Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith: Review & GIVEAWAY
Posted by Tiffany at 1:19 PM
Title: Dreadfully Ever After (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Author: Steve Hockensmith (site)
Published: March 22, 2011 by Quirk Books
Pages: 320
Buy: Amazon
Source: Quirk Books
Rating: 4/5 
Synopsis: The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.” But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after. (Goodreads)

Review:  I enjoyed this one so much more than the original. The first book was fun, but I felt a bit bored with the concept by the end of it. The author didn't seem to have a real connection with Austen's world, just a funny idea that made him some money. This new installment felt more like a real book than a gimmick. The new author was much better acquainted with the language and customs of the time. He managed to stay true to the spirit of Austen's work while developing the characters into battle-hardened versions of their P&P selves. I had a much easier time believing that Lizzie would be at home with a sword and covered in blood.  The ending was so good that I'm praying for another sequel. Everything goes NUTS, basically. (I hear it's the conclusion, though. ) Definitely worth a read if you liked the idea of the original but not the execution.

Short Review: So much better than the original! If you like the idea of Jane Austen's characters living in a time of zombie apocalypse, give this series (another) chance! Hockensmith does not diappoint.

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