Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Only With You by Cecilia Gray Blog Tour + Review

Only With You by Cecilia Gray
(The Jane Austen Academy Series #5)
Publication date: May 2014
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

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

Emma has it all - looks, money, and luck. It's not like she keeps it all to herself - she's totally committed to helping those less fortunate. AKA, everyone. She invites her heartbroken friend to help with a weekend charity event with an eye to matchmake, but when that friend turns her eye toward the guy Emma wants for herself, how will she choose between friendship and her own feelings?

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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.
Book 1: Fall For You (Lizzie – Pride and Prejudice)
Book 2: So Into You (Ellie – Sense and Sensibility)
Book 3: When I'm With You (Kat – Northanger Abbey)
Book 4: Suddenly You (Fanny – Mansfield Park)
Book 5: Only With You (Emma – Emma)
Book 6: Always You (Anne – Persuasion) ~ Coming Fall 2014


Review: To start out this book, I was already at a pretty large disadvantage, but it was at no one's fault but my own. 1. I have yet to actually read anything by Jane Austen (I know, I know. It's crazy!). 2. I have not read any of Cecilia Gray's books in the series before this one. I'm not really sure what I was thinking when I signed up to review the book, other than the fact that it sounded like a fun read. In my opinion, there is not much other reason needed. Perhaps it is not the best way to go about deciding these things, but it has worked out for me so far! Along with that, it has helped convince me that I definitely need to finally read Austen's books. Thanks for giving me the push I have needed for a long time, Ms. Gray! 

Despite not knowing what I was comparing anything to, I really liked the characters in this book. Perhaps that even helped me as a reader. I didn't know what the characters were supposed to be like, so I could just enjoy them as they were. Emma was the main character you always hope for. Despite having anything and everything she could possibly want, she is still kind and willing to help other people out. So willing, in fact, that she does her best to set up her friend, Anne, with one of her guy friends in hopes of helping her get over her ex. Sure, sometimes it was obvious she was a young girl, but I feel that she matured through the book. 

Knight was wonderful, and I can only imagine what is character is like in Austen's book based on things I have heard about her male characters. Knight is mature and charming, and he is so willing to be there for Emma whenever she needs him. I really appreciate that in a lead male character. I think that it is a very good thing to encourage our young girls to be with guys who treat them right and build them up, instead of bringing them down. Knight certainly shows that some teenage boys can be gentleman. 

Ultimately, this book was a fun, light read. It was fairly short, which was something that I liked as well. While I do love longer novels, sometimes it is nice to take a break from it and read something shorter; something that I can get through more quickly. I certainly look forward to reading more of Cecilia Gray's books in the future.

Rating: 4.0/5.0


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.

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

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Tour wide giveaway
Open INTL - Ends June 3rd
--50$ Amazon or B&N or iTunes gift card
--A book giveaway of the author's choice to the winner based on her perusal of their Goodreads shelf (because just like her heroine, Emma, she think she know what's best for everyone. ;) - we thought this would be fun and relates to the MC's personality.
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1 comment:

  1. I haven't read anything by Jane Austen either so I'm happy to hear this book was good regardless. It sounds like a fun, light read and the characters sound so well developed and easy to connect to! Great review! :)


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