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A married man in possession of a dark fortune must be in want of an eternal wife...My hand is trembling as I write this letter. My nerves are in tatters and I am so altered that I believe you would not recognize me. The past two months have been a nightmarish whirl of strange and disturbing circumstances, and the future...I am afraid.If anything happens to me, remember thaA married man in possession of a dark fortune must be in want of an eternal wife...My hand is trembling as I write this letter. My nerves are in tatters and I am so altered that I believe you would not recognize me. The past two months have been a nightmarish whirl of strange and disturbing circumstances, and the future...I am afraid.If anything happens to me, remember that I love you and that my spirit will always be with you, though we may never see each other again. The world is a cold and frightening place where nothing is as it seems....

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Mr. Darcy, Vampyre Reviews

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-04-07 22:21

    This book has the most audacious title I have seen in years. In just two words, it conveys everything a reader may expect within. No mystery here: before even turning a page we know that this will be the most shameless attempt to cash in on the successes of Pride and Prejudice and Twilight yet. Yes! Let us dive into the depths of our id! Let us wallow in our love of costume dramas and supernatural romance! Let us splash around in the shallowest end of the literary pool!Alas. This book is not so bad that it's good. It's just bad. Elizabeth is transformed into a paper-cut-out: her inner monologue has as much snap as a limp noodle. Mr.Darcy's dialog is limited to periodic pronouncements on Elizabeth's beauty or the doomed quality of their marriage. There is absolutely no irony in this book. (How does someone even ATTEMPT an Austen rip-off without including sarcasm?) The vampires--er, "vampyres", are utterly without menace. There's little dialog, no characters worth remembering, and no plot until nearly 300 pages in. Eventually (SPOILERS), Elizabeth cures Mr.Darcy of his vampyrism through the power of her lurve. And...that's it. That's the entire book.I will never get that hour of my life back.

  • Ladiibbug
    2019-04-11 22:29

    I was so looking forward to this book, but it totally missed the mark for me.For starters, nothing even remotely vampire-related happens until around page 200, with the exception of a few veiled comments that Darcy & Elizabeth's marriage won't work out because they are "too different." Elizabeth takes this to mean the differences in their social statuses.Elizabeth spends the first 200 pages wondering while on her honeymoon why her new husband has not consummated their marriage. The honeymoon has been switched at the last minute from the Lake District to Paris, and then to other locations for mysterious reasons. Lots and lots of descriptions of various countrysides, locations, and visits with Darcy's friends and relatives. Darcy throughout the book is aloof -- his character is almost detached from the story. He is written as a rather one-dimensional character, almost like somebody offstage. He just doesn't have much of a presence in the book.Once the vampire action does finally begin ... it's just not very impressive. Perhaps this is because I am a big paranormal fan and have read so much vampire fiction.I could not recommend this book to anyone but the most strongly devoted Jane Austen fan. What a letdown. This book in the right hands could have been amazing! True blue Jane Austen fans might gasp in horror at the thought of Jane's books being so ... transformed? ravaged? ripped off?, but it could have been great fun.

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2019-04-08 15:20

    Elizabeth Bennet couldn't be happier on the morning of her double wedding with her sister Jane: she's very much in love with Mr Darcy and excited about the life to come. Yet from the moment the ceremony is concluded she detects something troubling Darcy - a brief look of torment on his face, a hint of pensive abstraction, and a sudden change of plans with their honeymoon. But she also sees the look of love on his face, and if he isn't coming to her at night she's sure it must be due to some consideration for her.Instead of travelling through the Lake District as they had originally planned, Darcy takes Lizzy to Paris, where the social gulf between them seems impossibly wide and yet not there at all. Darcy is kind and caring but still aloof, still keeping his distance. Comments dropped or overheard lead Lizzy to dwell on the idea that his family think she is beneath him, socially, but every time she asks Darcy if he regrets marrying her his reassurances put her at ease. His wide circle of European friends are entertaining but something continues to disturb Darcy; looking for advice on this problem that he won't tell Lizzy about, he takes her to visit his uncle, a count who lives in a castle in the Alps. Things there are stranger still - the servants seem afraid of Lizzy, there are no mirrors anywhere, and beasts with glowing red eyes lurk in the forest. During a night of danger Darcy and Lizzy make their escape into Italy, where days of happiness cannot quell the glimpses of anguish she catches on Darcy's face, or mask the fact that he is still keeping his distance. Lizzy fears they have made a mistake in marrying, but the truth is much bigger and darker and Darcy will do anything to protect Lizzy from it - until the truth is taken out of his hands by one far older and more dangerous than he, who has his sights set on Elizabeth Darcy.I know, I didn't mention the word "vampire" once in that summery, even though the title spells it out for you. It's an unnecessary word, funnily enough. This is horror like Frankenstein is horror - all atmosphere and suspense and shifting shadows and a sense of wrongness, rather than nasty frights and terror in the night. And it works very well. In fact, there were times during the story where I forgot that really, really, it wasn't "true" and started thinking back over scenes in Pride and Prejudice and how everything made sense now. Strange isn't it?One of the things I'm grateful for is that Grange didn't try to imitate Austen's style - that never, or rarely, works, and just makes the whole thing contrived and embarrassing. Yes I'm thinking of Janet Aylmer's Darcy's Story here, in particular. The prose in Mr Darcy, Vampyre isn't particularly "old fashioned" in style, but neither is it jarringly contemporary. It's smooth and swift and light. I wished for more lengthy passages rather than shorter scenes linked together by short descriptions and brief dialogue - easy to read, but something more detailed and more involved would have increased the atmosphere and suspense even more and made it a slower but ultimately satisfying read. There was too much telling and not enough showing.I did greatly enjoy this, though, and I found it hard to put down - especially as vampire clichés were sparse and I was curious as to what form the truth would take, as well as how Lizzy would find out - but it made me want more. That's the whole point, isn't it, of all these P&P spin-offs - whenever something, especially a romantic couple, is this captivating we want to read more of them. There's a lot of chemistry between Lizzy and Darcy here, which is particularly gripping and adds a dark and hungry (unsated) edge to the story, but I wanted more. They just weren't together enough, you don't get enough interaction. Well, you get quite a lot I'm sure but it never feels enough. There were a few things never properly explained, like why the count's servants were fearful of Lizzy and why the mob would not tolerate her, when she's the human one. References are made to P&P that anchor the story, and it was cute watching Lizzy and Darcy reminisce over the mean things they once said to each other. Lizzy was captured perfectly, and while she doesn't change much over the course of this story her character is one that can always hold a reader's attention. Darcy is just as complex as ever, and certainly sympathetic - you can really grow to love him here, and care for him in a way that he never really let you do in the original. Thankfully, unlike some other sequels, it never sinks into melodrama.Because the story takes place in Europe and far removed from Elizabeth's family, it has the advantage of embracing a whole new story without the feel of Austen glaring disapprovingly over your shoulder - if you've never read Pride and Prejudice you can easily pick this book up and enjoy it (it might even make you want to read the classic). This is one sequel that stands out from all the rest in more ways than one, delivering an original premise (compared to the other sequels) that actually, surprisingly works, and a very solid grasp of the familiar and beloved characters.

  • Farah
    2019-04-03 18:19

    Dulu waktu masih SD, gue punya temen baik yang tinggal di deket rumah, namanya Devi. Setiap pulang sekolah, kami pasti main bareng. Gue seneng banget main ke rumah Devi. Soalnya papanya Devi selalu beliin Devi buku-buku cerita. Dari buku-buku yang gue baca di rumah Devi ini lah, gue jadi tahu kisah-kisah terkenal karangan Hans Christian Andersen.Salah satu buku yang paling gue suka, adalah buku dimana kita bisa memilih sendiri akhir ceritanya. Kalau nggak salah inget sih, dulu buku yang gue baca itu adalah buku Beauty and the Beast. Tapi kita bisa pilih sendiri jalan ceritanya. Misalnya seperti ini, "Belle memasuki sebuah hutan yang gelap. Akhirnya ia tiba di persimpangan dengan dua cabang, kanan dan kiri. Kemana kah ia akan melanjutkan perjalanannya? Jika kamu ingin Belle memilih jalan ke kanan, buka halaman 27. Tapi jika kamu ingin Belle melanjutkan jalan ke kiri, buka halaman 28."Setiap pilihan yang kita ambil, akan menghasilkan jalan cerita yang berbeda. Walaupun terkadang, ada juga yang jalan ceritanya sengaja dirancang sedemikian rupa hingga apapun pilihan yang diambil, hasil akhirnya tetap sama. Misalnya, kalau memilih ke kanan, Belle akan sampai ke sebuah salon (salon? di tengah hutan?) yang dijaga oleh seorang kapster cantik yang ternyata dulunya laki-laki tapi berhasil menjalani operasi ganti kelamin di Thailand.Dan kalau Belle memilih ke kiri, ia akan sampai ke sebuah peternakan anjing gembala Jerman dan Belle akan dikejar-kejar sampai asma dan ia baru berhenti di depan sebuah salon. (iye, salon yang tadi. Yang di tengah hutan. Yang kapsternya cantik dan berhasil ganti kelamin di Thailand..)Saking kepengen tahu sama semua versi cerita yang ada, kadang-kadang gue sampe baca berkali-kali. Tapi cukup puas juga waktu tahu kalau pilihan jalan cerita yang gue bikin, adalah jalan cerita yang paling baik buat tokohnya. Toh, kapster salonnya ternyata adalah jelmaan ibu peri. Jadi, lumayan aja kan, kalo bisa nyampe salon tanpa harus dikejar-kejar anjing gembala Jerman dulu..Tapi kemudian selesai kelas 5 SD, Devi pindah ke Papua :'(Jadi ngga ada yang bisa dipinjem lagi bukunya. Tapi waktu SMP, gue menemukan buku cerita yang serupa dari seri Goosebumps. Yang ini lebih ribet lagi. Karena bentuknya novel, dan jumlah halamannya bisa sampe 80-an. Dan yang lebih gila lagi, ada banyak banget versi yang bisa dipilih. Dan untuk tahu semua versi jalan ceritanya, gue sampe mesti nulis urutan halaman yang gue baca. Hahaha.Membaca buku ini, jadi mengingatkan gue sama kesenangan membaca pas jaman SD. Bedanya, kali ini bukan gue yang memutuskan mau jalan cerita yang seperti apa buat Elizabeth Bennet dan Mr. Darcy. Tapi si pengarang.Seandainya buku ini gue baca jauh sebelum gue membaca Twilight Saga, pasti kesan yang ditinggalkan akan berbeda. Tapi, boleh dibilang gue saat ini udah ngga tertarik lagi sama vampir. Mau yang ganteng dan pernah sekolah di Hogwarts kek, atau yang spellingnya vampyre instead of vampire kek, yang warna-warni berkilauan macam permen fox di bawah sinar matahari kek, ataupun yang transparan dan ngga bisa keluar saat matahari terbit atau terbenam. Terserah deh.Jadi, kesan yang ditinggalkan dari membaca buku ini adalah, "Apa banget deh? Kok Mr. Darcy malah jadi vampyre? Meh. *lempar buku. nyalain komputer. main The Sims.*Tapi gue salut juga sama pengarangnya. Awal-awal baca halaman pertama aja udah disuguhin sama jalan cerita yang rumit. Kayaknya si pengarang bener-bener napak tilas semua lokasi kejadian dalam cerita aslinya. Banyak banget nama tempat yang disebutin, bok! Kalo gue beneran guru geografi yang arif dan berbudi sih ya, gue pasti baca buku itu sambil buka peta dunia deh. Sayang aja gue guru geografi yang rendah hati. Jadi ngga sok-sokan baca novel sambil belajar peta buta.Selain ide ceritanya, yang ngeganggu juga adalah banyaknya typo di dalam buku. Rrrrhh... *geram. mengepalkan kedua tangan. tulis nama editornya, tempelin ke boneka vodoo, tusuk-tusuk pake jarum pentul*Typo itu mengganggu, Samira. Sungguh. Apalagi kalo kebanyakan. Perlu saya tunjukin typonya ada di halaman berapa aja hah? hah?!?Lain kali pake kacamata, ya. Atau atur tampilan di komputer kamu pake zoom 350% waktu kamu mengedit buku lainnya. Huh.

  • Vic
    2019-03-30 20:26

    Inquiring readers: The following is the third of three reviews I placed on my blog. In this instance, one is enough. I probably should have simply stayed with this one. Here, then, is Mrs. Darcy's letter to her sister Jane about her strange marriage to Mr. Darcy:My dearest Jane,Well, what a crock, as they say in 21st century America! I’ve had to delve a full 250 pages into Mr. Darcy Vampyre to find out what was going to happen to us. And then the plot was so rushed and jumbled that I never did received an adequate explanation of how vampyres came to be, or what exactly Mr. Darcy ate in order to survive for 150 years. Upon my honor, Jane, I am aware that men are not particularly conversant when it comes to giving out details, but I’d had no notion that Mr. Darcy suffered from a verbal disability. He could not for the life of him adequately explain his strange tale. In describing one of the most important events of his life – that of turning into a vampyre – he took all of 21 words. (STOP!: Major Spoiler Alert: “The woman turned to me, her fangs dripping red and then she was next to me and my neck was pierced”).Ms. Anne Rice took pages and pages to describe the writhing tormenting death that humans go through to turn into vampyres, and even Ms. Stephanie Meyers hinted that the transformation was quite unpleasantly painful, but all I got from Mr. Darcy was twenty one itty bitty little words. In addition he made it sound as if turning into a vampyre was an ordinary event, with Mrs. Reynolds, the housekeeper, choosing to join the merry Pemberley vampyre band, although, to give Ms. Grange her due, my husband’s face WAS shadowed as he related these events.Any discerning reader knows that Ms. Meyers can’t write her way out of a paper bag, but at least with Twilight she told a rousing good tale. Ms. Meyers also gave the reader ample glimpses of Edward Cullen’s mental torment and extraordinary physical skills. Ms Grange’s story of my life with Mr. Darcy is, frankly, missing the otherworldly touches and sensuality that vampyre fans have come to expect as their due. (Either that or humor, which is also absent. And you know how I am renowned for my BITING wit, hah!) Her hints about my husband are so thinly scattered in 5/6th of the book that they left me feeling confused rather than threatened. To say that suspense was lacking in our tale is to state the obvious. In the instances when Ms. Grange eschewed Bram Stoker’s lore, her vampyre rules seemed jerry rigged, for they sprung up from nowhere, unsupported by a well thought out back story. I could never quite tell (except in a few meagre scenes at the end) which super powers my husband had supposedly acquired, how ancient vampyres ruled their vampyre empire, or how conflicted Mr. Darcy felt watching those he loved grow old and die whilst he lived on forever.There was a lot of telling in this book, but very little showing, and scent and touch were largely missing. Never was a more sensual and sensuous vampyre created than The Vampire Lestat, and I felt that my Mr. Darcy deserved at the very least the rich, decadent and multi-layered descriptions that Anne Rice gave her own vampire. But it was not to be. Ms. Grange turned Mr. Darcy into a milque toastie vampyre when I frankly would have preferred someone darker.To add insult to injury, I am also suffering from a major letdown. When Mr. Darcy and I finally came together as one, Ms. Grange glossed over our glorious moments in a single paragraph. I kid you not. My love for Darcy SAVED him from eternal damnation and hell, (and crumbling buildings, fissures, and falling statues) so that at the very least I deserved to sing soprano as our entwined souls soared to the rafters! Instead I merely trembled and weakened. I’m done and refuse to lend my good name (and Mr. Darcy’s) to another sequel. My husband and I are headed for England and the hallowed halls of Pemberley, for I am genuinely concerned about your last letter. Your cryptic statement informing me that our friends the Misses Dashwood were abducted by a giant octopus leaves me most anxious to use my zombie slayer warrior skills to save them.Love,Mrs. Darcy, Once sang alto, now sings sopranoVic gives this book One and 1/2 fangs out of four fangs, mostly for trying, for as a travel log the book is quite satisfying.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-26 19:24

    wow...nothing at all really happens in this book. Oh, pg. 235, they finally start to talk about all the 'off' things that happened before. But still, nothing much happens. Ok, wait, yeah, there is this really exciting part where Elizabeth is about to be kidnapped by this evil Ancient One...Oh wait, that was only about 3 pages long. Hold on (flipping pages towards the end...)Oh yeah, then there's this part where Darcy is about to FINALLY do what he was meant to do then....he stops. Then they figure out a way for him to no longer be a Vampyre. Ok then... so they go find an ancient Roman temple and within 15 min of finding that, Darcy is back to being human. Then they leave on a boat to go back to Pemberley. So basically, the premise of this book looked reality, you just kept waiting for something to happen. All it is is 225+ pages of Elizabeth wondering why Darcy doesn't love her anymore, wrongly assuming that it's because she didn't bring enough fortune to the marriage. Oh yeah....and all the "Remember when we were in Meryton, and I said that really clever thing to you, and you thought I was witty/prideful/beautiful/good-hearted? Remember that? That was great!" just got to be really annoying. Oh yeah....and sprinkling in words like 'begrimed' and 'whilst' and 'besmirched' doesn't give your book a Austenian feel to it. It's annoying, so stop it.

  • Katrina
    2019-04-09 22:11

    Imagine you are walking through a crowded shopping mall. As you walk you catch brief scents of things like the newest perfume, cinnamon buns, coffee, rubber soled shoes and human sweat. With each scent is attached a memory. The cinnamon buns remind you of the time your best friend was pregnant and everything she ate had to come from Cinnabon. The coffee reminds you of sitting at your favorite book store when you read that book, remember the one I'm talking about. The rubber soled shoes remind you of school clothes shopping with your mother, what a nightmare that was. . . Each memory is as brief as the scent is, they do not linger. That was the sensation I had when reading Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. I would catch a phrase, paragraph or sentence that would briefly, but not quite remind me of other books and movies I had once enjoyed. A bit of Dracula here, but not really. Almost a piece of Radiers of the Lost Ark, but no. . . Was that Twilight I saw, couldn't be. . . It was amazing how Grange was able to do this all the while making the vampire story her own.I worried before reading this book that the vampyre story had been over done and there was nothing new a writer could bring to the table. I admit, I was wrong. Grange is able to make her vamprye utterly new and different. My favorite part of any vamprye story is their history, what have they done with all this time they have had to live? Grange is able to make her vamprye's history compelling, heart breaking and triumphant all at once.

  • Debbie
    2019-03-28 16:19

    If you do not know already, Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book and I have found it really hard to find any good related/sequel books. Since I love vampires and Pride & Prejudice I was really curious how this book would turn out. I’m glad to say I am pleasantly surprised by how well it was written.The story picks up right before the wedding between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth and Jane and Mr. Bingley. I felt Grange stayed true to Lizzie’s character even while she is dealing with all the strangeness that occurs after her wedding day. What I enjoyed was that this book was not all blood and gore with the secret revelation by Mr. Darcy coming early on and it being an action/horror book. The main focus was still the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth. The style of writing was fun and enjoyable (is that redundant?). I enjoyed the little bits like when Elizabeth eats spaghetti for the first time.If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice then you should definitely check this one out. There are a lot of references to the original book but even so I think people who have not read Pride & Prejudice would still enjoy this book.

  • Melissa Chung
    2019-04-10 17:11

    I purchased this book on a whim at Book Off for $1 :D I read the reviews here on Goodreads and they said it was going to be a Pride & Prejudice meets Twilight. I was expecting it to be a little campy and cheesy, but actually it's pretty dang good. The campiness would have still made a good read and I would have liked it in a different way, but this book was great in a nice sequel to Pride & Prejudice with a twist way. Definitely worth the 4 stars :D I'm totally keeping this one.If you guys know me, then you know I love re-tellings of my favorite books. Pride & Prejudice and Zombies is an all time favorite. It takes a story that I love and seamlessly adds zombies into the mix. This vampyre book did the same thing. At the end of Pride & Prejudice you see Mr. Darcy ask Elizabeth's father, Mr. Bennett if he can marry Lizzy. The father says yes and the story pretty much ends. You are left in a blissful love story that is just starting to bloom. In Mr. Darcy, Vamprye, you get the next chapter in the love story.This story is about the Wedding Tour or Honeymoon. After Darcy and Elizabeth get married, Darcy decides to take Lizzy to Paris first, instead of Pemberley. Elizabeth meets Darcy's friends and relations. Colonel Fitzwilliam, Darcy's cousin shows up and Elizabeth over hears him talking about how he can't believe he married Lizzy, how she wasn't right for Darcy. How she isn't their kind. This misunderstanding motivates the rest of the book. The whole time Elizabeth is thinking that Darcy's family doesn't accept her because she isn't wealthy enough or from the same families that they usually mingle with. She doesn't learn of the Vampyre side for a while yet.I enjoyed the adventures that take place during the book. Lizzy goes to Paris, the Alps, Venice and Rome. She meets some very interesting people and all the while the story of Darcy the Vampyre, is slowly being trickled in. We don't even learn of his curse until chapter 13, which is about 80% through the book. I thought it was like a slow mystery. And it fit with the theme of the story. Lizzy misunderstanding the situation and Darcy not being vocal enough about his feelings and the situation they are under.As for the Twilight comparison...there really wasn't that much. Darcy doesn't attack humans. It isn't mentioned what he eats. He can eat regular food. Darcy LOVES Lizzy, but the temptation to bite her is great so he tries to maintain a respectable distance, but it torments him. Other than that...there is no sparkling and no cheesy one liners.Overall I recommend reading this book if you like Pride & Prejudice and you like the quirky classic re-tellings. I found it fun and read it quickly.

  • Sia McKye
    2019-03-27 16:20

    BOOK REVIEW:Mr. Darcy, Vampyre-Amanda GrangeRelease: August 11, 2009Publisher: Sourcebooks~Sia McKye~I’ve read Pride and Prejudice more than once as well as many of Jane Austen’s stories. I’ve also enjoyed the screen adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. I will confess, however, I’m not a big fan of Austen fan fiction.Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, aroused my curiosity. It was certainly a different take on the characters of Pride and Prejudice. Beloved Darcy as a Vampire? I wondered how Amanda Grange would handle the whole thing. Would she be true to the characters and the flavor of the era? Would she totally modernize the vocabulary and the actions of the characters and settings or maintain the expressions and culture of Regency England?The story opens with Elizabeth and Jane preparing for their wedding. They are close friends as well as sisters and the essence of who they are was reassuringly present as was the dry commentary of Mr. Bennet and the flighty nerve wracked Mrs. Bennet. Proud Mr. Darcy is true to the original but slightly softened in his apparent affections for Lizzy.The story is told from Lizzy’s point of view as was the original Pride and Prejudice. Through her eyes we see her thrill of marrying Darcy and her surprise that her honeymoon tour is not to be in Lake District, as she had thought, but will be a European tour. Lizzy is innocent in many ways, which is true to the women of the era, but she’s intelligent and perceptive. Through her eyes we see the sights and fun they’re having among the ton in Paris and the affection between them. Their travels take them beyond Paris to the Swiss Alps, Venice, and Italy. The author’s research is evident as she shows us the rich history and social culture in each location. Amid the wonders and excitement of their travels, the tale slowly changes. Lizzy’s troubled because her expectations of her honeymoon isn’t met. Much of this is revealed in Lizzy’s letters to her sister, Jane. We also begin to see difference with Darcy and Lizzy’s growing unease as they meet many of Darcy’s ‘old’ friends. There are things said and done which puzzle her. The reader also sees some of Darcy’s previous actions in a different context. Ms. Grange skillfully builds the tension and expands the darker thread into danger. She highlights Darcy’s growing fear for Lizzy and of himself. There is a powerful and dangerous foe operating behind the scenes. The visit to Darcy’s uncle has a true gothic feel to it and is well done.I’d actually classify this story as a gothic in many ways. It’s not a light and frothy Regency as we’ve come to know of late. While it’s a love story it’s darker. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, starts out like a sunny day with a storm brewing on the horizon, which gradually hides the sun and changes the atmosphere. The storm blows in and is frightening but as with all storms the clouds dissipate. The sun does return and the world is made new and peace is restored.I admire the skill of the author. Amanda Grange tells the story true to Austen’s characters and time; yet she is able to weave in a believable world of events within that time. This takes a talented storyteller because we have a precedent set in the original. For example, Darcy was present during the day, attended church, and there were no unexplained deaths in the area. She is also able to capture and blend the attitudes, perceptions, and the superstitions of the era. She also has the ability to touch our emotions with her characters; we fear for Lizzy and Darcy as danger surrounds them. She paces the story well and is very good with building conflict, tension, and peril. I won’t spoil the ending, suffice to say, I loved it and the way she plays up the adventurous spirit of Englishmen of that time. It was a well-written story and one I enjoyed reading.Amanda Grange's Mr. Darcy Vampyre will be available for purchase both online and in your favorite books store August 11, 2009Be on the look out for it.

  • Josh
    2019-04-24 21:18

    I really can't say many positive things about this book. The concept was interesting, which drew me to read it, but that's about as good as it got.Grange spends the first 3/5 of the book throwing Elizabeth around Europe with Darcy, going to a ball nearly every night in a different big city, like Paris or Venice. Throughout this traveling, we're subjected to dialogue from the original Pride and Prejudice regurgitated at the most random of moments: "Oh, Elizabeth, your hem is 6 inches deep in mud!" "Oh, haha! Mr. Darcy. Just as Caroline said the day I visited Jane at Netherfield! You are quite humorous." No exaggeration.Then, 15 chapters in, SURPRISE! Elizabeth is in a dire situation where another vampire wants to kill her and it's Darcy to the rescue and a contrived explanation of events over dinner.There is nothing remotely entertaining about this book, which is obviously meant to ride on the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Twilight. Do yourselves a favor, skip this completely and go pick up something that isn't half-assed rehash of a good literature.

  • Cassidy Savage
    2019-04-25 16:22

    I haven't read Pride and Prejudice, but this picks up on the wedding day of Darcy and Elizabeth and follows them on their wedding tour through Europe. The majority of the book is lightly hinting at Darcy's secret, being a vampire, and Elizabeth's struggles with his odd behavior. I like how Amanda Grange didn't take classic characters and make them unrecognizable with a thick paranormal twist. It's kind of like Dracula, not outlandish or theatrical. It's like a good scary monster movie, sometimes when they show you the monster it looses it's thrill and scare factor, this keeps the monster in the back of your mind when odd things happen and the intensity grows. I will definitely be picking up more of her books, not all are with a paranormal element but I like her style and imagery. I wish the ending had a bit more to it though, well that is the same with any good book. You crave just a bit more, don't let it be over.

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-03-30 14:14

    When I heard Amanda Grange wrote a sequel to this classic novel and gave it a paranormal slant with Darcy possibly being a vampire, I was both wary and intrigued. I will also admit I’m not big on present day authors taking such novels from deceased authors and writing a sequel.With that in mind, I decided to read Mr. Darcy, Vampyre and see what type of job Amanda has done with two of the most beloved literary couples of all time. I really wanted to see what happens between Darcy and his Lizzy of the beautiful eyes as a married couple.Mr. Darcy, Vampyre begins with Elizabeth and her sister Jane on the morning they’re to be married. They are both excited and happy to marry such wonderful men. Their weddings go off without a hitch and Elizabeth expects to honeymoon at the Lake District. Darcy surprises Elizabeth and will take her to Dover where they will have a Grand Tour and travel the Continent and visit his relatives in Paris, Switzerland and Italy. Elizabeth is a bit cautious about going to France because of the impending war there but Darcy puts her at ease because the peace there should last awhile and there are so many friends and family he wants her to meet. Elizabeth is open to the adventure since she has never been out of England.Mr. and Mrs. Darcy travel in comfort. Elizabeth can’t wait for Darcy to make her his wife in every sense. But as they travel father away from everything she knows, Darcy becomes more silent and distant, much like the man she first found him to be. She expresses her feelings and Darcy’s excuse is that he is just preoccupied and anxious to see his relatives. But as the days go by and Darcy still hasn’t come to Elizabeth’s bedroom at night to engage in husband and wife activities that are expected in marriage, her concern grows. She comes to the conclusion that Darcy doesn’t want her to get with child because traveling like they are doing could be dangerous for an unborn child. For the time being Elizabeth is settled with the idea, even though she longs for Darcy’s touch.Elizabeth feels awkward around Darcy’s relatives, especially when they are in Paris and meet his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam who she overhears arguing with Darcy about marrying her. Elizabeth continues to question if marrying Darcy was the right thing and raises these concerns to him. He acts surprised and expresses his love and devotion to his wife. As they continue on their adventure, things become even stranger. They stay at Count Polidori’s castle in the Alps. He is Darcy’s uncle and a very much a hermit. And when the castle is stormed by a group of angry villagers, Elizabeth and Darcy barely make their escape.As the newlyweds travel onward, Elizabeth can’t help but feel that her husband is keeping something from her. She shares her concerns with Jane in letters. And then finally Darcy tells Elizabeth a secret he has kept from her, one that could destroy their and possibly his life.Mr. Darcy, Vampyre fell flat. The Darcy and Elizabeth I thought I knew where not the ones Amanda has written. Both these characters come across as copies of what Amanda thinks they would be if Austen had written a sequel. Elizabeth was not engaging as she should have been, especially because Mr. Darcy, Vampyre is from her point of view. Darcy is so one dimensional and distant. He barely makes a ripple on the page even when he is in a scene.There are some other instances that irked me such as Elizabeth never calling Darcy by his first name or even thinking it in her head. She continually calls him Darcy, just like Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City calls Mr. Big by Big when she talks about him. Also the whole, I can’t have sex with you because I have no reason, was another pet peeve of mine. You would think if Darcy was a vampire he could use his powers to make Elizabeth think they have been intimate as man and wife. Because Amanda was trying to keep the same tone and writing of the time period, I wouldn’t expect an in depth description of love making between Elizabeth and Darcy, but at least a fade to black scene or a subtle reference in regards to the love shared between these two.The action and suspense didn’t make an impression at all and I found myself speed reading, especially towards the end of the book. Many of the scenes felt contrived and are lackluster. I also found myself bored about Darcy’s curse and his search of the cure so he and Elizabeth could go back to Pemberley and finally make some babies.Mr. Darcy, Vampyre did not have the “sparkle” I was expecting and failed to deliver.

  • Anna
    2019-04-05 19:14

    Review originally posted on Diary of an EccentricIn Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, Amanda Grange offers a supernatural take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, providing a different reason for Mr. Darcy’s moodiness.The book opens just before the double wedding of Elizabeth and Jane Bennet to Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley. As she and Darcy are leaving for their honeymoon, Elizabeth learns they will not be traveling to the Lake District but to Europe. She’s excited about seeing new places, so she doesn’t complain, but the mood of the novel turns dark as the Darcys travel to Paris, Venice, and the Alps. Darcy has friends in all of these places, some creepier than others.Readers follow Elizabeth and Darcy on their travels, and most of the book is about Elizabeth being introduced to Darcy’s friends in various locales and Elizabeth wondering why her husband doesn’t come to her at night to consummate their marriage.Grange does a wonderful job setting the scene. Her description of the cities, the clothes, and the architecture seemed realistic to the time period and made me feel as though I was there with the Darcys.However, while there were a few action scenes, the pacing was a little slow, mainly because the book is told from Elizabeth’s point of view. She doesn’t know Darcy’s secret, so she’s wondering what’s wrong with him, whether he actually loves her, and whether it was a mistake for her to marry someone from a higher social class. But we know Darcy’s secret from page one, and that’s my biggest problem with the book. I think the title Mr. Darcy, Vampyre does a disservice to the book. Grange includes clues about Darcy’s secret, with scenes about a bat, garlic necklaces, and villagers crossing themselves, etc., but these are more for Elizabeth’s benefit. I would have preferred a different title–one that would have aligned me with Elizabeth in wondering about Darcy’s behavior. It all seemed a bit anticlimactic to me.But that doesn’t mean Mr. Darcy, Vampyre isn’t a good book. Overall, I enjoyed it and thought it was a fun take on the beloved Austen novel. I liked seeing Darcy and Elizabeth in new settings with new characters. And the supernatural storyline doesn’t feel out of place in the world Grange creates. There also were some entertaining scenes with Lady Catherine, which were among my favorites. If you enjoy Pride and Prejudice sequels and aren’t an Austen purist, I think it’s worth a try.

  • Rachel Friend
    2019-03-29 16:27

    A book review haiku -- At first it was slow.And then it got terrible.No pun: this book sucks.I want to write a review where I studiously analyze every awful thing in this book, but I don't see the point in wasting too much effort on a review of a book the author so clearly didn't spend any effort on writing. However, just to clear this junk from my brain (spoilers): Stop with the clunky P&P references, we know you read the book, that's why you wrote this one. Except that, Lizzy is just not as dumb and passive as Amanda Grange writes her. "Old one"? Really? Vampirism as STD? Barf. Also, you can't unvampire someone. Finally, how about instead of cramming the "plot" into the last 20 pages, you introduce it at the beginning and stretch it throughout the entire book? I realize no-plot-till-the-end-when-it-is-hastily-wrapped-up-on-the-last-page is the trend in vampire books (see:Twilight), but it really makes the reading experience unpleasant.

  • Mallory Kellogg
    2019-03-28 21:18

    Do not read this book. By the end, your eyes will bleed and your brain will melt. It is a carbon copy of Twilight up until the end, where it just becomes stupidly weird. Lizzie is an idiot, and Darcy is Edward to a tee. Again, avoid at all costs.

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    2019-04-04 17:21

    TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel, ParanormalTIME FRAME: Begins the morning of Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding in October 1802MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Darcy and Mr. DarcyWHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:- I’m much more into vampires and paranormal novels than I was in 2009 when this novel came out (never read any vampire novels until Dracula, My Love by Syrie James)- It is the only Austenesque novel by Amanda Grange I haven’t read.- It is October! I’m in the mood for something gothic and dark.WHAT I LOVED: - Kept in Suspense: Because we are not privy to Darcy’s thoughts (story is completely from Elizabeth’s POV) we do not know the reasons behind his actions and decisions. And he is maddeningly reticent! Why did Darcy change their travel plans at the last minute and take Elizabeth to France, Switzerland, and Italy instead of the Lake District? Why does Darcy never visit Elizabeth in her rooms? Why does he look at her with longing passion but not consummate their marriage? Even after two months!?! I bet you are dying to know!- Vampyrisms: I liked the supernatural traits Darcy possessed as a vampire, it felt the right amount and was not too stereotypical. I enjoyed how Darcy vampyric traits weren’t too obvious, it made the story more believable as well as congruent as a sequel to Pride and Prejudice.- Darcy: Enigmatic, brooding, full pent-up passion and tension, battling his self-control, resisting all temptation. *swoon* Darcy is definitely a Byronic hero in this novel! The story is heartrending because he is so in love with Elizabeth but denies himself her love. I loved the sweet moments when he gazes at her adoringly (and the heated moments where he almost gives in to his desires…)WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:- Elizabeth: I guess I found Elizabeth a little too accepting of all that was happening to her. Her new husband is all of sudden impulsive, secretive, and physically distant with her – I’d like to think our girl would not stand for such treatment and demand answers from Darcy! Also, when the big reveal does finally take place Elizabeth doesn’t seem that shocked and doesn’t have a million questions like one would expect her to.- Balance: Darcy and Elizabeth travel to various beautiful and historic destinations on their tour. While I do love a good travelogue and Amanda Grange is adept at providing detailed and vivid descriptions, it sort of felt like the multi-day journeys and scenery got a little too much page time. Maybe a little less travel and a little more plot and conflict would make this story feel more balanced.- Resolution: After so much build up, I must admit that the conclusion of this story was a little bit of a let down. The conflicts and dangers seemed to conveniently disappear in a way that felt unrealistic and hurried. There were so many questions left unanswered and so many events that seemed unconnected, that it didn’t feel like enough resolution took place. And…when Darcy and Elizabeth finally come together, after such a long period of denial, repression, and forced separation…it was summed up in one sentence. (Gah! so anticlimactic.)CONCLUSION:I found Mr. Darcy, Vampyre to be a gripping and gothic read – perfect for Halloween! Amanda Grange did a fabulous job adhering to Jane Austen’s original novel and the norms of the Regency Era, and Darcy is quite mesmerizing as a vampire! I just wished parts of the plot and resolution were better executed. Definitely still worth reading, though.

  • Alison
    2019-04-24 22:15

    First of all, let me be clear, I LOVE Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I hate sounding so cliche', I could just gag, but it is one of my favorite novels of all time. Although, I am reluctant to admit, I had not read it until I was 30 years old. My education had previously led me through Persuasion, Emma and Sense and Sensibility, so I was not completely Austen illiterate before then. (Who said an English Major was a waste?) Still, the idea of fan fiction? Jane Austen fan fiction? Really? Should you really mess with perfection? Curiosity got the better of me. I had to check it out.Mr. Darcy, Vampyre picks up right where Ms. Austen left us last, giving us a lovely glimpse of the weddings of the Darcys and the Bingleys, and Mr. Darcy and Lizzie are embarking on their wedding tour. However, a mysterious note prompts Mr. Darcy to change their destination and begin their tour of the Continent, beginning with France. The mysterious note is just the start of what turns out to be a tense and sometimes frightening journey for Lizzie. Since we read the title of the book, we know Mr. Darcy's deep, dark secret, and are allowed to sometimes grin at the unexplained bumps in the night, but Lizzie does not.Amanda Grange preys on our sentimentalism by referring back to some of our favorite scenes from P&P, which helps to maintain a consistency in the characters and the things we love about the relationship between Lizzie and Mr. Darcy. No, she's not Jane Austen, but she sure knows how to have fun with her reader, and I think she gets it right. The tour of Europe, the people they meet, the balls and dinner parties, the sudden mysterious air to Mr. Darcy -- these are just some of the things you will encounter in this book. All the while, Lizzie writes letters to her sister, Jane, documenting her trip, her questions, and, especially, her fears.The jury is still out about whether or not Mr. Darcy, Vampyre has turned me into a fan of Jane Austen fan fiction. I love Jane Austen, I like vampire fiction, but I'm just not sure I like them together. I will say, Amanda Grange's book could not be more timely, for we all know how popular vampires are right now!For any Jane Austen fans out there who would like to try Austen fan fiction on for size, there are dozens of titles from which to choose. Amanda Grange's Mr. Darcy's Diary would be a good place to start if you're not into vampires.

  • Marisa
    2019-03-31 15:34

    Don't get me wrong, I like Pride and Prejudice variations as much as the next person--maybe more. But.BUT.BUT you cannot pick up the story on Elizabeth's wedding day and insist that Mr. Darcy was a vampire FOR ALL OF P&P and we JUST DIDN'T NOTICE. Not okay, not plausible, not happening. I felt that Elizabeth was poorly characterized for much of the book, losing her quick wit and strong will within pages of tying the knot. Meanwhile, Edward Cullen Mr. Darcy spends much of his time putting a lot of physical space between himself and Elizabeth for fear of turning her into a vampire with sex. Worst of all, the book is written in third-person limited from Elizabeth's point of view, but there are moments (when Darcy is watching her sleep, like a Cullen creeper) when Amanda Grange clues us into Darcy's thoughts, which are all about how beautiful and pristine Elizabeth is. However, since Elizabeth is the reader proxy, and she doesn't know what's going on for 80% of the book, I spent much of my time wanting to shout "HE'S A VAMPIRE, YOU MORON, NOW CAN WE PLEASE HAVE SOME PLOT?"By the time the plot shows up, it's too late. There's very little driving the story by the time the cop-out ending turns up -- which doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me anyway. Darcy gets un-vamped by the magical mystical power of Elizabeth's true love, but he's still over a hundred years old; wouldn't taking away his vampire immortality make him super-ancient, like when The Master takes away The Doctor's regeneration ability on Doctor Who? I'm just saying.Skip this one. Not worth the time or energy.

  • Mell
    2019-03-29 20:26

    0 stars. The back of the book says "A married man in possession of a dark fortune must be in want of an eternal wife."The cover turned out to be the most interesting part of this book. I'm not sure there are enough dull words to convey the story's lack of good elements, characters, or dialogue.I found myself putting this novel aside several times because it just wasn't interesting. It wasn't agonizing to read, but it was blah. The vampyre parts of the story (very little) were bland, and the vampyre lore is generic and sometimes cringe-worthy. The romance between Elizabeth and Darcy is nothing great. And what I assume to be the climax of the novel, which takes place below some ancient ruins, is just ludicrous and unbelievable. If you have not read Pride and Prejudice, the author re-caps enough of the main events for you to get the background on Lizzie and Darcy's courtship. But really- if you have not yet read P and P, don't waste your time on this. Read Austen's masterpiece and skip this all together.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-04-13 18:20

    trailer - 1 - October 1802 Elizabeth Bennet's wedding morning was one of soft mists and mellow sunshine.As has been noted by other readers, the idea of this far outweighs that which is actually delivered, nothing much happens here for 200 pages, it's all allusion up to that point. I am a sucker(!) for these titles and one day my dogedness may turn up something that is really worth while - I am expecting Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Queen Victoria Demon Hunter to fill that rôle

  • Victoria
    2019-04-14 20:30

    Overall I enjoyed this book. I would not recommend it to someone looking for a "classic"story as it is not that. The story is best taken as a vampire novel not as a spin off of 'pride and prejudice'.It's a good 'light hearted ' vampire novel, nothing gory or terrifying an easy book to read. I would give it 3.5 stars.

  • Asha
    2019-03-26 19:33

    Reading this was a mistake.

  • Mere
    2019-04-14 15:21

    An good read. Well written. Not how I expected the book to end, but I did enjoy it

  • ♥Nora♥ (Angel)
    2019-04-12 16:10

    No fue lo que yo esperaba, pero bueno nadie se puede comparar con Jane Austen

  • Plum-crazy
    2019-03-27 19:16

    Well to be fair , a book featuring the classic character of Mr Darcy turning out to be a vampire was never going to wholly credible now was it? That said, however bizarre a storyline is, I do still need to "believe" in it while reading.For me just didn't work, & for the second two-thirds of the book - if not more- I was aware in parts I was scanning rather than reading more & more often. I was expecting that Elizabeth would make this scandalous discovery about Darcy on their wedding night & envisaged a bloodthirsty vampiric Darcy raging his way through Pemberly & Longborne, but it was well into the book (maybe even halfway) before the story seemed to hint at anything untoward & then it was only obvious to us readers who were already in the know - Elizabeth, the dear, remained blissfully unaware & totally clueless. Over the space of only two months she finds herself whisked, or rather dragged, across Europe at an alarming rate, from Paris to Venice where she finds herself fleeing from riotous mobs & attending masked ball...certainly a honeymoon with a difference.The ending? Well, it was all too silly for me but by that time I had pretty much given up on this. Hope Colin Firth avoids a film script of this like the plague.....

  • Xanthi
    2019-04-10 17:38

    I listened to this on audiobook. The narrator had an odd way of pronouncing some words. For example - satyr sounded like she was saying "satire" - something this book wasn't though I desperately wished it was! You see, I picked this book up thinking it was another of those classic literature pieces meets a monster type of book. Eg Jane Austen meets zombies. Now, those books I enjoyed because they were fun and funny. This book was neither of those things. Instead, it read like Jane Austen meets Twilight. And although I'm not much of an Austen fan, the vampire elements were not even that good. Full of tropes, in fact.The story dragged on, there were too many instances of dialogue being used to try and 'explain away ' plot holes, and the ending just made me roll my eyes.

  • Nicole Hughes
    2019-04-11 15:10

    I definitely judged myself when picking up this one. I’m very particular about P&P. I generally hate most continuations and have only found one to date that I truly liked. But, I am a huge paranormal romance fan. Vampires are my favorite. So I was intrigued enough by those two things to pick this up. Oh man. Regrets. This could have been so much better. I could see the potential for a story. And for the first quarter I was interested. But the plot was slow moving and Elizabeth was just terrible. And the story was just poor. Regrets.

  • Fernanda
    2019-04-14 17:23

    Hay libros tan malos, que cuando los terminas sientes que has perdido horas de tu vida en nada, y luego está Mr. Darcy vampyre, que llega a ser entretenido y producir risas de lo sinsentido que es.Pobre Miss Austen, se debe revolcar en la tumba con la existencia de esta cosa.

  • Aj
    2019-04-11 17:18

    I wanted to like this book, it had a lot of potential but in the end it was a more than a bit ridiculous. I have a hard time believing it would take so long before a bride, more less Elizabeth Bennet, would put her foot down and demand an explanation. Then to be taken in so by a stranger? Not very believable. To top it off the curse breaking scene was so utterly void of detail and realism as to be pointless. Better for her to have become the same as Darcy then have such a pointless scene.