Sunday, May 26, 2013

Suddenly You : A Modern Retelling of Mansfield Park (The Jane Austen Academy Series #4) by Cecilia Gray Book Review

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 Review

5 of 5 Suddenly You

Man let me say that Cecilia Gray has done it again. She has crafted a story from Jane Austen and put her own personal spin on it. This is a retelling of Mansfield Park and I have to say that Franny is such a strong character. She knows what she wants and she knows where she is going but what she does not expect to happen does and she handles it well.

Fanny does not want to be at the academy but her parents have forced her to be there. So she decides she will bide her time and do whatever it takes to get out of there and get to her goal and her dreams. All she wants to do is get on the Olympic track team and she knows she can do it because she is disciplined and has trained for this day. She has spent her time training and going to school. She has never partied and she does not do distractions like friends and boyfriends but Fanny is in for a great surprise because things are about to change for her and some not in a good way.

The Jane Austen academy is in trouble and in order to save it the girls have devised a plan and in order for it to work they need everyone's help. When the ask Franny she is not sure at first but the academy is in trouble so she decides she will help out. Lord only knows that she is about to find out what true friendships are and find out what all the ruckus is about when it comes to boys. She will see for the first time what it means to have true friends and a boy who cares about you. As always Cecilia has done a superb job at writing an old story into a new story but with some kick to it! This is a cute summer must read on the beach while you are sun bathing!

About This Author
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.”

She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.

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Author's note: I'm here on Goodreads as a reader first, a writer second.

I read and review books here. Sometimes books I love and sometimes ones I don't love so much. I hope that's okay - the same way I'm okay if my books are reviewed and not loved.

My feelings about a book are never reflective of my feelings about an author. Most authors - like most people - are awesomesauce.


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