My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2)by Published 26 Jun 2018
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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.
My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2) Reviews
Very fun book! The authors took elements of the story of Jane Eyre and managed to turn it into a ghost hunting mystery adventure. It very much felt like a mix between a classic romance novel and Ghostbusters, and it was just a lot of fun to read. And I can safely say that even if you have never read Jane Eyre (as I haven’t), you can still wholeheartedly enjoy this book. Oddly enough, I think my favourite character was actually Charlotte (Charlotte Brontë), but the entire book is filled with a great cast of characters you’ll fall in love with.
Another thing to note is that you also don’t have to read My Lady Jane before reading this one. This is not a sequel, it’s a completely separate story.
Pretty sure I will never get tired of these books... every single Jane in all of history needs their own book please and thank you.
This was such a clever twist on the "true" events behind Jane Eyre! The general idea is that Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte are friends at Lowood school when Mr. Brocklehurst is murdered. A team from the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits comes along, led by Alexander Blackwood. He's got his own reasons for wanting to hire Jane as a seer, but I won't spoil that part of the story. Basically, Jane can see ghosts and has the potential to be a Beacon, yet she'd much rather be a governess. So through a series of fortunate (or unfortunate) events, she conveniently ends up as a governess at Thornfield Hall...
The twists on the original story ranged from hilarious to straight up clever, but I think my favorite parts were the little details in each character. I loved how Charlotte had a notebook where she wrote down all of the rumors and good lines friends said... it just seemed like such a writer thing to do. The little boy who's a SWRS agent and is all "I see dead people" was pretty funny too.
This totally felt like a British comedy sketch of a murder mystery! I reallllly hope these authors continue to retell British history and/or literature because I am 100% here for all of it.
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For everyone who's ever fallen for the wrong person, even though we agree that Mr. Darcy looks good on paper...and in a wet shirt.
I absolutely loved My Lady Jane when I read it two years ago. In fact, it was my favorite novel of 2016. Hence, I had nothing but high expectations before delving into My Plain Jane. In totality, it was a very entertaining novel although I wasn't familiar with the story of Jane Eyre. Still, I couldn't give it five stars because it was compared to My Lady Jane, it was not that good.
For the most part, My Plain Jane retains the main plot points of Jane Eyre. It follows an orphan girl who becomes a governess and falls in love with her suspicious employer. But in this case, Jane Eyre is a seer, which means that she is able to see and communicate with ghosts. Alexander Blackwood, the star agent of a failing organization called the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits, wants to hire Jane. Unfortunately, she doesn't want to leave her darling Mr. Rochester. Alexander then enlists the help of Charlotte Bronte (yes, she is a character in this book), a talented writer who has taken it upon herself to write a novel about her best friend (Jane Eyre). To simply put it, this book is both a retelling and an origin story of Jane Eyre.
The Lady Janies sure do know how to make their readers laugh. I really had a good time reading this book, especially when they interrupted the narrative to address me and make me feel that I was a part of the story. The authors utilized this tactic in My Lady Jane, and it worked its magic once again in this book. Another magical thing was the cohesion of the writing. The book was written by three different authors, but I didn't have the feeling that I was comprehending three different writing styles. In other words, the Lady Janies' respective literary voices were super compatible.
In retrospect, even though Jane Eyre and the other protagonists weren't problematic in the truest sense of the word, I didn't become attached to most of them. I did like them, but they were quite plain compared to the characters in My Lady Jane. Looking at the bright side, at least I was very fond of Helen, Jane Eyre's other best friend who happened to be a ghost. Helen was the primary source of humor in the story, constantly nagging Jane about things both trivial and important. It was also intriguing to see Charlotte Bronte as a fictional character. My reading experience became more meaningful because I often wondered if her personality was inspired by the real Charlotte Bronte. If the authors had to read biographies or whatnot before writing this book, then I applaud them for doing so. In any case, it was not surprising that I was able to relate to her love for reading and writing.
My Plain Jane actually downplayed the romance between Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. This wasn't necessarily bad because I wasn't expecting to read a cheesy love story. However, Mr. Rochester lacked character development. He was not in Thornfield Hall most of the time, and most of his brief interactions with Jane Eyre made him seem like a villain. The cause of this phenomenon was eventually explained, but it would've been better if I had been given the chance to know the "real" Mr. Rochester. ;) His "fake" personality was more bothersome than interesting.
The last problem I encountered was the inconsistent pacing. The pacing was generally smooth, but it became rushed, especially during the climax of the book. Many significant things happened in succession to the point that my brain found it hard to keep up. For example, the protagonists were caught in a number of problems throughout the novel, and it didn't take more than a chapter or two to solve them. Sometimes, this caused the characters to be all over the place, as if they could teleport or something.
All things considered, My Plain Jane was an enjoyable and memorable read. If I took my love for My Lady Jane out of the picture, I would probably give this book a higher rating. Still, a four-star rating is high enough. Haha. I can't wait to read another retelling by the Lady Janies. I wonder who's gonna be their next inspiration. I'm sure that history has more Janes to write about. xD
Yesssssssssssss. *hisses enthusiastically*
A favorite classic, a favorite heroine, and a favorite YA author in Cynthia Hand. I'm going to aggressively hug this book when I get my hands on it.