This started out feeling like a Twilight fan fiction, but the characters are much more interesting and whilst there is some 'alpha male' behaviour, it doesn't have that disturbing undercurrent of domination/submission.
The paranormal element to these books is weird and unnecessary, and I could never quite figure out when they are supposed to be set. Regards of the period, there are a good few incongruous events which occur, e.g. the behaviours in the ballrooms would have ensured the parties involved were kicked out and never invited back.
I liked that Kitty's character was developed and matured - in Austen's original story she doesn't have much of a function. I also liked that Kitty got her happily ever after, as imagined by Jane herself.
The poor spelling and grammar detract from the story, and the tense keeps changing.
Jane Austen's Mansfield Park: Abridged
on Nov. 15, 2013
Reading an abridged version of Austen can be likened to smelling chocolate, but not being allowed to eat it. Eat the chocolate. You won't regret it.