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Pulse and Prejudice
Author: Saucier
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Release Date: May 2012
ISBN: 9781618852533

Book Genre: Historical Romance, Literary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

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83 people found the following review helpful

Book Reviewed by Victoria Lane (reviewer)

[ Review Posted: Nov 20, 2012 ] - See all my reviews
PULSE AND PREJUDICE takes the classic Jane Austen story of Pride and Prejudice and turns it into a vampire story. In this version, Darcy isn't just prideful or prejudiced, and Wickham isn't just a lecher; they're both vampires, and that adds a whole new layer to their issues with the marriage mart. I give it three stars for the intriguing idea, interesting filler scenes, and the Austen-esque writing style.

PULSE AND PREJUDICE by Colette L. Saucier provided an intriguing idea - that there were darker forces separating Darcy and Elizabeth. I liked the premise of the book. Certainly being a vampire would be an obstacle. The vampire paradigm was explained fairly late in the book, which usually is a drawback for me, but here, it didn't seem to make much of a difference. The way Darcy's condition is described is sufficient for the reader until Darcy describes it all to Elizabeth.

The writing style is similar to Jane Austen's style, which could be a bonus or a drawback depending on what kind of reader you are. Readers who like to challenge themselves with their pleasure reading will do just fine, but if you are looking for something light and easy, this is not it. I fall into the latter category, and so it took me several tries to really get into the story. The plot also follows that of the original story, but just twists it where the explanations for things can be attributed to the vampire issue.

I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters. If you have seen the 5-hour BBC film version of Pride and Prejudice, you will recognize that many key lines are integrated into this version, sometimes in the same scenes and other times in new contexts. I liked that because the story followed the book more closely. Sometimes, though, it detracted from the story by making the story seem less original.

I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh new scenes used in PULSE AND PREJUDICE that were not in Austen's original version. They give a nice new perspective to what is actually happening in the story, and most of those scenes are told from Darcy's point of view highlighting his struggles with his condition and his desire for Elizabeth. The scenes "Beyond Pride and Prejudice" add the spice and heat to Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship. Hence, I give it a 3 on the heat scale, where the original was a 1 on the heat scale.

Overall, I enjoyed the book once I was able to get into it, but given the difficulty level of the reading, it is not a book I would read for enjoyment. I also would have liked to see more original scenes, as those provided the meat of the vampire part of the story.
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