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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 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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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 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.

30 review for My Plain Jane

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    This was everything I had wanted and so much more. I’ll be devastated if this series doesn’t go on forever because the Lady Janies truly belong together! I loved “My Lady Jane” SO much that when I got an ARC of this I knew I had to read it asap! I’m so excited for you all to read it in June when it comes out. It’s a long wait, but believe me it’s worth it! I’m just sad I now have to wait until 2020 for the next one!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    4.5! So fun!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    I really wanted to love this. So badly. My Lady Jane was so so much fun when I read it last year, but I just felt like both the humour and the story were pretty bland in this book. I felt like the previous book was a hilarious historical comedy; this one was a meh Jane Eyre retelling. I don't think it worked as well when the authors switched from a funny retelling of history to a not-so-funny retelling of a well-known book. Jane Eyre is easily one of my favourite books of all time and My Plain Ja I really wanted to love this. So badly. My Lady Jane was so so much fun when I read it last year, but I just felt like both the humour and the story were pretty bland in this book. I felt like the previous book was a hilarious historical comedy; this one was a meh Jane Eyre retelling. I don't think it worked as well when the authors switched from a funny retelling of history to a not-so-funny retelling of a well-known book. Jane Eyre is easily one of my favourite books of all time and My Plain Jane doesn't do much new with it. There's a supernatural subplot but most scenes happen exactly as they happen in the Bronte classic, and there are very few new characters. Maybe it is because I feel such strong emotional ties to the source material, but it really irked me how the authors turned Jane Eyre into someone obsessed with handsome boys (that's not Jane!) and Charlotte Bronte into someone obsessed with Jane Austen (that's not Charlotte!). It's a pretty well-documented fact that Charlotte Bronte really disliked Jane Austen's work, so her repeated declarations of love for Mr Darcy here were annoying. It started fairly entertaining but it just became boring very quickly. I know the story so I saw pretty much everything coming. The real action doesn't kick off until more than halfway into the book, and the jokes fell a little flat instead of making me chuckle like they did in My Lady Jane. Plus, I just felt a real disconnect with the story and characters-- they lacked some spark or emotion to keep me invested. Here are a few things/quotes I did like: ➽ How Bertha's character was handled. ➽ “Go home, Miss Brontë.” “I can’t afford any more delays, Miss Brontë.” “Please stop talking, Miss Brontë.” Nevertheless, she persisted. ➽ “You’re definitely not coming with us,” Alexander said. “Not a chance.” Reader, Miss Brontë definitely went with them. It's difficult to recommend because, on the one hand, having read Jane Eyre spoils a lot of what happened, but you also kinda need to have read it to get a bunch of the jokes. Which is a problem. And also: I would never tell anyone not to read Jane Eyre. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  4. 5 out of 5

    Korrina (OwlCrate)

    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 gr 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Meadows

    Some notes: 1. You don't have to read MY LADY JANE first in order to enjoy this one. The books are connected only by the authors and the first and last words in the titles. And the look of the cover. And the amount of fun we had writing the books. And the amount of chocolate we ate. But other than that, totally different books! 2. You also don't need to have read JANE EYRE to enjoy this book. As with MLJ and knowing Jane Grey's history, we've got you covered in the prologue. 3. That said, I certai Some notes: 1. You don't have to read MY LADY JANE first in order to enjoy this one. The books are connected only by the authors and the first and last words in the titles. And the look of the cover. And the amount of fun we had writing the books. And the amount of chocolate we ate. But other than that, totally different books! 2. You also don't need to have read JANE EYRE to enjoy this book. As with MLJ and knowing Jane Grey's history, we've got you covered in the prologue. 3. That said, I certainly do recommend reading both MLJ and JE! More books! Mooooreeee!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

    Oh boy, this is going to be awkward. ➸ Disclaimer: I loved My Lady Jane. Every time I think of this marvel of a book a huge grin takes over my face. And, partially, that's the reason I may be too harsh on My Plain Jane (well this and my slow but steady transformation to a judgy old lady that is too difficult to please). I really wanted to love it. I expected to love it. I'm afraid, though, that My Plain Jane was exactly what the title promised. Plain. “Northern England, 1834, and the aforementio Oh boy, this is going to be awkward. ➸ Disclaimer: I loved My Lady Jane. Every time I think of this marvel of a book a huge grin takes over my face. And, partially, that's the reason I may be too harsh on My Plain Jane (well this and my slow but steady transformation to a judgy old lady that is too difficult to please). I really wanted to love it. I expected to love it. I'm afraid, though, that My Plain Jane was exactly what the title promised. Plain. “Northern England, 1834, and the aforementioned penniless, orphaned girl. And a writer. And a boy with vendetta. Let's start with the girl. Her name was Jane.” ➸ Add to the description ghosts, a not-so-secret organization that relocates said ghosts to talismans - and occassionally to the other side - (say hello to the Royal Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits), a murder or two, a seriously creepy estate, and that's your story. Oh, let's not forget it's a Jane Eyre retelling. There is your girl, Jane, who is the plainest of them all (in the human world, because the ghosts ask her for skin care tips. Because yes, she can see ghosts, talk to ghosts, even become friends with them). There is also Charlotte Brontë (the Charlotte Brontë), another plain girl, always holding a notebook and her glasses, an aspiring writer that switches genres once or twice (or maybe five times but who cares) and keeps poking her nose in everyone's business. And finally, there is Alexander Blackwood, the star agent of the Royal SRWS (see above) whose mind is constantly occupied by two thoughts: how to best serve the dwindling Society, and avenge his father's death. It all started in a shady pub, featuring a not-so-helpful assistant and a mysterious pocket watch. Then Jane's journey brings her to Thornfield Hall, a charming and welcoming house where piercing screams wake you up in the middle of the night and arsons go unnoticed, and the master is none other than the dark and brooding Mr. Rochester, who may be bipolar but Jane falls for him anyway, because why not, with Alexander following suit because he wants to hire Jane and Charlotte also following suit because meddling is her second nature (maybe first, who knows). And then things escalate quickly. There are possessions, conspiracies, spirits, castles (palaces), pirates and everything your heart desires. Well, maybe not everything. ➸ For starters, I must publically admit that I haven't read Jane Eyre (yes yes shame on me, I can practically hear Septa Unella ringing her bell somewhere), so on the bright side the story was not particularly predictable for me (the only thing I recall from the movie is a very dashing Michael Fassbender and that's all). And, like My Lady Jane, the pop-culture references (The Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter, to name a few) were highly entertaining. And...that's it. No swooning, no piglike laughter, not the heavy dose of mirth I expected. I did enjoy it, of course, but I missed the spark (and the horse) that marked My Lady Jane as a truly unique, hilarious, adventurous and romantic novel. It felt like I experienced everything through the looking glass, the senses were not heightened, the vision was blurred, the heart didn't falter. And I can attribute it to two main reasons: ➸ The humor fell flat and strained. The authors put too much effort into creating witty retorts that didn't turn out that witty. They were downright silly. Once more, I can't help but compare it to its predecessor: there, the humor felt natural, an integral part of the narration and the dialogues. Here, it was forced, the product of too much thinking instead of instinct. It had its moments, though, and that was its saving grace. Well, that and the supernatural element, because the departed were actually smarter than the living and more fun. Which brings us to the next issue: ➸ Most of the characters were extremely, I-want-to-punch-you-in-the-face-then-strangle-you annoying. Our plain Jane's brain was clouded by misplaced love for a great part of the book, and for the rest she kept refusing to join the Society without good reason. And speaking of reason, this word wasn't in her vocabulary, along with the term "common sense". Everyone, living and dead, pointed out the oddity of Mr. Rochester's behaviour. Did she listen to them? No. Did she melt when he gave her attention and forget all the times he mistreated her? Yes. See? No common sense. She was simply a lovestruck girl that grew a backbone in the last pages. And then there was Charlotte. I hated her. So much. What others called curiosity, I call it gossip. She forced her way into the Society even though she lacked the most basic skill, simply because she wanted it and thought she would be good at it. A little presumptuous, aren't we? She kept intervening in affairs that did not immediately concern her, she was the worst kind of intrusive. And dear Charlotte, I have news for you: we all know that Bran had good intentions when he screwed everything up (even though, to be honest, being this clumsy and prone to mistakes is simply unrealistic); Sam Winchester had also good intentions when he drank demon blood and listened to Ruby, but he ended up starting the freaking Apocalypse. See my point? And finally, Alexander. I had a itty tiny crush on him at first, but eventually I got over it. He was an intriguing character, with so much potential, but he didn't ignite any flames like I hoped. Which brings us to the romance, or the lack thereof. ➸ Well, aside from the oh so icky relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester (and I'm not talking about the age gap), there was another love story on the making, and I couldn't care less about it. There were no signs of romantic feelings until the very end, and I just couldn't root for these characters to be together. And that made me angry because the premise promised me a sweeping romance (like the Other Jane and G - cue swooning) but this one? I would be more interested in reading about the weather. ➸ The way I see it, the authors deconstructed a classic story, but unfortunately didn't manage to reconstruct something wholesome. Their attempt was creative, and definitely fun, but there were gaps and patches instead of a polished, laugh-out-loud, toe-curling work like the ones I know for a fact they can deliver. Review also posted on BookNest!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina The Trash Queen

    “She took a shuddering breath. Crying, she told herself sternly, does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive.” 4.5 bloody amazing stars. I loved the first book and I loved this one. “And if you find another suitable position, and leave me, you will pull it out. And I will bleed.” “What do you mean?” Jane said. “It sounds rather obvious, and slightly disgusting,” Helen said. “He’ll bleed.” ~~ I just loved this part *lol. 💫if you like the first “She took a shuddering breath. Crying, she told herself sternly, does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive.” 4.5 bloody amazing stars. I loved the first book and I loved this one. “And if you find another suitable position, and leave me, you will pull it out. And I will bleed.” “What do you mean?” Jane said. “It sounds rather obvious, and slightly disgusting,” Helen said. “He’ll bleed.” ~~ I just loved this part *lol. 💫if you like the first book you will love this one! They are very different (is a hole different story and cast of characters) at the same time they are not (is just has good has the first one, almost better). This book has everything that the first one had: ✨Humor; ✨Amazing characters; ✨Weird but cool things; ✨Funny and awesome writing (I absolutely loved that the authors explains some parts for the reader has if they were actually speaking to us! Is was so good and funny). But it was also way more darker then the first one! I keep guessing about who was actually the villain of the story and who the has the hero, I was not actually super surprised about who was the bad guy, but DAMN I did not see some parts coming. SO GOOD! Half of the book I was laughing out loud (really out loud, is very hard for that to happen), the writing was just on point. The romance between (I feel like it would be sort of a spoiler so not going to mention names, although I fell like you would probably figure it out after 5 chapters in) was so cute, funny, great, loving and AMAZING. Helen shivered next to Jane. “Perhaps we should return to Charlotte. She probably misses us.” “Us? Charlotte doesn’t know you exist.” “Well, if she did, she would surely miss me.” => Helen is AMAZING, I love her, one of my favorite characters of this book! She’s so funny, awesome and her friendship with Jane is beautiful.She’s just great. One of the best lines are hers.That’s all I got to sat about her. But it basically explains everything. “I came here to see you.” “Why me? I didn’t do anything.” Well, she might have murdered Mr. Brocklehurst, but that was beside the point.” => Mr. Blackwood is just MAN GOALS. I LOVE HIM. He’s such a charming character. I could not not love him, he’s clever, funny (every character, well not every character but mostly every characters are FUNNY), shy and I just adore him so much. ”Charlotte had always known Jane to be a kind, thoughtful sort of person. Even when she was committing murder, she was thinking of others” => Charlotte IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER OF THIS BOOK. She’s so badass, smart, determined, funny, realistic, amazing friend and sister, intriguing and captivating character that also has one of the best lines. Just AMAZING. ”Jane fled, pausing only to swipe a pickled egg or two from the floor on her way out, because she had learned never to leave a room with free food without grabbing some.” => Jane is such a funny, interesting, lovable character. I just want to hug her. She’s awesome. And I love her. “Can you keep a secret?” “Of course.” It was Bran who couldn’t keep a secret to save his life. As evidenced here.” => Bran, oh Bran, I’m keeping him and marry him. That’s it. 🖤. 💫Okay, I loved ALMOST every character in this book. The plot was great, is a very fast paced book, it never had me bored, and I’m so ready for the next one! THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD QUOTES DAMMT, I WANT TO QUOTE THEM ALL..!!.!.!.!!.!. “Faster!” Mr. Blackwood said. “We’re going as fast as we can,” Charlotte said back. “Have you seen the shoes we’re expected to wear?” The dedication in the start of this book always makes me laugh 😆!! *Thank you to Edelweiss for a copy of this book in exchange of a honest review (the quotes were taken from a ARC, so they are subject to change in the final copy).*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    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 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Gabriel (조수아)

    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 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

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    I'VE BEEN WAITING TO USE THIS MEME IN CONTEXT FOR YEARS ...Wat? Tell me I'm not the only one who hoards weird memes and gifs and waits for proper context...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fables&Wren

    Few things: I got behind on my reading schedule due to a family thing and some unplanned buddy reads. I am LIVING FOR THIS BOOK, but it is taking me a while due to reading a little more than six books at a time and some with other people. So, therefore, know that I am so sad that it is taking me so long to read this book but also really happy I get to read it at a slower pace and stretch it out and enjoy it more. I am really getting My Lady Jane vibes with the humor and the paranormal part of ii Few things: I got behind on my reading schedule due to a family thing and some unplanned buddy reads. I am LIVING FOR THIS BOOK, but it is taking me a while due to reading a little more than six books at a time and some with other people. So, therefore, know that I am so sad that it is taking me so long to read this book but also really happy I get to read it at a slower pace and stretch it out and enjoy it more. I am really getting My Lady Jane vibes with the humor and the paranormal part of ii and I couldn't be any happier I SWEAR TO YOU. - - - A hundred pages in and it’s surpassing everything I ever dreamed it would be and also can I have a ghost best friend? - - - Thank you HarperTeen/HarperCollins for sending me a physical Advanced Reading Copy of this marvelous and stunning book and giving me my soul back because I'm pretty sure I lost in the pages of My Lady Jane the first time I read it. I read it a few times after that and seemed to have misplaced it.... It probably went on vacation with my voice box because I completely lost my voice from laughing so hard. I seriously cried when this came in the mail. I am really excited to dive into this! Everything else is ON HOLD until I finish this book! - - - COVER ALERT I AM SO EXCITED AHHH!!!!! - - - UHHHH WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN AND WHY AM I WAITING UNTIL 2018?! I NEED THIS PRONTO!

  12. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    MY JANE EYRE LOVING HEART IS SINGING

  13. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    For this and more of my reviews, as well as my friend Petrik's reviews, check out my new blog, Novel Notions. I loved this book so much. Seriously. So. MUCH. There aren’t enough comedic novels out there that don’t edge irritatingly into silly. This book, and the preceding book, are two of the funniest things I’ve ever read. They don’t take themselves too seriously, but the humor doesn’t overwhelm the plot. Both have made me laugh out loud with their pop culture references and plethora of awkward m For this and more of my reviews, as well as my friend Petrik's reviews, check out my new blog, Novel Notions. I loved this book so much. Seriously. So. MUCH. There aren’t enough comedic novels out there that don’t edge irritatingly into silly. This book, and the preceding book, are two of the funniest things I’ve ever read. They don’t take themselves too seriously, but the humor doesn’t overwhelm the plot. Both have made me laugh out loud with their pop culture references and plethora of awkward moments. I hope the authors write one of these on every famous Jane from history and literary, and that they move on to another first name from there. Maybe Elizabeth or Lucy or Alice or something. I wish that, some day, there would be dozens of these books, just lining book shelves and waiting to brighten someone’s day. This particular book was a combination of two things I adore: My Lady Jane, which I found so darn funny; and Jane Eyre, which is one of my favorite classics and is considered one of the most romantic books ever written. My expectations for this book were sky high, and they were met. Jane Eyre meets Ghostbusters? YES PLEASE. I love that the authors took a well known story, kept it recognizable, but totally spun it on its head. My favorite aspect of this book, besides the humor element I’ve already mentioned, is the inclusion of a new character. Charlotte Brontë became a character in the story that made her famous, and I loved that so much. Her character is an absolute treasure, and I would pay good money for some more side stories about her adventures. I know Jane is supposed to be the main character, but in my opinion Charlotte was by and far the star of the show. She was a strong, smart, independent young woman in a time when such characteristics were discouraged, but she found a way to remain above social reproach in every situation she faced. Story and the written word were of utmost importance to here, which I obviously really related to. I loved seeing her develop her most famous story from the life of her friend. It was an adorable idea. I also loved how Charlotte inserted herself into situations whether she was invited or not, and how she always proved herself to be invaluable. She’s no damsel. The inclusion of a supernatural element has been a fun addition to both books in this series. In My Lady Jane, this inclusion was the alteration of the historical conflict between the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic holdouts into a conflict between those with a magical animal form and those without. In My Plain Jane, this was the addition of ghosts and a society of ghost hunters into the story. I thought this addition made perfect sense with the text it was inspired by, as certain happenings at Thornfield Hall are kind of attributed to the supernatural until the big reveal further into the story. In this riff on the famous novel, the authors created the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits. Those who have died momentarily before coming back to life come back with the ability to see ghosts, and some of those become agents for the Society. Jane sees dead people, and has an irresistible beauty to the deceased. The Society wants her desperately, but Jane wants nothing to do with them. Hijinks and hilarity ensue as the Society tries to recruit her and she tries her best to avoid them. I loved the romantic element in this book. And no, I’m not talking about Jane and Mr. Rochester. I won’t say more than that, but I thought the growth of the romance was organic and sweet and believable. Also, did I mention the references? I love the references to pop culture so much. The Princess Bride! Ghostbusters! But mostly, the Princess Bride! That’s one of my favorite movies of all time, and I love the book as well. So any time there are Princess Bride references, I’m super happy. And there were many here. So happy!!! I enjoyed every minute of reading this book, and I can’t wait for the next installment. Well, I guess I have to wait, since it doesn’t come out until 2020. But one of my favorite things about books in this series is that they all stand alone, and have nothing to do with each other except their authors and the inclusion of “Jane” in the title. That makes the wait more bearable. I can’t recommend this book or My Lady Jane enough. If you’re looking for something lighthearted and funny, with an addictive plot and fantastic characterizations, look no further. These will be your new go-to books when you need a laugh or a pick me up. Trust me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was so much fun! I didn’t like it quite as much as I expected to, but it was still such an enjoyable read and I am v happy to have read it! Also the HP reference slayed me

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    “This brings us to the real start 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'm currently doing an MPhil in English Literature and Jane Eyre is one of the books I'm examining. What this means is I know every freaking inch of the novel. I know what scholars have said, I know the dirty racist and imperialist undertones, I know critical interpretations of barely ther “This brings us to the real start 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'm currently doing an MPhil in English Literature and Jane Eyre is one of the books I'm examining. What this means is I know every freaking inch of the novel. I know what scholars have said, I know the dirty racist and imperialist undertones, I know critical interpretations of barely there minor characters like Rosaline or Grace Poole. Reader, it could've gone very well or very badly. Unfortunately my experience inclines towards the latter. It's too silly. My Plain Jane follows the same vein as its predecessor, so it's filled with absurd humor and wink-wink modern pop culture references. Whereas it mostly worked for My Lady Jane, I'm too involved with the original text to accept such liberties. I did like that (view spoiler)[did away with Bertha's madness, though they basically went around and transmuted that problematic aspect onto another character. Grace Poole is dehumanized and turned into a flat sociopath, and not in an interesting Sherlock way either. (hide spoiler)] Female friendship also takes a front seat, in contrast to the original novel. You can bang on about Jane's childhood BFF Helen all you want, but you can't deny Bronte's debut is vicious against other women. Helen dies, by the way, and her death is used to further Jane's character development. But in My Plain Jane, the relationships are much more equal. Both Jane and Charlotte have their own storyline, complementing instead of overshining the other. Romance plays a relatively big part, though it’s rather typical and not as memorable as the platonic bonds. One thing I absolutely have to bring up (and I suspect this will annoy a total of absolutely no one except me) is how often they bring up Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. “Helen knew exactly what to say. 'Never in any Jane Austen novel did the love interest pretend to be a fortune teller,' Helen said. 'Why would someone do that? Jane, you must confront him. Jane was having a difficult time ignoring her friend. Surely they couldn't expect any real person to compete with Mr. Darcy.” Charlotte Bronte loathed Austen. That’s cold hard fact. And it's very unlikely they would've had the opportunity to read Austen's works in the first place. Yes, Jane Eyre was a bookworm in the original novel. But Austen was published in the 1830s. Jane Eyre was published in 1847. Books were really expensive in the Victorian era. I can’t remember the exact sum but the average working-class man would have to save up at least several months of his wages to buy one novel. It was one of the ways the elites controlled the class system. Usually the public got their books from the library. I doubt the Reeds bought new books. Given that Bronte and Eyre are orphans, I doubt anyone bought them to the library to learn about Mr. Darcy. The real Bronte didn’t read Austen until her first novel was published. I know this is a book about ghosts and spook-hunting and I have no grounds to complain about the historical accuracy of ancient author drama, but it goes back to my first point: I know too much about Victorian literature to suspend my disbelief. Casual fans will adore this light-hearted retelling. Readers who adored My Lady Jane will rejoice. Sadly it wasn't for me. ARC provided by Edelweiss My review of My Lady Jane

  17. 4 out of 5

    The Girl Murdered by Her TBR

    2.75 stars!!! ARC generously provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Harpercollins! Arc #3 I read My Lady Jane back in January and I absolutely loved it. I gave that book a 4.75 rating. I fell in love with the story and characters, but this book really gave me a hard time. I considered giving this book 2 stars but something (or should I say someone) stopped me. First of, I'm going to pinpoint the things I liked about this book. •The freaking cover! It 2.75 stars!!! ARC generously provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Harpercollins! Arc #3 I read My Lady Jane back in January and I absolutely loved it. I gave that book a 4.75 rating. I fell in love with the story and characters, but this book really gave me a hard time. I considered giving this book 2 stars but something (or should I say someone) stopped me. First of, I'm going to pinpoint the things I liked about this book. •The freaking cover! It’s catchy and adorable people. The girl in the cover is so pretty. •This book still contains humor that I consider as an essential to make a book awesome. •I love that the authors made it a point that this book contains a paranormal vibe on it. The fact that there are ghosts in this book just made everything a little better. •Lastly, the two characters that I shipped so hard. They were so cute and awkward and just perfect with each other. Okay, they were the main reason why I still found this book exciting and fun. I always mention in my reviews that I’m a sucker for romantic pairings. And this book had one! Ughhh! They are so cute! Now I'm going to point out the things I don't like about this book. •The plot seems ordinary, I didn't feel any excitement when I read this book. I still felt bored even if the book contains some humor. •It lacks the element of surprise. I figured out who the villain was when the character was introduced in the book. •I didn't feel connected to the characters. I didn't hate them but I also didn't love them. They were just ordinary characters from me. •It was too plain for me, it failed to hook and intrigue me, which was really disappointing because I was obsessed with the first book. •Lastly, I didn't like Jane. She seriously annoyed the hell out of me! I found her actions to be kind of selfish, stupidic and irrational. I wasn't a fan of how she handled the problematic situations they encountered. She's my least favorite character in this book. To be honest, she is so not my favorite Jane. All in all, what I felt after reading this book is disappointment. It failed to contain its magic that got me so obsessed and gripped with the first book, though it wasn't so bad that I still managed to finish the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)

    HEY YOU YEAH YOU whoever is reading this review is automatically required to buy me this book. If you don't do this then you will have 63 years of bad luck. For shipping details, feel free to contact me 😊😊😊

  19. 4 out of 5

    Yusra ✨

    i should probably not expose myself like this but.... I had an ARC and forgot all about it, and still haven't read the book. and then I ask myself why my edelweiss requests are never accepted lmaoooooo

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free as part of BookSparks’ YA Summer Reading Challenge. I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4. 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 I received an ARC of this book for free as part of BookSparks’ YA Summer Reading Challenge. I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4. 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    may ❀

    ayyyy book #1 done for the booktubeathon ✔ this was really FUN and ridiculous and slightly silly. i preferred my lady jane over this one but nonetheless a great read. ayyyy book #1 done for the booktubeathon ✔️ this was really FUN and ridiculous and slightly silly. i preferred my lady jane over this one but nonetheless a great read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Wilson (yerabooknerdzoe)

    I think I liked this one more than My Lady Jane which I didn't think was possible. But it is. This book was perfection. I wouldn't change a single thing about it, and I want to read it again already, despite finishing it two minutes ago. Do I have a problem? Yes. That problem is that this book ended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kassidy

    I loved the mystery/paranormal aspects of the story and of course the Jane Eyre references!

  24. 4 out of 5

    emma

    What I do not like: My Lady Jane. What I do like: Jane Eyre. What I am doing: adding a My Lady Jane sequel retelling of Jane Eyre to my to-read list. In other words:

  25. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    2.5 “This brings us to the real start 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.” ... Reader, I wanted to love this book. It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I absolutely loved My Plain Jane, and Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books, so I had no doubt I'd love this. Sadly, I was mistaken. One of my favorite things about the Lady Janies' previous b 2.5 “This brings us to the real start 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.” ... Reader, I wanted to love this book. It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I absolutely loved My Plain Jane, and Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books, so I had no doubt I'd love this. Sadly, I was mistaken. One of my favorite things about the Lady Janies' previous book was how fun it was. I laughed like a crazy person, and was delighted by the characters and the adorable romance. I know its unfair to compare My Plain Jane to its predecessor, but I couldn't ignore how bland this book was in comparison. Like I said before, Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books, and it's a classic tale for a reason. I'm open to reinterpretations of famous stories like this, but the purpose of retellings are to add something to the existing story. This book didn't do that. If anything, My Plain Jane wasn't a proper representation of what Jane Eyre really is. For starters: Jane is not boy crazy. I don't mean to be a hardass, but that's not who she is. Jane doesn't want a man to take her away from her troubles; she desires freedom, choice, and acceptance, something she was denied all her life because she was "poor and plain" (and a girl). The fact that our Jane in this book mooned after boys made me roll my eyes. A surprising addition to Jane's story that I actually enjoyed was the character of Charlotte Bronte. Her and Alexander Blackwood, an eccentric ghost hunter, were the bright spots of this book. In fact, the ghost hunting portions of this story were really entertaining. It went really well with the gothic setting, and added some much needed charm to the story. I also liked what the Lady Janies did with Bertha's character. Bertha Mason, Rochester's "crazy" wife he locked away in his attic, is certainly a questionable product of the Victorian era's misunderstanding of mental illness (especially toward women). So I was happy to see her character given more agency in this story. It was refreshing. But you know what wasn't refreshing? Mr. Rochester's character. Dear Lord, who thought it was a good idea to make him...so not Rochester? This is my angry 18 year old self coming forth, but I don't care. I did not appreciate his role as a creepy antagonist in this story. I CAN'T. I LOVE JANE AND ROCHESTER SO MUCH. I was surprised about how much I liked Charlotte and Alexander together. They were super cute, and I really connected with their arcs. It was a shame, however, that I didn't care about Jane, or Rochester, or anything connecting with the original classic. This book was just...dull. Enjoyable at times, but dull. Nothing of importance happened until about halfway through the story, and even though I read this book really quickly, the pacing felt off. I didn't appreciate how Jane treated Charlotte a good majority of the time, either. Jane acted selfishly in this book, which was completely out of character for her. The plot points were predictable, and even though I appreciated the ending, I'm just...so disappointed by this book. *sighs* I think I'm just going to reread My Lady Jane and call it a day.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Boo, that this was pushed back from May 1st to June 26th! But then, yay because we finally have a cover =D --- OMG...I literally just finished My Lady Jane yesterday, and now I find out that the three brilliant minds behind the book are partnering up again for another Jane themed adventure To which I say: Hell yes! I am ready for more fun, romantic, humorous, historic retellings! =D

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I waited for this book for so long because I fell so much in love with the first book, My Lady Jane, and I was not disappointed one bit! I was thoroughly amused by this book and just ate it up quickly. It is entertaining and funny just like the first book! These three authors’ combined work is beyond amusing to me! Now I have to wait another year or so for Calamity Jane. Love love these Jane books! My quick and simple overall: Another funny and entertaining work by three awesome authors!

  28. 5 out of 5

    TheYALibrarian

    Rating 3.5 Stars I feel like I can't truly judge and review this book at the moment since I read it and didn't listen to it on audio. The narrator for My Lady Jane I'm sure will be doing the narration for this sequel and she was the most phenomenal narrator I have ever listened to. She really breathed life into the book and it's characters. I feel like just reading the words on the page did not breathe enough life into the story so I will listen to it when it comes out then I will rate and review Rating 3.5 Stars I feel like I can't truly judge and review this book at the moment since I read it and didn't listen to it on audio. The narrator for My Lady Jane I'm sure will be doing the narration for this sequel and she was the most phenomenal narrator I have ever listened to. She really breathed life into the book and it's characters. I feel like just reading the words on the page did not breathe enough life into the story so I will listen to it when it comes out then I will rate and review once more.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Faye*

    4.5 stars This was the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. It was complete and utter nonsense, and it was glorious. Actual Footage of me reading listening to this book: The authors make fun of the original story. A lot. It was gold. To be honest, the fact that I'm not a fan of Jane Eyre may have played a big part in my enjoyment of this book. I was already a fan of My Lady Jane but having all those references to the original work made this story even more fun to listen to. So, if you're a fan of 4.5 stars This was the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. It was complete and utter nonsense, and it was glorious. Actual Footage of me reading listening to this book: The authors make fun of the original story. A lot. It was gold. To be honest, the fact that I'm not a fan of Jane Eyre may have played a big part in my enjoyment of this book. I was already a fan of My Lady Jane but having all those references to the original work made this story even more fun to listen to. So, if you're a fan of the original and sensitive to your favourite classic being mocked, probably better stay away from this one. They are brutal... in a loving way... ;) The writing was witty and smart. Loved the fact that they included references to other works of literature, such as Mary Poppins or Harry Potter, or Charlotte Brontë's life, in such a hilariously obvious way. While listening to My Plain Jane, I could practically see the authors before me, just having a blast writing this ridiculous book. It doesn't take itself seriously at all, and that's why it worked so well for me. Last but not least, I'd like to (again) mention the audio book narrator, Fiona Hardingham. Her performance enriched this book, she brought the characters to life in the best possible way. In fact, she was so good that I will now be specifically searching for audio books narrated by her.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Here are some of my thoughts: • I love the switching POVs with Jane, Charlotte, and Alexander. • Charlotte is hilarious. She’s not perfect, and I do find her borderline selfish at times because she wants Jane to join the Society so she can be a part of it (selfish but UNDERSTANDABLE) and how she wants to hear more of Jane’s life so she can write a book out of it (Jane doesn’t mind though, so that’s OK. Also, she uses more as source of inspiration for a new story than actually writing it exactly h Here are some of my thoughts: • I love the switching POVs with Jane, Charlotte, and Alexander. • Charlotte is hilarious. She’s not perfect, and I do find her borderline selfish at times because she wants Jane to join the Society so she can be a part of it (selfish but UNDERSTANDABLE) and how she wants to hear more of Jane’s life so she can write a book out of it (Jane doesn’t mind though, so that’s OK. Also, she uses more as source of inspiration for a new story than actually writing it exactly how Jane’s life is). Anyway, I find her delightfully quirky and I appreciate that she is assertive and intelligent. She also can feel envious and lonely at times. She is a surprisingly complex character. • And I love, love, love her relationship with Alexander. They are super cute! • On the other hand, I am a bit more conflicted about Rochester. For me with Jane Eyre, I always thought it was easier to not love the romance between Jane and Rochester (my 16-year-old mind couldn’t get over the hurdle that he’s like her dad’s age *shiver*). However, I did objectively see the appeal of the romance by the end of the novel even if I wasn’t 100% feeling it. In the original, I was confused with Rochester because he’s so secretive and unpredictable (especially his manipulations in the fake engagement and fortune telling scene), but I had to find reasons for why he was redeemable (which he sorta was by the end). Here, as readers, we are not expected to find redeeming qualities of Rochester. He’s just plain ole confusing, manipulative, and weird. The authors poke fun of these qualities of the original Rochester had that somehow regardless seem to attract Jane. The way the author goes about this is hilarious and blunt, often making fun of why the heck Rochester won’t just be honest because it makes him more creepy than mysterious. I like the author’s use of satire, but I have to admit that I would have liked to see Rochester as redeemable because like what I said above, it’s already so easy for me to find the original Rochester less-than-appealing. With that being said, it consequently in my opinion makes Jane’s story dull in comparison to Charlotte&Alexander’s story. This is a shame because I really thought Jane would have the more interesting story at the beginning with her being able to see ghosts, but because she’s mainly following the script and being shown as a character who “stupidly” falls in love with a guy who is shown here so blatantly creepy and not so romantic. • I like the supernatural plot. It makes sense considering how there are indeed a few supernatural qualities from the original. • I adore Helen, Jane’s ghost friend. She is so supportive and funny. Overall, I’m giving this 3 stars. I solidly enjoy it, especially Charllote&Alexander’s storyline. I still like the 1st book better than this one, but as always, I adore the creativity and humor imbued in these Jane retellings. Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? Other things to note? (view spoiler)[Not really a love triangle especially if you know the original plot of Jane Eyre but Jane loves Rochester who is “possibly” engaged to another woman. No cheating. Low angst. (hide spoiler)] Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Humor? (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[When Charlotte, Alexander, and Bran sneak into Rochester’s house. When Charlotte *dies*, and Alexander cries and tells her he cares for her, but her ghost self is actually listening from behind. When Helen and Jane say farewell and Helen moves on to the other world. The epilogue – NEW ROCHESTER?? Kinda weird, but I’m happy for Jane (hide spoiler)] What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Some very vague reference to sex (no actual scenes of it). Can honestly be fit for any age because everything is pretty PG. (hide spoiler)]

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