Monday, September 24, 2012

So Into You by Cecilia Gray AToMR Tour and Giveaways (International)

So Into You (Book 2 in the Jane Austen Academy Series)

by Cecilia Gray
Modern retelling/based on Sense & Sensibility.
The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is guys. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And they're about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…
Meet sweet and sensible Ellie who hasn’t met a problem her mom’s yoga mantras can’t fix. But when her parents threaten to pull her from the Academy just as her flirtation with the cutest boy in school heats up, will Ellie be able to keep her cool?

This is the second novel in the Jane Austen Academy Series. Here is my review for the first book, Fall for You. This novel picks up right after the last novel left off. I had to kind of jostle my memory a little bit to remember who each of the four girls were, but it didn't take long. Emma is the somewhat shallow fashionista, but she has a great heart and she lives with Ellie who was formerly best friends exclusively with Lizzie who is now currently dating the hottest guy at school, Dante and was the main character of Fall for You. She lives with Anne whose parents used to own the school, but due to poor financial decisions, are in bankruptcy and someone else has purchased the school. Someone that introduced boys to the school for the first time this year.  They also want to change the name of the school, something the girls are adamantly against, but no one more outspoken against this than Lizzie. She seems to be consumed with Dante and the name change leaving her best friend Ellie and her problems to herself and Emma when she isn't busy with her own drama.

While the first novel was somewhat simple in plot line, this one is much more complex with several subplots running alongside the main plot which is that Ellie's parents aren't paying her tuition. They are setting up a yoga studio in Guatemala and adopting a baby and they want Ellie to come with them. Not want really, expect her to come with them. Jasta, the name the girls fondly call The Jane Austen Academy, is home to Ellie and she can't imagine leaving it. It's where she can be the surfer girl and the math geek and where four seemingly distinctly different girls, Anne, Lizzie, Emma and Ellie can be friends. Home is and has always been Jasta.

Complicating matters is the rather confusing flirtation she has with Edward. He's funny and sweet and thoughtful and Ellie falls for him hard. He gives every indication that he feels the same way about her but he never makes his move. In an embarrassing moment she makes it abundantly clear that she likes him, but he freezes up and leaves. Ellie is embarrassed and stuffs all her feelings inside. She listens to Emma go on an on about Josh, the teen actor she's fallen for who doesn't seem very much interested in her except as a little fun and she listens to Lizzie go on and on about Dante's parents who hate her. But she never reveals how hard it hits her when the hardest blow comes on parents night. How hard it is to work in the kitchens morning, noon and night and still keep up her studies so she can afford books and board. No one notices her pain.

So Into You is a great novel about facing the realities of life, recognizing who and what you stand for, and where your place is in the world. Sometimes you have to go against those who think they know best for you. It teaches you to believe in yourself. It's fun and heartbreaking and filled with friendship and the resounding motto of Jasta that, "We Will Be Heard!"

Recommended for YA readers. Some mature themes. Highly recommended!
Thanks to Cecilia Gray and AToMR tours for the complimentary copy of the novel. The rest of the tour can be found on the tour page  So Into You.

You can find the author, Cecilia Gray here:

Social Media links:
Twitter: @ceciliabooks


The Giveaway is Books One and Two in the Series Fall For You and So Into You. You can enter below. The giveaway is open Internationaly as the books are e-books.


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15 comments:

  1. AW!!! That sounds cute and nice and exactly what I like to read! I haven't read the first book either but it sounds that the author learned a great deal and how much the second book evolved!

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    1. Yeah, they're short but that doesn't mean they are simple. There is a lot packed into this story. It's a great story, friends standing up for each other and great romance for you Danny!

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  2. I love Jane Austen. Thanks for the review.:) Sounds great!

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    1. You bet! It's a fun updated version. Definitely worth reading!

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  3. Oh fun, I love Sense & Sensibility, and modern retellings are always interesting to me :o) I have the first book on my Kindle -- need to clear time to catch up on my Austen-esque reading! :o)

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    1. Oh, you must add this one! I think it's better than the second one and so great!!

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  4. Oh this sounds interesting. I am curious about these characters and what they go through. Those parents also sound like I would like to kick them in the arse. This looks like a contemp I'd really enjoy!

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    1. Yep! Short and sweet and great friends and romance! It's a great series based on the classics!

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    1. It is! I so enjoyed reading this one! I was holding my breath at the end!

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  6. I really like that this one features a strong friendship between girls since it seems like a lot of books have females being mean to each other. And, it's great that the plot of this one is more complex than the first book in the series. I love it when authors show improvement!

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    1. Oh these four are great friends. In the first book, they had to adjust to being friends. No roommates before the boys came to the school. But the main focus is that Jane Austen (I want to get this right)felt like there wasn't a way for women to be heard during her time. The founders of Jasta founded it based on having a place where young women could have a place where they could learn freely and they could be heard. The girls have the voice in this story. No mean girls, it's about learning about being yourself and being heard! It's excellent.

      Heather

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  7. I recently got the first book but haven't been able to read it yet. I'm happy to hear that you enjoy the books though! I look forward to giving them a read!

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  8. Ooh, I love Jane Austen and retellings of her stories! Pride and Prejudice (of course) is my fave ;-)

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  9. I haven't read the first one yet, but I too will pick up Austen retellings!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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