Two New Reviews From Our Local Book Reviewer

By Adventures in Obsessive Reading 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Author: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Page Count: 321
Rating: B
Keywords: Zombies, Humor, Gore, Love, Reimagined
Genre: Young Adult, Reimagined Classic
Younger Readers: Innuendoes are present throughout and some language. If you are capable of handling a joke about balls then you will likely be fine with this book. There are references to savage beating but not described in detail and one must remember that this is, in fact,  a book about zombies.

I would like to begin by saying that Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of my all time favorite books and I love the movies as well. So, yes. I am biased.

Be aware that this is different from the movie. I saw the movie first and enjoyed it quite a bit. Once I started reading this book I quickly realized that the narrative was much more similar to the original book by Jane Austen than the movie I had watched just a few days prior. Despite this, it was still a fun read that I did not have too much difficulty getting through. I did read it slower than normal. However, this was much more likely due to being busy at school rather than this being a bad book.

This was funnier than I had expected. The humor is not necessarily blaringly obvious. It is subtle and if you’re not careful you could easily miss it. I was in no way prepared to hear Mr. Darcy utter a balls joke. I will admit that my started laugh was nowhere near graceful. It was more like a snort. Humor that catches you off guard can be the best.

The addition of ninjas was absolutely perfect. I am not entirely sure what it is, but whenever there are ninjas in a story it instantly becomes much better.

I like when characters can be wrong and accept that they were wrong. This is one of the reasons I love Pride & Prejudice. Elizabeth and Darcy are both proud people that it seems will never make it work. And yet they do. It is a gradual love story that defies odds. No instalove in sight. Pride & Prejudice was the original romantic comedy and has had readers coming back for over two hundred years. 

This adaptation was fun. If you hate Jane Austen, the maybe stay away from this one. If you’re looking for something really fast paced I would also wait. However, if you’re a Jane Austen fan and want a humorous, endearing read then I would check this one out!

P.S. If you do read this, take note of Charlotte. How does no one notice what is going on with her?! How??????

The Queen of the Tearling
Author: Elizabeth Mckenzie
Page Count: 413
Rating: C
Keywords: Squirrels, Identity, Crisis, Pharmaceutical Sales, Murder, Veterans
Genre: Fiction
Younger Readers: This is written for adults. Sex, drugs, drinking, murder, and mental illness are all present.

I listened to this audiobook right after finishing Stalking Jack the Ripper while I was in Ireland and England. It got me through long train rides, cab rides, and two flights without succumbing to total boredom. There were even points where I would stay up late listening to it at night after touring castles, cathedrals, and museums all day. With how tired I was, this was definitely an addicting read.

I enjoyed that rather than being set in the past, this book was actually set in the future where society has regressed. Doctors are rare and culture is now similar to medieval Europe. Even books are rare. This interesting twist made me want to hear more about the Crossing and what could have possibly happened. I truly hope this is explored further in the future.

Kelsea can be a bit stubborn at times and irritating, but I enjoyed her character overall. She grows on you as the story progresses. While her strong will and life story are perfectly aligned with most fantasy books, she did have her unique points. Rather than the traditional petite and gorgeous characters that populate fiction, she is described as being quite average in terms of weight and appearance. At times she focuses far too much on this. Harping needlessly on what she perceives as her “lacking” physical traits may have been a bit of an annoyance while I was listening, but it can also serve as a refreshing trait for those wanting a new character type.

Like with most fantasies I’ve read, this book is heavily involved with politics. Because I was listening to this story rather than reading a physical copy, I did become lost at times. Names and locations all blend together at the start. As time goes on they become easier to pick out and remember. Secondary characters and court drama are strong throughout the book.

Two components that were not as prominent would be magic and love. Magic is hinted at throughout this installment, but not as a main point. With how it was developed and presented I would guess it will be more relevant in future books. However, I am not sure if the love aspect will ever be present. Kelsea has one potential interest but whether or not this will ever develop is difficult to tell. 

Katherine’s reading was delightful. I especially love how she was able to give each character such a unique voice that perfectly matched their personalities. I listened between the 1.5x and 2x speeds throughout.

This was a solid fantasy novel and great introduction to a series. I cannot wait to see if book two is as amazing. Definitely check this one out if you are into fantasy, dark storylines, and political intrigue. If you are somewhat leery of heavy fantasy themes, you will be fine with this book. It fits well into the genre without having some of the heaviness associated with more traditional tomes of the genre.