Month: May 2012

Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter (Book Review)

Posted May 3, 2012 by Jana in Adult Fiction, Book Review / 3 Comments

Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter (Book Review)Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter
Published by Ballantine Books on June 12, 2007
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift
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3 Stars

After a string of disastrous dates, Emily Albright decides she’s had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy, the dashing, honorable, and passionate hero of Jane Austen’s classic. So when her best friend suggests a wild week of margaritas and men in Mexico with the girls, Emily abruptly flees to England on a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead. Far from inspiring romance, the company aboard the bus consists of a gaggle of little old ladies and one single man, Spike Hargreaves, a foul-tempered journalist writing an article on why the fictional Mr. Darcy has earned the title of Man Most Women Would Love to Date.

The last thing Emily expects to find on her excursion is a broodingly handsome man striding across a field, his damp shirt clinging to his chest. But that’s exactly what happens when she comes face-to-face with none other than Mr. Darcy himself. Suddenly, every woman’s fantasy becomes one woman’s reality. . . .

I love Jane Austen spin-offs. I think we’ve all figured this out by now. Because I love them so much, they can easily disappoint me at the same time, which is what happened here. This was on of those “meh” books, and actually the book that inspired my 3-Star rating explanation over on my sidebar. Sometimes that’s really the only word I can come up with when someone asks me how I liked a book.

1. It was a slow, basic, fluffy plot that was perfect for a leisurely day of summer reading. There was not a lot to it, and I got through it pretty quickly. This is not always a bad thing, as I enjoy having a lighter book to just enjoy every once in a while!

2. Emily’s gaggle of old lady friends were hilariously dramatic as they toured the English countryside.  Some of these women were fun to read about, and some of them bothered me a little. Some were just downright laugh-out-loud funny. They formed a pretty strong bond with Emily in the short amount of time they had, though, so I got to know and like them at about the same pace that Emily did. They were always concerned about her, and treated her like a granddaughter, which I thought was cute.

3. Mr. Darcy does make an appearance in the book a few times, but I didn’t like it very much. I’m not sure if it was a cut in the fabric of time, Emily’s mindless daydreams, or visions from a higher power, but the two of them had innocent encounters throughout the course of the book. Nobody saw him but Emily, so she was viewed as being a bit crazy whenever she mentioned seeing him. Seriously, why would you continue talking about meeting Mr. Darcy if nobody else saw him? I mean, does she want to come off as crazy?4. Mr. Darcy bugged me. He was not my Mr. Darcy, and came off as selfish and cocky. I think that’s why this book left me feeling “meh”. I love this guy, and I think the author of this book decided that people like him too much. I don’t have skewed views about men because of Mr. Darcy, but I do appreciate him and enjoy thinking about finding someone similar (thank you, BBC).  I left this book not liking Mr. Darcy, and I was not happy about that.

4. The writing was done well, and the story idea was cute. I was just not extremely fond of the execution or the characterization.

I recommend this to readers who enjoy Jane Austenesque novels, but don’t mind if Mr. Darcy is thrown under the bus a little!

3 Stars

Top Ten Books I’d Love to See as a Movie

Posted May 1, 2012 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 5 Comments


So, today I get to talk about all the books I loved enough to want to watch on the big screen! This topic really excites me, because I am a MAJOR movie lover. I love movies almost as much as books, so when an awesome movie makes it to the theaters (as long as it is done well), I get to not only see my characters come to life, but I can share my favorite stories with my non-reader friends. Like… The Hunger Games. My little sister finally got to see why I love the book so much! She went and saw the movie with me (after much begging), and now she might even read the book! Victory! Anyway, onto my list! Oh, and some of these might have movies coming… but I don’t keep track of which authors/publishers have sold movie rights, etc. So let me know if you’ve heard something!

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
PLEASE? I want to see the scenery and experience the cool things Bria and Rowan get to do on their adventures. I’ve been to Belize, and loved it. But one can’t just hop over to Belize everyday! This movie would take me back, and I’m TOTALLY fine with that. Just sayin’. :)

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Seriously. I must see these sexy dragons for myself. I have my own picture in my mind, but I want to see what Hollywood can do with this. And the mystical dragon land… and the forests. I just need to see this!

The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum
This is one of my favorite books, and it would make an awesome movie! Go read my review to get an idea of why I think so!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
I want to see the Aether in the sky! It sounded pretty miraculous and mysterious. Does it look like Northern Lights? MAYBE! I don’t know! And I want to watch Aria and Perry’s journey through the “Death Shop”. Aria had never seen the outside world until she escaped to find her mom, so I think seeing everything for the first time… through her eyes would be awesome!

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

The B&B in North Carolina that the bulk of this book takes place in and around sounds like a piece of my dream of Heaven. This would make a beautifully picturesque movie.

Gentlemen Prefer Nerds by Joan Kilby
This is a really fun, adventurous, romantic, suspenseful mystery and I was seriously thinking the other day that I’d love to watch it! I bet it would be kind of like Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. I love that movie!

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Ok, seriously, If the only thing I can see is a short film of the sexy masquerade ball, I’d be just fine. The tension can be cut with a knife, plus I’d LOVE to see all the costumes I read about!

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
Hello. This would be so much better than Castaway with Tom Hanks. No offense… it’s just this island is way more exciting than his.

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
What a cute movie this book would make! We have three short stories, but they are interwoven so it would totally work. PLUS, it takes place during a blizzard! At Christmastime. I mean, who here wants to see John Green’s story of the blizzardy journey to the Waffle House? No, the better question is… who DOESN’T? I was dying of laughter.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I want to see New Beijing. And I want to see this cyborg Cinderella, and her mechanical friend Iko. I just know it would be amazing.

So, what are some of your book-to-movie wishes?