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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters. Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.It s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart. Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world."
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Chapter 11 - I just love/hate his aloof attitude :)


Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Chapter 22 the Great Lindworm has awoken and is leaving death and destruction in its path. The Rangers and Riders are amassing to do battle.

Alastair and Akarra take Aliza home to aid her grieving family as Ledya has run off with Wydrick to find her adventure.

What do you think of Alastair‘s transformation so far? Has he redeemed himself?

BarkingMadRead He seems to be really trying to be a better person. I have high hopes for him! 1d
Ruthiella He‘s definitely improving, or rather showing his true self! 1d
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead @Ruthiella I agree he is improving upon acquaintance. 24h
julieclair I am liking him more and more. 23h
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Chapter 21, Alastair and Aliza share an intimate moment on the rooftop watching the dragon mothers baptize their children in fire!

What I don‘t like is how whenever Daired is trying to voice his feelings to her he gets cut off. His declaration was touching ❤️ almost pleading with her for a second chance.

Ruthiella That‘s always tricky in romance novels - the way the “will they/won‘t they” is strung out, which is why I don‘t read them often. 1d
ravenlee I loved the fire baptism! 1d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I agree there is a delicate balance. Some authors succeed, while others rush it in the end. 1d
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CrowCAH @ravenlee it was a nice touch to their “infant” budding romantic relationship. 1d
ravenlee @CrowCAH it kind of reminded me of the scene in The Last of the Mohicans (which is pretty cut up in the “director‘s cut” that‘s currently available) when Cora says the reality of the frontier is so stirring to her blood. 1d
CrowCAH @ravenlee oh that‘s a neat comparison. Nature can do that - inspire aww! 24h
julieclair The fire baptism sounded like it was beautiful to see. A special moment for both of them to share. 23h
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 20 kaf, coffee, brings everyone together Julienna is enjoying having another woman around. She and Aliza will become quick friends.

Daired joins in the domestic socialization. Wresting a huge stoorcat into submission.

The next morning it comes out he can speak a little Gnomic and Akarra can too. So we were onto something in an earlier chapter when we thought the dragon understood Tobble‘s apology.

Bluebird It figures Daired would have an animal like a Stoorcat for a pet. Lol. And isn‘t Hilly just the cutest hobgoblin ever!? So sweet to see ‘dragon man‘ escort her home. 😍 1d
Clare-Dragonfly Hahaha, I‘m glad to hear that he does understand some Gnomic! (edited) 1d
Ruthiella I knew it! 😂 1d
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CrowCAH @Bluebird right, a tough big cat?! She was the cutest hobglobbin - adventurer while being cautious. 1d
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly agree. But did Akarra start teaching him before or after that apology encounter?! 1d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella we all had our suspicions! 1d
TheAromaofBooks I kind of want a pet stoorcat myself! 😂 15h
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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I liked the characters even though some of them left me a bit cold. There was still a nice mixture of them and that gave a nice atmosphere and fleshed out the world. The world was amazing, I really loved some of the creatures. Team hobgoblins!

This made me laugh now and then but the story dragged after the beginning. The last part had more action and was more interesting.

#SeriesLove23 #MarchMadness (made me LOL) #BirthdayPixieReadathon

TheSpineView Awesome!👍💙📖📘📚 3d
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2d
Andrew65 This looks interesting. Well done. 2d
CrowCAH A good review! Glad you enjoyed it! I agree the beginning did drag a bit, but then it started to pick up the pace. 1d
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Chapter 19 Alastair invites Aliza, aunt and uncle to dinner! Akarra is there, as well as, Julienna and her dragon Mar‘esh. Daired is being cordial and courteous and attentive. He even extends an invite to the three to stay at the house while tending Aliza‘s great-aunt. She accepts and finds she doesn‘t regret the decision. ☺️

After this chapter, officially 3/4 of the way done with the novel.

ravenlee I really like this section, where we get to see Daired in his natural habitat. (edited) 3d
Ruthiella I was a little grossed out at the live cattle for dinner, but dragons are gonna be dragons 🐉😬 3d
julieclair It's nice to see Daired being so at ease, charming and kind. He is a good host. 3d
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TheAromaofBooks I am really enjoying this story. Are you planning to buddy read through the other two books after this one? 3d
PageShifter I was glad that she said yes 😀 3d
Bluebird @Ruthiella me too! Dragon dinner 🤢. I love Aunt Lissa—Pushy in the best way! 2d
CrowCAH @ravenlee yes, Alastair seems more at ease at his house, let‘s down his shields so to speak. 1d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I agree. Could have done without the sounds of dragons eating. 1d
CrowCAH @julieclair he is an attentive host. Like that we get to see this side of him. 1d
CrowCAH @TheAromaofBooks I‘m enjoying the story too; glad you are as well! No, I do not have plans to continue hosting a buddy read for the second two books of the trilogy. I‘m expecting a daughter to arrive on Easter, so not sure how my life will look with baby. But I hope you pick up the next two books and read them! 1d
CrowCAH @PageShifter agree. It‘s the first small step towards her having a change of heart herself towards him. 1d
julieclair @CrowCAH How wonderful that you will soon have a new baby daughter! 😀🐣💖 23h
TheAromaofBooks I definitely will!! I've had this whole trilogy on my shelf for quite some time, so I'm glad you gave me the inspiration to finally start them, as I'm really enjoying this story. I hope you have a lovely Easter with your family!! ❤ 🌷 15h
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 18 Aliza travels with her aunt and uncle. She‘s brought along as a healer and to find herb plants to helps the aunt‘s mother as she lays with fever. Low and behold House Pendragon is not far and they have all the herbs that couldn‘t be found in the wild. No dragon flying in the sky means no Alastair…or does it?! So to the house they go!

Ruthiella Does she truly fall in love with Daried only when she sees House Pendragon? 😂 I very much like here aunt and uncle and how they were an unexpected match, disapproved of by her mother. 4d
BarkingMadRead I loved the aunt and uncle in this chapter! And finally, a cranky old lady! 4d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I think Aliza has always had an eye for Daired. But it‘s like the line in P&P that she could have been mistress of all of this… 3d
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CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead agree, aunt and uncle are a nice couple! 3d
Bluebird @Ruthiella 😂 In school I wrote a cynical paper stating Eliza fell in love with Darcy only after seeing Pemberely. My instructor gave me a B for backing up my theory with good examples, but a D for missing the point. 😂😂 3d
Bluebird It was nice to see a nod to the TV adaptation with shirtless Daired. What a spot to end the chapter! 3d
CrowCAH @Bluebird oh geez 😒 teachers are tough. 📝 I didn‘t even make the “shirtless” connection; good catch!!! 👍🏻 3d
Ruthiella @Bluebird That teacher was tough! I think there‘s definitely more than one way to interpret P&P. 3d
julieclair @Ruthiella @Bluebird I think that all classic novels can be interpreted in different ways. If you have good examples to back up your interpretation, it can't be wrong... interpretations are highly subjective just by their very nature! 3d
PageShifter Haha, he WAS there 🤣 3d
Bluebird @CrowCAH @Ruthiella @julieclair it was many, many years ago, but I recall a good conversation with my instructor about it. He‘s actually the one I thank (ahem…blame 😂) for my love of Jane Austen. I was blessed with some awesome teachers!! 2d
CrowCAH @PageShifter of course he was! 😆 1d
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 17 Akarra tells us a story of Alastair and Wydrick‘s upbringing. And of the process of dragons choosing a Daired as their Rider.

Julienna‘s tale is tragic. Would you have saved the dragon or taken revenge against Wydrick?

Ruthiella Good question! I‘m not sure what I‘d have done in the heat of the moment. 🤔 What I really liked about this chapter is how it mimics the original but puts its own spin on it. 4d
julieclair I think I would have saved the dragon. Relationships are more important than revenge. 4d
BarkingMadRead I would have saved the dragon…. And then hunted down Wydrick 🤬 4d
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inthegreensandblues Ha ha ha, this photo 😆❤️ I agree, save the dragon, but that man needs to be dealt with it later! 4d
Bluebird I‘m with @BarkingMadRead save the dragon, then hunt down the man and kill him. I wonder what is keeping Daired from doing that. He doesn‘t seem the type to turn the other cheek… 3d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella agree! It‘s “the letter,” while there‘s also a literal letter later on too. 3d
CrowCAH @julieclair it is more in character for Alastair to save the dragon. 3d
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead very reasonable! 👍🏻 3d
CrowCAH @ravenlee the best of both worlds, save and honor the dragons, then teach Wydrick a lesson. 3d
CrowCAH @inthegreensandblues yes, he does. I wonder how his story will turn out in this version. 3d
CrowCAH @Bluebird agree. It seems he‘s trying to protect Wydrick from something, since he hasn‘t gone after him already. Not sure what, though. 3d
PageShifter The story was super touching! I loved Alastair's letter, it seems that he's much sweeter than has seemed to be before. I hope they're meeting each other soon. What happens to the roads?! 3d
CrowCAH @PageShifter yes, he does has a sweet interior while showing a tough exterior. ❤️ 1d
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Chapter 16 ah, my favorite part of the tale - the first proposal! ❤️ “If this is a battle, then I surrender,…” Swoon, my heart melted.

Boy was that a huge thing, he called in a favor from the King and issued the muster, just so Wydrick wouldn‘t be in town anymore.

Ruthiella Yeah, this Daried/Darcy is a little better connected than In P&P! 😂 6d
julieclair A huge favor indeed. Daired shows how much he loves her by all the ways he tries to protect her. Even if she is blind to it. 6d
BarkingMadRead Awwwww poor Daired. Shot down for being a dumbass 🙄🤣 6d
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CrowCAH @Ruthiella especially with them having more conversations, thus him trying to get to know her and show his affection towards her in a way he can. 6d
CrowCAH @julieclair yes, actions speak louder than words! Just Aliza doesn‘t doesn‘t always know the actions were taken for her. 6d
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead yeah, his word choice and execution could have been better! 6d
iread2much At least he tried, even if it wasn‘t as well thought out as it could have been. 4d
CrowCAH @iread2much very true. It‘s tough to voice an emotional opinion, especially when one doesn‘t know how it will be received. 4d
Bluebird Poor Daired! He took transferred his heartstone into a brooch for her, shaved and got all dressed up too. Pity he had to open his mouth and speak! 3d
CrowCAH @Bluebird omg yes he put a lot of effort into his attire and proposal. (BTW, after some of your comments, I realized I haven‘t been tagging you in posts. Should I be? Sorry it took me over halfway to realize this.) 3d
Bluebird @CrowCAH no worries! I‘‘ve been finding the posts 😄 please do add me if it‘s not too troublesome 3d
CrowCAH @Bluebird no trouble at all. You‘ll start being tagged 👍🏻☺️ 3d
PageShifter I understood through this chapter that Alastair maybe was the reason why the letters werent't answered to 3d
CrowCAH @PageShifter from what I‘ve read so far, the letters not reaching each other hasn‘t been explained. 1d
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 15 we meet Forge Master Orordrin, who is a living flame.

Aliza snoops and asks Daired about Brysney and if he plans on returning to the lodge. Alastair seems to have his own agenda with the conversation about her maybe not always wanting to stay home. Is that his way of saying he likes her? And was he only offering to teach her how to fight so that when she joins him she would be a skilled Rider too?!

Ruthiella Love that photo! I still am unclear what Daried wants from Aliza. I mean I know he likes her (and I‘m familiar with the source material) , but is this just his awkwardness? (edited) 6d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella it is a bit more awkward in this novel, comes across out of the blue. 6d
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ravenlee I love the forge wights! 5d
CrowCAH @ravenlee he did seem pretty cool! And he made a little phoenix! 5d
PageShifter It's even more clear now that Gwyn is happy with her husband. I am curious about Alastair's behavior: why he didn't want to get his sword fixed when others watched?! 5d
CrowCAH @PageShifter same. I‘m thinking it‘s cause he wanted to get the stone out, so he could propose… 5d
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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My allergies are the absolute worst today, so I‘m curling up on my round library chair with allllll the pillows and a cozy owlcrate blankie and just reading all day long. I may break for lunch. 🤷🏻‍♀️

JenReadsAlot Mine are too! Ugh! 1w
BarkingMadRead @JenReadsAlot I‘m so sorry! Hopefully we both feel better soon! 1w
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Still so behind —- work has been so different than anything I‘ve ever done and I‘m exhausted when I get home. My schedule is starting to “normalize” so I might have energy to figure it out better 🤯



CrowCAH I hear yah. My evenings have been filling up and even I got behind by one day again. Hopefully the coffee ☕️ helps! 1w
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Chapter 14

We meet Captain Edmund Daired, cousin to Alastair. He‘s affable and charming.

Aliza learns Brysney was with them during the muster. AND Daired was at the post office daily! She suspects he intercepted the letters Anjey sent.

And instead of the “piano tete te tete” it takes place over a tapestry. Daired warns Aliza not to tell anyone she rode on Akarra.

What do you think Herreki would do if she found out?

BarkingMadRead I love Edmond! And I just bet Daired didn‘t have anything to do with those letters 🙄 1w
Ruthiella I loved Edmond too. I kinda shipped Fitzwilliam and Lizzie Bennett the very first time I read P&P. 🙊 Maybe Daired didn‘t touch the letters, but he‘s definitely feeling guilty about some behavior… 1w
julieclair I can‘t imagine what Herreki would do if she found out Aliza rode Akarra. But Daired‘s warning makes it sound dire. 1w
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PageShifter I don't believe somehow that Alastair would have done something to prevent their letters exchange. But what has happened? 1w
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead yeah, no part in letter snatching! Lol 1w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella Edmund is a great opposite to Alastair; more open and carefree. 1w
CrowCAH @julieclair agree. Like would she banish or kill Akarra? Since he warned her it can‘t be anything pleasant. 1w
CrowCAH @PageShifter maybe the post office and delivery service is just as poor in the book as they are in real life where I live. 1w
Ruthiella @CrowCAH 😂😂😂 The Post Office where I live is also showing some strain. I‘ve had two misdeliveries this month. (edited) 1w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella ugh sorry to hear that. 1w
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 13, more of a summary of time going by…

The Riders and Rangers are called to a muster, Brysney and Wydrick leave.

Anjey writes letters to Brysney, but never receives a reply.

Gwyn and Curdred marry. Later in the chapter she‘s pregnant, which cause Aliza to go visit Edan Rose.

We all know who‘s going to be there - yup, Daired and Akarra!

We are officially halfway through the book! 📖

Ruthiella I really liked how Wince and Gwyn get to be a well matched couple in this novel. ❤️ 1w
julieclair What is up with Anjey never hearing from Brysney? Something is wrong. 1w
PageShifter Gwyn seemed to be happy after all! I didn't expect that Alastair would be there too xD It was really strange why Brysney didn't answer to her letters! 1w
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ravenlee I appreciate that the Collins/Curdred character isn‘t so completely awful in this version. And Gwyn‘s reason for marrying made sense, but now it doesn‘t feel like punishment so much. 1w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I agree. It‘s refreshing not to wholly cringe at the forced marriage of Gwyn and Curdred. 1w
CrowCAH @julieclair he totally ghosted her. How rude. Especially after he said he‘d write! 1w
CrowCAH @PageShifter there‘s plenty of ups and downs in this chapter. 1w
CrowCAH @ravenlee I agree. Seems more like a “love match” has been established with those two more than a “marriage of convenience.” 1w
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 12, we finally get some answers about that strange hooded figure! And it seems only “artistic” humans can pierce the disguise!

Gwyn‘s father is in deep debt trouble. And now she is in romantic trouble herself, being engaged to Wynce Curdred.

Which leads to another P&P reference, “Collins‘” proposal to Aliza.

BarkingMadRead Dude in the cloak is seriously creepy! 1w
julieclair I feel like Gwynn is just throwing her life away, being engaged to Wynce. 1w
PageShifter I really loved the creature! It was a mysterious twist and I loved to try to figure out what/who they was! Plotwise I loved how Gwyn's story was written: why she had to accept the proposal etc. But I would have loved to feel more. Gwyn hasn't been in a big role so her faith left me a bit cold and that was disappointing. 1w
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CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead I agree. Just enough answers to pacify curiosity, but plenty vague. 1w
CrowCAH @julieclair yeah, since she‘s only marrying Wynce to save her father. 1w
CrowCAH @PageShifter agree, her character isn‘t the best developed. Though we know she the “Charlotte” character. 1w
PageShifter I have read P&P so long time ago so I don't remember the details. But I think retellings should work as an independent books too, as their own. So characters should be fleshed out and stand their own and not just trust it's enough that people remember who they were based on. And I see that's the weakness in this book. 7d
CrowCAH @PageShifter you have a great point. Yea, I agree, this book does rely on the reader knowing the story and characters of P&P. 7d
ElizaMarie @PageShifter yes! I have to agree with you. I only read Pride and Prejudice once (I know a lot of y‘all read it often). I wish I knew more about Gwyn‘s background/motivations etc to really understand fully this significance ! 8h
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(Behind, just finished chapter 8). Totally agree with this type of 🪄MAGIC! Nothing a good soak 🛁 hot water and bubbles can‘t fix !!


CrowCAH Some times the simplest things do feel magical! ☺️ Also a funny quote since they‘re in a fantasy (magical) book! 1w
ElizaMarie @CrowCAH haha!!! I didn‘t even think about that added layer of humor to it!!! I love the quote even more ;) 1w
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Chapter 11

The second banquet! I found this passage just heart-bursting sweet. Daired asked Aliza to dance, of course a waltz plays. They share some words and she mentions Wydrick. Daired is not pleased.

That mysterious figure is at the party… watching Aliza. What‘s his deal? Why is he in the shadows, leering at her? What‘s his business with Gwyn‘s dad?

julieclair I am wondering what the real story is between Wydrick and Daired. And the mysterious figure creeps me out. Might this have anything to do with why the Riders rented the house next door and are sticking around for awhile? Are they trying to keep everyone safe? 2w
Ruthiella I feel like this secret (whatever it turns out to be) is going to influence Gwyn/Charlotte‘s decision to marry. Very interesting departure from the source material. (edited) 2w
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CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead totally!!! 😬 I don‘t get good vibes from him. 2w
CrowCAH @julieclair yeah, it‘s quite the story - a dead horse and no rider test, so he‘s a Ranger instead. That could be fairly traumatic. 2w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella yeah, it does seem to be going “off Script” a bit with Gwyn, but she did ask Wynce to dance with her, so there still might be the same marriage proposal later on. 2w
PageShifter I am super curious about the mysterious figure! I laughed at this sentence: “Wynce Curdred slipped into our conversation with the grace and tact of a senile centaur.“ 2w
PageShifter @julieclair Good theory! I just tought he was being a romantic and didn't want to leave yet - hahaha 2w
CrowCAH @PageShifter yes, the author does have some nice turns of phrase that get me to smile. 😁 1w
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I thought this book was a whole lot of fun! The dragons and all the various creatures added lots of life and adventure to the core P&P plotline. I plowed through the rest of the book today, finishing early, because I was enjoying it so much. So glad to have joined in on this #HeartstoneBuddyread with other #Pemberlittens! @CrowCAH thanks for hosting! I'm enjoying your daily posts!

CrowCAH I‘m so glad you enjoyed the book! ❤️ Thanks for joining the buddy read! Feel free to keep commenting and joining the discussion. 😁 2w
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I tried reading this faster than a chapter a day in hopes it would grab onto my interest, but it didn‘t. The only times I cared was when there were direct P&P parallels, and I can get those from the #PemberLittens posts! I‘m reading too many books right now to stick with one that isn‘t great.

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When the hubs is working from home on a Saturday 🙄 and guy want him to have a quiet house, you skip the peloton ride and head out to breakfast 🤷🏻‍♀️ #bestwifeever #littlefreelibrariesarenext

Bklover Have fun! Breakfast looks yummy!❤️ 2w
BarkingMadRead @Bklover so yummy!! 2w
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Chapter 10: I was super happy and chuckled when I can across the line of the Wynce Curdred, “What splendid rutabagas.” Great homage to the 2005 P&P movie!

A lot happened in this chapter. Again Alize encounters Wydrick, who tells her of his past with the Daired family. “He didn‘t steal the sword.” But, would he have really passed the test to become a rider? 🤔 Seems he‘s a trigger happy Ranger as we saw with the trolls.

BarkingMadRead Dying over the Mr Collins character, and wondering how “Wickham” got that sword! Why would his reaction be to say it wasn‘t stolen? Me thinks he doth protest too much! 2w
Ruthiella @BarkingMadRead 💯 right on with your call on Wydrick/Wickham! I also felt sad about the troll. 😥 2w
ravenlee I love that the Collins character is named Wynce. I mean, it‘s a little on the nose, but still. 2w
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julieclair @ravenlee Yes, Wynce! Such a hoot! 😂 2w
MicrobeMom I actually love Wynce! So unintentionally hilarious! 2w
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead I agree, why would someone automatically think he did steal it. He‘s got some strange thinking. 2w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella same. A peaceful troll died for no good reason. 2w
CrowCAH @ravenlee the authors name choices are very spot on! 2w
CrowCAH @julieclair @MicrobeMom I agree the author did a great job with his character, we certainly wince at his affability! 2w
PageShifter I am curious to get to know the another pov of the same story! It's always interesting how stories can be so different if told by different point of views. And might that man in black be the same creature she met at the ball (the one whispering but never visible)?! 2w
PageShifter @Ruthiella I was also sad for the troll but I was happy that he didn't die! 2w
PageShifter After seeing your comment @CrowCAH I understood that the troll did die?!?! Bummer! 2w
CrowCAH @PageShifter yes, the angle of the story is unique, a good variation from the original text. Sadly the troll died. 😢 1w
DebinHawaii @CrowCAH @Ruthiella @PageShifter Does the young troll die later? 😔I thought the arrow broke off and he lumbered off with the rest of the group. 1w
DebinHawaii Wynce Curdred is perfect, as was the nod to the movie potato scene for sure! 🤣 1w
CrowCAH @DebinHawaii oh is that how it happened? I‘ll have to go back and check. I thought it died. (For sure! 🥔!) 1w
PageShifter @DebinHawaii I also got the impression like he wouldn't have died but these comments made me to think he did. 1w
ElizaMarie I am catching up! So I am gonna go back and comment after each chapter I read :) I assumed the troll died too. But yeah that Wydrick making sure his side of the story is spread is spot on. Aliza already has her doubts of Daired. (edited) 15h
ElizaMarie Also I don‘t think Wydrick would have passed whatever tests needed to be a rider. I assume it would include some sort of restraint and it seems like he is too hot blooded for the task 15h
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Chapter 9

Aliza overhears some of the riders discussing Anjey and Cedric‘s relationship. We‘re getting the conspirators side of things before hey separate the two lovers. Daired notices her before Charis can say something more. But we all know they think the nakla Bentaine family is way under them as riders.

What do you think about Daired offering to train Aliza for a second time? And talking of her dead sister so casually?

Ruthiella I wonder if as a rider he is more inured to accepting death than Aliza. 2w
julieclair I was amazed that he would talk so casually about the death Aliza‘s sister. But I wonder f perhaps this is another way of him trying to train her - maybe trying to toughen her up and harden her a bit towards it. 2w
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CrowCAH @Ruthiella I would think so, as it seems riders encounter deathly creatures on most of their rides. I would think after killing so many creatures it would become more common place for him. 2w
CrowCAH @julieclair I think it‘s just a “Darcy” way to talk, no sympathy for the living for those that have passed, only in his mind thinking that he‘s making in-roads with her by being nice and showing her attention. 2w
TheAromaofBooks I think part of it comes back to that private/practical aspect of his nature. Mourning is something that is private and not discussed with strangers and I think he assumes Aliza will feel the same way. And on the practical level - Aliza is still alive and learning to fight/defend herself could help keep her that way. Nothing can be done for her sister, but something could be done for those who are still living, and I think that's the part he sees. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I was going to add a comment but @TheAromaofBooks said it better! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - Thank you!! 😁 Like, I get why Aliza was offended because he definitely comes across as brusque and unsympathetic, but I don't think he meant it that way. He's just focused on that whole “don't die“ part haha 2w
Clare-Dragonfly @TheAromaofBooks Yeah, exactly! Though I wonder if I would have interpreted him differently if I didn‘t know he was Darcy… 2w
CrowCAH @TheAromaofBooks well said. I believe he is looking out for her best interests. 2w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly she did say it very well! ☺️ 2w
PageShifter This was quite fun chapter! I loved the gnome who started to pose 🤣 I think Alastair wants her to be safe 2w
CrowCAH @PageShifter that was a fun little comedic action! 1w
ElizaMarie @TheAromaofBooks (behind, so I just finished this chapter), but I feel you said it best -- we all have that same thought. He is practical, knows she needs to gain/refine skills to help her, and her remaining family stays alive. It's his way of caring, giving her these tools. And perhaps he knows he isn't equipt with the ability to comfort her and sometimes it's better to say nothing than to say something that would make feelings worse. 5d
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie correct, like Thumper says, “If you don‘t have anything nice to say, don‘t say it at all.” Sometimes just being there for a person does more good than words. 5d
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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So I wasn‘t able to read today‘s chapter, so I‘ll post two tomorrow (9 and 10).

But…I had reached out to the author to see if she had a discussion guide for us to use as we read. She doesn‘t and would like our input to create one.

I‘ll be emailing her what we‘ve discussed so far and keep track of future questions we tackle as we progress in the book.

Authors really do reply! 🥰

julieclair Very cool! 2w
Ruthiella That‘s awesome! 2w
ravenlee That‘s so cool! 2w
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CoverToCoverGirl Ha! Fantastic! 👏 2w
AllDebooks That is awesome 👌 2w
BarkingMadRead That‘s so cool!! 2w
Clare-Dragonfly That‘s delightful! 2w
peanutnine That is very cool!! 2w
MicrobeMom Awesome!!! 2w
CrowCAH @julieclair @Ruthiella @ravenlee @CoverToCoverGirl @AllDebooks @BarkingMadRead @Clare-Dragonfly @peanutnine @MicrobeMom I agree, it is pretty darn cool! Keep up the great discussion! 👍🏻 2w
ElizaMarie Ooo this is so awesome! Also I‘m a couple days behind because work but I‘ll catch up today :) 2w
staci.reads I love that she responded! 2w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie no problem. I got a day behind myself, but we‘re back on track. 2w
CrowCAH @staci.reads I agree, very thoughtful, so I wouldn‘t think my email got lost or was being ignored. 2w
DebinHawaii Very fun! 1w
CrowCAH @DebinHawaii yes, very encouraging! 1w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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How cute was Lt Punch? “You couldn‘t add a few wyverns flying in the background? You know, for effect?” His carrot-colored eyes sparkled. “Or maybe one lying dead at my feet?” A twig snapped behind me. Punch took one peek over my shoulder, shrieked, and dove into the bushes on the other side of the wall."

This was my favorite Chapter so far!
@CrowCAH #HeartstoneBuddyRead

CrowCAH It‘s a gnome or hobgoblin! Cute! 2w
ElizaMarie Awe I just love him!!! 2w
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Chapter 8

This scene I guess would be the equivalent to “taking a turn about the room.”

Anjey‘s arm is healing thanks to the root poultice Aliza made.

Then the riders demonstrated their sparring skills, much to both Bentaine girls‘ delight! Aliza was mesmerized by Daired‘s swift and lethal performance. After he tried to teach her how to use her new blade only to be rejected.

Would you have tried sparring with Daired?

Ruthiella I can‘t believe they spar with no protection and real blades! 😱 I would not try. I‘m too uncoordinated and would probably lose a finger…or worse. 🤣 2w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella same. I don‘t think I‘d try, even if I was versed in sword play. The riders seem very deadly in their attacks. 2w
julieclair I think I would give it a try, as long as it was understood that he was teaching me, not actually sparring with me. No way I would try it if he was serious. 2w
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CrowCAH @julieclair you got a good point. But more often than not “lessons” turn into something more. 2w
julieclair I think that wanting to teach her to fight was Daired‘s way of trying to protect her and keep her safe. Even if he doesn‘t realize it himself yet. 2w
iread2much I totally would have tried sparring, but hopefully after he had spent some time helping me understand what I was doing 😅 2w
MicrobeMom Yes I would‘ve. I understand Aliza is a healer and that want to be her focus. But clearly in this world know how to protect yourself will be a good thing. 2w
CrowCAH @iread2much yeah, like don‘t throw her in the gray without actually teaching her what to do. 2w
CrowCAH @MicrobeMom with all these creatures trying to eat people, it‘s best to know how to defend oneself. 2w
ElizaMarie (Still behind) but, he definitely was trying to show some sort of caring or interest in her. Men love to teach women things, this is romance 101 ❤️ sure I‘d be intimidated but it seems like she shares the attraction towards him and missed an opportunity to engage (learning to defend oneself is an added bonus), of course he ignores her the rest of the day. — she rejected his fragile heart/ego 2w
PageShifter I was surprised that she didn't want to learn those skills. But I am also happy, because I don't want to able to guess every turn beforehand. I respect her and she had a good reason why she didn't want to do that. 2w
PageShifter @Ruthiella Well they knew how to handle those weapons so I can understand how they were able to use real blades. Less skilled would have used practise swords 2w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie you got a good point. Men do like to show off their knowledge! 1w
CrowCAH @PageShifter agree. She has stood by her decision not to want to kill things. 1w
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Chapter 7
Anjey‘s wound is infected. Aliza knows of a herb that will help; it‘s in the Witherwood.
Akarra offers everyone a ride.
Daired says some sweet words to Aliza about not dying. (I‘ve liked his character, but his gentler side is enduring; sigh😌)
She ends up assisting a dying gryphon to death by stabbing his eye. She now is initiated as a “rider” via her first kill by earning her first blade.

(Officially 25% complete)

BarkingMadRead 😍😍 don‘t die 😍😍 2w
Ruthiella 25% already! Wow. So much more needs to happen. 😂 2w
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Clare-Dragonfly What an exciting chapter! For some reason I loved Daired shoving Aliza between the boulders. I‘m not really thrilled by this book though… I might start reading ahead since the chapter-a-day pace feels really slow. (edited) 2w
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead basically he‘s saying live! ❤️ 2w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella agree! But even in P&P the beginning is drawn out. Then things start picking up. 2w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly no problem. Read at your own pace. Just try not to give spoilers in your comments 😉 We‘ll all eventually catch up and finish the book together. 2w
ravenlee @Clare-Dragonfly I felt the same way - without really intending to, I just kept reading yesterday and am now almost finished. And I did warm up to it more at the faster pace, though it‘s still not the best thing I‘ve ever read. 2w
TheAromaofBooks The end of this chapter where he held onto her a little more tightly on the way back ❤ 2w
CrowCAH @ravenlee I do hear without the chapter a day it is a fast read - entertaining. 2w
CrowCAH @TheAromaofBooks OMG I agree! 🥰 2w
Clare-Dragonfly @CrowCAH I will probably comment less but I‘ll still read the buddy read posts! 😄 2w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly you got it; thanks for joining! 2w
julieclair @TheAromaofBooks Yes! I just wanted to say “Aaawwww….” 😍 2w
CrowCAH @julieclair same 🥰 He‘s not as cold hearted as he seems. 2w
ElizaMarie (I‘m behind) but… I really thought he was being a good protector :) he cares :) also I like how they were very cool with her and explained to her how now she is “one of them” because of her first kill. 2w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie he does care, in his own way. Agree they could have simply brushed off the kill, but instead they celebrated it with her. 2w
PageShifter I am afraid of heights so flying on dragon would be horrid 🤣 I didn't expect that they would meet a herd there. 2w
PageShifter @Ruthiella I am also thinking that 25 % and not so much has happened 2w
Bluebird @TheAromaofBooks i loved that too! 😍 i also thought it was great that the riders made a big deal of her first kill! 2w
CrowCAH @PageShifter eek, same, I‘m afraid of heights and falling, so dragon riding would be a no-go for me. 1w
CrowCAH @Bluebird yes, they could have brushed it off, but they acknowledged it. 1w
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Emotionally stunted men… am I right?


CrowCAH He‘s showing he cares in a way that suites him. 2w
ElizaMarie @CrowCAH I love it :) 2w
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Chapter 6
The tension of Daired and Wydrick‘s meeting in the field! Three times Daired reached for his sword only to yield to some inner turmoil. And even Akarra was hissing at Wydrick. What could be the whole story there?

And I don‘t think I‘d be as quiet as Anjey with the pain of cleaning a wound and stitches with only wine as a numbing agent. How about you, what‘s your pain tolerance?

Photo from the 2005 P&P movie.

Ruthiella Pain tolerance, very low! Also I‘d make a terrible nurse. Thank goodness for people who are medical professionals! 👍 I look forward to finding out what THIS version of Wikham has done! (edited) 2w
ravenlee I‘m enjoying the much more adventurous incapacitation/forced cohabitation of the elder sister and the very active introduction of the scoundrel. Still not completely sold, but it‘s fun so far. 2w
BarkingMadRead I have a pretty high pain tolerance but I hate the sight of blood, so I don‘t think I would have kept my cool! I‘m anticipating lots of fun from our Wickham character….. 2w
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iread2much When I was younger it was higher, now I‘m a big whiny baby when it comes to pain 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I have decent pain tolerance but I would certainly be crying! And I would not be able to watch the stitching. Aliza‘s thought about the others leaving because they were tired or didn‘t care was a bit strange to me! 2w
ElizaMarie I have a really high pain tolerance but… I mean I‘m sure there will be silent tears and wincing.. How strong can this wine really be? I am anticipating more about this “Wickham” drama. Like what is it!? 2w
MicrobeMom I would have been crying. 2w
wordslinger42 Is it too late to join in the buddy read? I've read this trilogy before, but would be up for a reread 😊 2w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I agree, what misdeed has Wydrick done in this version?! 2w
CrowCAH @ravenlee agree, this forced cohabitation seems to bring them together more than Jane in a bedroom with a cold. 2w
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead I‘m somewhere in the middle for pain. I think anyone at some point would have some reaction to loss of blood and stitches. 2w
CrowCAH @iread2much I think it gets worse as we get older because we know better in some respects of our actions having consequences. Or because we‘ve experienced pain in the pain we know what it feels like. 2w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly I thought they left to give the surgery some privacy. They knew they‘d be in the way and not helpful. 2w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie understandable, there‘s still some reaction. 2w
CrowCAH @MicrobeMom same. Hopefully I would have passed out and that would help everyone. Then when I woke up all would be mended. 2w
CrowCAH @wordslinger42 of course it‘s not too late! ☺️ Thanks so much for joining us on our buddy read! Re-read or just join in on the discussion, up to you. 👍🏻 I‘ll start tagging you on posts. (edited) 2w
MicrobeMom @CrowCAH 😂😂😂 2w
PageShifter I have always wondered how people have survived operations with booze as a numbing agent (edited) 2w
PageShifter @CrowCAH your comment about passing out made me to remember how I actually did that when a vet was trying to take a blood sample from my cat. She couldn't find the vein immediately and seeing blood on my cat's white fur was too much to me 🤣 2w
Bluebird Lol @CrowCAH me too. My pain tolerance is fairly high, but stick a needle in me and I‘m out. Actually, I‘d pass out just on seeing the needle. 2w
CrowCAH @PageShifter I don‘t think booze, no matter the amount, would completely dull the pain. Oh no, hopefully you and your cat were okay in the end. 🐱 1w
CrowCAH @Bluebird yeah whenever I give blood I don‘t look. 🩸 1w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Not sure if this Victorian riding gear is similar to what Anjey and Aliza are wearing, but a good visual. 🐎

Chapter 5
Gryphons attack the party as they scout the north fields. Anjey gets her arm tore up by talons. Akarra kills the creature easily. More gryphons appear from the forest.

Daired was caught admiring Aliza from his perch on Akarra. I like how he has a conflicted expression on his face.

BarkingMadRead A gryphon attack is way cooler than catching a cold in the rain 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead I agree! Though a bit more painful for Anjey. 3w
Ruthiella @BarkingMadRead 😂😂😂 So much cooler! 3w
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Clare-Dragonfly @BarkingMadRead Yes! I laughed a little when I realized what was going on. @CrowCAH Is this graphic from the author‘s website again? If not, can you share artist credit? 3w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly no, not an official Heartstone graphic. Looks to be from Second Life Marketplace https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Brain-Circuit-Inc-Victorian-Riding-Habit-Cr... 2w
julieclair @BarkingMadRead Oh good grief ... I didn't even make the connection! 🤪 But of course you are right. When I first started the book, I kept looking for P&P references. Now I'm enjoying the story so much on its own that I keep forgetting all about P&P! 2w
CrowCAH @julieclair that‘s great story telling if you forget the original text and get engrossed in what you‘re reading! 2w
julieclair @CrowCAH Yes! 💯 2w
DebinHawaii Yes, much cooler & surviving the cleaning & stitching is pretty badass of Anjey too. 👑 2w
CrowCAH @DebinHawaii I agree. Even Anjey is taking it rather well. 2w
iread2much I imagine they would need more leather as scales and wind thrown objects would probably just rip right through the silk 2w
CrowCAH @iread2much yes, something less resistant to tearing. 2w
PageShifter I was surprised: I didn't expect that there would be this much danger and action. And did Anjey's horse die?!? O.O 2w
CrowCAH @PageShifter yes, Anjey‘s horse is dead. That‘s why there was a comment about having to explain it to the stable master. 1w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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It‘s like spring this week in SC so I had a leisurely bagel lunch outside today! So fun!

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Chapter 4 Aliza interacts with Daired, with some banter, and his dragon, Akarra, who really did want her portrait taken! I also think she understood Tobbles gnomic speech.

Here‘s more background on Akarra from the website: https://www.dragonridersofarle.com/akarra

I love Tobbles‘ apology, he wasn‘t sorry at all, but Aliza said fine words in his stead.

I think Aliza is attracted to Daired. Anyone else get that vibe?

Ruthiella Oh yes, there‘s a mutual attraction between Aliza and Daired, for sure. I agree, Akarra understand the exchange and was amused by it and impressed with Aliza‘s judicious translation 😂 3w
Crinoline_Laphroaig Had a busy day. I will catch-up tomorrow. 3w
rubyslippersreads Apparently Daired has rather fine eyes. 3w
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julieclair I totally think Akarra understood what Tobble was saying! I rather like Akarra! And I think Aliza is trying not to be attracted to Daired, but she sure does like his eyes! 😂 3w
ElizaMarie Yes!! I do think that Akarra was wise to what was indeed being said (sometimes when I watch wrestling, they “translate“ the Spanish to the other people, and it's funny because they aren't translating it appropriately, and it is weird to know not all the audience is “in“ on the joke).I agree with @JulieClair I think she is attracted to him but is trying not to be attracted to him (which I think makes you more attractive to someone). 3w
iread2much She‘s totally into him, and I also think Akarra understands and was amused, but I wonder if she sees the potential in this relationship and so chooses to keep it to herself. 3w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I got the same impression Akarra was amused by the exchange! 3w
CrowCAH @Crinoline_Laphroaig no problem, join in when you can. 3w
CrowCAH @rubyslippersreads yes, it does seem the “fine eyes” has transferred from the “Lizzy” character to “Darcy.” 3w
CrowCAH @julieclair agree. Aliza is trying not to be attracted because he doesn‘t like hobgoblins, but there‘s a spark there. 3w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie that is too funny. Yeah I bet translators try to capture the overall tone and meaning, without saying every single word. 3w
CrowCAH @iread2much ooh I like your thinking. That‘s why she asked Aliza if she wanted Alastair in the portrait too. 3w
ElizaMarie @CrowCAH Sometimes. In this one show, I am thinking of, This wrestler was being a bit two-faced and agreed to do the “job“ but in the agreement was saying he was gonna take care of him too. But the translator conveniently didn't mention the plan to double-cross him.
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie ah I see. It‘s neat your bilingual! 👍🏻 3w
DebinHawaii Akarra is my favorite so far. 🐲💚 2w
CrowCAH @DebinHawaii she does have a fun personality! 2w
PageShifter I am excited to see how their next day goes now when they're going with the Riders! I also wondered if she could understand Tobble's language 🤣 2w
PageShifter And Akarra was adorable, I agree with the others! 2w
PageShifter Seeing your comment @CrowCAH made me laugh when I saw it too now: Akarra propably wanted them to spend more time together and that was behind the question about having him too to pose 🤣 I am also curious about those sentences that Alastair changed with Akarra! 2w
CrowCAH @PageShifter I think Akarra could understand Tobble. For sure, she‘s a crafty dragon! 😉 1w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Chapter 3 We‘re at the welcome feast!

One of my favorite overhearings, “she‘s tolerable, but not enough to tempt me.” Daired did say Aliza wasn‘t plain. Does that mean she‘s pleasing to his eye?

And wouldn‘t it be neat to actually know the song/story for The Lay of Saint Ellia of the Shattered Bow? Henry Brandon quotes and sings it as a bard. Is his last name supposed to be like from Sense and Sensibility‘s Colonel Brandon?

Ruthiella I think she must be attractive in her way, like most people. I am quite liking that the characters and plot aren‘t slavish to Austen. Here‘s hoping that both Mari and Leyda get a happier ending. 🤞 3w
BarkingMadRead I wondered the same about Brandon! 3w
julieclair I think Daired is trying to ignore the fact that Aliza is pleasing to his eye! 😉 And on a different note… who might the stranger be, who Aliza can hear but not see? The one who tells her to mind her own business? 3w
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iread2much Ooo, I didn‘t even catch that nice hint of cross stories! 3w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella agree, the author chose to keep certain pivotal moments from P&P while making the story her own. 3w
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead not sure it really is supposed to be him, but the name is the same. 3w
CrowCAH @julieclair OMG yes, who is that person. And can they turn themselves invisible? Like where did he go? 3w
CrowCAH @iread2much Colonel Brandon never sought the lime light, as a bard would, but the character in Heartstone does seem to be a good male friend to Aliza. 3w
ElizaMarie I love how backhanded this complement was. Like eh… I wouldn‘t throw up if I saw her … I mean I know he didn‘t say that but it reads that way to me. I am really enjoying this #chapteraday which I‘m surprised a bit because it‘s not my “normal type pic” also still so many creatures for me to still get straight 3w
Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, I didn‘t catch the Brandon thing, good one! I had to reread the parts about Henry (hey, that‘s Tilney‘s first name). For some reason I‘m having trouble keeping character names straight in this book 😵‍💫 I do have a theory about certain characters that I will put in my next comment under a spoiler tag in case people don‘t want to read my speculation… 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - I had to make a sticky-note of names to help me out. We are getting a lot of them thrown at us at once!!! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly Whoever the mysterious man is, he clearly isn‘t human. He must be one of the other kinds of magical creatures—probably the ones who don‘t like humans. I think he is our Wickham character. Instead of eloping with Leyda, he will tempt her with the opportunity to become a Rider, as is clearly her wish. Then Daired will help her actually become a Rider. No romance potential with Aliza. I don‘t yet know his connection with Daired‘s possible suster! 3w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie yes, definitely back handed. I agree, many creatures. Google will be our friend. 3w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly ah you‘re correct, Henry from Northanger Abbey! 3w
CrowCAH @TheAromaofBooks for sure, soon we‘ll need to create a spider map! Lol 3w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly an interesting theory. We‘ll have to keep reading to see what direction things go. 3w
DebinHawaii Yes, lots of names & creatures to keep track off. I‘m not sure if it helps my memory that I caught up of the first 6 chapters at once. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
CrowCAH @DebinHawaii hmm I would almost think reading them all at once would help rather than hinder, everything is fresh in your mind and you might not have to go back and reference what‘s been said before. 2w
PageShifter I had so much fun with this chapter! I had fun when they tried to figure out why twins had come there and made their own theories. It was somehow hilarious xD And then I loved that mysterious “figure“/man/creature that spoke to her but who she never saw. That was even a bit creepy! And I laughed when the hobgoblin wanted her to eavesdrop xD 2w
PageShifter @Clare-Dragonfly I love your speculations!! 2w
CrowCAH @PageShifter I‘m very intrigued by the mysterious person. What creature are they? Will they be friend or foe? 2w
PageShifter @CrowCAH EXACTLY!!! I love this feeling, mysteries are awesome 🤣 2w
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For those of you listening to this one… can you tell me how this name is pronounced ? Like I read it like it was my name Ah - lee - zah but maybe it‘s Ah - lie - zah… (I mean I‘ll still read it the same way just curious)


CrowCAH I say it ah-liiz-ah. With the middle being like Lizzie or Elizabeth. I‘m just reading it, so not sure how they say it in audio. 3w
inthegreensandblues I've been reading it as the same way "Eliza Bennet" is pronounced in P&P movies and audiobooks. I thought it was a tribute to that ? 3w
inthegreensandblues (above is said with a long i, uh-lie-zuh) 3w
inthegreensandblues I am glad you said how your name is said, now I'll read it correctly when I see your profile 😂 3w
ElizaMarie @inthegreensandblues awe thank you. My name is Spanish. So it‘s supposed to be like Eh - Lisa but spelled with the z —- my mom is Mexican and so it‘s not uncommon to have my name spelled this way. But it‘s a constant correct everyone (edited) 3w
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Here are some sketches from the website depicting Aliza, Daired, Charis.

Chapter 2 At the welcome feast for the five riders, we‘re introduced:
Master Brysney rides wyvern Silverwing Scytheclaw
Lady Charis Brysney
Nerissa Ruthven rides wyvern Bluescale Broadback
Edel Ruthven rides beoryn Burrumburrem

Also the sisters are named, as well:
Angelina (Anjey)
(Mari) 17
Katarina (Rina) - deceased

Ruthiella Thanks for this! It‘s helpful! 😀 3w
MicrobeMom I‘ve not seen this pics. Love them! 3w
Bluebird Thanks for the sketches! I‘ll check out her website. Is anyone else dying to know what happened at Harborough Hatch to elicit such a strong reaction from Brysney and his sister? Could ‘Mr Whickham‘ be the cause? 3w
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iread2much I‘ve not seen those before, they are really interesting. Thanks for sharing! 3w
BarkingMadRead @Bluebird I can‘t wait to find out, seems like a fun plot twist for later 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @Bluebird I thought Harborough Hatch was where they fought the Worm and Charis‘s wyvern(?) was killed. That would be a painful reminder! 3w
Crinoline_Laphroaig My favorite bit: "Following one memorable banquet—at which she discovered it was impossible to read over her dance partner‘s shoulder and maintain his good opinion—Mari had washed her hands of public gatherings in general, and after overcoming her initial disappointment in discovering she had a bluestocking for a daughter, Mama let her do as she pleased." ? 3w
rubyslippersreads @Clare-Dragonfly @Bluebird That‘s what I thought too. Although that means Charis is more sentimental than Caroline ever was. 3w
Bluebird @Clare-Dragonfly thanks, I missed that! Yes, her wyvern was killed by the worm. That explains everyones reaction much better (although it would be interesting if Charis were ‘Wickham‘s‘ victim) @rubyslippersreads 😂😂 i cannot imagine Caroline being taken in! 3w
Bluebird @Crinoline_Laphroaig i loved that passage! There have been several LOL moments in this book. Looking forward to chapter 3. 3w
julieclair Thanks for this helpful character list 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @Crinoline_Laphroaig Yes! I love Mari—and Leyda seems pretty awesome (if overly dramatic) in this version too. 3w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I agree. It‘s always nice to have the author‘s interpretation of their characters. 3w
CrowCAH @MicrobeMom I was toggling around on the website for the book and came across them. 3w
CrowCAH @Bluebird the website doesn‘t have too much, but there‘s a little extra. Yes, it will be intriguing to learn what really happened and why they‘re so hush about it. 3w
CrowCAH @iread2much you‘re welcome! This way we get a better mental picture of them. 3w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly I believe you‘re correct. That‘s what we‘ve read so far. But maybe there‘s more… 3w
CrowCAH @Crinoline_Laphroaig this created such a funny mental picture of Mari holding a book behind some dude‘s head while dancing!!! 3w
CrowCAH @rubyslippersreads you have a good point, Charis does seem more emotional on the inside, though on the outside she seems stand-offish. 3w
CrowCAH @julieclair it‘s no way comprehensive or complete, but it‘s what we know so far reading two chapters. 3w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly definitely have to have drama queen Leyda! 3w
PageShifter I love the sketches! I was a bit surprises to get to know that one of them had died like that! I laughed at this sentence: “It was made of lace, a few panels of threadbare silk, and the unfulfilled dreams of what must‘ve been a very lonely dressmaker.“ 2w
PageShifter @Bluebird I am also curious to get to know why they reacted like that! So like @CrowCAH said I would also love if there is something more behind it than her lost. (edited) 2w
PageShifter @CrowCAH I also loved the mental picture of Mari : dancing while reading the book. I would love get those two combined too 🤣🤣 2w
CrowCAH @PageShifter there are quite a few well worded phrases in the book. We‘ll have to keep reading to find out more about the backstory. Yeah the bookish Mari character! 📖 2w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Chapter 2 quote

Ha mothers!!! Well this one in particular!


CrowCAH Perfection is a tall order! 3w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Chapter 1 #HeartstoneBuddyRead is off to a good start.

We meet some creatures & characters — mainly Aliza and Daired.

The hobgoblins throwing mud at Daired cracked me up! 😂

Also got a chuckle out of Moira (aka Mrs. Bennet) possibly having a little banshee blood in her ancestry.

We already have a few references to P&P sprinkled in which is a lot of fun. I think this author is already showing her own voice & I‘m excited to see where she goes.

CrowCAH You‘re graphics are spot on! 😂 3w
ElizaMarie Haha yes!! I can see the banshee being in her bloodline 3w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Chapter 1: There‘s a lot of creatures being named, but we‘re also introduced to our heroine, Aliza Bentaine, and hero, who at this point is known as Daired, from a wealthy house and a person who rides a dragon!

Did we all catch the “Netherfield Park has been let at last” comparison to P&P? This time Master Brysney is renting the North Fields lodge.

Does anyone else flip back and reference the map? I was flipping back.

BarkingMadRead Loved all references, this will be so much fun! 3w
Ruthiella I‘m reading this on ebook/audio combo so I didn‘t know there was a map until you mentioned it! 😂 I am getting some of the P&P parallels but am also trying to accept it as is own thing. 3w
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead same! I just hope the book keeps up the references. 3w
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CrowCAH @Ruthiella ah that makes sense. The same has happened to me before when listening to the audiobook. I agree, trying to keep an open mind and accept this book for what it is and will be. 3w
MeganAnn Loved the references right off the bat! So far, chapter 1 has already given me a few chuckles. 3w
CrowCAH @MeganAnn same! It‘s neat to see a “Darcy” character lose his cool. 3w
julieclair I'm listening on audio, but think I'm going to also look for a print copy. I love maps! Plus, I need to look up what some of these fantastical creatures are (I don't read much fantasy), but I don't know how to spell them, lol. I am enjoying the light tone and the P&P references. 3w
Bluebird While reading the first few lines I couldn‘t imagine how this could be an ‘Austen Inspired‘ book. And then Mr Darcy appeared! Terrific start to the book! Loving the P&P references. 3w
Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm listening but also have Kindle so yay for map! And my favorite line from today's Chapter: "I dropped into the curtsy I used for strangers of uncertain rank, unsavory solicitors, and the man at the market who sells cut-rate mutton." ? 3w
Clare-Dragonfly I was waiting for an explicit P&P reference, so I definitely caught the “Netherfield park has been let at last!” 😆 I like that the name of the lord is Merybourne—a cross between Meryton and Longbourne! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly Also, Daired has a badass sister but none of the other Riders have been named yet. Anyone else hoping that the sister is the Bingley character and there will be a sapphic romance? 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 3w
TheAromaofBooks I thought it was interesting that she chose to set this in a fantasy world, rather than an AU England. So the map definitely comes in handy!! 3w
ElizaMarie I am reading it from Libby. I‘m gonna go back and screen shot the map so I can just see it that way. So many creatures! Got a bit confused initially (but also probably because I was slightly out of it). It‘s caught my interest though… I‘m enjoying the “ride”. 3w
ravenlee @Crinoline_Laphroaig I laughed out loud at that line! 3w
ravenlee I‘m enjoying it so far but am not 100% sold on it yet. I wonder a bit if both aspects (high fantasy and P&P retelling) are going to work equally well. I do love the map and have consulted it several times. 3w
CrowCAH @julieclair same, I‘m not too familiar with the creatures either. 3w
CrowCAH @Bluebird I agree, since she didn‘t open up with the usual “universally acknowledged” phrase. I do like the Darcy character already! 3w
CrowCAH @Crinoline_Laphroaig that was a very good line! 👍🏻 3w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly yes, the Anne choice was specific. Also, Charis is “Bingley‘s” sister, not Daired‘s. I don‘t think any sibling for him has been mentioned yet. 3w
CrowCAH @TheAromaofBooks I feel putting it in a fantasy world allows for more creativity for the author, they don‘t have to stick with a certain time period or society norms. 3w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie good idea to screenshot the map. I have a feeling it will come in handy later on. 3w
CrowCAH @ravenlee I agree, I‘m not completely sold…yet. Not quite enough P&P for me to really tell if it‘s going to be a good retelling or not. 3w
MicrobeMom The map in the first book is far superior to the maps in the next two books. Not sure why they changed it. 3w
iread2much I love a good map and how it helps to tell the story in a different way 3w
Clare-Dragonfly Yeah, I got Daired and Brynley mixed up… but at least I hope that Charis will be more awesome than Bingley‘s sisters! 3w
CrowCAH @MicrobeMom I‘ve only seen book one, but it does beg the question why they would change it for subsequent books. 3w
CrowCAH @iread2much definitely, especially for a fantasy book, maps are every helpful! 3w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly she does appear to be more bad-ass than Caroline or Louisa! 3w
PageShifter There were many creatures! For me it's a bit easier now when I have read fantasy in English quite much. English isn't my native language so it took some time to use to that. For me this was an awesome start: really cool world, and so many creatures I am interested in! I want to know more! And marriage plotting already going on, haha. I loved chemistry between Aliza's parents. (edited) 2w
PageShifter @julieclair I also loved immediately the ton! So fun & light. I LOVE IT ATM!! (Lost my grandmother last Sunday) 2w
PageShifter @Bluebird And then there is me who didn't even remember which of her books this was based on xD I know now, after reading your comments 🤣🤣 I jump into books without reading the blurps :D 2w
PageShifter @Clare-Dragonfly There were so many names, I also had to read some lines several times and almost mixed up Daired and Brynley too! 2w
PageShifter I also love maps but I have to admit that I am quite lazy to look at them when I am reading. So I just read, doesn't really follow the map 🙈 2w
julieclair @PageShifter I am so sorry to hear of your grandmother‘s passing. Be kind to yourself as you grieve. I can well image that reading this book, which feels like a lighthearted escape, might be just what you need right now. Sending hugs. 💙 2w
CrowCAH @PageShifter agree lots of foreign creatures. Sorry to hear about your grandmother. Take care of your health. Yea, this one is a Pride and Prejudice adaptation. Even the character names can get confusing at times. You only need a mental map, no worries. 2w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Starting chapter 1 for the #Heartstonebuddyread and look 👀 there‘s a map!! More books should include maps. They are one of my favorite things 😍

My goal is to post more “as I read” observations with this one. I usually think of things on these buddy reads but then never actually create a post about them and then I forget what I wanted to say to begin with. Probably not every day… but shooting for every few days?! 🤷‍♀️🤞🏻😬

CrowCAH A good goal! I‘m sure if not every day, you‘ll make a post most days! 3w
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Repost for @CrowCAH:

The #HeartstoneBuddyRead starts tomorrow, 3/1/23!!!

All are welcome to join in the chapter a day readalong.

Just an FYI my posts will be at random times throughout the day depending on my schedule. But I will respond to all comments.

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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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The #HeartstoneBuddyRead starts tomorrow, 3/1/23!!!

All are welcome to join in the chapter a day readalong.

Just an FYI my posts will be at random times throughout the day depending on my schedule. But I will respond to all comments.

CrowCAH @Catsandbooks thanks for tagging Litsy Events, so they can reshare! 3w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Meet the author of Heartstone, Elle Katharine White


The #HeartstoneBuddyRead will start March 1, 2023, with chapter 1.

curiouserandcurioser @CrowCAH love this series!! 4w
CrowCAH @curiouserandcurioser since you‘ve read it already, would you like to be tagged in posts to join the discussion? 4w
curiouserandcurioser @CrowCAH oh thats so lovely of you to think of me:) that would be nice. I will participate as much as i can! 4w
CrowCAH @curiouserandcurioser no problem. I‘ll start tagging you in posts. 4w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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A #heartstonebuddyread is happening in March hosted by @crowcah This is a fun Pride and Prejudice adaptation- with dragons. This is a #pemberlitten hosted activity but anyone can join in.

CrowCAH Thanks for the share! ☺️📖🐉 1mo
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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I will be hosting a readalong or #HeartstoneBuddyRead in March 2023 for the Pride and Prejudice adaptation Heartstone; an epic fantasy with dragons!

It will be read a chapter a day. There are only 26 chapters, so not too long.

Any who join in the reading will be entered into a random drawing for some Jane Austen bookish goodies.

CrowCAH @sprainedbrain please, feel free to tag all the PemberLittens, so they‘re aware of the buddy read. 1mo
iread2much This was such a fun read! I liked it way more than I thought I would. I hope you all enjoy it. 1mo
PageShifter This looks really intriguing! I am trying to join! 1mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig I have this one on my Kindle so I'll try and join in. 4w
Crinoline_Laphroaig ^tag me please! 4w
CrowCAH @iread2much thanks for the recommendation! Would you like to be tagged and join in the book discussion? 4w
CrowCAH @PageShifter I have you marked down to tag on the posts. I agree, it could be an interesting “ride!” 4w
CrowCAH @Crinoline_Laphroaig yes, I will tag you! ☺️ A good excuse to actually read the book and mark it off your kindle list! 4w
CrowCAH I forgot that @sprainedbrain was no longer coordinating PemberLitten books. Tagging the new hosts @StayCurious and @BarkingMadRead . I tagged all the PemberLittens I found on an older post. Please, feel free to share. Thanks! 4w
i.besteph @CrowCAH I wasnt aware of this. Thanks for the tag. Please count me in for the read along! 4w
AllDebooks Yes 🙌 Count me in 😊 4w
CrowCAH @i.besteph yeah, it was more a last minute decision. I‘m having the readalong coincide with my local bookclub of which we‘ll be reading this book! I will tag you; thanks! 4w
CrowCAH @AllDebooks woohoo, you got it! ☺️ I will tag you on posts. 4w
ElizaMarie Found this one easily on Libby. It looks interesting… I‘m in :) who are we tagging on posts? 4w
CrowCAH @Ruthiella OMG, sorry your comment for deleted. It‘s been a rough work morning for me. Yes, I shall certainly count you in on the readalong and tag you on the posts! 👍🏻 4w
CrowCAH @ElizaMarie I‘ll be the host of the #HeartstoneBuddyRead, you can tag me. Thanks for joining! 4w
BarkingMadRead Looks good! I‘m in! 4w
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead thanks for joining! 🐉 4w
TheAromaofBooks Oh yay!! I have this one on my shelf & have been meaning to read it!! Definitely add me to the tag list!! 4w
CrowCAH @TheAromaofBooks same! Been on my P&P adaptation TBR list too for some time! I‘ll be tagging you in posts. 4w
DebinHawaii This one has been loaded on my Kindle for ages & this will be the push I need to read it. Please count me in. 4w
CrowCAH @DebinHawaii I‘m glad there‘s several of us in the same boat - added it to the TBR but haven‘t gotten around to reading it. Glad to give us all the push to start! 4w
iread2much @CrowCAH that would be nice. I can‘t promise how much I can participate but if it‘s not extra work for you, that would be lovely 4w
ravenlee Looks like my library has it, so I‘m in! 4w
CrowCAH @iread2much no problem at all. Glad you‘ll join in the comments! 4w
CrowCAH @ravenlee oh sweet! I love supporting libraries ❤️ I actually have a paperback edition; picked it up at a new/used store. 4w
StayCurious Wow this sounds fun! Please tag me 4w
inthegreensandblues I will join in as I too have had this on my Kindle for ages! Thanks for the tag! 😄 4w
CrowCAH @StayCurious I agree, it does sounds fun; not the typical P&P adaptation! 4w
CrowCAH @inthegreensandblues yay, thanks for joining! I will tag you on posts. 4w
MeganAnn I will join in as this one is already on my shelf waiting to be read. 🎉🐉 4w
CrowCAH @MeganAnn it should be a wild ride! Thanks for joining; I‘ll tag you. 4w
rubyslippersreads Looking forward to this. Please tag me. 😊 4w
CrowCAH @rubyslippersreads you got it, tagging will commence! ☺️ Thanks for joining! 4w
Librarybelle Thanks for tagging - I have to pass on this, but I hope everyone enjoys!! 4w
Chrissyreadit I read it and LOVED it! 4w
Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, count me in! I wish there had been more lead time but I can probably catch up if the wait at the library isn‘t too bad. 4w
julieclair Found it on Scrib‘d, so I‘m in! Who could resist P&P with dragons? 😀😉🐉 4w
CrowCAH @Librarybelle no problem, I tagged all the PemberLittens. Enjoy a good book 📖☺️ 4w
CrowCAH @Chrissyreadit would you like to be tagged in posts to join in on the discussion? 4w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly I do apologize for the late notice. Certainly, join in when you can. I‘ll tag you in posts, so you can go back and check them out. 4w
CrowCAH @julieclair awesome! I agree, certainly a cool premise! 4w
CrowCAH @Chrissyreadit you got it! 4w
staci.reads It sounds like a fun read, and my library has it, so I'm in! Tag me please 🙂 4w
MicrobeMom Thanks! But I am going to pass on this one. I just read the whole series. And it was just ok for me. 4w
CrowCAH @staci.reads you got it, I‘ll tag you in posts! 4w
CrowCAH @MicrobeMom since you read it, would you still like to be tagged to join the discussion? It‘s okay to be a dissenter. 4w
MicrobeMom @CrowCAH. Yes that would be great. I‘d do like the first one just didn‘t love it. 4w
CrowCAH @MicrobeMom that‘s fine. No book will be liked by everyone. I‘ll start tagging you in posts. 4w
nanuska_153 I can't, I'm facing The Count of Montecristo next month with @AllDebooks so that should keep me busy. Thanks for letting me know though! 3w
CrowCAH @nanuska_153 no problem, understandable. The Count of Monte Cristo is a chunkster, but one of my favs; enjoy!!! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly The hold came in faster than I expected so I‘ll be able to start with everyone else! 😁🎉 3w
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly well, that‘s super exciting news!!! ☺️ 3w
JenlovesJT47 Sounds great, please count me in and add me to the tag list! 🙋🏻‍♀️ I‘ve been AWOL awhile and have really missed my Litsy family ❤️ 3w
CrowCAH @JenlovesJT47 will do. Glad to have you onboard! ☺️❤️ 3w
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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I did enjoy this series. The first book is the best, the second book was just ok, and the third book fell between the two. I wanted to love this. Pride and Prejudice and dragons, what could be better? But there was just something lacking. I think it might have been character development. However, it was worth the read.

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It is cold here in PA today! So I am here after a long walk listening to Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. My plan now is to sit with my faux fur blanket and finish this one! #joyousjanuary

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Yay! I am excited to engage in my first readathon! As my semester starts tomorrow, I serve as my kids‘ taxi, and I am a slow reader, I am going to keep my goals simple.
#1- Finish the tagged book
#2- Read the 1st Chapter of “This is Your Brain on Parasites” and develop a book discussion topic for my students.
#3- start a new book
Bonus- Finish my audiobook Elektra!

Andrew65 Great to see you joining the Readathon, do hope you will have fun with it. Best of luck 😁 2mo
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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One more #PemberLittens post!

A comment on the poll asked how the voting works, and since the voting form doesn‘t collect emails, I‘m not sure who to respond to.

As a reminder, every two months we vote for:

1) a book by Austen

2) a retelling of an Austen work OR a book (fiction or non) about Jane Austen and/or her family, and

3) a book by another female author.

Each time we vote, we alternate between the two options for number 2 above. ⬇️

sprainedbrain So, whoever was looking for the tagged book (Heartstone) on the voting list this time: since it‘s a retelling of P&P, it‘s on the voting list for retellings. It was on the vote list last time and will be on again next time, but this time we were picking a book about Jane. You are welcome to start a readalong of the book whenever you‘d like of course, regardless of voting! 8mo
sprainedbrain Also as a reminder, anyone can add books to any of the lists we vote from… just email me or add them as ‘other‘ books when we vote next time. And anyone can email me any questions, concerns, and suggestions anytime: jenni.d.langford@gmail.com. Thanks to all of you for keeping this group alive and fun! ❤️ 8mo
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Librarybelle Thanks for organizing all of this! 8mo
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️Thank you for your work! 8mo
MaureenMc Thank you! 😊 8mo
ravenlee Thank you for all the hard work you do! 8mo
CrowCAH It was me @sprainedbrain . 🙋🏼‍♀️ I thought it collected emails. You answered my question. Thanks! (edited) 8mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Thank you! 8mo
sprainedbrain @CrowCAH The lists that we vote for haven‘t changed since January, other than when I remove a book we already voted for/read or add books on request. As I wrote above, Heartstone is a retelling, so it‘s on the list to vote for the second category every other time. It was on the list for March/April voting and then again for July/August voting, and it will be on the list again when we vote for November/December books. So far it hasn‘t been chosen. 8mo
sprainedbrain @CrowCAH Since it hasn‘t been chosen yet, it will stay in the list for next time, but this time we were not voting for a retelling, but a book about Austen for our second book. If you don‘t want to wait for it to be chosen in the vote, you can always start a separate readalong, sort of like @Crinoline_Laphroaig is doing right now for the Jane mystery series. 😃 8mo
CrowCAH @sprainedbrain that‘s fine. I‘ll have to plan on when I can devote the time to reading and leading the discussion. 8mo
MoonWitch94 Thank you, Jenni! @sprainedbrain This is one of my favorite places on Litsy! 💕 8mo
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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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The alternative title for this book is Pride, Prejudice and Dragons. That being said, any Jane Austen purists probably shouldn‘t read this. It was a cute, if draconian, retelling of an amazing novel and I look forward to reading the next. I just hope it‘s the same main characters and not gonna hop to another sister. That would be rather irritating.

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This was an excellent high fantasy adaptation of P&P. Dragons, beast riders, and man eating mythical creatures abound in a world where gender is not a barrier to fighting to save humanity.
An engaging read with a very interesting world, and improvements to the characters established by Austen makes this book one of my favorite P&P adaptations. 5/5 stars. Read this if you love Pride and Prejudice & definitely read this if you enjoy high fantasy.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww beautiful 🐶 ❤️ 11mo
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iread2much @Hooked_on_books thank you. 😊 she‘s my best girl 11mo
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