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review 2018-09-16 04:41
My Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

I received an ARC of this book for free as part of BookSparks’ YA Summer Reading Challenge.

 

I was so excited to read this book, but it ended up being not quite what I was expecting. I love Jane Eyre (it’s one of my favorite classics) and I expected a fun retelling. I kind of got that, but at the same time kind of didn’t.

 

Also I just want to throw it out there that I have never read My Lady Jane, so I can’t say how it compares to that book. 

 

I enjoyed the Jane Eyre aspects of the book a lot. I loved seeing the new takes on classic Jane Eyre scenes and characters. Those were a lot of fun.

 

I also loved the commentary and the little pop culture references, especially the Mary Poppins nanny one in the beginning. 

 

 

However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the ghost hunting storyline. It was a bit much and overtook most of the story. It could have been cut down.

 

The beginning was also a bit slow. It took a while for the story to really get going.

 

As for the characters, I liked having both Jane and Charlotte’s perspectives. But I really didn’t care much for Alexander. I was never that excited to read his parts. 

 

Overall, I wanted less ghostbusters and more epic gothic romance. 

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review 2018-08-06 19:08
Boring and Nonsensical Retelling of Jane Eyre
My Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

This was a struggle to finish. It was really not that good. We had Hand and Ashton taking on Jane Eyre and deciding to include ghosts. The characters of Jane and Mr. Rochester were blah and the way that the book ended made me want to pull my hair. There is enough dropped here to show that this and book number one are taking place in the same timeline/world though.

 

"My Plain Jane" deals with the character of Jane Eyre and author Charlotte Bronte. No I don't know why they incorporated them both in this book, I just know that it doesn't work very well. So we have have the book falling Jane Eyre except for a few new characters and of course we have ghosts.


Jane is just lifeless for me in this one. I loved Jane Eyre because she and Mr. Rochester just made sense. The whole story worked for me from beginning to end. I don't even want to go with what Hand and her fellow authors decided to change up, but it got a lot of readers fired up.

 

I haven't read any biographies about Charlotte Bronte, so don't know how realistic she was portrayed in this one.

 

The friendship between Jane and Charlotte didn't work and the other characters were unimportant. I think if they had kept it to just going back and forth between Jane and Charlotte it would have worked a bit better. Instead the story zig-zags between them and Alexander Blackwood (supernatural investigator). 

 

The writing was okay, I didn't laugh at all while reading this unlike when I read the first book in the series. The flow isn't great either. This whole book drags and even when we do get some movement/action it takes forever for the story to just sort itself out.

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text 2018-08-03 20:35
Reading progress update: I've read 76%.
My Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

Bored senseless. Seriously. 

Trying to redo Jane Eyre with literal ghosts? Nope. None of the characters feel developed either. I just find myself wishing I had re-read Jane Eyre again. 

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text 2018-07-09 16:07
Plain Fame by Sarah Price $1.99 or KU
Plain Fame - Sarah Price

While traveling through Manhattan on the way back to her Amish community, young Amanda Beiler is struck by a limousine. The limo’s passenger, Cuban-born superstar Alejandro Diaz, takes responsibility for her injuries and vows to oversee her recovery. Leaving the fame circuit behind, Alejandro returns Amanda to her family in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

 

Desperate for a break from the stress of the spotlight, the famous singer offers to stay on the family farm for a week to help—an offer guardedly accepted by the deeply religious kin who surround and protect Amanda. As different as they are, she and Alejandro find that a genuine friendship begins to blossom, along with the realization that it might be something more. But if the paparazzi get wind of the superstar’s whereabouts, will they threaten the peace of the faithful community for a sensational story? And in the glare of an unwelcome spotlight, and with the unexpected feelings between them, can this couple build a lasting bridge between their vastly different worlds?

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review 2018-04-13 19:06
PS by Caraway Carter Review
PS - Caraway Carter

ooking back, it was kind of crazy to put a down payment on a fallen-down train depot I’d never actually seen, in a state I’d never actually been to, and use it to build a life with a guy I’d never actually met, but love makes people do crazy things. If you’ve ever been in love, you know what I mean.

But before the plane had landed, I found out that Sam—the guy I’d met online and had been talking to for four years—wasn’t really Sam. He wasn’t even a guy.

I already own the little train depot, and I can’t go back to my old life. And Fairville is such a lovely welcoming town. Did I mention James? He’s made sure that I’ve had a really warm welcome.

All I want is to build a great little bookstore, and have a relationship based on humor, honesty, and hardbacks. I see some tough choices ahead of me.

Or maybe I don’t have to choose…

Review

 

This book had a lot of great themes for me: starting over, above 40 love, plan hero, bbw, and train depot.

The town was a bit over the top crazy nice and Sam (the semi villain) needed more development. 

The writing is good but the story and characters needed more layers for men. For example, Gus is a bookseller but we never really get a sense that he loves books. 

I wanted more intamacy between heroes as well.

I would read another book set in this world though.

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