Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, famously said, “You can never be too rich or too thin,” and Meredith Harper believes this fervently. The book Popular by Gareth Russell follows Meredith, Kerry, Imogen, and Cameron and their friends, enemies, and frenemies during their fifth (roughly equivalent to sophomore) year at Mount Olivet Grammar School in Belfast, Northern Ireland. These four students are among the most beautiful, wealthy, and popular in the school and the city – we’re talking Paris Hilton and Friends: The High School Years. What follows is what you’d probably expect: a trip on the social standing rollercoaster, parties, relationships, secrets, scheming, half-truths and outright lies, and the experience that is the Fabulous Induced Breakdown.
Somewhere in Colorado in the early 80s, a young girl read a book that directed the course of the rest of her life. Relentless in her single-minded pursuit of the man she felt she was destined to marry (a pursuit begun at the age of 6!), she moved halfway across the world, and ran in the circles of the rich and the titled, all in the effort to find her prince charming. Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess by Jerramy Fine is a memoir telling of her social-climbing and prince-chasing adventures.
Jim is an Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan and came back hoping to never be responsible for anyone ever again. He found a job as a bellhop at a small Houston hotel and convention center, where he was promoted to assistant manager. One weekend a year, the hotel plays host to GulfCon, the largest all-Star Trek convention in the area. This year, while Trek fans roam the hallways and meeting rooms and Jim tries to get away with doing as little as possible, things begin to go wrong. It starts small, but soon, a zombie plague has taken over the entire hotel, taking con goers and staff alike. In Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall, only Jim and a group of plucky Trekkers are left. Forget saving the day – they need to just make it out alive.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After is the final installment in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy, and the second written by Steve Hockensmith. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have been married for years, and as a result, Elizabeth has shelved her katana for the life of a gentleman’s wife. Darcy’s aunt Lady Catherine still despises Lizzie for daring to marry her precious nephew, and Lizzie is struggling to deal with her feelings regarding her sister Jane’s many small children. However, the Darcys’ and Bennets’ lives all change on a dime with an unexpected zombie attack. Now, Elizabeth must do the unthinkable in order to save the one she loves, and her sisters are only too willing to help.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls introduces us to the Bennets, who have found themselves face to face with an unmentionable. The return of the undead awakens an old oath that Mr. Bennet had taken before marrying – that he would train his children to be warriors to defend England – and so he cleans out his dojo and starts training his five daughters to fight. But the idea of young ladies taking up the deadly arts doesn’t sit too well with the people of Meryton. So as corpses start poking their undead heads above ground once more, Jane and Elizabeth must leave their genteel lives behind and start taking action, all while navigating the affections of the men around them. It’s love and war in Hertfordshire in Dawn of the Dreadfuls.
In an effort to compile all my reviews in one place (and prepare for a forthcoming review), I offer a review of one of my favorite books.
Jane Austen is quintessentially British, and her novel Pride and Prejudice has been one of the most cherished love stories in classic literature. But what would happen if you were to combine Pride and Prejudice with gore, senseless violence, and the undead? You get the exciting and entertaining Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.