May 192017

One of The Best YA Jane Austen Adaptations I’ve Read!

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern, Young Adult retelling of Mansfield Park

SETTING: Present-day Chicago


  • Finley Price: A shy sixteen-year-old with a broken home life. Is very grateful for her godparents, the Bertrams, who have taken care of her these last two years.
  • Oliver Bertram: Eighteen-year-old second son of Finley’s godparents. Her closest friend and fiercest protector.
  • Harlan Crawford: Popular movie star who acts like an insincere and cocky jerk, but maybe there is more to him than meets the eye.


Even though she has spent the last two years with her godparents (a much better situation than with her mom), Finley still is finding it hard to stand up for herself and feel worthy. But there is one person who has always been there for her and sees her as more than worthy, her best friend, Oliver. Oliver is starting to feel something stronger than friendship for Finley, but he is afraid to act on it. Thinking it would betray Finley’s trust in him and take advantage of her situation. But what happens when two famous movie actors move in next door??? Continue reading »

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 »