Jan 162015

Emmaleecoverideas.inddJane Austen Stories for Teens and Tweens!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Mom 🙂

For those of you not yet acquainted with The Jane Austen Diaries by Jenni James, it is a series of Jane Austen modern-adaptations for Young Adult audiences. To date, there are five books in this series, but I believe the author has several more planned. In chronological order, The Jane Austen Diaries include: Pride and Popularity, Persuaded, Emmalee, Mansfield Ranch, and Northanger Alibi (even though this one says Book #2, it takes place years later). They are fun and sweet tales that connect with each other and take place in Farmington, New Mexico.

High school senior, Emmalee Bradford has had “very little to distress or vex her.” She is beautiful, popular, loved by her family; she is a big fish in the little pond of her town. If she ever faces any trouble all she has to do is flash her famous “Bradford smile” and she is sure to get out of (or get away with) anything. Emmalee’s senior year seems to be off to a wonderful start so far, with a new bestie – Hannah Smith, a new puppy, and the return of her neighbor and close family friend, Chase Anderson. But throughout the course of the year, Emmalee learns that she can make some pretty big blunders, blunders so big even her smile can’t save her… Continue reading »

Apr 092013

A Spectacular Series for Junior Janeites!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift From Mom 🙂

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Young Adult, Modern Adaptation

TIME FRAME: Present-day

MAIN CHARACTERS: Amanda Ellis, Gregory Wentworth, Kylie Russell, Sydney Ellis, Collin Farnsworth


  • It’s part of a great series! The Jane Austen Diaries started in 2011 with the fantastic Pride and Popularity.
  • I love modern adaptations of Persuasion…and this one is a YA modern adaptation, something new!

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Feb 202012
Jane Austen Meets Stephanie Meyer!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

(Note: This review is coming from the perspective of someone who has not yet had the pleasure of reading or watching anything from the Twilight series.) – I know, how shocking, right?

In the second installment in her young adult series, The Jane Austen Diaries, author Jenni James takes up her pen and fashions a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, infused with cellphones, malls, and vampires…

What sixteen year old girl doesn’t want adventure and romance? Claire Hart, younger sister to Chloe (heroine of Pride and Popularity) and avid Twilight fan, is most anxious for her share of romance and adventures to begin. But alas, just like Catherine Morland there is no adventure or romance for Claire in her home town, so “she must seek them abroad.” Receiving an invitation to spend the summer in Seattle, Washington, Claire is beside herself with anticipation and excitement! There are two things Claire knows for certain: that vampires really doexist and that Seattle, Washington is the place to find them… Continue reading »