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“I wanted to love this book a lot more than I did. I mean, it's essentially Jane Austen with magic. But it was SO Austen-y, with the whole "two sisters without a great fortune must find husbands" thing that I think the comparison hurt the book. The mother is theatrical and has fragile nerves. The father is practical and forebearing with a soft spot for his eldest daughter, Jane. Jane is 28 and will probably be an old maid because she's got a big nose or whatever. But she's so good at everything and so many characters spend so much time praising her the whole book that it's a little unbelievable that she isn't married yet. And of course she's got the beautiful and worthless little sister who's kind of a mix of Marianne Dashwood and Kitty Bennet--complete with near-disgrace at the hands of a dashing neighbor. So I kind of felt like I'd read this already five or six times, except in this one they could create glamours.
I think I'd have liked it better, despite all this, but it kind of falls apart in the climax. There's too much going on and it's confusing and things get wrapped up very neatly and VERY fast. The last few chapters felt really rushed, and the last paragraph in particular reads like the author was rushing to finish the book before study hall ended.”
Laura G wrote this review Monday, June 20, 2011.