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Review: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

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Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

by Melissa de la Cruz
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Synopsis
Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?

What I thought
Okay I know this may not come across as well as I want it to.  So I am going to start by stating that I do like other books that this author has written and my biggest gripe with this book is that it’s supposed to be a retelling.  Maybe I hold Pride and Prejudice too high in my humble opinion but here we go.

I was so excited to read this book.  I mean a retelling from Darcy’s perspective. YES PLEASE SIGN ME UP!!!!

What made me even happier about reading this book is that I was buddy reading it with Brittany from Perfectly Tolerable. Please see her review here. So not only was I reading a retelling but I was going to get to gush about it. At least that was what I thought was going to happen.

So you have a character names Darcy and a character named Bingley, and this is where the similarities end. Now I do understand that this is a modernized retelling of the story and don’t get me wrong I am not a prude but within the first few chapters Darcy and Luke are all over each other. One thing I loved about Pride and Prejudice is the tension and the fact that there was back and forth and it was a huge build up. So in the first 30 pages that was shattered for me. However, I kept going because there had to be more to the story right…

Okay so everyone partnered up and resolved their issues in the first couple of chapters so something still had to happen. So because the characters are now confused about their feelings they go and get engaged to their ex’s that they really don’t like. The sure amount of things wrong there I wont even touch on.

There was a panic attack moment in the book that was handled poorly and Brittany spoke on it in her review so please do see her review for that.

I will only touch on one other thing that bothered me and that was how the parents were written in this retelling. I am not sure why that is but Luke Bennet’s parents are not in the picture at all, while Darcy’s parents are. So okay we are going to switch that part around but she has a horrible relationship with her dad…and this is why she has been gone for 8 years.  The petty way the father acted was horrible just in general not the writing but the actions.

I truly left this book not liking any of the characters or anything that happened in it.

My Rating: /52 stars

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Wrap Up

October 2018 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrapup

Good Afternoon Everyone! It’s Halloween!

So where I am working now we get x amount of holidays and then we get to choose a holiday to take from a list.  Yep, I take Halloween.

So October seems to have just flown by in the blink of an eye.  Yes, that may be due to me running around like crazy. Really my daughter has to be somewhere after school every day. So that is when I read. If any of you follow me on Instagram you have seen how I spend the non-raining football games. My daughter is in the band so I only have to pay attention during halftime and pre-game.

FB Reading 2018

When I am not running around for that she is also in the orchestra.

String Rreading 2018

So I was looking at what I read in September and October and I could not figure out why my reading had gone down so much from July and August.  Well, I keep needing to remind myself that I am much busier now that school is in full swing. And I should be happy if I just read one book. So that is something that I am working on. Just being happy with what I can accomplish and not focusing on what I didn’t. I know this seems like a simple concept but I am truly my own worst enemy.

But you are not here to hear me ramble about all of that you are here to see what I read this month so here we go!

I finished 10 books this month and DNF’d 2.

Books Read

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
5 Stars
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The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
4 Stars
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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
4 Stars
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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
4 Stars
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Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
5 Stars
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Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
2 Stars
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Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black
4 Stars
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5 Stars
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Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening
5 Stars
by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
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Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
5 Stars
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Books DNF’d

Mem by Bethany C. Morrow
DNF
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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
DNF at 57%
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Well, that wraps up this month.

How was your reading this month?

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