BookJunkie 411: Austenland by Shannon Hale

Austenland (Austenland, #1)Austenland by Shannon Hale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s such a cute story!

This was a modern-day living with a dose of Austen-ness. Brilliant plot. The reason I say brilliant is because, what bookgeek doesn’t want to live out some of the stories they’ve read? And if you say that I’m the only one, you’re lying! Or in denial. Hale writes every bibliophile’s deepest desires, and she does it with one of the most … quoted or thought about or … well, one of the most popular storylines ever!–Pride and Prejudice.

It was an easy read, I’m not going to lie, but it was enjoyable. The story is pretty straight-forward, no plot twist that wasn’t somewhat predictable–ok, a lot predictable–but I don’t think complicated was the point. I think the goal was fun. Hale added a touch of Austen’s main novels in this Austenland and I thought the budding romances were cute, even though it did seem a bit cheesy–I loved that though. It was a roll-your-eyes-chuckle kind of cheesy, not the oh-my-gosh-I’m-embarassed-for-you kind.

What would make this a 5-star, for me, is if there was a little more plot. As I mentioned, I understand that it was meant to be straight-forward, but I do feel there could have been a bit … more.

I wouldn’t really add it to my personal library, or my e-book library either, but it is a book I’d borrow from the library when I want to give my brain a break.

I didn’t realize this is a series so I’m definitely checking the others out what the others have to offer. I wonder if Hale incorporates other Austin novels. Huh, curious minds want to know.

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