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Ironskin by Tina Connolly
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Sep 30, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: galleys-arcs
Read from September 30 to October 01, 2012

Ironskin by Tina Connolly

This book is a melding of Jane Eyre, Steampunk, Regency romance and Speculative fiction, and I think that trying to mix all of these together has made for a fairly murky read. While this is a unique and interesting world, the bleakness of the story and characters left me feeling depressed instead of entertained.

Jane Eliot had been damaged with a Fey curse during the Fey War. Now she has to spend 16 out of 24 hours a day wearing and Iron mask to contain her curse. Edward Rochart, an artist, is looking for a person who is able to work with his daughter Dorie who is a “special needs” child. Jane finds herself with a crush on Edward who entertains many women who stay on with him for quite a while-they go in plain and come out lovely. Jane deals with this crush while also dealing with his recalcitrant and magic wielding child.

The despair and misery that these two main characters are living with may rival anything that Charlotte Bronte wrote in her telling of the original Jane Eyre. I just can’t get beyond it. I need to read, it is a passion with me, but when I read I need to be entertained when I read I don’t want to be thrust into a deep depression. I went into this book with no expectations other than the premise sounded interesting. I didn’t delve too deeply into researching the book so I had no idea what I was in for. Now I know better and before accepting a book at its face value I know to do research…a lot of research.
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Yodamom Sounds dreadful, I'm glad I read your review.

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