Title: My Plain Jane
Series Details: The Lady Janies #2
Author: Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
There are two kinds of books: the one that makes you want to read and ignore the chores, and the ones makes you want to do the chores instead. This one falls on the second. If you’re here looking for more dose of fun, hilarious, and witty banters like that in My Lady Jane, you’d be greatly disappointed. My Plain Jane is exactly what its title says—plain. The humor in this one felt forced unlike in the previous book wherein it flaws naturally and makes a reader laugh out loud. Although it made me laugh once or twice, because that Harry Potter reference really tickled my funny bone. But that’s it.
My Plain Jane is a retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. It contains murder and mystery although some of it felt more like an ornament than a part of the plot. There was nothing satisfying with the way it was solved. It also has a touch of romance but not the swoon-worthy kind. The main attraction here is the paranormal twist—Jane can see ghosts. But even with the ghost element, this book still fell flat. Maybe it’s because of my high expectation, or the lack of humor, or its predictability. It really is predictable. And that’s coming from someone who haven’t even read Jane Eyre or watched the movie. (Yes, shame on me.)
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