Archive for July, 2010

The Darcy Cousins – Book Review


by Monica Fairview

Monica Fairview again gives us a lovely sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

In her last book The Other Mr Darcy we were introduced to Mr Robert Darcy, cousin to Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley.  Mr Robert Darcy harks from America and is now happily settled in the UK with his lovely wife Caroline.  Arriving just in time for the Easter gathering at Rosings hosted by Lady Catherine De Bourgh, are Robert Darcy’s younger brother Frederick and sister Clarissa.

Clarissa Darcy is both beautiful and lively and believes all the world should live and behave as she does.  So in no time at all she affronts Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her ‘court’. 

Georgina Darcy is taken with her cousin.  She hasn’t anyone of her own age to share with and is impressed with her confidence and forthrightness.  Georgina decides to put herself under the tutelage of her brash American cousin but is it really the way it should be or should Clarissa be under Georgiana’s wing? 

During their time at Rosings the two prepare for their first London season and are introduced to a few of the local Kent eligible men.  For the first time since the unfortunate incident with George Wickham (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen),  Georgiana feels the stirrings of love for one of these young men.

When not impressing the local beaux, the pair decide to get to know their quiet, sickly cousin Anne de Bourgh better.  They tempt her to slip away from her minders and meet them for regular walks.  They are pleased with the changes they detect in Ann and the improvement in her health until one day Ann simply disappears.  Lady Catherine’s heartache and worry turns to rage directed at the girls.  The Darcy families are ejected from Rosings and a rift forms. 

The girls enter London and attempt to enjoy their first season despite the worry surrounding Ann’s disappearance.  Encountering the same Kent gents in London, Georgiana is certain she is falling hard for one man in particular but trouble looms when it seems both girls are trying to impress the same young man.

I do enjoy Monica Fairview’s style of writing and thoroughly recommend her to any fan of Austen or the works inspired by her.

Posted on 12 July '10 by , under Historical Fiction, Jane Austen & Austen Inspired, Reviews. 4 Comments.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – Book Review


by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln’s long lost journals have been discovered/acquired by Seth Grahame-Smith – lucky man.  What is revealed in the journals is incredible and offers a chance to understand why the amazing Abraham Lincoln was so truly great. 

The American people are oblivious to what their beloved president really did to secure their freedom.  Abraham Lincoln’s United States was fractured and while north and south fought each other they were ignorant of the real enemy threatening them all… vampires.  Few knew of the existence of vampires walking amongst them but Abraham was one of those few.  He had known from a very young age and had lived his whole life in pursuit of them. 

Abraham’s career in vampire hunting had a shaky start   He had a near fatal encounter with a particularly vicious vampire who prayed on children.   Abraham’s saviour had a wealth of knowledge  and taught him much about vampires and how to hunt them them.  From that moment an alliance was formed and Abraham had help in tracking the most dangerous vampires.  Abraham was fighting a war for the American people long before he entered the white house.

Another fun read by Seth Grahame-Smith.  I find the idea of matching classic literature or iconic characters with gothic or horror themes very entertaining.  I know that it can draw a lot of criticism but quite simply I LIKE IT.   It’s just a bit of fun and does it’s bit for promoting the ‘originals’.  I admit to googling madly after finishing the book because I was hungry for more on the amazing life of the real  Abraham Lincoln.

Posted on 8 July '10 by , under Historical Fiction, Paranormal Fantasy, Reviews, SciFi/Fantasy. 1 Comment.