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Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy) Kindle Edition
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Lizzie is a pretty relatable character. She's struggling to hold onto tradition while the world around her moves on without really caring. Lizzie is determined to make them care. This year was supposed to be an easy year, rooming with Ellie, her BFF, but no such luck. Not only is she not roomie with Ellie, she is stuck with her nemesis, Anne and the headmistress blackmails her into staying there. Things look bleak at best, but she will make it work and she won't let her friendship with Ellie fade just because they can't room together or because Ellie's new roommate becomes fast friends with her.
Anne isn't as bad as Lizzie made her out to be. She's not really uppity or snobby at all, just quiet and diligent and completely in love with the Academy. I really like Anne quite a bit more and I'm ready for her story.
Dante is everything he is supposed to be in a Darcy reincarnation. He's snooty and quiet and kinda mean, but not really, just untrusting and unforgiving. Those are two traits I can relate to all too well, so I'm in no position to judge. I do think he is quite a bit overbearing with Georgiana, especially in this modern setting.
This is a Pride & Prejudice retelling. I love almost any incarnation of that story. I especially love the BBC mini series Lost In Austen, so it's clear I'm okay with changing the rules up a bit, as long as we remain faithful to the original tale in spirit. In that regard, this succeeds. I love the idea of taking the main characters from Austen's six novels and placing them in one story. Bravo Gray for a wonderful idea. Really, it's a promising start. My problem is it wasn't extremely well fleshed out. This novel is short, like less than 200 pages, and I feel like that isn't room enough to do a P&P retelling, much less add in characters from the other works and do it properly. Lizzie and Dante's story felt very rushed and a bit instalove-y, though the word love was never uttered.
But, despite my issues, the writing is good and the plot is interesting and it's very readable (a term I seem to use a lot lately). It feels like the first or second draft to a story that will be epic if we just add and edit a bit more. Get it to 300 pages and I'll probably fall in love with all the extras you've added. I do plan on reading the sequels because I feel this series has great potential and I want to see if it grows into more than what this one showed me.
****Thank you to Gray Life LLC for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****
Okay, we all know the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. It’s been done and redone more times than can be counted. So, I kinda sorta wasn’t expected something different. You know what I mean? I mean I already knew I loved the way Cecilia Gray writes from When I’’m With You, but I still had my reservations.
There was no need for such reservations, I found, as this book was just a whole bushel basket full of awesome-juice. Yes, I’m aware that that probably doesn’t make sense anywhere else but in my head, but the truth’s the truth! One of my absolute favorite parts of this story, I found, was the way that Georgiana got to take on a little bit of a more active role in this book versus the original classic. I liked her spunk, and I know right now that there are only books planned/written based off all of Jane Austen’s original novels, but I would love to see one(or at least a novella) for Georgiana. Moving on, Lizzie and Dante were near-perfect modern representations of Elizabeth and Darcy and although I’ve read a few other really amazing Pride and Prejudice re-imaginings, I know this one will hold a special place in that category for me, and(to be honest) contemporary young adult romance in general for me. The story read as realistic to me, and I found the journalism/school name saving side story to be a wonderful touch. I recommend to any of Miss Austen’s fans and again for those who have yet to read the original but would like to start with a lighter introduction. As a side note, I’m starting to really be a big fan of Cecilia Gray and I look forward to reading more from her. I’ve found out she has a completely original young adult novel I’m definitely hoping read sometime soon!
In this story we have Lizzy who loves the all girl school she attends, their values and integrity but the school has changed ownership for the first time since it was founded and everything she loves is in jeopardy of changing completely. They're now a coed school and with all these boys come many more changes which she might not be too happy about. Being a girl that's always worked hard for everything she's accomplished she's not happy to find out that the competition just got harder to get into the college she's always dreamed of getting into, Georgetown. How can she beat this guy?
Dante has just transferred across country to this school and he even though he wants nothing to do with anyone he can't help but like Lizzy. She's not only beautiful but also very passionate in everything she does. He loves that she stood up to him for his own sister and since then he can't stop thinking about her. Should he give it a try with her? But he has a huge secret that will surely come between them. Both of them being so stubborn nothing good can come from it when everything is said and done.
This story was pretty good. In the first half Lizzy kind of annoyed me with her prejudice of the other girls and the boys but once I reminded myself it was a spin on Pride and Prejudice I got over it. It actually got better as it progressed. A very entertaining book. I can't wait to get started on the next one.