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Worst Ending Ever,
This review is from: Mr Darcy, Vampyre (Paperback)
Firstly. This book is nothing like Twilight. It bears absolutely no resemblance to Twilight; and anyone who says otherwise is a literary snob who should stick to reading the classics and leave contemporary fiction alone.
Now, onto THIS book.
I've never read Pride & Prejudice. As much as I like the story (from various screen adaptations) I just couldn't get on with the writing style. However, I have no reservations in stating that the story is a classic. As such, when I saw Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, I was very intrigued. Bad reviews prevented me from buying it when it was released; but when I saw it in a charity shop I bought it - figuring that even if I didn't like the book the money was going to a good cause.
Mr. D, Vampyre was quite a departure for me. I've never read a book in this style before and I found myself easily falling into the rhythms of the storytelling. Amanda Grange's descriptive technique is, at times, beautiful and I found it easy to imagine what she was describing. Unlike other reviewers I was never bored. Despite the fact that the first 200+ pages have very little happening I still found it to be a very enjoyable read. However, I did feel that for someone 'so in love' Elizabeth was being a bit dense for not figuring out what was wrong with her beloved Darcy. Still, I was able to put that aside and carry on.
The travesty is that 30 or so pages from the end the author throws such a huge curveball at the reader it completely pulled me out of the story. A cure? For vampirism? I'm sorry, but I've never heard of such a thing when an older vampire is concerned. Newborns, yes, but never older ones. Ok, despite my reservations, I perservered. I'm always up for someone totally new within the vampire canon (which is why I, personally, enjoyed Stephenie Meyer's take on the myths). Unfortunately, the manner in which the author concludes this novel is dreadful. The last 30 pages turn into an action adventure story as the characters attempt to find a hidden temple where the cure can be obtained. In just 30 pages the sheer amount of 'oh well, that's convenient' moments stacked up.
Darcy has what amounts to a big bath and he's suddenly cured. Pathetic. I wanted Elizabeth to display more 'prejudice' towards the vampire world. For Darcy to have some 'pride' in his vampire heritage. And, finally, for
Elizabeth to realise that the only way to truly be with the man she loves is to become a vampire too.
Instead, Darcy is cured and everyone trots of back to jolly old England.
I can't remember EVER being so frustrated by a turn of events in a novel. But, even more so because I had enjoyed the novel so immensely until that point. Oh well, back to the charity shop for this one.