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janusvielle

The Blair Book Project

Hello! I'm Janus. I am a 3D Graphics Artist by profession, and a proud Book Addict - i mean Enthusiast, and Blogger. I'm very much into Young Adult and Fantasy genre but I open myself to reading other genres from time to time. I run a blog launched as The Blair Book Project on Blogger, where I post entries such as my book reviews and other book related articles. I obviously got the name of this blog for the movie "The Blair Witch Project," why the name you may ask? I have no idea! I just thought it had a good ring to it. Ha! Ha! I post reviews twice a week and I regularly participate in book memes and features that readers and blogger all over the globe share their book interests (i.e. In My Malibox, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc). I have 230 GFC Followers. My blog has over 37,000 pageviews history and have roughly 200 page views per day. I have written over 267 reviews since my span of blogging. I am also an avid Instagram user, with over 350 followers, where I post pictures mostly of books I'm currently reading, books I got for review, galleys, purchased from bookstores, etc. (Statistics as of March 2013). My book reviews are not exactly "reviews" in a sense because I simply just type down what I feel about the book. What I write is solely my opinion and should not be taken as a definite basis of how the book is to be judged entirely. We all have different likes and dislikes so please do understand that although I'm very optimistic about the books I read, there will be negative comments towards those that I don't find suiting for my taste. BLOG URL: http://theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/ GOODREADS ACCOUNT: http://goodreads.com/janusvielle AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFAGLA0UYBOMH?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56 INSTAGRAM: @janusvielle

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Midnight in Austenland

Midnight in Austenland - Shannon Hale I have been an avid reader of Shannon Hale’s books ever since I read the Goose Girl. I’ve read her entire Books of Bayern series, Princess Academy, Book of a Thousand Days and of course, Austenland. I really enjoy Hale’s writing because it’s very pleasing and the stories are always interesting. Hale has the way of making her readers feel the actual era of where the book is set and Midnight in Austenland is no exception. At first I thought that this was going to sit in the same way the first book was done, where we had a thirty-something protagonist who’s fixated with the idea of a man in the image of Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and the Prejudice which unfortunately, is totally ruining her love life. I thought Midnight in Austenland would go through an identical idea. Boy was I surprised with how it went!Charlotte, the main character in this book, treats herself to a two-week vacation after being divorced to her husband who filed for it because he was in love with another woman. So she went off to Pembrook Park, leaving her two children in the care of her ex-husband and his new wife. And this is where everything turns topsy-turvy. As with Austenland, the people at Pembrook Park have roles to play, even the clients. The clothing, the place, the customs and traditions are all set in the 1800s. But the difference is, here in Midnight in Austenland, the story doesn’t simply revolve around a romantic interest. There are bigger things involved; murder and money, pretence and manipulation. Something I didn’t expect to occur here. It’s nice to see the change on the plot but there are parts that I feel like the actions done by the characters were not believable. Like when Charlotte experiences a life threatening event, I get that she doesn’t feel afraid and she feels more brave, but I always thought that if it occurred in real life, that feeling would come because of adrenaline rush or something. Then you feel the fear later after everything happened already, like some sort of case of late nerve reaction. I don’t know if I’m making any sense, but the point is it doesn’t seem like Charlotte felt she was in danger, and after the event the next scene goes to a romantic set-up as if nothing bad ever happened. I like that this was a big step from the usual and that I got a bit of mystery-feel story from it but my concerns above got the best of me. Yet, if ever there’s a third installment I’d be one of those people who’d pine for a copy immediately. This is still a quick, enjoyable book to read.