Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series 1) by Cecilia Gray-YA Contemporary Romance
Kindle format given by author for review/blog tour
Summary: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...
I've always been a huge fan of Jane Austen, so when I read the synopsis of Fall For You, I was curious to see how similar this Lizzie was to the original Elizabeth Bennet. I had a tough time writing this review because, I'm just not really sure what I want to say. I liked the book. I thought it was cute. I was able to read it really fast and the book felt like a novella in a way, because of the length. I also felt that the story was just beginning to get really good near the end of the book. I would have enjoyed it more if the story had continued on.
I'll be honest, Lizzie got on my nerves. She's was pushy, snotty, and not afraid to plow through people to get the job done. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a confident girl, but she carried her self almost with superiority complex. Once you get past that exterior, you find a typical teenage girl with the same insecurities as every other teenage girl in the world. By the end of the book, I found my Elizabeth Bennet.
I could tell right away that there was something special about Dante. If I thought Lizzie came off as a bit arrogant, Dante trumps her for sure. Like Lizzie, as you get to know him and his background a bit more, you see the sweetheart behind the mask.
The story was cute and I think it was a good start to the series. The supporting characters were all likable. I'm really looking forward to reading about Ellie and Anne.
Even though the characters are in their senior year of high school, the content is pretty innocent. I'd easily recommend this book to an early teen reader. I'd even let my 11 year old niece read it. If you're looking for a fun, flirty, lighthearted read, this is a good fit for you.
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