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Pride and Premeditation // Jane Austen, but make it murder-y

This just in: April was finally able to highlight quotes she wanted to save because she was reading on her Kindle. *gasp*

I know, I know this is totally crazy. Normally when I find quotes I have to type them out in my notes so I don’t end up with that many, because ugh, effort (*she says as she types out a 700 word review*). But today I have quotes! Yay! I literally felt so powerful highlighting things and now I get to share random tidbits that made me cackle. Yay again!

Book: Pride and Premeditation

Author: Tirzah Price

Published April 6th 2021 by HarperTeen

Format: ebook

trigger warnings

Murder, blood, firearms, sexism, misogyny, kidnapping

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man.

Pride and Premeditation really captured the essence of Pride and Prejudice. I’m sure you’re thinking, well obvi April, it is a retelling after all.

And I’d reply with something along the lines of thank you for that astute observation, but I meant is it felt right. Quite literally P&P, but with lawyers and murder.

And then “you” wouldn’t reply because in reality I’m just talking to myself. And to continue this conversation to myself would be straight up bizarre so I’d put a lid on it right then and there. The point is, everything from the characters to the dialogue was on point with the original. It just gave me some of that Lizzie Bennet energy. I really don’t know how to explain it other than the vibes were on point. Truly, it was brilliant.

I definitely appreciated Pride and Premeditation more after reading Pride and Prejudice. I do think you can enjoy this book without reading it, but as is true with most retellings, understanding of the original story enhances the reading experience greatly.

This was the second time in a week that Lizzie had been forced into a carriage against her will, but the first time at gunpoint, and she did not appreciate the escalation.

I literally love Lizzie so much in this book. She is a determined and quick witted young woman, anxious to prove herself to her father so she can become a barrister. She truly is wholly enraptured by the prospect of murder and serving justice and you can’t help but love her for it. Murder obsessed girls for the win!

I also really enjoyed seeing how all the characters were reinvented. Pride and Premeditation brought all of the faves (and least faves) back life in such a familiar but also fresh way.

And of course, those faves include none other than Darcy himself. The romance in this book was definitely more of a subplot, but I do have to note excellent use of the last-name-only trope that slowly becomes their first name and other nicknames as a relationship evolves. It is such a simple little thing, but I am such a sucker for it. I just love the development and progression of the relationship that symbolizes. Truly that’s all I aspire for in life, a last-name-only trope for myself.

If you drown, I will be very angry with you

I will say that the pacing at the end was a little bit out of whack. There was this scene that sort of felt like the climax towards the middle-end-ish (you’re welcome for the specifics on that lol). There was yelling, running, high-action murder business going on and I was like ooo ok, we’re getting our dramatic showdown and going out with a bang.

And we got that bang. But along with it we also got like a really long echo. You know, like the cheesy echo-echo-echo spund effect that DJs would use at like middle school dances in movies? It was like that, but then they forgot to turn it off and it just kept going. And going. And going.

And part of that echo-effect dragging on was due to the court scene at the end. I completely understand why the lawyering was the last chunk of the book. I mean Lizzy wants to be a lawyer, right, so it makes sense for taking the case to court to be that last dramatic scene. However, with the sheer chaos that unfolds directly before it, some of that drama just isn’t there.

I was rooting for Lizzie during her big moment, and payoff was still really rewarding, but I just could have used more tension throughout the scene. And also a bit less talking and waiting and tying up lose ends after because it dragged on a bit.

I 10/10 enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice retelling. I devoured the entire thing in the span of 24 hours and was cackling out loud for some of the banter. I cannot even put into words my excitement to read the rest of the series, because honestly, it can only go uphill from here.

I would like to note that a lot of creative liberties were taken when it comes to historical accuracy. If you are looking for a historical accurate mystery, this won’t be your jam. If you are looking for a murder-y twist on Jane Austen and don’t care as much about the historical deets then you’ll love it!

Have you read Pride and Premeditation? What did you think??

17 thoughts on “Pride and Premeditation // Jane Austen, but make it murder-y

  1. This was such a nice review! I’m definitely going to read this now! I’ve always wondered (it might seem slightly frivolous) but how did you do the hide/show for the trigger warnings? Great post!

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    1. thank you so much!! i literally wondered the same thing for MONTHS!! no worries, i got you.
      1. so you’re going to want to use the shortcode widget
      2. and then type this (i’ve separated it out because otherwise it would do it instead of type it):
      TYPE YOUR TAG (spoiler alert/trigger warning)
      HIDDEN TEXT

      Keep in mind that all the code-y stuff is one chunk of text!! Hope this helps and happy reading 🙂

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  2. ooo this one sounds reallly really good! I liked what you said about the pacing. One of my pet peeves is when one scene seems like the climax, but really isn’t. (This can be done well, but usually it isnt) But nevertheless, I’ll def read it!

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  3. Wow, “The point is, everything from the characters to the dialogue was on point with the original.” Wish the writing is on par with the original too. I would love to read a book like this. The title is wonderful.

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    1. i would say that i enjoyed the writing a bit better actually! maybe that’s because i’m more of a contemporary girl and the style suits my taste more haha!! yes, it most certainly is an intriguing read!! hope you’ll enjoy if you do end up picking it up!!

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