Nov 092018
 

An Illustrated Speculation of Jane Austen’s Relationship with Tom Lefroy

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Graphic Novel

SYNOPSIS: A reimagining of Jane Austen’s life with a focus on her relationship with her “Irish friend,” Tom Lefroy. Geared towards a younger audience, this graphic novel shares a little of Jane Austen’s childhood and family life, her experiences with romance, and the beginning of her writing career. Accompanying this short tale are black and white images in comic-strip style. Continue reading »

Nov 062017
 

First Impressions and Football

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Family

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired, Young Adult

SETTING: Temple Sterling, Florida – modern day (fictitious, smallish town)

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Dev: a spectacularly ordinary high school senior that doesn’t have her future figured out
  • Foster: Dev’s 14 year old cousin who has come from California to live with them
  • Cas: Dev’s outgoing, football playing best friend whom she has unrequited feelings for
  • Ezra: All-American football star of the school, most people think he is an arrogant jerk

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Aug 022017
 

Not My Favorite YA Austenesque

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

The Dashwood sisters are having a bad year – first their dad divorces their mom (leaving her broken-hearted) and marries another woman, Pandora (a self-absorbed nightmare that spends their dad’s money and makes him change everything about himself). Then, their dad suddenly and tragically passes away from a stress-induced heart attack. But that isn’t all…Mr. Dashwood was stressed because of some heavy financial losses, and now all he left his family with are his debts. Due to the legalities of their father’s will and recent business transactions the Dashwood sisters are forced to leave their ancestral home, school, and friends to relocate to an available cottage far from all they knew and loved.

But the sisters have some distractions in the love department to help them cope with these new changes. Ellie, who is never really one to have crushes, finds herself drawn to her step-mom’s artsy and kind nephew, Blake (Edward). Abby seems to have caught the eye of two guys in her new village and finds herself in a bit of a double love triangle. And although Georgie would much rather go on thrilling adventures and ride her skateboard, she finds that having boys interested in her as a girl may not be so bad after all… Continue reading »