Thursday, 7 November 2013

Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Attempting ElizabethTitle: Attempting Elizabeth

Series: N/A

Jessica Grey

Published: 24th January 2013

Source: E-copy from the author for an honest review

Kelsey Edmundson is a geek and proud of it. She makes no secret of her love for TV, movies, and, most especially, books. After a bad breakup, she retreats into her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, wishing she had some of the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennett.

One night at a party Kelsey meets handsome Australian bartender Mark Barnes. From then on, she always seems to run into him when she least expects it. No matter how Kelsey tries, she always seems to say the wrong thing.

After a particularly gaffe-filled evening around Mark, Kelsey is in desperate need of inspiration from Jane Austen. She falls asleep reading Darcy’s letter to Lizzy and awakens to find herself in an unfamiliar place that looks and sounds suspiciously like her favorite book. Has she somehow been transported into Pride and Prejudice, or is it just a dream?

As Kelsey tries to discover what’s happening to her, she must also discover her own heart. Is Mark Barnes destined to be her Mr. Darcy? In the end, she must decide whether attempting to become Elizabeth is worth the risk or if being Kelsey Edmundson is enough.

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My Review

I adore Pride and Prejudice so when I read the synopsis for this novel I immediately wanted to read it! And I'm glad I did.

I really liked the different views we got of Pride and Prejudice, thinking about the story from other characters' point of views. Just like Kelsey, I've read P&P numerous times and I didn't pick up on the name similarities between George and Georgiana. I think it would have been quite amusing to read about George and Georgiana Wickham (if they'd married). ;)

I liked Kelsey, and though some of her flaws and the stupid things she did grated on my nerves I still found her to be a likable heroine and I was definitely rooting for her and Mark! I would've liked more of a back story for her character. We got a few bits here and there, but I didn't feel like I really knew her. But, I could definitely relate with her awkwardness around Mark and her geeky loves! 

Mark was awesome! He was sexy as hell and had a great personality to boot, the only problem I had with him was his Australian accent. I live in Australia and though I know a lot of other people (non-Australians) find the accent sexy, having to listen to it all the time really puts you off. This didn't make me like the book any less, it's just odd for me to see the words 'sexy' and 'Australian accent' in the same sentence. No offence to any Aussie accent lovers out there!

I really enjoyed the plot, I wish I could be sucked into P&P, at least for a little while! A few bits were quite predictable, when Darcy began acting strangely I knew what was up, but that didn't take away from the story at all. This was a fairly quick read and the story was nice, I especially loved the fantasy, book-entering, parts!

Now, all this talk of P&P has made me book-hungry! Guess I'm gonna have to reread it again..!

4/5 Whales

Author Bio - Jessica Grey

Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of preschooler-wrangling, and drinking way too much caffeine.

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One e-copy of Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey (epub, mobi or pdf)

-Ends 21st November 2013

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  1. Haha I imagine like everything, getting too much of it gets tiring. I love Australian accents but I hate french accents that we have around here everywhere. This sounds like a very entertaining read, though, and unique, too! Great review! :)

  2. Thanks for the great review! My Aussie friends think I'm crazy for finding the accent sexy, too...but I am pretty sure most everyone in Los Angeles does ;)