Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Review: First impressions - Alexa Adams

A tale of less Pride and Prejudice
Genre: Historical/Fiction/Pride and Prejudice Variation
Pages: 190
Published: 2010

In Pride and Prejudice Fitzwilliam Darcy begins his relationship with Elizabeth Bennet with the words: "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present togive consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." What would have happened if Mr. Darcy had never spoken so disdainfully? First Impressions explores how the events of Jane Austen's beloved novel would have transpired if Darcy and Elizabeth had danced together at the Meryton Assembly. Jane and Bingley's relationship blossoms unimpeded, Mary makes a most fortunate match, and Lydia never sets a foot in Brighton. Austen's witty style is authentically invoked in this playful romp from Longbourn to Pemberley.

My thoughts:
Now this was a fun one. I think this is how PP was supposed to be, but then Austen decided to bring in some drama and Pride and Prejudice.

This one changes right at the start. Darcy holds his tongue and dances with Lizzy, and finds her rather witty. So he never tells Bingley to walk away from Jane, and he tells Mr Bennet that his younger daughters are making fools of themselves. I like this Mr Darcy with less pride because it all makes sense. It begins with little things and then the rest falls into place.

How about the rest then. Oh more fun, I promise you. There is a match I always wanted, a match that made me laugh, and we hear about all the rest too. I liked that.

She is also writing in a style very similar to Austen, it feels old, and that does make it feel real. It turns out to be a good variation with less drama, and the characters are on their best behaviour..well most of them. What could you really expect from Wickham? ;)

Recommendation and final thoughts:
This was a short variation, but I enjoyed it. She kept it authentic, and it truly felt like a way the story could have played out. 

Reason for reading:
I like Austen variations, that is hardly a surprise any more

Cover:
Hm, but I guess it fits.


33 comments:

  1. I think I'll have to pass. I just don't don't understand why so many people have to change the story.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I wonder which matches were made that are not in the original! I alwas thought Mary should have married someone.:) Sounds like a cute book!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Okay, I'm very curious about this one. I need to find out how this Darcy plays out! Hmm.... :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. A nice one, I might be tempted! Less pride and prejudice, more fun!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I wrote the book to please myself, and it is always a joy to learn that I managed to please others as well. I guess it was safe to assume that I was not the only one craving a certain match. I still can't believe that more writers haven't done the same. Thanks again!

    ReplyDelete
  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Carol
    Lol, well cos it sells, and who buys them *raises hand* ;)

    Irena
    You know I can't tell, but I really liked Mary's match, and Caroline's was amusing

    Melissa
    He was, he held back that tongue of his and he behaved in a more like a gentleman ;)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Ana
    It was very amusing, and fun to see how things could have played out. Ok I always say that, but here it was a sweet road, and a sensible one

    bermuda
    I bet she would :)

    JuJu
    It was lovely, and short, lol, I liked that, needed that too

    ReplyDelete
  9. Alexa
    If you are talking about the match I think you are talking about then yes, I always marvel over that too. Such a good match, I have always wanted it.

    Thanks for stopping by :) I am glad I won this book

    ReplyDelete
  10. This sounds good. Now you've got me wondering about that other match...lol.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'm reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at the moment and I've never read the original. However, I'm not finding a lot of zombie flavor in the book so I think I'm getting a basic sense on what the original PP was about. I'm planning on reading the original and because I wish Darcy wasn't such an ass and just danced with Elizabeth when he first had the chance, I'll definitely be reading First Impressions =)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hmm, another Austen variation. How many are there, really?

    ReplyDelete
  13. I enjoyed the review, Blodeuedd. I like Alexa's style as well.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wasn't Pride & Prejudice originally entitled First Impressions? Or is that another novel I'm thinking of? Hmmm..

    *grins* You're always giving me something new to add to my list! XD Even though it may be a while to get to...it sounds like an interesting AU to P&P.

    Fabu review, Blodeuedd!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I passed the link to your review along to a friend who's a bit cynical about Austen variations... we shall see.

    ReplyDelete
  16. awww!! this one sounds really sweet!! i like some austen spin offs but not all of them, but this one sounds like i might need to try it!

    ReplyDelete
  17. You know I have never read an Austen book. They do sound good, but I just never seem to get there. Glad you enjoyed this one. :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Sounds fun...I love Jane Austen spinoffs :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Darn you! Just win I promised myself I would never read another P&P spinoff here you go posting another review of one! LOL! My amazon account hates you right about now, because I just bought the book!


    Lynette

    ReplyDelete
  20. Naida
    All I can say that it's a good match ;)

    Mishel
    I read the zombie one, lol, funny. I have red the original too, and I am very wicked cos I prefer variations ;)

    Janna
    I would say a lot :D

    Thank you Monica :)
    It was different style from what i have read so far

    ReplyDelete
  21. Redd
    I think you are right, not sure, but I had that impression too. I like to think of this novel as the one JA wrote, and then an editor said, oh no, we need more drama, heartbreak, and pride and prejudice ;)

    Chris
    Lol, thank you :)

    Carrie
    There are good one, ok ones and bad ones out there, but that's the case with all books in the end. Still I read them all hihi

    ReplyDelete
  22. Melissa
    Do you mean the classics or the variations? Cos yes I struggled with PP back in the days, the language, not so fun. (I prefer the movies) I am bad

    Chris
    I do too, lol, but then I do not need to tell you that. It shows

    Lyntte
    Lol, no you didn't, hihi, oh I feel evil now, your poor account, but then it is so hard to resist JA variations

    ReplyDelete
  23. I went through an Austen phase a couple years ago so will add this book to my reading list and hopefully try it one day.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Jenny
    I am enjoying my Austen phase a great deal :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. I will be reading this one..sounds fun!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Staci
    I hope you like the matches they made too :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. I'm probably one of only 5 book bloggers out here that haven't read PP actually. I've just never been able to finish an Austen before. This does sound interesting though!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Ladytink
    I know there are others out there :) And I have only read two Austen books

    ReplyDelete
  29. I've found spin offs of P/P are either hit or miss..this sounds like it might be a good one. Putting it on my wishlist for when I'm in the mood for a little Darcy!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I love Jane Austen but I am always willing to step out of my box to read other variations people have come up with! Wonderful review. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  31. Bucky
    True, hit or miss :) A woman always need a bit of Darcy in her life, lol, I just can't get enough

    Deanne
    It is so worth trying, I love JA variations, they are so fun

    ReplyDelete

Contributors

Copyright © 2008-2016 Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell All Rights Reserved. Proudly powered by Blogger

  © Blogger template Starry by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008 Modified by Lea

Back to TOP