The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation, #6)The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another wonderful addition to the series. The Marigold is the central spy in this Pink Carnation novel but the focus moves to India and Penelope Devereaux Staines. Who can resist her tortured soul and unhappy life when she tempts every man around her and uses her brain on a regular basis? Loved her and Captain Alex Reed and how they emerged in this novel with a emotional conundrum to figure out who is or is not a traitor. The sections with Eloise and Colin are lovely as always and opens up some great new fun with the Selwick family coming together and meeting the elusive Caroline Selwick. A re-read is not far away for me.

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The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation, #5)The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of Charlotte and Robert was beautiful. Well written and beautifully plotted, I made my way through it as quickly as possible because I could not put it down. Another lovely addition for the Pink Carnation series that explores secondary characters and their chance for happiness. Also the story of Eloise and Colin continues its lovely progress as they navigate the perils of a new relationship and not knowing what the other person does for a living. So cute and sweet that I am so glad I am able to move right on to the next in the series.

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The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (Pink Carnation, #4)The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another wonderful addition to the Pink Carnation series. Now following Lord Vaughn and Mary Alsworthy, we are given more insight and are told who the illusive Black Tulip is. I applaud Willig for another contribution to the series but also making the Tulip expected but not. There are plot elements that are used to great effect and even though all readers know the eventual outcome of the story, Willig does a wonderful job of keeping it entertaining and the reader never quite sure what will happen next to lead to the expected conclusion. A series I intend to keep reading as long as she keeps writing.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk Classics)Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novel was wonderful. A perfect ending to this series and just amazing. I cannot wait to recommend this to anyone who enjoys this series. Hockensmith weaves history, the original characters, and the zombie invasion to explore Regency England with Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. It also does a great job of exploring lesser known characters such as Mary and Kitty Bennett and Lady Catherine and Anne de Bourgh. I definitely never saw the ending coming but it was so much better than I could have wanted. Also the cure for the zombie disease is well thought out and explored in the novel. How could anyone resist more Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? You must go out and get this book. Thank you Quirk Books for sending me a pre-release copy and allowing me to read this bloody amazing novel.

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Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my second time reading this book and I love it just as much as I did before. This time I noticed more including the references to having balls *snickers* and how well Smith integrates into Austen’s novel that you cannot separate the two again. Elizabeth and Darcy are both still amazing and wonderful in this novel accented by the Zed word, vomiting, and lots of katanas. The original classic monster mash-up remains one of my favorite books.

First Review
This book is absolutely hilarious! Every Austen fan should read it and everyone who loves quirk should read it! It has love, social commentary, and zombies! An absolute must read!

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was hilarious. A great addition to the P&P&Z series and does a very good job of explaining some of the motivations that are seen in the original P&P&Z. Elizabeth is as badass as ever even when she is not quite sure of what she is doing. New characters make it quite interesting and I find that I like Jane better after a scene near the ending that all readers should have a chance to check out.

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Review: Something Blue

March 1, 2011

Something Blue (Darcy & Rachel, #2)Something Blue by Emily Giffin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely fantastic. A lot of people have thought what I first did- how is she going to make the villain of Something Borrowed a likable character? And she did it by staying true to the character and her journey. Darcy is concerned with appearances and she had always been beautiful but what does she do when beauty doesn’t win? She goes elsewhere to find her picture perfect life and instead gets what she really needed all along. I wished there was more Rachel in the novel but I also understand why she cannot permeate the novel the way she did with her own. A wonderfully written novel and I intend to enjoy it again and again.

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