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Phi Alpha Pi

(21st Century Austen #2)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  32 reviews
What would you do if the man you can’t stand tells you how much he loves you?

Lizbeth has a busy senior year ahead of her, balancing her goals to complete and being president of her sorority, writing an honors thesis, graduating, and decide her future plans.  Love isn’t something she’s even thinking about. That is until Wil, a new transfer student, pushes every one of her b
Paperback, 252 pages
Published May 28th 2018 by Illuminated Myth Publishing
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Sara Marks People got angry with me when I changed Anne in Persuasion to Emma in Modern Persuasion. What will I name Emma in my Emma modernization? Hint, not Emm…morePeople got angry with me when I changed Anne in Persuasion to Emma in Modern Persuasion. What will I name Emma in my Emma modernization? Hint, not Emma, but I did play with the idea of naming her Emily because it's my best friend's name.
Actually, Wil's name spelling is a tribute to Wil Wheaton. My crush started when I was like eleven and I've never given up on him.
As for the other questions... I didn't want to add surnames to the mix unless necessary. As for Dr. Bennett with the Two-Ts... I think it looks (less)

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Received this Netgalley book in advance of scheduled publication (May 28, 2018)
Opinions expressed are my own.
Read 4/25/2018

2.5 rounded up to 3 stars

This is a cute modern premise based on Pride and Prejudice. I like the idea of Elizabeth Bennet (Lizbeth) and Fitzwilliam Darcy (Wil) as seniors on a college campus where they are members of, respectively, Phi Alpha Pi sorority and Alpha Pi fraternity. Lizbeth is actually the president of PAP, which is facing some challenges this year, including the
Sheila Majczan
I received an ARC of this book through Book Funnel.

I didn't find this book as intriguing as this author's previous one, Modern Persuasion. However it was enjoyable.

This does have much ado about Greek life on campus. And in Elizabeth's sorority, (already on probation for academics) a new "Mother" for the sorority adds another layer of distress to the struggle. There are many elements of canon here but they do play out in a modern world. We have characters with no surname: Jorge, Lizbeth, Jane, Ch
Elin Eriksen
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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.75 stars.

I did enjoy the book, I just felt like it could have been executed better.

The premise of this book is a Pride and Prejudice retelling in a modern American setting of sororities and fraternities. I adore Pride and Prejudice, it is one of my all-time favourite novels so when I first read the synopsis I was intrigued for several reasons. Firstly, P&P is very quintessentially British as are the characters, and thought se
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-netgalley
Let me start by saying I have never read Pride and prejudice and this book is said to be the "modern day version."
I was slightly disappointed as this book didn't feel modern to me. It felt unrealistic and "old school."
I did become more interested as the story went on and found this to be an okay read. Maybe if you are a huge fan of Pride and prejudice you would feel differently about this book? I will say I wish more guys in today's world were more like Wil, but again it just seems unrealistic,
Sara Marks
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
biased biases of bias by the biased author...

If you can guess who Wil was inspired by, you will know who I want the next casting of Mr. Darcy to be! No cheating if I told you in the past.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Most readers know the love story between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'. Sara Marks retells this famous story in her novel 'Phi Alpha Pi'. Elizabeth becomes Lizbeth, a busy senior working on her honors thesis, decide her plans for after graduation, and keep her sorority in good standing on campus after a year on academic probation. Lizbeth finds the new Alpha Pi fraternity member, Wil, rude, snobby, and judgmental. Just like in Austen's novel, it ta ...more
Paula  Phillips
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
As soon as I saw the words 21st Century Austen, I knew I had to read this as anything Austen inspired - I love. Phi Alpha Pi is a sorority where Lizbeth is the President - newly appointed as it seems she has been brought in to keep the girls antics under wrap. Lizbeth's friends and house sisters include Charlotte, Jane, Kitty and Lydia and Marie (notice the familiar names). Lizbeth is studying Women’s Studies under the Professor Dr. Bennett and seems she is one of the smartest females in the cla ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review*

Phi Alpha Pi is modern Pride and Prejudice retelling with a college setting.
First of all, the book is boring and, to be honest, very bland. The writing is very simple, ripetitive and the sentences are always very short: it was like reading a bad fanfiction written by a twelve year old without any writing experience whatsoever.
I really disliked the character who was supposed to stand in for Mrs. Bennet:
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is an interesting take on Pride and Prejudice, but a little on the nose (I mean, "Lizbeth" makes a direct reference to Jane Austen in the first chapter). Also, it seemed as if the author felt as if she had to try to mimic Austen's writing, but it came across as stiff and halting. Also, I was less than impressed that the only two black characters in the novel (Charlotte and Dr. Bennett) either married for money (although I know Charlotte did that in the original P&P, why was a black wom ...more
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
I liked the take on P&P but it wasn’t as good as the Persuasion modernization. Lizbeth and Wil were super cute, but there were aspects I didn’t love. I did listen and the audio is horrendous. Like barely listenable. I listened on audible escape but if i had to pay for it I would have been super angry. I rounded up to 4 stars because I feel like if the audio was better i would have liked it more. ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5-3.75 I received a free copy via the author's newsletter.

While there are some modern elements I wasn't too fond of... overall I enjoyed the story. I thought two minor characters were real gems.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
I wasn't a fan of this book. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite literary classics, but this book was practically a copy and paste of that one. When I read books that are inspired by the classics I expect there to be undertones of that book in the new one, but just done in a modern way. This book was not modern hardly at all.

The dialogue in this book was very prim and proper and very much outdated. Instead of sounding like a bunch of college 20-something sorority sisters and fraternity bro
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
* I received a digital copy of this book for free, thanks to Illuminated Myth Publishing and Netgalley*

Writing style: The writing is by no means a masterpiece of any sort. It's accessible and to the point but sometimes the language can come across as "dumbed down" for the reader which was annoying to say the least. I read this quite fast considering the fact that it was over 500 pages, it felt like less when I was reading on my phone.

Characters: None of them particularly stood out in any w
Emma Donovan
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, kindle
Being British, Greek life is not something I know much about apart from what is show us on TV and in films, which I am sure is not truly representative of real life; I still have a real fascination with it though and that’s why I decided to take part on this tour. I also need to confess that although I have watched the TV series and film a few times, I never actually read Pride & Prejudice but that really didn’t matter.

I did struggle to get into the book to begin with – put I cannot put a finger
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very intriguing modern variation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice set in Lizbeth's final year of college in the Phi Alpha Pi sorority where she is the chapter president.

This book almost seemed more like a mystery than a straight Austen variation, for much is uncovered, especially about their housemother, Mrs. C.. whose son, Colin Collins, seeks to be tutored by Lizbeth. Of course, Wil Darcy, his friend Charlie, and Charlie's sister, Caroline, all transfer in from Tulane University in New Orle
Taleisin (Tales of a Bookwyrm)
I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I like what this version does with the characters. Marie/Mary is not a complete social outcast and Lydia has many good qualities which are highlighted. In the original Austen, the marriage between Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas is very much a product of that time period. Marks changes it and makes it something the reader can get behind, and even root for. That said, I found the romance betwe
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC through the author’s newsletter.

This book is a modern telling of Pride and Prejudice, set in a sorority house on a college campus. Lizbeth and her sorority “sisters” stand in for the Bennett sisters. Wil and Charlie are Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley. All of the old foes are there as well, like Caroline, Mrs. C, and Jorge. I enjoyed reading this book and looked forward to returning to the sorority house when I was not reading it. My only issue with it is that it was too close to P&P w
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this story.
I found it a bit slow to start with, but really liked the second part of the book. The story is a Pride and Prejudice modernisation. Lizbeth is a college student and president of the Phi Alpha Pi sorority.
Their new house mom, Mrs C. is quite the character and gets Lizbeth and her friends Jane, Lydia, Charlotte and Marie in trouble.
Besides all this, they have to think about graduating and they are distracted by some interesting men: Wi
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: retellings
Thank you Illuminated Myth Publishing and Netgalley for providing a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was very excited for this retelling of Pride and Prejudice, especially since it was set in a sorority setting. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and I love the characters. I thought that Phi Alpha Pi did a great job at retelling the story, however, the characters were a bit too on the nose and the writing structure was at times stiff and drawn out. I
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I am not a fan of this book. I didn't like how the characters were put together and I had a hard time getting into the the book. I couldn't tell which character was which. With the exception of Wil and Lizbeth.
Once I got further into the book however I did start liking it, and it made it easier to go back to it when I had to stop reading.
The characters did grow on me and as the end came I found that I was enjoying it.

Not sure if I would recommend this book as it took a long time to get into.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is a great story but you can’t really go wrong with Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice.

The book is faithful to the original in the necessary ways but also modern and refreshing. It’s a very clever idea to have the main characters be sorority sisters instead of family.

All in all a very enjoyable read. I definitely recommend it.

ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I still need to read Pride and Prejudice, BUT I watched Pride and Prejudice and zombies so I kinda knew the basics.

At first I wasn’t a fan of this book. I didn’t like the characters and the story didn’t really hook me. I couldn’t tell any of the characters apart except for Lizbeth and Wil.
As the story progressed I started to enjoy it more and didn’t need to force myself to read it.
The characters grew on me a little bit and I enjoyed it towards the end.
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

A cute, modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice set on a college campus.

The book follows the plot of Pride and Prejudice pretty closely. I enjoyed the setting of a college campus and the Greek System. I thought the writing was a bit stuffy for Greek life on a college campus. I liked Lizbeth, but Wil was not my favorite. The story was good, but the execution could have been better.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Phi Alpha Pi is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice in a college/sorority & fraternity setting. Most characters sync rather well with the original where others did not. There is the lack of communication and misjudgments, and the unfairness to allow prejudices to have influence over ones’ behavior. I felt that there were a few hiccups in the flow of reading but overall, a very cute story. I believe readers in the young adult/college would be more suited for this read. ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Fans of Pride and Prejudice will be far from disappointed when reading this contemporary revisioning of the story. Marks cleverly updates both of the Bennett parents and uses a sorority as a way to establish the relationship between Lizabeth and her “sisters.” The characters believably reflect the academic maturity and simultaneous immense immaturity socially of modern undergraduates. Be ready for a conclusion that fits in contemporary times and enjoy this summer read.
Julia M
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

This is more of a re-imagined version of P&P than a retelling of the story. Nonetheless, it is still an interesting story.

Even though the characters were supposed to be adults on a college campus, some of attitudes portrayed were at times that of pre-teens and teenagers and not young adults. Yes, I too went to college and lived in a sorority house and some actions hold true but others not so much.
Samantha Shawhan
I got this book off netgallery. It was a fast read however it was bland. Nothing I loved about it. Nothing I hated about it. As someone who was in a sorority I got excited for this modern day pride and prejudice storytelling. However it was too old school and not modern day for me.
Liz Towery
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Run far far away from the audible recording. The absolute worst one I've ever heard. But the book is descent.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Phi Alpha Pi is a cute modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. It was fairly well written and kept my attention throughout.
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Born in Boston, MA and raised in Miami, FL, Sara has two masters degrees and plans to never stop getting over educated. She now lives in Lowell, MA and is a librarian at UMass Lowell. She likes the idea of having all the academic regalia she can ever possess and winning with the most degrees in her family. She cries at nearly every movie she sees (ask her about when she cried at a horror movie), b ...more

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