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A Breath of Eyre (Unbound #1)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  1,635 Ratings  ·  375 Reviews
In this stunning, imaginative novel, Eve Marie Mont transports her modern-day heroine into the life of Jane Eyre to create a mesmerizing story of love, longing, and finding your place in the world. . .

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories--the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates. Perhaps it's because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep
Paperback, 1st Edition, 342 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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In the midst of my thesis writing, I got some very good advice from a professor. There I was, buried in a pile of out-of-date news coverage and mostly false political speeches, going absolutely insane trying to build a thesis out of these disparate threads and swearing that they were ill matched and I’d have to rip it all out and start over. He just sort of laughed and said that I could certainly do that, but also I was wrong. All texts, all sources, tell you something. Your task, however, is to ...more
Miss Jessica
As a lover of Jane Eyre, I strongly disliked this book. Besides the fact that several sections of Jane Eyre are basically copy and pasted, the author also takes on the interpretation that for Jane to truly be a feminist role model she should have tried to save Bertha, not Rochester. She also tried to sell this idea as totally "radical". I've heard of this idea before, so not really so radical.

The time warp that sent Emma into the story of Jane Eyre was completely unnecessary. It added nothing.
Clare Cannon
May 06, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
What seemed from the cover to be a light, sweet read turned into quite a weighty story dealing with some serious older-teen themes.

At sweet sixteen Emma Townsend has a lot to cope with. Her mother died five years ago, her father has remarried a well-meaning but interfering woman, the class queen bee has it in for her, and her old friend is too busy drinking and chatting up girls to pay her any attention. She has a crush on her Mr Rochester-like English teacher and her new boarding school room-ma
Sep 08, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Loving this!
Misty Baker
Apr 24, 2012 Misty Baker rated it really liked it
One of my favorite things in life (my guilty pleasure, if you will) is classic literature. Austen, Woolf, Shelly, the Brontes; they all left such significant marks in the world of literature that they are difficult to ignore. They are also, the easiest to get caught up in. Whether it is the language you love, or the manners in which society behaved, classic novels give us, the “non-stop generation,” something to reflect on.

One of my least favorite things in life? Classic literature. Why? Because
Oct 14, 2012 April rated it really liked it
Serious rhetorical question – who HASN’T spent time daydreaming about Mr. Rochester after reading Jane Eyre? Y’all, when I first saw the cover and read the synopsis of A Breath Of Eyre by debut author Eve Marie Mont, I immediately put in on my read at any cost list. After reading A Breath Of Eyre, I can say it TOTALLY belonging on that list.

Read the rest of my review here
Jan 07, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....

I have a love-hate relationship with retellings. I find them a fascinating sub-genre, but concede they have as much potential to impress as they do to vex. Sometimes I am fortunate enough to cross paths with immensely satisfying reads such as Jax Garren's How Beauty Met the Beast, Elizabeth Bunce's A Cruse Dark as Gold or Sara Donati's Into the Wilderness. On the other end of the spectrum I have had t
Melyssa Williams
May 05, 2012 Melyssa Williams rated it it was ok
There are a lot of reviewers who start out by saying "I've never read Jane Eyre," and if that's the case, then I can see why they might love it. I didn't love Breath of Eyre (didn't hate it either) but Jane Eyre has been my favorite book since I was 13 years old, so the bar was set extremely high.

I found the dozens of literature and pop culture references kind of funny and strange for sixteen year olds to know, but maybe that was the author's point, for which I can give kudos. She probably hoped
Small Review
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3.5 stars

Why you can't just look at the rating

My ratings are my personal, subjective reaction to the book I read. It's a measure of how much I enjoyed it, or not. My ratings are NOT objective critiques on the worthiness of a book.

So that's why it would be a really bad idea to look at my 3.5 rating here and think A Breath of Eyre is only a slightly above average book. It's not. It's a good, solid book and I do recommend it.

It's just not really MY kind of book.

Jan 08, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
First, a disclaimer ... Eve Marie Mont is a fellow Class of 2k12 and Apocalypsie debut author, and although I've never met her in person, I have enormous love and respect for her. That said, I was a bit concerned about reading A BREATH OF EYRE because obviously this is a book about Jane Eyre and although I love historical fiction, I am not a fan of classic literature. Really. To the point that one of my favorite quotes comes from Mark Twain - "Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig ...more
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Jul 03, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
A Breath o Eyre was an interesting take on a book that so many of us love. I like it, because unlike so many pastiches out there, it is more than just a re-telling of Charlotte Bronte's gothic novel. It has its own literary twists and turns that keep the reader interested. Mont has succeeded in incorporating a modern supernatural vibe into the story that connects her narrative to the original tale; while Bronte's story is present, it does not dominate the narrative in an overwhelming way. Instea ...more
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May 10, 2012 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiona
Originally featured on, reviewed by Kiona

Emma Townsend loves reading and the latest book to capture her attention is Jane Eyre. Emma feels a strong connection to Jane — so strong that one fateful night, when she’s struck by lightening, she’s transported right into Jane’s body. Navigating between two realities, Emma has to decide between her quiet life as Jane (where she has the decidedly sexy Mr. Rochester) or her own life, where things aren’t so quiet or picture-perfect; where g
Apr 20, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I won a signed ARC from Goodreads First Reads! Thanks Goodreads!!!
This review was originally posted at The Overstuffed Bookcase.

A Bit of Excitement...

I really enjoyed Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte when I read it last year (Yes! I hadn't read it until last year! That's crazy, I know!), so when I heard about A Breath of Eyre I was really excited to read it. A Jane Eyre retelling that has time travel? Count me in! So I was even more excited when I found out that I won an ARC through Goodreads Fi
Jun 11, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I decided to read this book. The title is such a great play on words and the book was pretty good.

Mont created a book that uses Jane Eyre as a vehicle to tell a new story. Mont combined the two but not as a retelling but used JE, instead, as a learning experience for her main character, Emma.

I found Emma to be likable. She definitely had struggles. They were realistic and probably occur for a good portion of the young people today. Also, Gray, the Hero was good. I liked him. He was
Marie E
Apr 04, 2012 Marie E rated it it was amazing
The beautiful cover of this book will draw you in, and once inside you will get “lost” in the compelling story. It is easy to empathize with Emma, a young girl who has lost her mother and is now attending a very prestigious New England private school as a scholarship student. Shy and introverted, Emma turns to books and writing for solace, and is especially drawn to the haunting tale of Jane Eyre. Through a remarkable chain of events, Emma finds herself living within the pages of the book, going ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I loved this novel! It was the exact right mix of fantasy(daydreaming?) and reality. I love contemporary fiction. I love fantasy. Mix em up and I'm in heaven. Throw in one of my favorite literary novels and I have actually died and gone to heaven!! This one even dealt respectfully with the issue of Bipolar Disorder. Teens do have it hard. They've got all those hormones going on, then all those issues, that now seem so small to us as adults, but to the teens reading YA, seem HUGE! They were to me ...more
Apr 02, 2012 NightlyReading rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had never read the story of Jane Eyre and had no idea of what it was all about.

Emma is a young writer. She loves writing poetry and making up her own stories. The book starts off at Emma’s sixteenth birthday party. She does not really even want to be there and worst of all, her parent’s had invited Gray. Gray and Emma grew up together. Their mother’s were best friends. They sort of have a love-hate relationship.

As Emma struggles through her year, she is
Emma Townsend has always immersed herself in books as an escape from the politics of her boarding school, her overbearing stepmother, her distant dad, and the void her mother’s death left in her. Besides, the romances in stories are easier to deal with than her crush on her English teacher or the confusing non-relationship - sometimes friendship - she has with Gray Newman, a boy she has known all her life.

When she receives a copy of Jane Eyre for her birthday, she reads the first one hundred pag
Emily S.
First off, many thanks to Kensington for providing me with a review copy of this book. It's one I've wanted to read since I heard about it, so I was thrilled at the chance to get my hands on it early.

I'm a HUGE fan of Jane Eyre. It's one of my all-time favorite books. I was excited to read a new take on it. Guess what? It went far beyond everything I'd hoped for.

I was expecting a retelling, I guess. I thought that it would be kind of like every other retelling-same story with a few new elements.
Kathleen Q
Jul 19, 2012 Kathleen Q rated it it was ok
It's a tired idea: re-writing classic works of literature to be fan fiction. But whatever, I'll let it slide. I was bored and needed something to read.

Emma is not likable. She makes me uncomfortable and she's tedious. She's so in love with her English teacher that she doesn't think that anything he does "crosses the line" (which it DOES!) The boy she likes she ~of course~ hates.

Jane Eyre is a great book (I do prefer Wuthering Heights, but anyway) and somehow, even copying and pasting it, Mont ma
Petra (Safari Poet)
Imagine reading a book, feeling a connection with the protagonist and falling for the male lead. Then after a freak accident you wake up as that character.

On her birthday, Emma leaves the party her stepmother planned against her wishes to go for a swim at the beach. When she starts to feel tired and tries to swim back to the shoreline, she realizes the undertow is strong and contemplates how easy it would be to just let go. A distance voice gives her renewed strength and the next thing she remem
Mar 27, 2012 Bethzaida rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Whoa! I didn’t think I was going to love this book as much as I did. At the beginning of the book I thought it was an OK read. It felt to me like every other teen book with a boarding school and a shy girl. That was until BOOM, Emma gets sucked into Jane Eyre’s world, literally. Let me clarify that I haven’t read a classic novel in my life. Harry Potter is as classic as it gets for me. But Jane’s world was so beautifully written that I felt in love with it.

By this point I was a little concern be
Jaime (Twisting the Lens)
Mar 30, 2012 Jaime (Twisting the Lens) rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Did Not Finish.

I REALLY thought I would like this series. However, I found it to be too slow, too unfeeling once she FINALLY jumped into the story, and it moved through time far too quickly. One day Emma is shot back in time and into the story of 'Jane Eyre', and the next page it is three months later. She is also far too blase about the whole being in a world she is not supposed to be in, and she is just drifting through it all. I had to stop reading because I was more disappointed with every p
Bruna Bellini
Aug 31, 2015 Bruna Bellini rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story has an interesting plot: a girl, who's mother died and now lives with her dad and her stepmother, getting into a book, Jane Eyre, and becoming the character of it. And where the characters of it, was also people from her truly world.
Jane Eyre is one of my favorite book, and I was hoping this book was going to be good.
It has a good started, but then, the writer ruined everything!
The main character, Emma, keeps going and coming from Jane Eyre's world. For this to happens, she always g
Jul 23, 2012 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is a super cute book that weaves the life of a present day high school girl with the story of Jane Eyre. I worried that it wouldn't be believable, especially since the heroine, Emma, is basically transported into the classic novel, but the author does a great job of making the situation seem possible. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed reading about Emma and her family and friends very much. P.S. Currently the Kindle version is only $2.99!
May 22, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved how the author wove the story of Jany Eyre into the story of a confused teenage girl. I can't wait to get started on her next book. I already have it on my Kindle read to go. There was a lot of action and suspense and definitely some supernatural things going on. It is worth the read. Don't miss it.
Barbara Kavanagh
Jan 16, 2012 Barbara Kavanagh rated it it was amazing
Eve Marie Mont's prose is so beautifully written that I became immediately involved with this story, the characters, and the relationships. The main character is so relatable, it's easy to make a connection with her. If you like to read books to take a break from the real world, you will love this book.
I really enjoyed this one. If you love Jane Eyre, you'll love this and GRAY! He's so hot and doomed.
Sep 28, 2011 Wrathsqueen marked it as to-read
Arghhh this sounds soooo good! How on Earth am I going to wait until April to read this?!?!?!?
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I'm a high school English teacher and author whose young adult debut, A BREATH OF EYRE, was released by Kensington Books in April, 2012 as the first in the Unbound trilogy. The sequel, A TOUCH OF SCARLET, will be released in March, 2013.
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