Monday, February 20, 2012

Midnight in Austenland

Midnight in AustenlandMidnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

On the library stacks: Adult fiction
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Straight up, I'll just say that if you read and liked Austenland, you should definitely read this book.

Charlotte Kinder has decided to leave her kids with her ex-husband for a few weeks in the summer while she takes a much-needed break to England. She treats herself to two weeks in Austenland, dressing up and playing her character of Charlotte Cordial. She is attracted to her "Mr. Darcy"-like character named Mr. Mallery, but she's never really sure what's real and what is just acting.

Adding a serious creep factor to her vacation is the dead hand she is quite sure she saw while playing a game of Murder in the house. There are both real and imagined mysteries to be solved during Charlotte's stay and she is quite determined to get to the bottom of them, all while still trying to remember she is supposed to be on vacation.

This book is really good mind candy. The humor didn't exactly work for me, but I was mildly amused. However, I was really taken away with the story and I'm always a sucker for a mystery. It was fun to see a reappearance of a couple of the characters from the previous book. While this is not as good as Austenland, it's still quite fun.

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Source: Library


bermudaonion said...

I bought Austenland a while ago and haven't gotten to it yet.

Melissa Mc (Gerbera Daisy Diaries) said...

I promised never to read another word written by Shannon Hale. At least her adult books anyway...I've heard her juv/ya is much better.

Julie @ Read Handed said...

Is this a sequel to Austenland? Do you think someone would need to read Austenland before reading Midnight in Austenland, or is it okay to start with Midnight in Austenland? I have the latter, but not the first. Thanks!

alisonwonderland said...

I finally read Austenland last month. Hopefully I'll get to this one sooner than later. I'm glad to hear you thought it was fun!

Tricia said...

Melissa: Read Princess Academy. It's my favorite.

Julie: It's sort of a sequel. There are some cross-over characters, but you don't need to read Austenland first by any means.

Jen said...

Thanks for the review. I had forgotten I had read the first one and didn't know a sequel had come out. I really like her YA stuff.