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Friday, April 13, 2012

Fall For You: A Jane Austen Academy Novel by Cecilia Gray

Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series #1: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice)

Jane Austen meets Pretty Little Liars in this fresh, new young-adult series!

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The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. Please. They need to stay focused on something that lasts much longer: an acceptance letter from an Ivy.

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...
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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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Length: 128 pages (ebook)
Source: Book I won from Clean Romance Reviews
Publication Date: February 10th 2012

Ahh another modern retelling of one of Jane Austen's work...just what the world needed...or not. Now this might surprise you but I don't really care for Austen's writing...for whatever reason I can't just get into her writing and it's not because of the language of the time its just that I don't care for her. Maybe one day I will.

But getting back to Fall For You, I was planning on reading this one next month when the weather is nice outside in the backyard but one of my followers who "Likes" my Facebook page told me I should read it sooner. So last week I did.

I knew that the book would be a really light, cute read so I didn't go into it thinking that it would blow my mind. At the same time I'm not saying that light, cute reads can't be some of the best books but for me this one really wasn't one of the best ones.

The book had it's cute parts but I had one major issue. I hated Lizzie who is the main protagonist, I found her to be rude, stuck up, arrogant and all around unpleasant and I think that was why I really couldn't get into the book...well that coupled with the fact that it's set in a private boarding school. For some reason I never like books set in boarding schools because I find the characters pretentious.

Even though I wasn't a fan of the setting or Lizzie I did think it was a cute read, definitely one that I would recommend to fans of Austen, modern retellings of her stories and YA chick -lit. The over all story was actually pretty good but I couldn't get over the parts that I didn't like and believe me I did try because I wanted so much to really like the book but I just found it to be an okay read. Even though I wasn't a big fan of this book I am going to give the next one in this series a try and once again I'd like to thank Clean Romance Reviews for holding the giveaway where I won my e-copy of this book.

If I had to give the author a bit of advice it would be to make the story more believable because I think she could still retain a lot of the "theme" and be even more successful in terms of characters and plot development if she doesn't try so hard because if she wants to she could be really great at writing and that sometimes it's okay to stray away from the cliches.

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  1. Wow, great summary of the book but so sad you didn't enjoy it. I loved "Pride and prejudice" (To be honest I loved the newest movie even better, a rare instance where I found I liked the movie better than the book) But I'm not that much into bording schools either and we seem to have similar tastes...too bad though, this could have been on my fav. list...

    1. You might like this one :) If you like this type of book, I generally don't so I suspect thats why I didn't like it.

  2. Hi Kimberly, thanks for sharing this. I stopped by to say hi and wish you a lovely weekend. I hope you're doing well. When I got here I got such a lovely surprise. I absolutely LOVE you new blog design, especially the header is breathtaking. You make it hard to leave, you know. Hugs

  3. Too bad the main character was not someone you liked; that does spoil a book for the reader.

  4. Hmm.. I may have to check the book out just because its Jane Austen-esk. lol thanks fr the review.



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