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Heartstone
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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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sprainedbrain
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! 1w
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! ❤️ 1w
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Librarybelle Thanks for organizing all of this! 1w
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️Thank you for your work! 1w
MaureenMc Thank you! 😊 1w
ravenlee Thank you for all the hard work you do! 1w
CrowCAH It was me @sprainedbrain . 🙋🏼‍♀️ I thought it collected emails. You answered my question. Thanks! (edited) 1w
Crinoline_Laphroaig Thank you! 1w
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. 1w
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. 😃 1w
CrowCAH @sprainedbrain that‘s fine. I‘ll have to plan on when I can devote the time to reading and leading the discussion. 1w
MoonWitch94 Thank you, Jenni! @sprainedbrain This is one of my favorite places on Litsy! 💕 1w
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Bookfan1414
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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iread2much
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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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 🐶 ❤️ 4mo
Leftcoastzen Aawwww!🐶👏 4mo
Hooked_on_books Gorgeous beastie! 💙🐶 4mo
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iread2much @Leftcoastzen 😊💜🐕 4mo
iread2much @Hooked_on_books thank you. 😊 she‘s my best girl 4mo
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bookishbitch
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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More bookmail: This was the other one Booktok made me buy. A retelling of Pride and Prejudice but with dragons. I'm in!!

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Kdgordon88
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Another P & P retelling in my #12Booksof2021. #July

peanutnine I enjoyed this one a lot 7mo
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Kdgordon88
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#BookReport #WeeklyForecast

A Spool of Blue Thread was a so-so read for me. What a hard sad life Lucy Grealy had as written about in Truth & Beauty. As I looked into a little more about Lucy I read her sister was unhappy about Ann‘s book or at least the timing of it. What struck me the most was the lack of Lucy‘s family during the Ann years. I will eventually read Lucy‘s book. Loved Heartstone! 5🌟. @Cinfhen

curiouserandcurioser @Kdgordon88 just finished the Heartstone trilogy-LOVED IT!!:) 13mo
Cinfhen Love how you arranged your #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast 13mo
Kdgordon88 @TheAromaofBooks A Spool of Blue Thread was my July #Doublespin book. 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
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peanutnine
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Pride and prejudice but with dragons 🐲 umm... yes please!
It's the same story you know and love but with gryphons, wyverns, trolls, and a giant battle scene.

I enjoyed the world building, especially the fact that women were not excluded from becoming Riders and are depicted as strong equals. I also liked the characters more. They were less obnoxious than in the original story and easier to like, especially the Bentaine family.

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MicrobeMom
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1- The Switch, The Other Bennet Sister, This is Your Brain on Parasites, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2- Heartstone series (tagged)
3- Hot Tea or a White Claw

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MeganAnn
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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My #AVAH #AVeryAustenHoliday swap arrived today! Thank you @kspenmoll for this lovely package which was well worth the wait ❤️ I‘m SO excited to have a copy of Heartstone! My son wants to read it also because Dragons 🐉 ... might just be a gateway to reading Austen. 😂

The hummingbird ornament is so beautiful in my favorite color! Plus tea, caramels, Jane coasters & a lovely two-sided bookmark with Northanger Abbey quotes. ⤵️

MeganAnn Christmas Bells looks like a lovely read also! I enjoyed Mrs. Lincoln‘s Dressmaker by this same author so I‘m excited to read this one as well. Thank you again!! I love everything! ❤️🎄✨ 2y
kspenmoll @MeganAnn I am so happy it finally arrived!!! Glad you can share your Hearthstone book with your son! This swap was so much fun to put together! And now we have met! 2y
sprainedbrain an excellent box of Austen goodness! 😍 2y
MeganAnn @kspenmoll yes, we have! And your card showed up in the mailbox today as well which was a lovely bonus. 😍 2y
DebinHawaii Wonderful! I had to stack Heartstone & can‘t wait to hear if you like it. The ornament is beautiful! 💙 2y
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MicrobeMom
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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For me this one a big yes. Fantasy and Pride and Prejudice! Interesting plot, string female characters, not all about getting married, and romance! I really enjoyed 4 ⭐️s

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MicrobeMom
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#PLHeartstone #Pemberlittens This one ended with a bang! Huge battle betweenythic medieval creatures and the riders and raiders. Love that the women are the heroes as much as the men. Also, that Leyda was so much more than Lydia. Feminist and romantic without being over bearing! With a happy ending to boot. If you like fantasy and Austen this is the book for you. I will be reading the next is the series, eventually!

Chrissyreadit I‘m continuing the series also. I loved it. 2y
TheAromaofBooks I didn't end up reading this one this month but everyone's thoughts have been so positive that I can't wait to pick it up!!! 2y
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mollyrotondo Uh such a good ending! I have my copy of the second book and plan to read it in December. I‘m glad so many liked it as much as I did! 2y
quietjenn I didn't reread, after I realized that I'd already read it, but all the comments made me remember how much I enjoyed it and that I need to get around to the sequel! 2y
BookwormAHN It was a really good book 😺 2y
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BookwormAHN
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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I really enjoyed this retelling of Pride and Prejudice with dragons. The characters were quite good and entertaining and there were dragons, which tend to improve most books 🐉 16pts
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#PLHeartStone @MicrobeMom
#Booked2020 #BottomOfYourTBR @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#Scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

TheAromaofBooks Yay dragons!!! 2y
Danielthewriter Sounds sweet! 👍 2y
Cinfhen Fantastic 🐉🐲 2y
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wordslinger42
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Absolutely phenomenal! Who could ever say no to Mr. Darcy AND dragons? 😅😅😅

This is my #bookspin (Number 9) for the month, @TheAromaofBooks and another for #bookspinbingo 😊

This was also my P&P adaptation for #PemberLittens I personally think Alastair Daired is just as dreamy and broody as Mr. Darcy 😅🥰

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I really wanted to read this one this month and just didn't get to it! Sometime soon!!! 2y
wordslinger42 @TheAromaofBooks It's definitely worth the read! And there are two more books 😍 2y
TheAromaofBooks !!! I actually didn't know it was a series!! How fun! 2y
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MicrobeMom
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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This book is going entirely too quickly for me. The plot is really churning in the past few chapters. Aliza is visiting Gwyn meeting the famous forger that also works with Heartstones. Daired both insults and proposes to Aliza. She denies him. She returns home only to leave again with her aunt and uncle to serve as an assistant to her her Herbalist uncle that must heal Aliza‘s great aunt. The great aunt lives near Pendragon! 👇👇

MicrobeMom She and her aunt visit Pendragon to borrow herbs. They run into Daired and he invites them for dinner. Daired insists Aliza stay at Pendragon to not catch her aunt‘s contagious fever. Her feeling are changing for Daired. Aliza meets the awesome Julienna! So much going on and only 6 chapters left! 2y
MicrobeMom 📷 not mine own, from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies the movie 2y
BookwormAHN I've really enjoyed the last few chapters. I can't wait to read more with Julienna. Also loved the movie Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. 2y
mollyrotondo I thought the Wydrick story was really great in this book. He didn‘t try to marry Julienna but instead tried to kill her dragon. Uh it makes him even more villainous in this version. It was a good change. 2y
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Chrissyreadit
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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My new favorite mask and a new favorite P&P retelling. I love the fantasy setting, the similarities to P&P and the differences- Dragon Riders, hobgoblins, healing herb gardens. This has some violence and redemption in harsh ways. Do recommend it if you like fantasy. #pemberlittens

AllisonM89 This one was a lot of fun! Although i kept giggling everytime they mentioned hobgoblins -as if dragons in P&P aren't ridiculous, but hobgoblins are just too much 🤣 2y
MicrobeMom I am loving this! So much fun and the women as fierce! So glad you are enjoying it too! ♥️♥️ 2y
KVanRead Love the mask!😍 2y
LeahBergen Great mask! 2y
sharread Love the mask. ❤ 2y
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MicrobeMom
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#HeartstonePL #pemberlittens 📷 Geoffery if Monmouth Heartstone Buddy Read Update Chapters 8-15. So much going on to summarize here. So I will list likes and dislikes!
Likes:
Anjey is healed
Aliza doesn‘t marry Cudred
Cudred not as bad a Mr. Collins truly loves Gwyn
Lady Catriona is fierce and way more awesome than Lady Catherine
Daired clearly ♥️s Aliza
The Forgemaster
Rya great little sis
Dislikes:
Brysney awol
Daired aloofness
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MicrobeMom Gwyn‘s father‘s debts, the thing he owes money too, Wydrick, Anjey‘s heartache, no info on Julianna Daired‘s sister (edited) 2y
Chrissyreadit Nice summary! 1. I wish I kept a character summary. 2. I wish this was a full color big illustrated version. 3. I love Curdred and Gwyn. 4. I like Daired. 5. This book has been my happy place. 6. Did I mention illustrations? With a MAP!!! 2y
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mollyrotondo @Chrissyreadit yes I definitely agree that there should be an illustrated version of this book especially since Aliza is an artist! 2y
mollyrotondo I also love that Curdred is a little bit more normal and more tolerable than MR Collins. I also like that Gwyn didn‘t just marry Collins for stability but to help her father. It was a more fleshed out and interesting reason. 2y
mollyrotondo I also feel like Aliza and Alastair‘s conversations are a little more flirty than in P&P at this point. I just really love this book! 2y
MicrobeMom @mollyrotondo yes! I love the flirty uneasiness between them both. The Heartstone, so great. 2y
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MicrobeMom
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Heartstone Buddy Read Update. Ch 1-7: Well I am not sure if it is because I am a huge lover of fantasy but I am loving this spin on P&P. Aliza Bentaine lives in Merrybourne Manor which has been plague by gryphons. Riders with wyverns are hired to kill the gryphons. Aliza runs into Daired, a rider, who it rude and aloof. From there, Aliza and her older sister Angie meet the rider and get asked to show them where the gryphon lair is. 👇👇👇👇

MicrobeMom Angie and the rider Brysney are crushing on each other and when Angie is injured while looking for the gryphons, worry ensues. A search for healing medicines for Angie leads to a battle between the riders, Aliza, and the gryphons. 2y
MayJasper The story sounds 🤪 😆 but I love the illustration! 2y
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mollyrotondo I really love how this story is the shell of P&P but really tells it‘s own story. Angie doesn‘t sick, she gets injured doing something quite brave. And Aliza slays that gryphon showing her strength right off the bat. 2y
MicrobeMom @mollyrotondo yes! Yes! I love the strength that both Aliza and Angie display. Also Aliza is incredibly brave I‘m trying to get medicine to help Angie injury. 2y
MicrobeMom @MayJasper haha! I am not sure my summary does the book justice. If you are a fantasy fan, I think you would find it enjoyable! 2y
BookwormAHN I'm throughly enjoying it. I also love how brave Aliza is and Akarra is fantastic 🐉 2y
mollyrotondo @BookwormAHN yes Akarra is an amazing addition to the story. She puts our Darcy character in his place 2y
MicrobeMom @BookwormAHN @mollyrotondo Yes! ♥️ Akarra. I am wondering If she is the equivalent of Georgina? Mrs. Reynolds? Thoughts? 2y
Chrissyreadit I‘m liking it so far! Only just at the event where people are introduced. 2y
MicrobeMom @Chrissyreadit yay! I think it gets better with each chapter!!! I hope you enjoyed your weekend away. 2y
kspenmoll Sounds like a different take on P & P. 2y
MicrobeMom @kspenmoll yes and I am enjoying it! Ladies are way fierce and I am a complete fantasy geek!! 🐉 2y
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Chrissyreadit
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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1. Pride and Prejudice and Dragons.
2. What counts as a bare essential these days? I could not go a day without reading, but that seems pretty essential. Coffee, also very essential, maybe my tul brand pen? Only somewhat essential 😊
3. 1550? I would love to be here before the Native population was devastated by invaders. #wondrouswednesday Thanks @rubyslippersreads tagging @AmyG @sharread @KatieDid927 @ElizaMarie @Laughterhp

Eggs Great responses - thanks for joining in 👏🏻📚🤗 2y
AmyG Thanks for the tag, my friend. 😘 2y
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MicrobeMom
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Hope you enjoy it! ❤️ Unfortunately I will most likely not be able to participate in the buddy read, but I do appreciate the tags! Maybe you guys posting about it will convince me to bump it up in my reading priorities. 😜🤣😂 2y
mollyrotondo I am excited to reread this as well! I‘m going to start it tomorrow afternoon after I‘m done with this long work week 🤣 2y
quietjenn Started it tonight, instantly found myself thinking "this is familiar" so checked Goodreads and, yep, I've already read this. Oops! Apparently I quite liked it though, so I might read it again. 2y
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MicrobeMom
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Thanks to everyone that was interested. If you unsure that you can commit, no worries. Give it a try and post when you can. Below are the suggested buddy read dates. Each week I will post a short summary and buddies can comment for discussion. If you post please use both the #pemberlittens and #PLHeartstone hashtags! Also feel free to tag us buddies! Looking forward to reading this with you all. Still open if anyone wants to join!

Chrissyreadit Whoohoo 😍🙌👏🥳😘 2y
mollyrotondo Thank you! I‘ll pull my copy off the shelf! 2y
quietjenn Awesome! Got a library copy loaded up on my Kindle and ready to go! 2y
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BookwormAHN I may join in too. I've had a copy on my tbr for quite awhile. 2y
MicrobeMom @BookwormAHN awesome! I will include you in the posts! ♥️♥️ 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking forward to it!! 2y
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MicrobeMom
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Hey #pemberlittens as we finish up P&P this month, I will starting the P&P reimagining Heartstone. Is anyone interested in a book club? I just bought the book and will be willing to run it if anyone is interested! Let me know. We will beginning Oct 1. All are welcome. You don‘t have to be a pemberlitten! Tagging those that expressed interest.

sprainedbrain 🥰🥰🥰 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘d love to do a buddy read, but I‘m not sure I can commit to an October one. I have a bit of a full roster... 😅 I will definitely think about it though! ❤️ 2y
mollyrotondo Yes I am definitely interested in reading this together! I read a number of years ago so I‘m excited to reread it! Thank you! 2y
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TheAromaofBooks I may be interested, so please keep me posted!! @Chrissyreadit - I think you said you were interested in this book as well?? 2y
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks definitely interested in this one! 2y
quietjenn Yes! I definitely want to read it and doing it as a buddy read will help me prioritize it. 2y
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TheAromaofBooks
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Yay!!! Thank you so much @magyklyXdelish !!! I've been wanting to read Pride & Prejudice plus dragons for quite some time!! And these pens are fabulous!!!

Thanks for hosting, @BennettBookworm !! Such a fun & simple swap - I loved it!!

#SeptemberSwap

magyklyXdelish Yaaaay!! I‘m glad you like!! ❤️ 2y
Read-y_Picker Whaaaaat?! That‘s a thing?? I‘ll bite. (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks @Read-y_Picker - Right?? I've heard mixed reviews, but I'm willing to risk it! 😂 2y
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AllisonM89 I loved this book! It was a lot of fun 2y
Read-y_Picker @TheAromaofBooks I'll look forward to your review! 2y
LeticiaToraci I might pick this up 2y
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llwheeler
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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I do love a good collective noun!

(and for anyone playing along at home, yes, this does mean I've started another new book rather than finishing ones I've already started, still #sorrynotsorry! I'm loving this one, about 100 pages in.)

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AllisonM89
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It is literally Pride and Prejudice with dragons. Pride and Prejudice meets Pern. And it's quirky and bizarre and really a lot of fun!

#MidyearRush @Clwojick
Book 11/6

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
Square 4 ✔️

#cyoreadathon @Sace
Book 5/3

Clwojick ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
TheAromaofBooks I've had this one on my TBR for a while!!! 2y
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Chrissyreadit
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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A Pride and Prejudice Retelling with dragons?!?!? How have I missed this? @sprainedbrain have you read this? @cobwebmoth have you? @mabell ?#pemberlittens

mollyrotondo I liked it! And there‘s at least a sequel out. Maybe a third book as well? I forget. But it‘s good! 2y
sprainedbrain I did not know this existed, but it‘s on my Austenesque list now! 😂 2y
Laughterhp This book is really good!! 2y
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cobwebmoth I haven't read it, but I want to! 2y
mabell No, I‘ve not seen that one at all! 2y
CoffeeK8 I read it! It was really fun! 2y
xstar I haven't read it, but I want to. How do I go about it ?. Please can anyone kindly reply me? 2y
Chrissyreadit @xstar it‘s available through Amazon. Or perhaps a library? 2y
xstar @Chrissyreadit: Thanks so much I appreciate 2y
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hissingpotatoes
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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3.5/5⭐ White does a fantastic job of taking the Pride and Prejudice template and transforming it into the context of a lush fantasy world that's interesting and complex all on its own, making the template feel fresh. The added danger and action helped too.

I disconnected from a chunk of the middle that seemed to lag, but once Aliza visited Daired's estate and the family started to settle into its fun dynamics, I fell back in love.

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hissingpotatoes
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Small or large, no honest art is unimportant.

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Laughterhp
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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📕Tagged. Because I don‘t want to decide which Harry Potter book 😂 (Prisoner of Azkaban)
🖊Kat Howard
📺 Haven
🎤 Halsey
🎶 HeavyDirtySoul - TwentyOne Pilots

#ManicMonday #LetterH

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊💚 2y
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llwheeler
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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I guess someone decided my to-read-next pile wasn't getting enough love (and it's not, since I'm focusing on #bookspinbonanza right now) and it needed a good knocking over and rolling on session. Mission accomplished. #catsoflitsy

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Laughterhp
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Day 4 - Favorite Reads is 2019 #AdventRecommends

Pride and Prejudice Retelling with Dragons - that is all you need to know! 🤣😄

Chrissyreadit Hmmm... @mabell @sprainedbrain @CrowCAH have any of you read this? I‘m intrigued. 3y
CrowCAH @Chrissyreadit no, I had not heard of this one; stacked. But I recently added this book to the TBR; also a P&P rendition with dragons! 3y
mabell @Chrissyreadit No I definitely haven‘t! 3y
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Laughterhp Oo @CrowCAH Just added that one to my TBR!! 3y
Chrissyreadit @CrowCAH I stacked it. 3y
sprainedbrain Oh my! No @Chrissyreadit I had not. But I‘m going to check it out! 😂 3y
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hes7
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Pride & Prejudice with dragons + hot tea making Monday morning bearable today.

hermyknee You had me at “pride and prejudice with dragons” 3y
Laughterhp Loved this book! 3y
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SW-T
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Mehso-so

Described as Pride & Prejudice with dragons 🐉

Too predictable for me. Not a series I‘ll continue. Did like the mythical creatures and how they were woven into daily life. Aliza was ok but Alistair made a horrible first impression and never recovered. He later apologized and said he wanted to be better, but it felt manufactured. Some characters stay with you long after you finish the book, but none of these will stay with me. Fell flat overall.

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Laughterhp
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn

1. Aliza Bentaine
2. 💚💚
3. I really loved Aliza because she was a strong woman character in the story. Even though she didn‘t have the same skills she really wanted to help people when the giant monster attacked.
4. I‘m doing this late, so whoever hasn‘t played!

#whatwouldyoudo

wanderinglynn That sounds like an imaginative retake of P&P. 3y
Laughterhp @wanderinglynn It was a great fantasy retelling of P&P with dragons! 3y
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HippieChickHomeschool
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Pride and Prejudice with dragons? Yes, please!

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Laughterhp
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1. Basically any historical romance novel
2. Going to watch the Orchestra play the Harry Potter movie. Sunday- my in-laws are coming over for husbands bday dinner. Monday - I have off! So likely reading and grocery shopping.
3. Tagged
4. Um, no... 😂
5. 👋🏻👋🏻

#friyayintro

CarolynM Enjoy the music🎼🎻🙂 3y
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Laughterhp
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Officially calling it. I‘m not going to finish a book today.

A pretty good start to the year!

My Fav Reads this month:
Tagged book
The Song of Achilles
My Lady Jane
An Ember in Ashes

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Laughterhp
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Pickpick

Officially my favorite read of 2019 so far! And it‘s only January! I think 2019 is going to be a great year for reading!

The only thing I‘m going to say about this book: Pride & Prejudice Fantasy retelling with Dragons! There is a lot of fighting, death and different creatures! 💚💚💚💚💚

#readingwomenchallenge - book borrowed in 2019

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Laughterhp
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Ahh!! I can‘t stop requesting books from the library!! There are so many books I want to read right now!

And they are all for challenges!

#Booked2019 - Female Detective
#ReadingWomenChallenge - A Novella
#ReadingWomenChallenge - Book borrowed in 2019 (just because I really want to read the tagged book P&P Retelling with Dragons 🐉)

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DGRachel
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Pride & Prejudice with dragons for $1.99? How am I supposed to resist that? 😱🐉

LibrarianRyan You can‘t. You can‘t resist that. 4y
DGRachel @LibrarianRyan I didn‘t. 🤣🤣 4y
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Wandering_Resident
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Pickpick

I loved this book and sped through it! Threads of Pride and Prejudice, combined with mythical creatures, lots of adventure, and a heroine I could really relate to...I highly recommend it.

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ThatLibrarianLady
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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New books for me! My husband brought home some books he‘s had on his shelf in his office and we went through them. I‘m super excited about Heartstone.

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quietjenn
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Doing lots of book-grazing right now, waiting for something to really capture me. Saw that there was a sequel to this coming out, so thought I'd finally try it.

Tonton Sounds like quite a mashup 😎 4y
QuietlyLaura Now I need to have spaghetti for dinner! 😋 4y
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amyrohn
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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@CoffeeK8 These goodies are incredible! I am going to have so much fun with these gorgeous bookmarks. I've never heard of Heartstone before, but it looks super interesting! Thank you so so much!!!
Thanks to @sprainedbrain and @mabell for organizing!
#janeaustenswap

rubyslippersreads @slightlyfoxed sent me Heartstone too, and I can't wait to read it. 😊 4y
CoffeeK8 So glad you like everything! Hearthstone has a sequel coming out this year too! 4y
CrowCAH That P&P copy is gorgeous; me want! 😍 4y
mabell I love the mug! And the tea looks yummy! ❤️❤️ 4y
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ScientistSam
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Pickpick

An interesting take on Pride and Prejudice, this is pretty much Pride and Prejudice with dragons - which is what I had expected, and I wasn't disappointed. There were some very creative twists I appreciated, and a mystery that is left hanging. I'll probably pick up the second book at some point to see if that mysterious subplot resolves.
#fantasy #romantsy

JoRead You got me at... actually I love P&P and dragons both so I'll be reading it either way 😅 4y
CoffeeK8 This book was so fun! 4y
ScientistSam @JoRead LOL, hope you enjoy it! It's such a creative twist! 4y
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rohit-sawant Sold! 4y
ScientistSam @rohit-sawant 👍 4y
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lauraodom
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Mehso-so

3.5 ⭐️ for me. It‘s a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but until the end I thought it was too much a copy of the original in a different setting. The characters and places even had similar names. She did make some solid adjustments, particularly to the Collins character, that I liked. On its own it was a decent story. I liked the dragon element & it wasn‘t terrible. Just overall too copycat for my liking.

Day 23: Fierce #ReadingResolutions

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MarriedtoMrT
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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I have the whole day to myself (husband golfing, kids at in-laws) but instead of doing anything I've managed to procrastinate the whole morning away. One of the very few things I did was make a pile to go back to the library. I desperately needed to whittle down my stack. Maybe another time, my lovelies.

Zelma Sometimes we just need to admire and churn our books. 😋 5y
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MarriedtoMrT
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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After ballet bike riding for the five year old. Attempted reading for the mom (I didn't actually get any reading done.)

Trying this again. I started it a few weeks ago but after a chapter I wasn't feeling in the mood for a P&P retelling. Maybe this time!

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Nafiza
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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I take pictures of flowers to take my mind away from the world.

Also I'm on my second book this weekend. Yay for how quickly fantasy reads.

Angieville How are you enjoying this one? 5y
Nafiza @Angieville I like it so far but i am only 53 pages in. 5y
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jackilynn
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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My last book protector (this one is called a biff) came & once again I am in love. The color is bright and the sushi is cute & fun (although it is making me kind of hungry for some sushi 😂).

This one come from BizzzyLittleB

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Lindsy
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Mehso-so

Pros: fun, fluffy, and the Pride and Prejudice parallels are clear. Plus she gives some of her female characters more credit (for example, Lydia is battle-crazy instead of boy-crazy). A good book to beat a reading slump.

Cons: the world building is superficial at best and lazy at worst. There were a lot of missed opportunities to flush out the intricacies of the time and the complexities of the characters. Definitely felt like a debut.