Tomato, Potato, Vampire, Vampyre

As part of the new blogosphere, I want to instate a weekly book recommendation. I try to read a new book every week but sometimes the daily life interferes. Hopefully I will be able to give you something to look forward to. So here goes nothing.

So if you don’t know this already, you will find out soon enough anyway. I love vampires and yes I am a Twi-Hard. I also love British literature. I love everything about it and will have a whole section of my bookstore dedicated to it. So this week’s book encompasses those two passions. This week’s recommendation is Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange. As you can probably tell from the title, it has a Pride and Prejudice spin to it. The story begins on Lizzy and Darcy’s wedding day and progresses through their “wedding tour.” Lizzy begins to notice some dark things about her new husband and starts to realize that she never really knew him at all. Very strange things begin to happen to the couple on their tour and dark secrets about the Darcy family are revealed. I absolutely love this book and the way it is written. Being a huge fan of Jane Austen, Grange has been able to capture her essence and has been able to pick up where she left off in the love story of Lizzy and Darcy. The great thing about this book is that you really don’t need to have read the original beforehand to completely understand the plot. There are several character references in the first few chapters that you may not understand if you haven’t read Austen but other than that, the book flows very well and you can actually see the story taking place in your mind. My favorite books are the kind that can do that for you: paint a mental picture and take you beyond your wildest dreams. While I did not find the book terribly suspenseful, it was quite interesting to think about the Darcy family in that gothic light. This book makes you think the dashing Englishman truly harbored these secrets throughout the Austen novel. Grange’s style of writing is also a lot easier to follow, although the length of the chapters was a bit intimidating.

So if you like gothic literature, vampires, romance, and Jane Austen, then this is the book for you. I highly recommend it and I promise you it will leave you with a diffrent image of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy in the end.

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