Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Laurie Viera Rigler's Jane Austen Addicts

Genre: Jane Austen fan fiction
Published: Confessions--2007, 304 pp., Awakenings--2009, 289 pp.

Source: Library

Review: Confessions 2.5/5
Awakenings 3.5/5

I read Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict in 2009 but I never wrote a review for it. Then just recently I found Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict and remembered that the first one had a strange ending that I needed to have cleared up so I checked it out and read it. I hadn't enjoyed Confessions as much as I wanted to but I still wanted to read Awakenings and I'm glad I did. It was more enjoyable and helped me like the first one a little more, too.

In these novels the two Jane Austen addicts magically switch places. Jane Mansfield is a young woman living in England in the early 1800's and has read and become obsessed with Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, the only two books that have been published at the time. Courtney Stone lives in modern day LA and is obsessed with all things Jane Austen. Confessions is Courtney's story of waking up in Regency England. Very fun concept but Courtney is such an obnoxious and annoying character that I found it hard to care what happened to her. Jane's story of waking up in modern day was much more enjoyable for me. I liked her and the funny situations she got into much better. Awakenings also answered some questions that were left at the end of the first book.

Ratings: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict--2.1.1 It's been a long time since I read this but it seems like there was a little bit of sexual content maybe even enough to warrant a 3 rating.
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict--2.1.4 I was afraid that there might be some sex in this one but it ended up being fairly mild. There is a smattering of profanity with one f-bomb.

1 comment:

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