Vintage Jane Austen Blog Tour: Review of “Perception” by Emily Ann Benedict+A Giveaway!

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What would it be like to see Elizabeth Bennet in 1930’s clothes? What if Emma Woodhouse was the daughter of a car dealership owner? What if Marianne Dashwood was seeking to become a movie star in the golden age of film? The Vintage Jane Austen series explores the world of Jane Austen, set in 1930’s America. Five authors took on Jane Austen’s five most popular novels and retold them set in the depression era, remaining faithful to the original plots. As an extra bonus to the series, there is a collection of short stories that were inspired by Jane Austen. Which of these books do you most want to read?

Emmeline by Sarah Holman (Emma): The talk of stock market crashes and depression isn’t going to keep Emmeline Wellington down. Born to wealth and privilege, Emmeline wants nothing more than to help her new friend, Catarina, find a husband. Emmeline sets her sights on one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, but nothing seems to go right. Even her friend and neighbor Fredrick Knight seems to question her at every turn.

Suit and Suitability by Kelsey Bryant (Sense and Sensibility):Canton, Ohio, 1935. Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s world crumbles when their father is sent to prison. Forced to relocate to a small town, what is left of their family faces a new reality where survival overshadows dreams. Sensible Ellen, struggling to hold the family together, is parted from the man she’s just learning to love, while headstrong Marion fears she will never be the actress she aspires to be. When a dashing hero enters the scene, things only grow more complicated. But could a third man hold the key to the restoration and happiness of the Dashiell family?

Bellevere House by Sarah Scheele (Mansfield Park): It’s March, 1937 and Faye Powell couldn’t be happier. After moving to live with her uncle, a wealthy banker, she’s fallen into the swing of life with his exuberant children–including Ed. The one she’ll never admit she’s in love with. But she hadn’t reckoned on the swanky Carters getting mixed up in that vow. Ed seems to be falling for charming, sweet Helene Carter. And when Faye’s cousin BeBe trusts her with a secret about Horace Carter, Faye is in over her head. Will she betray the confidence BeBe’s given her? Will she lose Ed to Helene? The days at Bellevere House are crowded with surprises and only time will tell how God plans to unravel Faye and Ed’s hearts.

Perception by Emily Benedict (Persuasion): Upstate New York, 1930. Thirteen years ago, Abbey Evans was persuaded to break off her engagement to a penniless soldier headed to the front lines of the Great War. A daughter of one of America’s wealthiest families could never be allowed to marry so far beneath herself. But Black Tuesday changed everything. With her family’s prominence now little more than a facade, Abbey faces the loss of her childhood home. As if that weren’t enough, the only man she ever loved has returned after making his fortune – and he wants nothing to do with the young woman he courted before the war. With the past forever out of reach, the time has come for Abbey decide her own fate, before it is too late…

Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones (Pride and Prejudice): Coming soon…A retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice… set in 1930s Arizona.

Second Impressions: Jane Austen’s stories have inspired writers for generations…in this collection they inspire fiction across the genres!

From the English Regency to the American 1950s, in Houston or a space freighter, fairytale land or a retirement center…Austen’s timeless characters come to life again.

My Review of “Perception”

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Oh, Jane Austen. She is such an authorly inspiration. Her stories have survived many years, and have recently influenced some writers to reimagine her stories in a fresh, yet vintage, way.

The story I am reviewing for this series is “Perception,” a retelling of “Persuasion.” Oh, what a puller of heartstrings this story is, ya’ll. This romance of two lovers who find each other again—reluctantly—was emotionally moving. Oh, the feels! *hearts eyes* Yet it also had some fun with the well-developed characters that surround the leads. These characters certainly add a favorable flair to this tale. Also, I especially like that this story stars a not-so-young couple. While I like YA, it is nice to see a story with slightly older people finding love… *in need of tissues*

A sweet retelling, and one that has me curious to read more from this series (and the author, as well.)! The 1930’s is an awesome time to re-imagine Miss Austen’s books, for sure. 😀

I give “Perception” by Emily Ann Benedict a rating of four and a half.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

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Visit these blogs during this week to find interviews, book reviews, and much more:

November 5

                Review of Emmeline – Once Upon the Ordinary

         Review of Bellevere House – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Series Spotlight – A Real Writer’s Life

Interview with Kelsey Bryant – Resting Life

Series Spotlight – Kelsey’s Notebook

November 6

         Interview with Sarah Holman – J. Grace Pennington

Review of Emmeline – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Mini-Reviews and interview with Sarah Scheele – Deborah O’Carroll

Interview with Rebekah Jones – Livy Lynn Blog

Review Suit and Suitability – Resting Life

November 7

         Interview with Kelsey Bryant – J. Grace Pennington

         Review of Perception – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Review and Interview of Perception – Purely by Faith Reviews

Review of Second Impressions – The Page Dreamer

 Series Spotlight – Finding the True Fairytale

November 8

Interview and Review Suit and Suitability – Once Upon the Ordinary

         Review of Suit and Suitability – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Review of Perception – A Brighter Destiny

November 9

         Series Spotlight – God’s Peculiar Treasure

                Review of Second Impressions and Suit and Suitability –Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Father

Interview with Rebekah Jones – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Series Spotlight – Christian Bookshelf Reviews

November 10

         Review of Suit and Suitability – With a Joyful Noise

         Series Spotlight – Liv K. Fisher

Review of Second Impressions- Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Review of Perception – She Hearts Fiction

Interview with Sarah Holman – Rebekah Ashleigh

November 11

         Series Spotlight – Reveries Reviews

         Review of Suit and Suitability – Faith Blum

Interview with Sarah Holman – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Interview with Hannah Scheele – Peculiar on Purpose

Review of Bellevere House – Seasons of Humility

 

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July 2017 Book Haul

I think I did better when it came to resisting buying books this month. Still, I did get more than I ought to have obtained. Still, I got books. Books. books. books. I’ve got books piled on the floor, people. PILES. (Don’t worry, I have yet to visit the hospital due to a book-related injury brought about said books and my clumsiness. Go me.)

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I had all the other books from this series in some form, and finding a good copy of this one in hardback and for a reasonable price was not an easy feat. However, Thriftbooks finally had a copy that looked fine enough. Listening to the book before it.

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I’m on the author’s street team for this book, so once I finish the book I’m reading now (Sara Ella’s awesome “Unblemished”), I plan to start this one. I LOVE the cover of this book.

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I won this book in a giveaway at Nicole’s blog, The Christian Fiction Girl, which you ought to go and check out by clicking here (<— CHECK OUT HER BLOG NOW!). This cover has such a cool look to it. It looks like the top right corner is bent, but it’s actually the cover design. 😛 Thank you, Nicole, for sending me this book. So sweet of you. 😀

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I won this one is another giveaway. It was one I had been considering buying, but I got it for F-R-E-E. Now the money I planned to use for it can go towards other things. Ideally books or dramas. 😀

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This series looks interesting. So, it’s supposed to be a futuristic story, but the characters live in a Victorian-era- like world, there are zombies in this world, and the heroine falls in love with a zombie. Nope, I could not pass giving this series a try, and thanks to Thriftbooks I was able to procure them for good prices. Also, “Dearly Departed” is signed by the author. *heart eyes*

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My dear best friend surprised me by sending me this book for my birthday. It’s one I’ve been wanting to try, and now it is mine.

고맙습니다, 친구. 😀 

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This book was priced under four dollars on Amazon, and since I was already ordering another book, why not add this one to my order? (Do not answer that.)

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Saw a friend with this book on Goodreads. I had never seen it, but it looked like something I could enjoy. I mean, regency era with fantasy elements? Many yeses. I flipped through it and saw the book even has some illustrations.

June 2017 Book Haul

Do you ever feel guilty about buying so many books? Yeah, me neither… for the most part, anyways. 😉

June’s ridiculous amount of physical books I bought/got for review show this truth.

 

“The Chronicles of Faerie” by O.R. Melling: I’ve been wanting to read this series for years. Went to the library awhile ago to finally start, but they did not have the first one available. (How rude!) Now I own three of them.

 

“Dorothy Must Die” series by Danielle Paige: Decided I wanted to try these books. Bookoutlet had a sale, so why not buy them all even though I don’t know if I’ll like the first book?

 

“Of Triton” and “Of Neptune” by Anna Banks: I bought the first book in this series over three years ago and still. have. not. read. it. Saw these for sale, and thought I’d get them. Maybe having them all will encourage me to, you know, actually read them? #bookwormlogic

 

Books 3,4, and 5 of the “Glamourists Histories” by Mary Robinette Kowal: My dearest friend has praised this series, and, seeing the hardcovers on sale, I thought I’d get them even though I have not read books one and two. They’re pretty, don’t you think?

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“Silver Phoenix” and “Fury of the Phoenix” by Cindy Pon: Always looking for Asian-based fantasies, and so I’m happy to have these added to my library.

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“Jane of Austin” by Hilary Manton Lodge: A contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” that I received for free for review. On my July TBR.

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“These Broke Stars” by Aimee Kaufman and Megan Spooner: I hope this book is as good as it’s gorgeous cover.

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“True to You” by Beck Wade: It was on sale at Lifeway…

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“Defy The Stars” by Claudia Gray: Been eyeing this one for a little while, and, a trip to Barnes and Noble one day saw me leaving with it.

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“King’s Folly” by Jill Williamson: I LOVE the “Blood of Kings” trilogy by Williamson, and this one is supposed to be a prequel series! Found it at a good price and now it is mine. Mwhahahaha! 😀

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“Stealing Snow” by Danielle Page: Because, when buying the author’s other series that is on sale, why not pick up another book by her?

 

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“The Conspiracy of Us” by Maggie Hall: I was at Dollar Tree late one evening, and I found this book. Say what? One of my best deals of the month, for sure.

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“Flamecaster” by Cindy Williams Chima: I had not seen this book before one day browsing at Barnes and Noble. I’m interested in seeing if it is as cool as its cover.

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“Love, Lies, and Spies” by Cindy Antsey: A fun looking regency that I found on sale.

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“Hello, I Love You” by Katie M. Stout: K-Pop. A heroine named Grace. Yesss.

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“Counted With the Stars” by Connilyn Cossette: That cover. ❤

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“Sirens” by Janet Fox: Another good deal. The price was marked $0.99.

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“My Lady Jane” by Cythia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows: This funny re-imagining of Lady Jane Grey’s story is one of my current reads. Picked it up at Barnes and Noble.

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“Ghost Talkers” by Mary Robinette Kowal: I looove the cover of this book. Normally priced way out of my comfortable-book-buying-price, I found it at a nicer price at Bookoutlet.

Did you get any books is June? Feel free to share. 😀

You Might Be A Bookworm If…

You might be a bookworm if…

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1. You spend more money on books than on clothes, shoes, hair products, etc. ( Who needs to look good when there are books? 😉 )


2. You get  freakishly excited when a book store comes into your sights when you are out. (Also, you get looks from whoever is with you because they strangely dread wandering the halls of a bookstore. #why?)

3. Half-Price = Double Happy!


4. You’re running out of shelf space. Again. Maybe even bookcase space.

5. You have to force yourself to smile at someone who just said “reading is boring.” It might  look like this: (>_<)                           

dreamstimefree_1220416. You have at least twenty books that you own, but have not read. Plus, there are all of those books you are planning to buy. #noregretspeople.

 

 

7. Extra money! *goes to book store* Well, there went that.

 

8. Random Individual: “What do you want for your Birthday?” Bookworm: “Books!” Random Individual: “Here’s a gift card. I can’t keep up with all the books you have read.”


9. “Have you read this?” *book worm looks at book, then sighs in disappointment because they momentarily thought they found a new book to add to their TBR pile(s)* “Yes.” 

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10. You see a person with a book you have read , want to go up and talk about book, but you don’t know them 😦


11. Book Sales are your Black Friday.


12. *sees cheap book and reaches for it* “Don’t do it. You already have-” *ignores voice in head and buys the book*


13. Bookworm: “Yay! I have been waiting for this book for so long. Now I can read it.” Books on shelf: “We’ve been waiting to be read longer!” Bookworm: “Hee hee.” * proceeds to read new book*


14. A non-book lover: “Why do you own so many books?” Bookworm: “That question is invalid. Please try again.”

 

*Images by Dmitry BomshteinDaniel Gilbey, and Jody Vrugteveen.

Drama Wednesday (10)— Korean…Books

I love books. I love Korean things. (Dramas. Music. ETC.) No big shock that I get rather excited when I find them combined. It’s like when you mix all of your favorite ice creams together and come up with a wondrous creation that exceeds the individual flavors. (Okay, so this is a rare thing, but imagine if it did work out?)

Today I thought I would share some  books that are either K-Drama/K-Pop themed, or  have Korean elements, that I hope to read soon. These books are ones I have found while wasting time browsing the internet. (No, I’ve not read/finished reading any of them, so I cannot recommend them. They just look like stuff I’d read and like.):

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“K-Love” by Devon Atwood and Alice Cornwall— K-Love is one of my favorite radio stations, but this book is a YA about love that starts with a mother’s love of Korean Dramas. How? The mother sets her daughter up on a blind date with a Korean guy all because of her love for Korean dramas. *plans to buy soon*

 

“Kidnapped Idol,” “Undercover Fan,” and “Snowflake Kisses” by Jennie Bennet— This series of novellas looks so cute. They follow K-Pop stars, and I need them on my shelf right now.

 

“Eun and the Phantom,” “Foxtails,” and “Evangeline” by Erica Laurie— “Eun and the Phantom” is about a woodcutter’s daughter who falls in love with a man cursed to be a phantom. “Foxtails” takes place in regency England, but has Gumihos, which are Korean mythical creatures also known as nine-tailed-foxes. “Evangeline” is about a modern day American girl who is transported to a fantasy world that resembles a historical Korea.

 

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“Hello, I Love You” by Katie M. Stout—Another K-Pop book, this is about a girl who falls in love with a K-Pop star. I’m sure there’s more to it, but that’s all I feel like sharing.

 

“To All The Boys I Loved Before,” “P.S. I Still Love You,” and “Always and Forever, Lara Jean” by Jenny Han— This series just looks like a fun contemporary. It’s about a half-Korean girl who writes letters to boys she has crushes on. These letters are not meant to be seen by the crushes, but someone sends them out. Not. good.

 

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“Lady of Dreams” by W.R. Gingell— This book is another that takes place in a fantasy land that resembles Korea. The heroine is “Half Korean” and can spy on people through dreaming.

 

Do you have any suggestions for books that include Korean elements? Please share. 😀

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Fantasy/Sci-Fi Additions

The TBR pile. It is an exciting, yet daunting thing. Exciting because ALL THE BOOKS *happy dance while hugging all the books*. Daunting because I will probably never get to all of them, even if I joined the Dauntless faction and did some serious training in the art of reading.

However, the exciting part wins over the daunting part, because to this day I still add books to the stack(s).

Today for Top Ten Tuesday, we’re to post the Top Ten Books we’ve recently added in (X) genre to our To Be Read pile. I have chosen Fantasy/Sci-Fi:

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“Quests for Glory” by Soman Chainani— While I had some issues with the original trilogy, it still stole my heart enough that I would not have mind there being more to this series. Imagine my surprise when I found there is a new book releasing this fall! *wishes it were already out* #teamhortandsophie

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“Lady of Dreams” by W.R. Gingell— Sounds kind of like a Korean Drama, and I may or may not be planning to buy this. Released today, by the way.

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“Evageline” by Erica Laurie— Another one that looks like a K-Drama (Yes, I love books that are like Korean Dramas, Mention Korean Dramas, etc.). It has such a cute cover. 😀

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“The Star-Touched Queen” by Roshani Chokshi— I bought this at Barnes and Noble because 1. Pretty Cover. 2. The writing. What little I read was BEAUTIFUL.

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“Because You Love To Hate Me” by Various Authors— Why this? Because I Love  the Writings of Two of the Authors. *cough* Marissa Meyer and Soman Chainani *cough*

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“Defy The Stars” by Claudia Gray— While part of me is a little wibbly wobbly on reading this book, there is a part of me that want to give it a try because that cover.

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“The Crown’s Game” by Evelyn Skye— Just sounds like an interesting book. (<—Such an original reason to read. #not)

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“The Jane Austen Project” by Kathleen A. Flynn— This is a time-travel book where the characters try to save Jane Austen’s life. If only this could really happen.

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“Forest of a Thousand Lanterns” by Julie C. Dao— Yes, this was on my last TTT list, but *Gollum Voice* I REALLY WANTS TO READS ITS.

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“Diving Under” by Ginna Moran— A romance with mermaids? Yes, please. #pleasehurryandrelease

 

Have any opinions on the above books? What are some books you have recently added to your TBR? (Unless you are a strange creature who has not done that in awhile.)

Top Ten Tuesday: (Later) 2017 Anticpating Book Releases

I have not participated in a Top Ten Tuesday Post since starting this blog, but it is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where you share a list of stuff that they give you. This week I’m to share the Top Ten Book Releases that I’m anticipating for the later part of 2017.

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“The Austen Escape” by Katherine Reay— This one is about a woman named Mary who goes to visit her friend in England. The friend loses her memory, thinks she is in regency England, and leaves Mary in charge of her house. Sounds like a fun read.

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“Rebel Seoul” by Axie Oh”— This book is supposed to be like a Korean action drama, and so…yeah. *wants it now*

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“Forest of a Thousand Laterns” by Julie C. Dao— This is a retelling of the Evil Queen in a Far Eastern setting. I love the title of this book so much.

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“Hunting Prince Dracula” by Kerri Maniscalco— Currently listening to the first book in the series, “Stalking Jack the Ripper.” I’m enjoying it, and therefore anticipate this sequel.

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“A Dangerous Legacy” by Elizabeth Camden— Elizabeth Camden. Need I say more? *excited she is having a second book release in 2017*

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“Where We Belong” by Lynn Austin— I have not read a lot of Lynn Austin, but this one looks so unique in the Christian fiction genre.

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“Exiles” by Jaye L. Knight— Still need to read book three, but I have a feeling I’ll enjoy this one. The cover is rather cool, too.

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“A Name Unknown” by Roseanna M. White— I have been wanting to read this book before the cover was even released. I’m on the author’s street team (So be prepared to read and see a lot of this book in the near future.).

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“Out of the Ordinary” by Jen Turano— If I want a funny book, Jen Turano is the author I know I can trust to make me smile. I’m glad she also has this second 2017 release.

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“Renegades” by Marissa Meyer— I have known for sometime that Marissa Meyer was writing a super hero type story. I love her Lunar Chronicles series, and hope this one will be just as good.

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“In 27 Days” by Alison Gervais— This book was originally a story on Wattpad. The story is about a girl who goes back in time to try and save the life of a guy who committed suicide. Sounds heartrendingly beautiful.

 

What are some 2017 book releases that you are looking forward to releasing this year?