I would have hated it.
I didn’t care for any of the characters, except for one. (view spoiler)[Lady Honoria. I really liked her commanding, no-nonsense character. But she was only there for a few pages at the end! I feel so gypped! (hide spoiler)] And when one of the characters died, I really could have cared less. Another small gripe I have: I feel like Jonathan wouldn’t have been able to recognize Constantine’s face because it was so misshapen. So that part didn’t work for me. Although, that rivening thing, that’s messed up. Growing extra body parts, eyes appearing all over the body…so gross. Dixon did good at making rivening people disgusting.
This book had some cool ideas, but I guess the execution of it didn’t work for me. However, even if the storyline hadn’t been that great, if I could have cared more for the characters, I wouldn’t have minded as much the other things that I didn’t like. ...more