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My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows | Book Review

36301023Title: My Plain Jane

Author:Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Series: The Lady Janies #2

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Retelling

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication date:June 26th, 2018

Pages: 464

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You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

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“This brings us to the reals star of our story: northern England, 1834, and the aforementioned penniless, orphaned girl. And a writer. And a boy with a vendetta. Let’s start with the girl.

Her name was Jane.”

I cannot tell you how excited I was to read this particular book. Even though I still haven’t read Jane Eyre, I absolutely love the movie and had a fair idea of what the original story was about, so even though I still have to read My Lady Jane, I couldn’t wait to read My Plain Jane and see what was all about, and overall I had such a great time reading it.

The pacing of the story was more on the slower side, and it was a very slow burning type of story and took me a few chapters to fully get into the book, but once I did I flew through it. It was so addicting and fun and I couldn’t stop reading. I wanted to know what was going to happen, and all the twists and turns these three authors would make. And let me tell you, even though I found some of them a bit predictable and already knew they were going to happen, I was pretty surprised with others.

My Plain Jane was such a unique story, and though I had at times some issues with the character’s interactions and other times nothing was really happening, I enjoyed the development all these characters had, and the dynamics between them.

“She was always writing, always, oblivious to the rest of the world, scribbling awat into that notebook she carried around.”

I loved the characters so much. Though My Plain Jane had a trope I don’t usually tend to enjoy, I found that this particular book did a great job at changing that and creating one more unique. Though at times I found Jane quite simple and irritating, I overall enjoyed reading from her point of view and seeing her grow throughout the story.

This book had such incredible side characters. I adored the female friendship that was happening in it, and how much the girls look after each other. Also I think the friendship between Jane and the ghost (I’m sorry I can’t remember her name) was so precious and had so many memorable and hilarious moments. I don’t know, it was so unique and I had so much fun getting to know these girls.

I also enjoyed the romances going on throughout the story. I liked the twists the authors did regarding the romance between Jane and Mr. Rochester, and though that was kind of insta love-y, it made sense because I feel the original story was a bit like that as well. The other romance going on was more slow burning, and I found I enjoyed that one a bit more, mostly because the characters had more chemistry and I liked their dynamics a bit more.

Overall, I think it was such a unique and fun story, and I really enjoyed following the plot and the journey these characters went through, and I cannot wait to read the other companion and see if it’s just as good as this one was.

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