Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Jane Austen Academy by Cecilia Gray

Fall For You

Jane Austen Academy # 1



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…

So Into You

Jane Austen Academy # 2



Dive into the fabulous, fun lives of six Academy girls as their friendships are tested, torn and ultimately triumph.
Sweet and sensible Ellie hasn't met a problem her mom's yoga mantras can't fix. But when Ellie's parents threaten to pull her from the Academy just as her flirtation with the cutest boy in school heats up, will Ellie be able to keep her cool?

When I’m With You

Jane Austen Academy # 3



Dive into the fabulous, fun lives of six Academy girls as their friendships are tested, torn and ultimately triumph.
Kat is destined to be a star and her big break has arrived at last! As the assistant to a celebrity classmate on the set of a feature film, she's going to show everyone she has what it takes. That is, until she discovers pursuing her dreams may mean forfeiting her heart. Unless she can find a way to have both…

Suddenly You

Jane Austen Academy # 4



Dive into the fabulous, fun lives of six Academy girls as their friendships are tested, torn and ultimately triumph.
Fanny doesn't want to be at The Jane Austen Academy. She intends to lay low until graduation when she can try out for the Olympic track team. She doesn't need friends or love. She only needs her running.
But The Academy is in danger. In an effort to save it, Fanny joins forces with the friends she never knew she wanted. Suddenly, Fanny finds herself center stage in the middle of the Academy's biggest love triangle as the lead in the school play...only this track star can't afford to break a leg.


My Series Review

The Jane Austen Academy series has quickly become one of my favorite new YA series.  I work in education even though I am a nurse and I can easily see this series on the list for our middle school students to read. 

This mild YA series is a great modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park  They are  a great retelling.  Sometimes I am reluctant to even attempt to read a retelling especially a retelling of Jane Austen.  But this series works.  It works so much so that I devoured all 4 books released in this series in 2 days. 

I am so caught up in the drama, scandals, girls and now boys in this series.  I putting this series in my top 20 and also the next book in the series on my TBR list.

The characters in Ms. Gray’s books come to life in front of your eyes.  The writing style and depth had me engulfed and invested in these girls from the first page of Fall For You until the last page of Suddenly You.  And Ms. Gray has a way of leaving you wanting more but giving you just enough to satisfy your fix.  These book are really like a drug or maybe I am just a book addict.

I definitely recommend this book for girls ages 12 and up.  I would also say that this series is great for any YA book lover!

I can’t wait to read more!


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.

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