Friday, May 15, 2015

Blog Tour/Review/Giveaway: Liam Darcy, I Loathe You! by Heidi Jo Doxey


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The Jane Journals: Liam Darcy, I Loathe You!, by Heidi Jo Doxey
2015, 192p, YA Contemporary Fiction
My Rating=4.5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review



Lizzie, Nila, Alice, Cate, Vivian, and Fiona- six girls about to begin a writing assignment that changes everything. From cute crushes to dances and dresses, they're recording it all, and so is their teacher. This modern makeover of Jane Austen's beloved novels follows your favorite stories in a high school setting. Perfect for new fans and devoted Austenites alike!

This book was fun to read! Anne Elliott, the English teacher, has assigned her English class to keep a journal. We follow the stories of six girls as they share their highs and lows of high school life (Lizzie, Pride & Prejudice; Nila, Emma; Alice, Sense & Sensibility; Vivian, Sense & Sensibility; Cate, Northanger Abbey; and Fiona, Mansfield Park). And there is plenty of drama!! As a bonus, Anne Elliott (Persuasion) also keeps a journal so we learn more about her as well. Their stories are modern makeovers of Jane Austen novels.

Once I started reading this, it was hard to put down. I didn't have a favorite character or story, which surprised me because my favorite Jane Austen novels are Pride and Prejudice and Emma. I felt a little lost while reading the stories I'm less familiar with but I'm excited to read more about them as the series progresses.
 

Confession time: I haven't actually read all of Jane Austen's novels (gasp!) but I've seen the movies, some more than others. The author includes a character list in the back which helps to place the modern characters with their Jane Austen counterparts (a lot of the names are the same or quite similar). There are a lot of characters to keep track of so that is helpful.

This is a book that all levels of Jane Austen fans can enjoy. If you're new, it's a great introduction. If you're a fan but haven't read each one of her six major novels (like me), it will make you want to read them. If you're a hardcore fan, you will have a better feel for how true the author is staying to the original characters and you will know what's coming next! I enjoyed reading each of their stories and am excited for more! 

  
Heidi Jo Doxey has written five books in the Tiny Talks series. She graduated from BYU with a BA in English and a minor in editing. When she’s not writing or reading, she loves riding her bike, going for walks, spending time with family and friends, and being outside. She currently lives in Utah, where she works in publishing, but she still calls the San Francisco Bay Area home.






The publisher is going to generously give one of my readers an e-copy of this book, so be sure to enter below! The rules to enter are: You must be 18 years old to enter, be able to accept e-copies of books and the winner will be emailed and announced here and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

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3 comments:

Katie Watkins said...

Great review! This sure was a fun book and I'm looking forward to more.

Paij Slater said...

I know I have said this before, and know it's kind of a no no in the book world, but I am not an Austen fan. This book sounds super cute though. Its hard for me to read books that are based off Austen, but it does sound like one I would enjoy! Great Review :)

Melanie Valderrama said...

Thanks, Katie!!

Paij, it's fine to not be an Austen fan. I admitted that I haven't personally read all of her books. I think you would like this one, though.

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