Sunday, April 3, 2016

Books Inspired by: Jane Austen

Books inspired by: Jane Austen

I am thinking of making this a monthly meme on my site. I plan on posting a list of current books inspired by my favorite topics. The first topic is devoted to Jane Austen.


First & Then
by Emma Mills
-Sports, YA
Amazon | Goodreads | Excerpt

Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive jock, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them--first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

With wit, heart, and humor to spare, First & Then is a contemporary novel about falling in love--with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

MASHUP: Pride & Prejudice and Friday Night Lights

These Vicious Masks
by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
-Fantasy, Historical, YA
Amazon | Goodreads| Excerpt

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

MASHUP: Jane Austen and X-Men

Love, Lies and Spies
by Cindy Anstey
-Historical, Romance, YA
Release date: April 19, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads| Excerpt

Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies.

Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions... and Juliana herself.

MASHUP: regency period and spies

Pride & Prejudice in the Spy Game
by Karen M. Cox
-Romance, Mystery
Amazon | Goodreads | Excerpt

During the last gasp of the Cold War, Elizabeth Bennet, a young, forthright counterintelligence officer, embarks on an exciting assignment that would make her late father, a fallen CIA operative, proud. She transfers to Europe to investigate the legendary and elusive William Darcy, an officer in line for the coveted Soviet station chief position who’s suspected of being a double agent.

William Darcy appears to lead a charmed existence, but now he finds himself fighting for his career and against his growing feelings for the young woman he doesn’t know is watching his every move.

Elizabeth wants to throw the book at him, but the facts don’t match her preconceptions. Is Darcy being set up? Are there darker forces at work? Or is William Darcy a skilled double agent after all? Nothing is as it seems, however, and the closer Elizabeth gets to the truth about Darcy, the more she spirals into danger.

MASHUP: Pride & Prejudice and spies

HAPPY RELEASE for this newbie...

The Trouble To Check Her
A Pride and Prejudice Variation
(The Queen of Rosings Park #2)
by Maria Grace
-Sweet Regency Romance
Amazon | Goodreads | Excerpt

Lydia Bennet faces the music…

Running off with Mr. Wickham was a great joke—until everything turned arsey-varsey. That spoilsport Mr. Darcy caught them and packed Lydia off to a hideous boarding school for girls who had lost their virtue.
It would improve her character, he said.

Ridiculous, she said.

Mrs. Drummond, the school’s headmistress, has shocking expectations for the girls. They must share rooms, do chores, attend lessons, and engage in charitable work, no matter how well born they might be. She even forces them to wear mobcaps! Refusal could lead to finding themselves at the receiving end of Mrs. Drummond's cane—if they were lucky. The unlucky ones could be dismissed and found a position … as a menial servant.

Everything and everyone at the school is uniformly horrid. Lydia hates them all, except possibly the music master, Mr. Amberson, who seems to have the oddest ideas about her. He might just understand her better than she understands herself.
Can she find a way to live up to his strange expectations, or will she spend the rest of her life as a scullery maid?

TWIST: Pride & Prejudice - Lydia


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  1. Love the Jane Austen theme! I need to read these :)

  2. I've read Undeceived. That was great. I want to read a couple more of these.

  3. I just recently purchased Pride and prejudice and First and then. Looking forward to reading them. Thank you


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