Feb 242017

Post-Apocalyptic Jane Austen!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Persuasion Retelling, Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopian

SETTING: A post-apocalyptic world, several generations after “The Reduction”


  • Elliot North: Only member of the North family that does any actual work. Cares for all who are dependent on the estate for survival.
  • Kai or Malakai Wentforth: Elliot’s childhood friend who ran away four years ago because he wanted more with his life than to be an indentured servant.
  • The Luddites: Social class of people who are wealthy, privileged, and own estates. They are pure and believe technology and genetic modification is what caused The Reduction.
  • The Reduced: Social class of people who are lowly and work as servants. They are considered fallen and helpless, and bear the sins of their ancestors.
  • Posts: Social class of people who have the same capabilities of the Luddites but were born from Reduced lineage. Still considered tainted by the Reduction and work as upper servants.

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Feb 222016


Happy Monday, readers! Today, Austenesque Reviews is paid a visit from an author who may be new to some of you – James Ramos, who just recently published a Young Adult, gender-swap adaptation of Pride and Prejudice titled, That Girl, Darcy!  I hope you enjoy meeting James and learning more about how he came up with the idea to retell Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of teenage boy.  

Thank you so much, Meredith, for having me here on Austenesque Reviews! I love your site, and I love reading and writing about pretty much anything Jane Austen!Author Image

To me—and plenty of other people—Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is perfect just the way it is. So why reimagine it? Why do so many people reimagine and reinterpret Jane Austen’s work? For me, the answer is that the story Jane Austen told with Pride and Prejudice is a timeless one, and the characters she created therein are characters that just won’t let us forget them.

When I started writing That Girl, Darcy, I had to decide how faithful I wanted to be to the original novel. It was important for me to maintain as much of the spirit of Jane Austen’s work as I could, and to that end, I decided to be as loyal to the plot and characters as I could, given that I was already making some fairly drastic changes in my retelling of the story. Continue reading »

Nov 202015

The Trouble with FlirtingRelevant and Fresh Takes on Jane Austen!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

Source: Purchased

To date, Claire LaZebnik has published four refreshing and clever Young Adult retellings of Jane Austen’s novels – Epic Fail (Pride and Prejudice), The Trouble With Flirting (Mansfield Park), The Last Best Kiss (Persuasion) and Wrong About the Guy (Emma) – and I sincerely hope she continues to write more! In this insightful and authentic retelling of Mansfield Park, Franny Pearson is a rising high school senior from a non-wealthy, divorced family looking for a summer job. Her mom arranges for her to assist her aunt with making and altering costumes for a summer theatre program at Mansfield College.

Upon arrival Franny recognizes some familiar thespians – Julia Braverman, a friend she lost touch with, and her brother Alex, who she had a monster-crush on several years ago. Franny hopes a little romance might finally happen between her and Alex this summer, but her hopes are dashed as he seems to be immediately attracted to the sophisticated and gorgeous Isabella Zevallos. Franny feelings of disappointment and dejection start to disappear when super-flirtatious and fun Harry Cartwright starts paying her some serious attention over the other girls, the question is are his intentions as serious… Continue reading »