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Bespelling Jane Austen: Almost Persuaded\Northanger Castle\Blood and Prejudice\Little to Hex Her

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

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    Entertaining Austenite Twists

    It's no secret I'm a huge Austen fan. I love rereading Jane Austen, I love the stories that put a twist on her classics so when I was given the chance to read Bespelling Jane Austen it was like an early birthday present to me.

    Almost Persuaded - This is very losely based off of Persuasion; the story of a woman who meets the man she was persuaded to turn down in her youth and discovers she still loves him. Almost Persuaded is the story of reincarnation. The story moves quickly, and reads a little cheesey, but it's cute and in the spirit of a true Austen heroine Jane goes after what she wants. There are some questions at the end of the story that are left unanswered, but I chose to believe that the story has a happy ending.

    Northanger Castle - Based on Northanger Abby, this story stays true to Caoline's obsession with novels and falling into the trap of an overactive immagination. I really liked this story. It has all of the same awkward interaction of Northanger Abby, but in a new setting. I really enjoyed the twist on the characters in this version. I won't give it away, but it's really good.

    Blood and Prejudice - This is the first one in the book that departs from the origional setting. A contemporary, business setting, the Bennetts have a family business that is in danger of being bought and maybe even shut down. The traditional roles of Darcy and Bingly are altered, but the characters go through many of the same motions. I thought this story was a little ambitious; it set out to cover the entire plot to Pride and Prejudice in a novella form. It was interesting and I thought that maybe if the plot had been scaled back and the characters allowed to develop and breathe a little it would have been a more captivating read - but it's fun and interesting and people who are familiar with the story will fill in the blanks regardless.

    Little to Hex Her - This was my favorite of the whole set. I'm sorry - I probably shouldn't chose favorites, but Little to Hex Her, a take on Emma, was so wonderfully done. In spirit to the origional Emma's tendency to match-make and always know best, in Little to Hex Her Emma is a match maker. There is boy drama galore, a shunned exlove interest to contend with, and moody werewolves and overly snappy vampires. I highly suggest Little to Hex Her.

    I really suggest this anthology. Even if you aren't an Austenite, you'll enjoy them!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

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    Great anthology

    "Almost Persuaded" by Mary Balogh. Robert Mitford and Jane Everett recognize their love now and in a past life together.----------------

    "Northanger Castle" by Colleen Gleason. Caroline Merrill loves gothic novels starring vampires; she believes that Mr. Blanchard is an Undead while he has no time for literature or love as he battles vampires.

    "Blood and Prejudice" by Susan Krinard. In modern day New York City, Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy dislike each other but team up to fight vampires. ------------------------

    "Little to Hex Her" by Janet Mullany. In DC paranormal matchmaking witch Emma Woodhouse needs the help of the wizard Mr. Knightley.-----------------

    These are four fun paranormal twists of Jane Austen classics with the best being Janet Mullany's entry.-----------------

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Very good read

    I very much enjoyed this combination of Austen an the paranormal mixed. Thank you Susan Krinard for putting it to gether.

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