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Fall for You by Cecilia Gray Review

Happy Wednesday Everyone :)

I hope you're all doing well, and I want to thank you all for joining me today on The Preppy Book Princess.

Last week I finally got around to reading a book that I had purchased on my Kobo years ago, and once I finished it I knew I wanted to talk about it with all of you guys here on my blog.

I especially like showcasing self-published titles on my blog when I read them, as I know they often don't get as much love and attention as their mass published counterparts do. Since Fall for You is an example of one such title, it was definitely one I wanted to review once I finished it.

Fall for You by Cecilia Gray:

Source: Bought for myself

Publisher: Gray Life, LLC.

Publication Date: February 10th, 2012

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Retelling


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. Don't miss the rest of the Jane Austen Academy series, where sassy girls, hot guys and Jane Austen collide!

******synopsis from goodreads*****

My Review:

I'm always intrigued when I learn about a Jane Austen retelling, especially if it happens to be Pride and Prejudice since that's my favorite book by her, and sad to say, it's also the only one I've read up till now. I'm always even more excited when I find a young adult Pride and Prejudice retelling, and not only is Fall for You exactly this, but it's the first book in the Jane Austen Academy series, a six book series that each of which is a retelling from one of Jane Austen's beloved stories. I was both excited and nervous to pick this one up, as I've not always had the greatest luck with modernized Jane Austen retellings, but I went into it with open mind, and for the most part I was pleasantly surprised.

Fall for You focuses around our main character Lizzie, who attends an elite boarding school in California called The Jane Austen Academy, a school that's historically always been an all girls boarding school. However, that's all about to change this year as new owner's have taken over the school, and one of the first of many changes their bringing about is adding male students to the population. Lizze is not a fan of this drastic change, not because of the boy's so much themselves, but because she can't stand to see eveyrthing changing and falling apart at her beloved academy. She sets out on a mission to use her journalistic background to find out who the new owner's of her beloved academy and to expose their plans for changing the academy's structure. 

Her mission doesn't go as planned however when she ends up inadvertently involving one of the boys, Dante, into the mix. Lizzie is turned off by Dante's ego, his selfish personality, and the way he tries to control his little sister's life. It was exactly guys like him that had Lizzie hesitant about boys being added to the school roster in the first place, and she can't see herself ever growing to accept this new change, especially as new details about him end up coming to light.

Fall for You was a lighthearted, easy read that I swept through in one sitting. I enjoyed it's humorous moments, it's setting of an academy named after the famous literary star, and the way that it stays true to Austen's beloved original characters and story. This actually would have been on its way to being a four or five star read for me if there had just been a little bit more to it. I loved what I did read, but just when everything was starting to really get going, and the reader was finally seeing more of Dante's personality and story, it quickly ended. It felt more like a novella than an actual novel, and as a result, there wasn't enough time to truly connect to any of the characters, especially that of Dante. The writing was spot on, the developing romance was adorable with its Pride and Prejudice vibes, and it was going in such a great direction that the ending was massively disappointing. I'm hoping it ended the way it did because more of the story will be revealed in the following novels, otherwise it will definitely feel like the reader is missing out on a lot of the story itself.

Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

I enjoyed it, I will undoubtedly be recommending it to other Jane Austen fans, I just wish there had been a little bit more to the story. I'll look forward to continuing on with the next novel of the series, especially since the reader was already given a glimpse into a few of the others girls that will be featured as protagonists in some of the other stories.

Thanks so much for reading guys! Are any of you fans of Jane Austen retellings? If so, I'd love to hear what your favorites are, as I'm always on the lookout for new recommendations.

Have a great rest of your of your day, and I'll see you all again on Friday :)

This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The photo does not belong to me, and all rights to the respective owners. 


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