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In this debut young adult 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 one's place in the world.
Paperback, 1st Edition, 342 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Kelly
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 There I was, buried in a pile of out-of-date news coverage and mostly false political speeches, going absolutely insane trying to build a thesis out of these disparate threads and swearing that they were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....more
Clare Cannon
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...more
Kelly
Loving this!
Misty Baker
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...more
Kal-El (the BookGeekBeauty)
I really thought I would like this more than I did,but I just didn't. A Breath of Eyre is NOT a light read!
This book is fraught with serious Issues like the specter of dead mothers, suicide, depression, mental illness, death, classism, insecurity, and racism.
Heavy, right? For someone like me ( who is a contemporary issues reader) you'll probably like the heaviness. For anyone else it might be too much.

CON'S:
1.Now I have read Jane Eyre countless times and am a HUGE fan! So that being said, I was...more
April
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
Erin
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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...more
Melyssa Williams
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...more
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.

W...more
Gina
Jan 08, 2012 Gina rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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Originally featured on www.yareads.com, 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...more
Andrea
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 Fir...more
Claire
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...more
Marie E
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
Heather
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
H.Lee
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...more
Amber
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...more
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....more
Renee
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Petra
Mar 28, 2012 Petra added it
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...more
Bethzaida
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...more
Jaime (Twisting the Lens)
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...more
Cristina
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!
Anne
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
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.
Wrathsqueen
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?!?!?!?
Michelle Griep
A BREATH OF EYRE is a spin off of my all-time favorite Bronte book. Teenager Emma Townsend ends up back in the era—and even the very setting—of Jane Eyre. Actually, she becomes Jane. It’s left as a mystery as to how and if Emma was really there in that fictional land, which adds a certain amount of charm to the story.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think it’s necessary that a reader be familiar with the Bronte classic. Author Eve Marie Mont does a great job of filling in the details. Another feat s...more
Sarah (Catching Books)
I definitely didn't know what to expect with this book when I started it..I was very intrigued by the main character being transported back into a book she is reading..who wouldn't want to be transported into their favorite book??

One of my favorite parts about this book was the plot..I really liked how Emma was transported back into Jane Eyre and having to deal with the consequences of being in Jane's place. I though Eve Marie Mont did a fabulous job of portraying Emma and making her grow throug...more
Patrícia
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Uma maria-rapaz apaixonada por animais e aspirante a actriz, Eve não tinha muito talento para cantar, daí talvez, que tenha esquecido os musicais em playback a favor de escrever histórias, tendo tudo começado no quarto ano quando escreveu o seu primeiro capítulo, A Única Maria Rapaz da Minha Turma, e culminado com a leitura de Jane Eyre no secundário, acções determinantes para a sua carreira de escritora. Hoje professora de...more
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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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