Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition by Erin Butler

Title: Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition
Author: Erin Butler
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publish Date: September 16th, 2014

Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.

It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

Finding Mr. Darcy by Erin Butler tells the story of Liza and her best friend Janie, as they try to find live in high school. It's not an overly in depth story, it isn't going to knock your socks off, but it is a sweet story with a message that will stick with me for a while.

Liza's voice reminded me of a smart-ass eleven year old. She's naive and let's herself be swayed by any notion anyone puts into her head. Janie was definitely more relatable to me. She was stronger and more resilient than Liza, and had much tougher circumstances. Though, I am not saying she was any less naive. But in the end, I did like both girls.

The boys were harder for me to choose between. There's Will, the new kid who's crushing on Liza. Then there's Ryan, also crushing on Liza, but Janie's ex-boyfriend. When Will was around I liked Will. When Ryan was around, I liked Ryan. Honesty, this might have been the first book I've ever read where I truly didn't know which love interest Liza would end up with.

The one thing that really threw me while reading was the way some of the side characters were named after characters from Pride and Prejudice, like Mr. Bing and Mrs. Lucas. But then Liza would go and reference Lydia or a different character from P&P and it would leave me confused. Was she mentioning the Austen character, or is she talking about someone that goes to her school? It was a little confusing, but, again, once I got used to it it was fine.

Finding Mr. Darcy is not an Austen retelling, it's not a Pride and Prejudice retelling. It's simply a story about a girl in live with all things Austen, a girl who needs to stop looking for plots and heroes in her story and just live it.


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About the Author:

Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she enjoys reading. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially loves the ones with kissing scenes.

Erin lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. She prefers to spend her time indoors reading and writing, but will venture out for chocolate and sunshine. She is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary New Adult novel, and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION, a contemporary YA.
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