Oct 282013
 

Mr. Darcy, VampyreBeware…Mr. Darcy is Cursed, Tortured, and Immortal

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Paperbackswap

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel, Paranormal

TIME FRAME: Begins the morning of Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding in October 1802

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Darcy and Mr. Darcy

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:

  • I’m much more into vampires and paranormal novels than I was in 2009 when this novel came out (never read any vampire novels until Dracula, My Love by Syrie James)
  • It is the only Austenesque novel by Amanda Grange I haven’t read.
  • It is October! I’m in the mood for something gothic and dark.

WHAT I LOVED: 

  • Kept in Suspense: Because we are not privy to Darcy’s thoughts (story is completely from Elizabeth’s POV) we do not know the reasons behind his actions and decisions. And he is maddeningly reticent! Why did Darcy change their travel plans at the last minute and take Elizabeth to France, Switzerland, and Italy instead of the Lake District? Why does Darcy never visit Elizabeth in her rooms? Why does he look at her with longing passion but not consummate their marriage? Even after two months!?! I bet you are dying to know!
  • Vampyrisms: I liked the supernatural traits Darcy possessed as a vampire, it felt the right amount and was not too stereotypical. I enjoyed how Darcy vampyric traits weren’t too obvious, it made the story more believable as well as congruent as a sequel to Pride and Prejudice.
  • Darcy: Enigmatic, brooding, full pent-up passion and tension, battling his self-control, resisting all temptation. *swoon* Darcy is definitely a Byronic hero in this novel! The story is heartrending because he is so in love with Elizabeth but denies himself her love. I loved the sweet moments when he gazes at her adoringly (and the heated moments where he almost gives in to his desires…)

WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:

  • Elizabeth: I guess I found Elizabeth a little too accepting of all that was happening to her. Her new husband is all of sudden impulsive, secretive, and physically distant with her – I’d like to think our girl would not stand for such treatment and demand answers from Darcy! Also, when the big reveal does finally take place Elizabeth doesn’t seem that shocked and doesn’t have a million questions like one would expect her to.
  • Balance: Darcy and Elizabeth travel to various beautiful and historic destinations on their tour. While I do love a good travelogue and Amanda Grange is adept at providing detailed and vivid descriptions, it sort of felt like the multi-day journeys and scenery got a little too much page time. Maybe a little less travel and a little more plot and conflict would make this story feel more balanced.
  • Resolution: After so much build up, I must admit that the conclusion of this story was a little bit of a let down. The conflicts and dangers seemed to conveniently disappear in a way that felt unrealistic and hurried. There were so many questions left unanswered and so many events that seemed unconnected, that it didn’t feel like enough resolution took place. And…when Darcy and Elizabeth finally come together, after such a long period of denial, repression, and forced separation…it was summed up in one sentence. (Gah! so anticlimactic.)

CONCLUSION:

I found Mr. Darcy, Vampyre to be a gripping and gothic read – perfect for Halloween! Amanda Grange did a fabulous job adhering to Jane Austen’s original novel and the norms of the Regency Era, and Darcy is quite mesmerizing as a vampire! I just wished parts of the plot and resolution were better executed. Definitely still worth reading, though.

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  6 Responses to “Mr. Darcy, Vampyre – Amanda Grange”

  1.  

    I have to admit that I found parts of it dragged for me too, but I remember liking it. I can’t seem to bring back a clear picture of the story so at some point I’ll probably be re-reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Thanks for stopping by, Sophia Rose! Glad to hear I’m not the only one who wanted a little more action. Mr. Darcy made a great vampire though, didn’t he? 😉

  2.  

    I felt the same way about the ending, and I thought the title should have been different because we readers already know Darcy’s secret and we just have to watch as Elizabeth tries to figure it all out. I wanted to wonder what was going on right alongside Elizabeth.

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      Not knowing Darcy was a vampire? That most certainly would have a been a different experience and probably more suspenseful as you say! I was getting worried when I was about 30-40 pages to the end because I just knew things worry going to wrap up so quickly and a little unsatisfactorily!

  3.  

    Thanks for sharing, Meredith. I haven’t read it, and the idea of a Byronic Darcy is VERY swoonworthy 🙂 I must come clean and say I wasn’t much into vampires before Twilight, but you’re right, this is just the time of year for a brooding vampyric Mr. Darcy 🙂

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      Joana, you are such a dear for stopping by, thank you! I must come clean too though – still haven’t read or seen Twilight! 😮 I found my way into vampire novels via Syrie James and Colette Saucier! 😉

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