Series: The Jane Austen Academy
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Series Blurb: The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it’s about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…
Book #1 Title: Fall For You: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice
Fall For You Blurb: To say Lizzie and Dante are polar opposites is the understatement of the century. He’s a snooty Exeter transfer with more money than Google. She’s a driven study-a-holic barely keeping up with tuition. It’s obvious that Dante thinks he’s way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pushing her buttons.
But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie’s quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets… Secrets Lizzie can’t seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries…
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About the author: Cecilia Gray lives in Oakland where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).
Several of her titles - including A Delightful Arrangement (The Gentlemen Next Door #1) and An Illicit Engagement (The Gentlemen Next Door #2) - have spent, in her view, a shocking amount of time on bestseller lists for romance, historical romance and regency romance in the US, UK, Italy and Spain.
Her latest release, FALL FOR YOU, the first in a series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings received a starred Kirkus review and was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling action of action, drama and love.”
She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.
I love Jane Austen but I haven't been a huge fan of author's retelling her stories. I've only liked a handful of these modern day spinnings and yet, I enjoyed this YA version. Fall For You had an interesting concept, the main heroine, Lizzie, is a journalist and she wants to be the youngest managing editor. When she is 'tricked' into taking the position, I thought her behavior was rather selfish and very unlike Elizabeth Bennett. Still, I liked the premise of an all girl's school being sold and turned coed. Lizzie and her roommate Anne (I also liked all the Austen heroine names used) are staunch supporters of their beloved school and are shocked to learn the school's name--Jane Austen Academy--is going to be changed. Anne's distant relative started the school and removing its keepsake name would be dishonorable. Lizzie comes up with a plan.
The characters stood out, the storyline grabbed me, the pacing was quick and I think too quick to satisfy this reader. Just when I was totally into the story (and the scene I mean in particular was the library scene with Lizzie and Dante at Rick's mansion--my heart was racing during that), the story was nearing completion. What? "No," I wanted to yell, "there should be more." I'll admit I enjoy fast reads as much as anyone does but when a story starts out well and I'm enjoying it, and then things happen quickly and it's over, I'm left scratching my head, feeling dazed and unsatisfied. I really thought there was so much in this story to warrant more exposition, to see more conflict develop and play out between Lizzie and Dante, to see the appearance of Georgiana's equivalent to Mr. Wickham. There didn't seem to be much of a climax. Since this is a series I have to wonder if Lizzie's story will continue on in another installment but I'm not sure.
In no way do I want my words misconstrued. I liked and enjoyed Fall For You but I wanted to read more of it. Lizzie's voice was fun, her humor had me smiling, and she was realistic, as was her friends. She was a strong minded heroine with drive and was admirable. Her friends Ellie, Emma and Anne were a diverse group of young ladies and I can see them headlining their own individual stories at the series progresses. Dante, Edward and Rick were also likable guys, just not developed enough for my liking. Fall For You was a fun, quick read that tweens and younger YA readers will enjoy if they like modern day retellings of classic literature.
Rating: ***1/2 (3.5, I liked it but I wanted to LOVE it)
Cover comment: Cute, maybe too cute.
Book source: I received an ebook copy of this from the author for my honest review during a book tour.
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