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message 1: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Oh. oh. oh. I SO want to read this one. Jane Eyre and fairies? Please, please , please let this one be good. Huge fan of Jane Eyre and love books about the fey. *cue melodramatic voice* I think I may just die if this book doesn't end up living up to the excitement I have for it. I can't wait to see what you think of it.


message 2: by Christina (new)

Christina Ooh! This one sounds intriguing!!


message 3: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I have such high hopes for this, ladies. I adore Jane Eyre with a burning passion, and from what I've read of the first 3 chapters, this *might* just be the retelling we've been waiting for! Fingers crossed.


message 4: by Jessica (new)

Jessica ah, another one I cannot wait to read your review of!


message 5: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I'm hoping for a rave, Jessica. :) Pretty please.


Kadbury(Young Readers) You finished it? 3 stars?? So not as good as you thought huh..


message 7: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Not quite, Kadbury. Liked it, but didn't love it the way I was hoping to.


Kadbury(Young Readers) It happens...Nobody can top Jane Eyre easily :)


message 9: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Nobody will ever top Jane Eyre! Still, I had hopes for this one. Oh, well...


message 10: by Howdy YAL (new)

Howdy YAL Wendy, how does it compare to the other YA Jane Eyre adaptions out there?


message 11: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Eek. So sorry to hear it didn't quite turn out the way you hoped it would. What were the main problems you had with the novel?


message 12: by Kay (new)

Kay I was looking foward to this one. :(

I'll probably just get it from the library instead of buying it.


message 13: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling YAL, for a good portion of the book I was really enjoying it. And I still think it's way better than Jane, which is (I think) the only literary retelling I've read. Here's a good list, btw: http://paintedseahorse.hubpages.com/h...

Tammy, I'll elaborate in the review, but even putting aside the adaptation thing, I had some issues with the way events unfolded, and some of it was a little confusing. I have to think about it some more before I put my thoughts into words.

I'd definitely recommend a library read for this one, Kay. Sad, because in the beginning, I liked it a lot, and was already thinking about trying to find an ARC or purchasing a paperback eventually.


message 14: by Betsy (new)

Betsy I'm still sure I'm gonna read. I love Jane Eyre.


message 15: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I don't blame you, Betsy. And so do I.


message 16: by Howdy YAL (new)

Howdy YAL Good to know. I didn't find Jane to be terribly offensive just draggy at parts and not very true to the source material at all. But I do have to say I'm interested in seeing Lindner's modern adaption to Wurthering Heights (and how she's going to deal with the Heathcliff puppy scene). I am definietly going to check out Ironskin though. Also, while we're on the subject of YA adaptions to classics have you read For Darkness Shows the Stars? It's a Persuasion adaption. I'm interested in reading it, but I've seen some mixed reviews.


message 17: by Wendy Darling (last edited Jul 24, 2012 09:29AM) (new)

Wendy Darling Well, I found JANE to be rather offensive, hah. Mr. Rochester as a rock star? Bleh!!!

I have an ARC of CATHERINE by Lindner which I'm frankly trying to swap away. I guess I could leaf through it first, but I somehow doubt I'd have a good experience with that one. I haven't read FDSTS yet; as you said, the reviews have been all over the place. I borrowed an ARC to read way back when, but at the time I had difficulty getting engaged by the beginning of the novel. I still intend to try again at some point, though!

For some reason, I'm very reluctant to read Austen retellings, though. I feel like the source material is so witty and pointed, and the language/social commentary are the most brilliant things about them since not much happens, you know? (Books like Jane Eyre could so easily be updated in an interesting way, IMO.) So I am skeptical that a modern story would capture what I like about the stories. Clueless aside, of course! Cher Horowitz is the perfect modern-day Emma. ;)


message 18: by Howdy YAL (new)

Howdy YAL Yeah, having him being a rock star was really out there. It's honestly been a long time since I read that one, I can't remember a lot of it. I do know that the whole revision of the Bertha thing was handled quite horribly. Anyway, if I had any ARC's I'd take it. As it is, save for a couple of Net Galleys I'm ARC-less. I'm actually really interested in reading this one because one of my professors in college was obsessed with WH and we spent half a semester on it. So I think it could be fun to deconstruct.

I've read my few Austen retellings, I blame Bridget Jones Diary and Colin Firth for that. Austenland by Shannon Hale is quite decent though a little short. Of course it doesn't have as much charm as the actual books.


message 19: by Liviania (new)

Liviania If you love the social commentary in Austen books, then you probably will enjoy FDSTS. I absolutely loved it and part of that was how much time Peterfreund devotes to social issues in the novel.


message 20: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling That's good to know about TDSTS, Liviana and Jellyfishes--thank you! I avoided reviews of that book for awhile since I thought I was going to read it soon, so it's good to hear you guys address that point specifically.

YAL, I can't imagine anything would have the charm of the original Austen books. And back to this book, I had hopes for IRONSKIN at first, particularly because there's a lot of time spent on her relationship with her young charge, which is something that other adaptations never seem to care about. But for me, the story got a little too muddled, and then the focus starts to be on something that seems very unJane-like to me. Thinking over how exactly to explain it in my review.


message 21: by Sesana (new)

Sesana Sigh. Jane Eyre with fairies got me kind of excited for a few minutes. Well, at least it seems to have been better than Lindner's Jane.


message 22: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Sesana wrote: "Well, at least it seems to have been better than Lindner's Jane."

By far, Sesana. By far.


message 23: by Melodramaticfool (new)

Melodramaticfool 3 stars? was it average? :/


message 24: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I would say it's above average, but problematic, Melodramatic. But most of the reviews so far seem to be raves, including the 5 stars from Ann Aguirre...


message 25: by Katie (new)

Katie Tuccelli Aw man! I hope I enjoy this one. I love Jane Eyre!


message 26: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Well, I would never wish a bad reading experience on anyone, Katie, so I sincerely hope you enjoy it, too. :)


message 27: by Melodramaticfool (new)

Melodramaticfool Wendy Darling wrote: "I would say it's above average, but problematic, Melodramatic. But most of the reviews so far seem to be raves, including the 5 stars from Ann Aguirre..."

Hmm yeah, but I am careful because...well if you look at the Hush, Hush series it got raving reviews too...


message 28: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Hah hah, just about every book gets its share of fans, I suppose. I don't think this is one that anyone would have very violent feelings towards, though. And I do understand why people like it, I like certain parts of it myself. Others just didn't work as well for me.


message 29: by Melodramaticfool (new)

Melodramaticfool Wendy Darling wrote: "Hah hah, just about every book gets its share of fans, I suppose. I don't think this is one that anyone would have very violent feelings towards, though. And I do understand why people like it, I l..."
yeah i can understand that. :) Well, guess I'll have to see for myself.


message 30: by Logan (new)

Logan I have to admit that I just read Jane Eyre last year to prep for the movie version *hides face in shame*. BUT! I loved it. I immediately added Lindner's Jane to my TBR, but haven't read it yet. This one got me even more excited, and though it's a bummer that you didn't LOVE it, you still liked it enough for 3 stars, which means I'm ready to try it. :)


message 31: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Mmm, Fassbender. *stares off into distance* However, I wasn't a huge fan of the film. There have been some good BBC productions, but I'd love to see a good big screen adaptation someday.

And I'm not a huge fan of the Lindner, either! But yes, I liked this and I think it's worth checking out for Jane fans and perhaps particularly good for non-Jane fans. I do wish I'd loved it, though.


message 32: by Logan (new)

Logan Flawed, yes, but hoo boy did Fassbender make a glorious Mr. Rochester.


message 33: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling I don't really think he can do any wrong. ;)


message 34: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm so glad you read this one. I was afraid that I had fallen for the cover. I'm excited to read your review.


message 35: by Liviania (new)

Liviania I am very annoyed that the movie didn't give us Fassbender in drag. Why are we constantly denied Rochester-as-a-gypsy in Jane Eyre adaptations? It's a real, crazy highlight of the novel. (To me.)


message 36: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling No, it's not just a pretty cover, Lyn. I do wish I'd liked it more, but it's not a bad book by any means.

Heh, Fassbender in drag? I prefer Fassbender in SHAME. :D


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

Wendy Darling wrote: "No, it's not just a pretty cover, Lyn. I do wish I'd liked it more, but it's not a bad book by any means.
Meh, I'll hold back on it. And drool over the picture via internet.


message 38: by Liviania (new)

Liviania Fassbender was excellent in Shame, although I don't consider that a sexy performance despite all the nudity and sex.


message 39: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Liviania wrote: "Fassbender was excellent in Shame, although I don't consider that a sexy performance despite all the nudity and sex."

He's excellent in everything. And no, that wasn't a sexy performance...I just like looking at him. :D


message 40: by Liviania (new)

Liviania That's very true. I keep forgetting to save up the money to buy Fish Tank, which I really want to see.

I first saw him in Hunger, which isn't a sexy performance either, so when I saw him in Inglorious Basterds it was like, "When did that happen? Unf."


message 41: by Swiftsea (new)

Swiftsea Phantom of the Opera- Take 2 in female form.


message 42: by Christina (new)

Christina This is getting lukewarm ratings everywhere and the premise seemed so exciting. ;_; Will you do a review? I'm torn about reading it and your reviews are always so helpful. :)


message 43: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Yes, I'll write a short review at some point, Christina--I'm just very behind on reviews and I haven't been around as much online recently.

I liked it, although I didn't love it the way I'd hoped.


message 44: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Totally agree with you Wendy. I just finished it and I was hoping for something different that what I read and got confused at some points. It was good but missing something.


message 45: by Simcsa (new)

Simcsa Hm.. such a good idea for a book yet it gets below average ratings? that's a pity, I hoped it will live up to its premise. :/


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