Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Review: So Into You by Cecilia Gray

Totally cute as ever. It's like a mini cupcake. Short sweet and totally fulfilled that craving for a quickie romance.

by Cecilia Gray
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Modern retelling/based on Sense & Sensibility.

The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is guys. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And they're about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…

Meet sweet and sensible Ellie who hasn’t met a problem her mom’s yoga mantras can’t fix. But when her 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?

I had the pleasure of reading Cecilia’s first book and enjoyed it very much, but found I didn’t connect as much with Lizzy and her story line. However, in this book I saw a true growth and development in character development and writing.  I actually found myself liking this book more than the first. I found Ellie a character I could relate to more with her issues. Lizzy was great but I was never one to like the pushy reporter type. Ellie was totally amazing through. 

The writing was much improved and the overall complexity and completeness of this was better. Even though it was a short read, it was complete and fully developed and I liked that. I just loved it. I would like to see it longer. The ending felt a bit rushed and there could have been more. There was a lot of development and building in the front half of the novel but the end was rushed. Also, the whole book takes place over about 4 months; it could have easily been dragged out a tad bit more. I also would love more than a 10 second kiss at the end. Dial up the romance a bit more me!! 

Again Emma totally stole the book for me. I would love to get a hold of her story. There is really something about her character that is scene stealing and I would love to get into her head and know what is going on with her because you know there is more than what is on the surface. 

I will continue to read this series because it’s cute & short. And with the vast improvement in wiring quality, story telling and character developments from the first book to the next the rest if the series is only going to get better. 

Again I haven't read any of Jane Austen's work to compare with how much of it is a re-telling but they are still very enjoyable with out having read those before. 

If you are in need of a quick contemp this is it. Under 200 pages it’s easily a book to finish in a few hours. 

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