Saturday, November 9, 2013

Attempting Elizabeth Tour & Review!

Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey
Publication date: January 24th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Kelsey Edmundson is a geek and proud of it. She makes no secret of her love for TV, movies, and, most especially, books. After a bad breakup, she retreats into her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, wishing she had some of the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennett.

One night at a party Kelsey meets handsome Australian bartender Mark Barnes. From then on, she always seems to run into him when she least expects it. No matter how Kelsey tries, she always seems to say the wrong thing.

After a particularly gaffe-filled evening around Mark, Kelsey is in desperate need of inspiration from Jane Austen. She falls asleep reading Darcy’s letter to Lizzy and awakens to find herself in an unfamiliar place that looks and sounds suspiciously like her favorite book. Has she somehow been transported into Pride and Prejudice, or is it just a dream?

As Kelsey tries to discover what’s happening to her, she must also discover her own heart. Is Mark Barnes destined to be her Mr. Darcy? In the end, she must decide whether attempting to become Elizabeth is worth the risk or if being Kelsey Edmundson is enough.



Attempting Elizabeth
by Jessica Grey
 Jasmin's Review
4 of 5 

Kelsey Edmunson is your usual literature major and is kind of a geek. But thanks to her, most of the time, nice roommate,  she gets to know the handsome Mark from Australia.  At first both of them clash a lot, but when they get sucked into Kelsey's favourite novel, Pride & Prejudice, they start to be true to themselves and finally get together.

First I have to say I actually never had a chance to read Pride & Prejudice (Kelsey would probably kill me! ), but still enjoyed reading this book a lot.  Kelsey's jumps into the novel were simply hilarious. My favourite scene was probably her first time “jumping” and everything that happened afterwards.  I won’t spoil it for you.   Kelsey is simply crazy, in a funny way, trying all kind of things to get out of the book and even thinking about killing someone or herself.   She has some kind of aggressive potential ,  I suppose. 

I also found it funny that she refers to herself as a super human with super powers and compares herself to super heroes like Peter Parker or Clark Kent.  Initially she is totally convinced she can jump into any novel and she tries several times (e.g. Princess Lea).  Eventually she realizes she can only do it with Pride & Prejudice.  It might have been fun to see her in Star Wars.  Maybe this would make a great second book? lol

In addition I have to say I like Kelsey and Mark quite a bit, although they fight a lot.  They fight for their relationship and really care for each other.  It's so cute :).  Most people would probably just forget about the other person and look for someone else, but those two never gave up, even if their friends had to help a little.

The only thing I wasn't content with was the whole “finding one's self” concept and the end.  For myself, I think a lot of people would like to be someone else for a little bit.  Though in my opinion, it doesn't mean one doesn't know who he/she really is or that they aren’t content with his/her actual life.   From Attempting Elizabeth, I get the feeling it's portrayed as a bad thing.  I'd say wanting to be someone else could be the start of changing yourself in a positive way, like adopting a different kind of hairstyle, make-up, or looking for  a new habit/hobby/activity to do.  Maybe I'm interpreting it as something different as it is and it simply was meant for Kelsey to understand herself a little bit better. 
Despite the fact that this book addressed a serious topic, I still found it to be very funny and love te references to classic literature.  Isn't that every student’s dream, a book, that's funny AND teaches something about literature?  So I'd say it is a really nice read :)!

Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of preschooler-wrangling, and drinking way too much caffeine.

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  1. Haha could be an idea for a sequel - Star Wars or Harry Potter >.< Glad you liked it, Noelle this sounds like a really cool idea - I mean I would love to visit some fictional worlds (not all though lol - I'd stay away from THG). Great review!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Giselle! I can't take credit for the review or the cute ideas for a sequel. That was all Jasmin from my review crew! Jasmin is a University student in Germany. You can read more about her and the other members of the Review Crew by following the link in the signature at the bottom of the review.

      Thanks Jasmin! Terrific Review!

    2. Thanks to both of you for liking my review :)

      I have to agree with you though, visting fictional worlds is probably fun (It was totally fun in "Attempting Elizabeth"!), but it can also be pretty terrifying like ending up in a horror or zombie novel! >.< (hopefully Kelsey will never end up in one of those! )

  2. Thanks for the lovely review, Jasmin! Kelsey would probably kick butt in a Star Wars novel but not so much in a zombie one ;) I'm glad you had fun with Attempting Elizabeth.