My Plain Jane

My Plain Jane

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...

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Title:My Plain Jane
Author:Cynthia Hand
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My Plain Jane Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

    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.

  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)

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    I absolutely loved

    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

    . In totality, it was a very entertaining novel although I wasn't familiar with the story of

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    I absolutely loved

    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

    . In totality, it was a very entertaining novel although I wasn't familiar with the story of

    . Still, I couldn't give it five stars because it was compared to

    , it was not that good.

    For the most part,

    retains the main plot points of

    . 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

    .

    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

    , 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

    . 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.

    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,

    was an enjoyable and memorable read. If I took my love for

    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

  • Sabrina The Trash Queen

    I loved the first book and I loved this one.

    ~~ I just loved this part *lol.

    💫if you like the first

    I loved the first book and I loved this one.

    ~~ 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 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 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.

    => 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 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 is such a funny, interesting, lovable character. I just want to hug her. She’s awesome. And I love her.

    => 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..!!.!.!.!!.!.

    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).*

  • 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!

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  • Fables&Wren

    Few things: I got behind on my reading schedule due to a family thing and some unplanned buddy reads. I am

    , 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

    , 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

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    A hundred pages in and it’s surpassing everything I ever dreamed it would be and also can I have a ghost best friend?

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    and giving me my soul back because I'm pretty sure I lost in the pages of

    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!

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    COVER ALERT I AM SO EXCITED AHHH!!!!!

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    UHHHH WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN AND WHY AM I WAITING UNTIL 2018?! I NEED THIS PRONTO!

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