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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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.

  • Regan

    4.5! So fun!

  • Joshua Gabriel (조수아)

    .

    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

    .

    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 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 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).*

  • Katerina

    I loved

    . 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

    (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

    to love it. I'm afraid, though, that

    was exactly what the title promised.

    I loved

    . 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

    (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

    to love it. I'm afraid, though, that

    was exactly what the title promised.

    ➸ Add to the description

    ,

    to talismans - and occassionally to the other side - (say hello to the Royal Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits), a

    or two, a seriously creepy estate, and that's your story. Oh, let's not forget it's

    . 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 (

    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

    ,

    ,

    ,

    (palaces),

    and everything your heart desires. Well, maybe not everything.

    ➸ For starters, I must publically admit that

    (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

    ,

    (The Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter, to name a few)

    . And...that's it. No swooning, no piglike laughter, not the heavy dose of mirth I expected.

    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 authors put

    . 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

    , the product of too much thinking instead of instinct. It had its moments, though, and that was its saving grace. Well, that and the

    , because the departed were actually smarter than the living and more fun. Which brings us to the next issue:

    . Our plain

    '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?

    . She was simply a lovestruck girl that grew a backbone in the last pages. And then there was

    .

    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

    it and

    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

    . 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

    ); 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,

    . 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

    , 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

    . 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?

    ➸ The way I see it,

    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.

  • Emily May

    I

    wanted to love this. So badly.

    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;

    .

    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.

    is easily one of my favourite books of all time and

    I

    wanted to love this. So badly.

    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;

    .

    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.

    is easily one of my favourite books of all time and

    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

    . 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

    . 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.

    It's difficult to recommend because, on the one hand, having read

    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

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  • 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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