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.
I found this book very confusing, as the author seemed to forget her story halfway through. Simple facts established at the beginning of the book changed towards the middle: e.g, Alex meets Melanie on a commercial flight, but they later both agree that they first met days after that flight. The inconsistencies made me lose interest.
I have read this book a number of times since purchasing it, and have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. Putting the story almost entirely from his perspective is genius, as we can extrapolate her reaction to the world she has been dropped into. He is unknown, and infinitely more interesting.