Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Giveaway and Review: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a prequel to one of my favorite reads of last year, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As Jane Austen obviously didn’t write a prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls is an entirely new work.

Dawn of the Dreadfuls tells the tale of how the “dreadfuls” first make an appearance in the Bennet girls’ lives. This is only slightly before Pride and Prejudice. Jane is eighteen and Elizabeth is just coming out. After a funeral goes awry and the dreadfuls have made an appearance back in Meryton, Mr. Bennet decides to train his daughters in the ways of the warrior. This does not please Mrs. Bennet or the gossiping townsfolk. What does please Mrs. Bennet is the appearance of the militia and an old flame to help safeguard Meryton. Adventure and romance ensues.

Overall, I was entertained by Dawn of the Dreadfuls, but I did not love it as I did Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. PP&Z had the wit of Jane Austen and what made it hilarious were the slight changes of the beloved classic to add zombies. It worked beautifully. It also had Mr. Darcy, which this book does not. Dawn of the Dreadfuls did have one hilarious scene involving Mr. and Mrs. Bennet that you have read to enjoy. I laughed out loud.

Dawn of the Dreadfuls hits bookstores on March 23, 2010. If you would like to learn more about this book, please visit the book page.

If you would like to win one of 50 Quirk Classics Prize Packs please go to the following link. You will be sent to a public message board post on, that will prompt you to mention Laura’s Reviews. Participants will be automatically entered to win one of the Quirk Classics Prize Packs. What is in the Prize Packs? Each Prize Pack contains the following:

1. An advance copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
2. Audio Books of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
3. A password redeemable online for sample audio chapters of Dawn of the Dreadfuls
4. An awesome Dawn of the Dreadfuls Poster
5. A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies journal
6. A box set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Postcards

Good luck!

Book Source: Advanced Review Copy from Quirk Classics. Thank-you!


  1. Excellent review! I love the cover on this new book.

  2. Very cool. I entered. Thanks for reviewing this it sounds great.

  3. you're right. the lack of mr darcy was sad. i thought there was potential in mr hawksworth but then we find out *ack* i should stop now to prevent spoilers ;-D

  4. btw: you've been awarded ;-D