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Holly

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  • Shades of Milk and Honey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

    Fionna says: "Jane Austen with magic"
    "All of Austen's characters with none of the charm."
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    As a Jane Austen fan, and a fan of fantasy writing, I was duped into buying this book not once, but twice.

    What I liked:
    *Kowal's character's are exact copies of various players in Austen's works. If you're familiar with the stories, you can pick them out as you go, which is fun. Seems like a complete cop-out by the author, but alas, that was the most enjoyable part of the book for me.
    *The descriptions of the setting and magics involved were vivid and complete.

    What I didn't like:
    *Character motivations seemed cloudy and counterintuitive.
    *Plot was stale. Just a jumbled-up rip off of several Austen novels with some magic thrown in. You can trace entire scenes back to a Jane Austen novel.
    *The narration was done in a terrible fake english accent which changed and dropped throughout the book.

    If you liked the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies type books, or just need an Austen fix, this might be for you, but I'd borrow the book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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