Saturday, 5 October 2013

Review: Fall For You by Cecilia Gray

Dive into the fabulous, fun lives of six Academy girls as their friendships are tested, torn and ultimately triumph…

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 just 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 pressing 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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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…

The Jane Austen Academy series are modern retellings of Jane Austen classics set at a beachside California boarding school.

ebook, 175 pages

Published February 10th 2012 by Gray Life, LLC
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Terri's Review

This book was a quick light read.  Although I have been drawn to the YA genre lately I must admit that perhaps this was a little too young for me.

This is a story of girl meets boy.  They instantly dislike each other only to discover that they are more than what appears on the surface.  End of story.

The issue that I had with this book is that although Lizzie was supposed to be a strong and independent individual I found her selfish and annoying for the first half of the book.  I know that the point was that she grew as a person as the story evolved however it made it difficult for me to actually like her enough to root for her in the beginning.  As the storyline progressed it did get better and I did end up in Lizzie's corner.

Overall a nice read with some minor flaws.  I would recommend it to the young teen audience.

About the Author

*As per her Goodreads profile*

Cecilia Gray lives in the San Francisco Bay Area 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).

Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a What’s Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus Reviews) where it was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling mix of action, drama and love.”

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