Friday, September 20, 2013

"Dragonwyck" (A Very Sad Ashley Review)

Hello Fellow Readers!!!!

  Today I am going to *le sigh*, review a book I was excited to read and then utterly disappointed. This is one of the books that I picked up on Alexis and I's adventure. I was drawn to it, because it said it was like the classic Jane Eyre. "Dragonwyck" by Anya Seton, does have a little feel of Jane Eyre, but OMG Charlotte Bronte is sighing in her grave. I will admit that it had some good parts, but the bad outweighed the good.

Here is the summary taken straight from Goodreads....

  "First published in 1944, Dragonwyck was a national bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in 1946. A classic gothic romance, the story features an 18-year-old Miranda Wells who falls under the spell of a mysterious old mansion and its equally fascinating master. Tired of churning butter, weeding the garden patch, and receiving the dull young farmers who seek her hand in marriage, Miranda is excited by an invitation from the upstate New York estate of her distant relative, the intriguing Nicholas Van Ryn. Her passion is kindled by the icy fire of Nicholas, the last of the Van Ryns, and the luxury of Dragonwyck, and a way of life of which she has only dreamed. Dressed in satin and lace, she becomes part of Dragonwyck, with its Gothic towers, flowering gardens, acres of tenant farms, and dark, terrible secrets. This compelling novel paints a marvelous portrait of a country torn between freedom and feudal traditions; a country divided between the very wealthy and the very poor. Poor tenant farmers at Dragonwyck, the European royalty who visit, and American icons such as Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and the Astors are vividly brought to life. This is a heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her breathtaking passions, and the mystery and terror that await her in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck."

I honestly don't want to give anything away about this book just in case you want to give it a try, but the things I could say about this book....grrr. First, if you are in to incest, snobby main characters, abusive husbands, a little hint of rape, and wanting to slap the damn main female for being so stupid, then by all means this is the book for you. I honestly didn't know what I was getting from this book and I started skimming just to see if this book would get better. Like I said it does have some good parts and the ending could have made up for the book, if it wasn't for the female lead. I can see that the author wanted to show the growing struggles of a young woman, in that time period, but there is so freaking much that went wrong. Miranda should not be anywhere compared to Jane. Yes, Jane did fall for a brooding male, but come on she stayed strong and independent and even left his ass when she found out he was married, sorry if I just gave any part of Jane Eyre away if you haven't read it, but ugh lord this book just made me mad.

Till Next Time


Rating: 2/5 Dragonwyck movie posters, which just because who I am, I might have to watch the movie, just to see if it might help me like it better.......

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