Heartstone (a.k.a. Pride and Prejudice with Dragons!)

Heart Stone

by Elle Katharine White

***** (5 out of 5)

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I first saw this book over at Book Beach Bunny’s Blog and knew I had to read it!  I didn’t read her review and I didn’t read the synopsis.  I saw the title of her post and immediately bought the book.  I LOVE Pride and Prejudice and I LOVE Dragons!!! I was so ridiculously excited for a book that combined both!!!

I was not disappointed!!!  This book was amazing! I don’t even know what to say about it other than I am in love with it!

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book and fantasy is my favorite genre.  Heartstone is a fantasy re-telling of Pride and Prejudice!!! What could be more perfect than that?!?!

I feel like I should say some normal stuff about how great the characters were and how the ending deviated from the main story more than the rest of the book and blah blah blah

Really all you need to know is that Heartstone is

Pride and Prejudice with Dragons!

really, I promise, thats all you need to know! Its awesome!!!

The Season

The Season

by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer

**** (4 out of 5)

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The Season is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice.  That means that I am completely biased toward liking this book!  Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, and I have a soft spot for retellings, even if they aren’t actually that good.

The Good

I love the “Elizabeth” of this story.  Her name is Megan and she has all the components needed to be a classic Elizabeth.  She always has the best intentions, and is fiercely loyal, but she is blinded and manipulated by her prejudices.  Plus she is extremely athletic.  She plays soccer for a D1 college and this makes up a huge part of her life.  Its what sets her apart from the other Debutantes.  As an athlete myself, I loved this take on the character!

Another awesome character is Ann Foster, Megan’s debutante mentor.  I love her no BS attitude.  At first you think she is going to be awful, but she grows on you.  And she calls it like it is.  When Megan tries to do the right thing but fails, Ann tells her what she did wrong and how she did it wrong.  But she also tells her what she should have done instead.  She doesn’t sugar coat it.  I am not exactly sure which Pride and Prejudice character she was supposed to be, but she was one of my favorites in this story!

The Bad

Megan’s “best friend” is one of her fellow soccer players named Cat, but she really didn’t serve any purpose in the story.  I didn’t mind having her in there, but they had a huge random fight that made no sense.  And the resolution was quick and hurriedly stuck in there.  Plus Megan didn’t learn anything from the fight.  Some of the early comedic scenes with Cat were fine, but the other scenes seemed incomplete and random.  They didn’t help the story and were just odd.  Maybe the author’s were trying to make her into Kitty? She didn’t seem anything like Kitty other than her name was Cat, and none of the other characters has names similar to their original counterparts?

I really liked the idea of an all-star athlete debutante, but it wasn’t written right.  Her school/sports/debut schedule wouldn’t have worked.  The soccer scenes were thrown in randomly and kind of glossed over.  It was like the authors wanted to make Megan well rounded but didn’t want to take the time to actually write about all the aspects that made her well rounded.  The soccer scenes had a lot of potential, but they just fell short.

The Ugly

Not only were the soccer parts not utilized to their full potential, but they way her parents handled her soccer career really pissed me off.  First, her mom asked her to “take a season off” like it was no big deal.  I don’t know if you have ever played college sports, but you can’t just take a year off! It doesn’t work that way! Especially in a D1 school! And throughout the book her mom kept going on about how much she will learn from being a debutante, which is fine, but its not like there is nothing to learn from sports! You learn soooo much being an athlete, and none of it was shown in the book! Plus asking her to quit the team not only effects her but would also effect her team! (because of course she is the best player on the team) Second her dad claimed to be a huge fan and she has flashbacks of him helping her learn and makes him sound like this great soccer dad and fan, but he didn’t go to any of her games!  He seemed to brush off her soccer skills when it suited him.  It was weird!

I red-shirted my freshmen year of college (that means I practiced with the team but wasn’t eligible to play in games) and my parents still came to almost every one of my games! I had zero chance of actually playing and they still came to watch!! In High School my sister was in the school play and my parents went to every single showing.  They watched the same play 4 times and my sister didn’t have any lines! I know not all parents are this awesome and supportive, but the parents in the book were said to be awesome and supportive and you are supposed to think they are good parents, but I didn’t see it in any of their actions? And it really really pissed me off!

The Conclusion

So even though I was really pissed off about the soccer thing, I still gave the book 4 stars.  If you ignore that issue, it was a fun read and I really liked all the characters! So if you are looking for a fun Pride and Prejudice retelling then you will probably like this book! If you are looking for a good Pride and Prejudice sports story or a profoundly written story, then this is not for you!

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Help! Does Pride and Prejudice fall into the “Love Triangle” trope?!? Tell me its not true! (Discussion)

Before reading this post, here are three things you need to know:

  1. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book
  2. I strongly dislike love triangles.  (There are a few rare exceptions, but normally they just bug me.)
  3. This post contains spoilers for Pride and Prejudice, so if you somehow don’t know the story then don’t read this post!

Yesterday, I had the most disturbing thought, and it has been bugging me ever sense:

Does Pride and Prejudice contain a love triangle?!?

I blame Kay @ Hammock of Books for putting this awful idea into my head!!!! (just kidding I love her blog you should check it out!) She wrote a very interesting post about if ships are spoilers or not.  She had a great example where a ship consisting of people in a love triangle could spoil who ends up with who.

I was trying to come up with non-love triangle examples, so obviously I tried to think of one in Pride and Prejudice.  (its always my starting place) I thought to myself “If I had known that Darcy and Elizabeth ended up together would it have spoiled the story?”

It has been so long since the first time I read Pride and Prejudice that I honestly don’t remember. Though, I think that it probably would have.  Elizabeth has so many potential suitors – Mr. Collins, Mr. Wickham, Mr. Darcy, and even Colonel Fitzwilliam for a bit. But does that make a love triangle?

I looked up the definition of Love Triangle.

According to Wikipedia there are two main forms of love triangles:

  1. The rivalrous triangle, where the lover is competing with a rival for the love of the beloved
  2. The split-object triangle, where a lover has split their attention between two love objects”

By these definitions, Pride and Prejudice has TONS of love triangles

  1. Elizabeth / Darcy / Wickham
  2. Elizabeth / Darcy / Collins
  3. Elizabeth / Darcy / Colonel Fitzwilliam
  4. Elizabeth / Wickham / Collins
  5. Elizabeth / Wickham / Colonel Fitzwilliam
  6. Elizabeth / Wickham / Collins
  7. Elizabeth / Charlotte / Collins
  8. Elizabeth / Lydia / Wickham
  9. Elizabeth / Darcy / Caroline
  10. Elizabeth / Darcy / Anne de Bourgh
  11. Caroline / Darcy / Anne de Bourgh
  12. Charles / Jane / Georgiana
  13. Collins / Jane / Elizabeth

I am probably missing some but that is a LOT!!!

In case you are curious, here is a really helpful relationship map for Pride and Prejudice:

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Source: Wikipedia

Wikipedia even goes on to mention that “Love triangles can either be relatively balanced, in which the two candidates each have a fair chance of ending up with the protagonist, or they can be lopsided, in which the hero or heroine has an obvious romantic interest in one of the candidates” That strengthens the argument that Pride and Prejudice contains Love Triangles!

I don’t want to accept this! But even the definition of “trope” doesn’t help me!

“A literary trope is the use of figurative language, via word, phrase or an image, for artistic effect such as using a figure of speech. The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works.”

Source: Wikipedia

So I guess I will have to accept the fact that Pride and Prejudice has love triangles

Buuuuutt! I will make myself feel better about it because I still don’t think that Pride and Prejudice falls into the spirit of the traditional Love Triangle Trope!

When I think of Love Triangles I think of Twilight, The Hunger Games, and The Remnant Chronicles.  I don’t think of Pride and Prejudice.  When someone says “Love Triangle Trope” I think of the over the top, drug out, excruciating choice that never gets made.  It doesn’t refer to the basis of multiple suitors and possible love interests.

So TECHNICALLY Pride and Prejudice contains love triangles, but I REFUSE to believe that it falls into the Love Triangle Trope.

What do you think? Let me know! I really want to know! Please tell me I am not crazy!

Please tell me that Pride and Prejudice does not fall under the Love Triangle trope?!?

 

Bookish Academy Awards

I was tagged by Ivy @ Ivy’s Well Used Library Card.  Thanks for the tag! Go check out her blog! It is awesome 😀

I usually stay away from tags that make me think of different books because I am awful at remembering everything I have read, but since I was tagged I am going to give it a try! I am exited to try, but I just want to warn you that my answers will probably be from books I have read recently or that are fresh in my mind for whatever reason!

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Best Actor (Best male protagonist)

Nate from “Heroine Complex” I love him!

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Best Actress: (Best female protagonist)

I can’t help it! It has to be Elizabeth from “Pride and Prejudice

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Best Cinematography: (Best plot twist)

Godsgrave” for sure! It was all over the place, I couldn’t predict anything!

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Best Costume Design: (Best book cover)

The Cruel Prince” has a pretty awesome cover!

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Best Supporting Actress and Actor: (Best Male and Female Sidekick)

This one is super tough but I think I have to choose “The Fire’s Stone” Its a little bit of a cop out but the three main characters are kind of each other’s sidekicks!

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Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)

This probably isn’t super unique, but it was the book that started me in fantasy, so it was unique to me. “Harry Potter

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Best Adapted Screenplay: (Best book-to-movie adaptation)

I have to copy this from Ivy! “The Princess Bride

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Best Animated Feature: (A book that would work well in animated format)

Daughter of the Pirate King” would make a great animated movie!

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Best Director: (A writer you discovered for the first time)

I really liked “Geekerella” by Ashley Poston and recently discovered she also wrote “Heart of Iron” which I heard is really good.

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Best Short Film: (Best Novella or Short-Book)

I don’t read a lot of novellas, but recently I read and loved “Once Con Glory

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Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)

Oooh there are a lot of ones I can choose for this! I am going to go with “Uprooted“!

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Best Documentary: (Best historical fiction)

I used to read a ton of Historical Fiction, but I don’t anymore.  In High School “Girl in Blue” was one of my favorites.

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Thats it! Some were way harder to answer than others, but I like the answers I came up with!  Who would you choose for each one?

I am not going to tag anyone, but if you participate please let me know so I can see your answers!

3 Quotes, 3 Days Tag – Day 2

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

Yesterday my quote(s) were about the importance of reading to children.  I could easily make all three quotes about books and I could get away with it because this is a book blog but I won’t.

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Yes, this quote is from a book, but it is not about books! So I am #Winning! Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book and I love how the love story is gradual.  Just like in real life.  There is no insta-love.  And this quote sums it up perfectly!

Again I am not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do it then please do! Its fun!

6 Degrees of Separation – Pride and Prejudice

Guys!!!! Guess what I found!!!! There is this game* where you start with a given book and then you list the next book that comes to mind, then you go from that book to another book, creating a chain.  You do this 6 times (so you have 7 books including the one you started with).

* I call it a game because that is what I think of it as, but the word the originator uses is “meme.” I thought memes were viral pictures with different captions, so I am a little confused.  I am going to continue calling it a game even though that might not be technically correct.

I was just perusing (good word huh?) random blogs, searching for other Pride and Prejudice lovers, when I stumbled across a 6 Degrees of Separation post on a blog titled luv to read.  In the post she connects Pride and Prejudice to The Secret Garden. To see how she got there you will have to read her post!

The game/meme originates from a blog titled Books Are My Favorite and Best. Every month they pick a new book to start off the chains.  They have a set of rules that are super easy and fun.  Mostly they want you to link back to their blog so that everyone can play!  In her post, Kate connects Pride and Prejudice to Swing Time.

My goal from here on out will be to play every month!!! I am so excited! For August the pick is, my favorite book ever, Pride and Prejudice!!!!  Here goes nothing:

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1. Pride and Prejudice
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I LOVE this book! I will save you the details, but if you want you can read my review here.

2. The Princess Bride

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Thinking of Pride and Prejudice, and how it is my favorite book, got me thinking about my other favorite books… and the fact that I don’t really have any other favorites.  But my favorite movie is The Princess Bride.  Which also happens to be a book!  This is one of the rare occasions where I watched the movie before I read the book.  (Because I didn’t know it was a book until after I watched the movie)

3. Eragon

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Thinking of more instances where I watched the movie before I read the book, reminds me of Eragon.  I loved the movie and was so excited when I found out it was a book.  After reading the book, I realized why everyone hated the movie (its an awful adaptation), but I still really liked both. Though that is only because I watched the movie first.  If I had read the book first I probably would have hated the movie.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Thinking about Eragon reminds me how pissed off I was that the author stretched his trilogy into a “cycle” with four books.  There were a LOT of boring sections that added little or nothing to the story.  He didn’t need to stretch it out, he just wanted to milk more money out of the series.  Thinking about how bad Christopher Paolini treated his series got me thinking about authors that know how to write a good series.  The best of the best would have to be J.K. Rowling, which brings us to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

5. Anne of Green Gables

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone brings back lots of good memories:

  1. My 3rd grade teacher reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone aloud to the entire class.  All of us anxiously waiting for reading time so we could find out what happened.  Then when it was finished we begged Mrs. Chaney to read the next book but she refused, saying if we wanted to find out what happened in the next book we would have to read it ourselves. Which may sound mean, but was actually brilliant, because I am pretty sure the whole class read the second book on their own.
  2. My best friend Alyissa and I racing to buy/read the rest of the books in the series as they came out.
  3. Spending the night at my Aunt’s house and staying up till midnight to get the 7th book right as it came out.  We went to Walmart in our Pjs and waited in a huge line that wrapped around the store to get our copies.  Then we went home, and of course we had to start reading! We didn’t get a lot of sleep that night.

Unfortunately, none of these memories lead me to another book.  I don’t remember any of the other books Mrs. Chaney read to us.  Alyissa and I didn’t read any other books together.  I have never bought any other book at midnight right when it was released.

But thinking about books that bring back memories reminds my of Anne of Green Gables.  When we were kids we would take a road trip every summer.  On one of the road trips my Mom read Anne of Green Gables to us.  It was really cool to read a book together as an entire family.

6. Maze Runner

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After reading Anne of Green Gables I wanted to read the rest of the series, so my dad bought be the next couple books in the series. I never got around to reading them.  This reminded me of the time that I almost bought the entire Maze Runner series, without having read any of the books.  But then I thought of all the unread books I owned and decided I should only get the first one.  I knew I could come back and get the rest of the series later.

7. The Hobbit

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It is a good thing I didn’t buy the entire Maze Runner series because I ended up reading only half of the first book and then losing interest.  It is a rare thing for me not to finish a book.  Thinking of other books I didn’t finish, reminds me of The Hobbit. I had trouble reading The Hobbit.  The first time I read it I only got about half way through.  The second time I don’t even think I made it that far.  For such a tiny book it was super hard for me to get through.  I kept getting distracted and losing interest or getting confused.  Years later I decided to read the Lord of the Rings books, and really liked them.  Afterwards I gave The Hobbit one last chance, and was able to finish it!  I actually enjoyed it.  I think the first 2 times I tried to read The Hobbit, the timing just wasn’t right.  I was probably stressed out about some thing or another and a deep, in depth book was not what I needed.


Yay! That was fun. It really made me think about all the different books I have read.  I can’t wait to do this again next month!  Let me know what you think of my chain and share your own!