My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2)by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton 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
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!
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.
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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.
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!
“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:
✨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 was! 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).*
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.