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Book Review: Emmalee by Jenni James

THIS IS BOOK #4 IN THE SERIES! (#4 to be published but not actually 4th in series)
The author’s note found at the beginning of Emmalee explains that the books were published slightly out of order. It’s not a huge deal since each book has different main characters. The chronological order is Pride & Popularity, Persuaded, Emmalee, Mansfield Ranch (not yet published), Northanger Alibi, and Sense & Sensational (not yet published).
Published Order:
Book 1- Pride & Popularity- MY REVIEW
Book 2- Northanger Alibi- MY REVIEW
Book 3- Persuaded- MY REVIEW

Title: Emmalee
Author: Jenni James
Publisher: Inkberry Press
Release Date: December 2012
Pages: 230
Series: The Jane Austen Diaries #4
5 STARS: I LOVED IT!!!

Sometimes love is blind.

Emmalee Bradford thinks she’s an expert at matchmaking, and she won’t rest until all her friends are as happy as she is. Especially Hannah, the girl she’s decided to make popular. Everyone loves Emmalee’s advice–everyone, that is, except her annoying neighbor Chase Anderson, who has taken it upon himself to “fix” her.

This modern version of Jane Austen’s Emma is the hilarious journey of a girl who believes she knows all about love. But when it comes to recognizing the perfect guy for her, Emmalee is absolutely clueless.

My Thoughts:
I have to admit that Emma is not one of my favorite characters in the Jane Austen version, but I loved Emmalee in this book! She was so great. Funny when she didn’t even mean to be. Emma had a lot to learn and came across a bit shallow at times, but she really was thoughtful and a loving friend.

And how could you not fall in love with Knightly in the Jane Austen version? Well Chase was just as wonderful in this book, even better. Chase was so charming, cute, thoughtful, and romantic! He was Emma’s knight in shining armor . . . literally. 😉

It was so easy to enjoy reading Emmalee with great characters like Emmalee and Chase. Their chemistry was won-der-full! I loved it!

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Sexual Content: very mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: none

I received the book from Inkberry Press. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction

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Book Review: Persuaded by Jenni James

THIS IS BOOK #3 IN THE SERIES! (#3 to be published but not actually 3rd in series)
The author’s note found at the beginning of the book Emmalee explains that the books were published slightly out of order. It’s not a huge deal since each book has different main characters. The chronological order is Pride & Popularity, Persuaded, Emmalee, Mansfield Ranch (not yet published), Northanger Alibi, and Sense & Sensational (not yet published).
Published Order:
Book 1- Pride & Popularity- MY REVIEW
Book 2- Northanger Alibi- MY REVIEW

Title: Persuaded
Author: Jenni James
Publisher: Inkberry Press
Release Date: July 2012
Pages: 230
Series: The Jane Austen Diaries #3
4 Stars: I Really Liked It

Will he take her back, or fling her aside like she deserves?

Three years ago Amanda made the biggest mistake of her life when she let her friends persuade her to reject the guy she loved. They were convinced he was a loser and wasn’t good enough for her.

Now Gregory’s back in Farmington . . . taller, stronger, hotter than ever, and worth millions. Those gorgeous girls who snubbed him before are now falling at his feet and he’s enjoying every moment of it.

Can he see past the pain Amanda caused him and give her a second chance? Or will she forever regret losing the only guy who truly loved her?

My Thoughts:
Jane Austen’s Persuasion was my favorite of her books so it was really fun to read this modern retelling. Like I always say, I LOVE retellings.

Amanda, the main character, was very true to the personality of Jane Austen’s character. She was belittled and unappreciated by her family and friends which made her reserved and unsure of herself. It seemed more sad in a modern setting for some reason. I really felt for Amanda, but sometimes I just wanted to yell, “stand up for yourself girl!”

The romantic story line was so intriguing and frustrating. Gregory moved back 3 years after Amanda turned him down because her friends thought he was a ‘nerd’ or something. Now he was a hottie and her friends didn’t even recognize him as the same guy. There was lots of denial and hidden feelings happening throughout the story, but it was all so entertaining. I really enjoyed it!

The Jane Austen Diaries are fun and romantic reads! I can’t wait for them all to come out, and then I’ll read them all over again.

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Sexual Content: very mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: none

I received the book from Inkberry Press. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction

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Book Review: Northanger Alibi

Title: Northanger Alibi
Author: Jenni James
Publisher: Inkberry Press
Release Date: February 3, 2012
Pages: 254
Series: The Jane Austen Diaries #2
4 STARS: I Really Liked It

Seattle Washington, and the Russo family, are no match for Claire Hart and her savvy knowledge of all things vampire related. Thanks to her obsession with the Twilight series–if there is anyone who would know a vampire when she saw one, it’s Claire. And she’s positive totally hot Tony Russo is a vampire, she just has to prove it! Follow Claire’s hilarious journey on her first summer adventure away from home, where she learns everything isn’t what it seems, and in some instances, reality is way better than anything she’d ever find in a book.

My Thoughts:
Another great book in The Jane Austen Diaries! Just reading the summary made me laugh. A book about a girl who loves the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer and gets to go to Washington where she thinks she finds a real vampire sounded hilarious. Yes, it was super fun to read and very funny. I was laughing out loud.

Claire is the younger sister of Chloe from Pride and Popularity. This book takes place a few years later. We didn’t get to know Claire very well in the first book so it was fun to learn more about her and to see her quirky parents and other older sister Cassidy again.

I’m embarrassed to admit this but after I saw the first Twilight movie I drove home on some country roads in the dark, and I was totally scared some vampire was going to jump on my car. LOL! So I can see where Claire is coming from when she gets wrapped up in her fictional world. The boy she thinks is a vampire happens to be cute, and she thinks she’s found her Edward. This is such a fun book.

Northanger Alibi comes out February 3rd! It would be a fun Valentine’s Day gift for a friend or maybe yourself. 😉

Happy Reading!

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Sexual Content: very mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: none

*I received an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) from Amy at Inkberry Press. Thank you! I do not get paid for any of my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.*

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Book Review: Pride and Popularity

Title: Pride and Popularity
Author: Jenni James
Publisher: Inkberry Press
Release Date: May 2011
Pages: 240
Series: The Jane Austen Diaries #1
5 STARS: I LOVED IT!!!

Taylor always gets what he wants—until now.
Chloe Elizabeth Hart despises the conceited antics of the popular crowd, or more importantly, one very annoying self-possessed guy, Taylor Anderson, who seems determined to make her the president of his fan club! As if! Every girl in the whole city of Farmington, New Mexico, is in love with him, but he seems to be only interested in Chloe.
This modern high school adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is a battle of wits as Chloe desperately tries to remain the only girl who can avoid the inevitable—falling for Taylor.

My Thoughts:
I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book for review. When it came in the mail yesterday I paused the book I had been reading to start this immediately. Once my kids were in bed at 7:30 last night I started reading Pride and Popularity and couldn’t put it down! I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning to finish. I’ve never been happier to lose sleep. I was still happy this morning. You can’t help but be happy when reading this feel good book. Thank you Jenni for the fun night!

I know I’ve said this before, but let me remind you. I love retellings! There is something peaceful and relaxing about knowing how a book will end but not knowing how it will get there. I love Jane Austen books and her characters. Before I began reading I knew I would love the “Elizabeth” and “Darcy” characters, and I was right. Chloe and Taylor are so fun!

The chemistry between Chloe and Taylor is amazing! Don’t worry, it wasn’t steamy or anything. 🙂 I loved every scene with Chloe and Taylor whether they were hating or loving each other. The tension was so great. Chloe was fiery, prideful, and afraid of getting hurt. She surprised and mesmerized Taylor. I don’t think I’ll say any more about how these two change throughout the book; I’ll let you read and find out for yourself.

This was a fun, light, clean read that I loved! If you’re in the mood for a light-hearted fiesty romance go read this book!

Happy Reading!

Content Ratings: highlight between the ( ) to see details
Sexual Content: very mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: none

*I received a copy of this book from Amy at Inkberry Press. Thank you! I do not get paid for any of my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.*