Thursday, March 7, 2013

Blog Tour When I'm With You by Cecilia Gray Review and Giveaway

When I'm with You by Cecilia Gray A Jane Austen Academy Novel
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Book Description:
Kat is destined to be a star and her big break has arrived at last! As the assistant to a celebrity
classmate on the set of a feature film, she's going to show everyone she has what it takes. That
is, until she discovers pursuing her dreams may mean forfeiting her heart. Unless she can find a
way to have both…
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Don't miss the rest of the Jane Austen Academy series, where sassy girls, hot guys and Jane
Austen collide!
Book 1: Fall For You (Lizzie)Book 2: So Into You (Ellie)
Book 3: When I'm With You (Kat)
The Jane Austen Academy series are modern retellings of Jane Austen classics set at a
beachside California boarding school.
The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. But
over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it’s
about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…

My Review-

This another book in the Jane Austen Academy Series but is perfect as a stand alone as it only has a few references to the Academy. Kat the female main character isn't part of the main group of girls so we've never seen her before. She wants to be an actress, knows how to be in the spotlight and is always the lead in the school plays, a renowned theater company. This year, during Christmas break, she's going to be movie star (A- to B+ lister) Josh Wickham's PA while he tries to revive his dying career. On the set will be two very A++ starts, one the very enigmatic son of a mega star.

Kat was unbelievable on the set. Josh gave her a list of things to do at 5 am and then would take off running. She would have no idea how to find the things he wanted or get what he needed, but she either lucked into them or had the tenacity to find them. I really think Josh was trying to get her to fail. Then she gets a part in the movie and the female lead takes all her improve moves. But it's okay. Kat does everything from schlep meals to highlight scripts and always smiling because she's right where she is and bonus, Henry the mega star's son, seems to be interested in her despite Josh and co-star Izzy's attempts to keep them apart.

Then she finds out she's spend the second week at Henry's house with Josh and Henry and Henry's father the famous Tom Trenton world wide superstar!
But things happen and the fragile relationship that has begun between Henry and Kat takes a disastrous turn. Kat has to find it in herself to trust herself and believe in herself to go forward. She comes to realize that her biggest question is who is she when she isn't on stage? The answer is surprising.

Again, this is a light sweet romance, I believe based on Northanger Abbey. It was a great story, quick and light and one that promises we'll see snippets of Kat again. (I hope).  One bit of disturbing news was discovered at the end of the book while Fanny was running about the fate of the school. I believe everyone will be a senior, but they won't take it quietly. Expect so big protests.

I was given a free copy of the novel through AToMR blog tours from the author for review for the blog tour. This in no way influenced my review.

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Author Bio-

Cecilia Gray lives in Oakland where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also
pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking
someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
Cecilia has been praised for "instilling a warmth and weight into her characters"
(Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being "wellwritten, original, realistic and witty" (Quills & Zebras Reviews).
Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a
What's Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus
Reviews) where it was praised for being a "unique twist on a classic" and offering "a
compelling mix of action, drama and love."
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  1. I haven't heard of the book nor of the previous book. But maybe I should have a closer look at them.. they sound cute!

    1. Danny-

      They are great quick reads! And I don't compare them to the Austen books though you can. I couldn't remember Northanger Abbey enough to compare this one. But this one is definitely my favorite. Kat was a great main character! And all the girls at the Academy, though not featured in this novel, have a unique personality that makes each one very individual and unlikely friends.

  2. I'm glad this one is a different adaptation. I haven't read Northanger Abbey. While I'm not a huge Jane Austen fan, I do know some teen girls who love her and numerous retellings. I'll be sure to pass the info along. Thanks, Heather!

    1. Rummanah-

      And this one is really clean so you can feel safe giving it to any age YA reader. There is still an extra marital affair and a romance so it's YA but it's clean.

  3. Oh I do need to check out this series. I've been enjoying Jane retellings. I don't know why I gravitate to them so much... I actually haven't read the originals, but have seen the movie adaptations. Anyhoo... still like what you had to say about them. I also like that it is a stand alone as well as part of a series.

    1. Yeah, this is really a stand alone, but of course I've read the others. This is my favorite. I forgot to say that. It has a little more depth to it. And I loved Kat! I'd have run away the first day at 6am. Not Kat! It's a real quick fun read.

  4. It sure is a good thing that Ali hasan stopped by to share with us how we can earn 500 dollars a day at home. Okay, believe it or not, I am not a huge Austen fan, yeah I know her work is great and everything but everyone is always raving about P&P and I just don't get the allure, what is wrong with me, seriously? So I am probably not the write audience for this series, even though it is light and fun.

    1. Yes, Heidi, I must thank Ali Harassment err, Hasan personally! That's his second time hitting me!

      Thanks for making me laugh about it! Heidi, You don't have to be a fan of her work to enjoy these novels. I didn't remember Northanger Abbey. This was just a quick light contemp read. This is probably my favorite of the three so far. You don't need to know Jane A. or like her to enjoy these books.


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