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Unearthly Things

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre retold against the backdrop of San Francisco's most fabulous—and dangerous—elites.

After losing her parents in a tragic accident, surfer girl Janie Mason trades the sunny beaches of Hawaii for the cold fog of San Francisco and new guardians—the Rochesters—she’s never even met. Janie feels hopelessly out of place in their world of Napa weekends,
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Soho Teen
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Claude's Bookzone
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Well this is not a retelling of Jane Eyre.

I prefer to call stories that draw inspiration from other stories but make quite significant plot or character changes, reimaginings. To me that's a more appropriate term as they are taking a story and putting their own spin on it. The author has taken a handful of elements from Jane Eyre and created her own unique
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Retelling (with a hint of paranormal)

I really liked this book! It's a retelling of Jane Eyre (which is pretty cool) with a hint of paranormal. Admittedly, I haven't read Jane Eyre (i'll go hide in the corner now) but if it's anything like this then I may dive into the classic and check it out. With that, this is a suspenseful and addicting read. I read it fairly quickly even though I have been extremely busy, and didn't want to put it down even
❐ Overall Rating 4 | Narration 4½
❐ Narrated by Michi Barall
❐ Listening Length: 9H 50M
❐ Jane Eyre Retelling or Reimagining
❐ YA Paranormal/Horror
❐ Ghosts

I was surprised actually by how much I liked this. I really enjoyed the creep factor with the ghostly mystery, the fish-out-of-water feel, and the low-key romance. The blurb makes it sound like it has a love triangle...but I don’t think it’s like that.

I’ve never read Jane Eyre...I know, I know...but classics aren’t really my thing. So I can’t
sage elizabeth
DNF about half way through

I shouldn’t have jumped from My Plain Jane (another Jane Eyre retelling) to this...

I enjoyed the writting style and some of the mystery element was fun but overall there was nothing that kept me wanting to read it.

Might pick up again if I really want to know what happens.
Mar 09, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-library, 2017

May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I've never read Jane Eyre, but I've enjoyed Michelle's other books and liked the synopsis, so I was intrigued.

I really liked Janie. She's smart and level headed and a really nice person. The rest of the characters were sort of flat and I felt like we never really got to know any of them. On one hand, it was a perfect set up to make me wonder if Janie was really crazy, but at the same time, it made it hard to root for any of them.

Plotwise, I loved the build up. There was tension and mystery and
Kelly Gunderman
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Unearthly Things is a real treat for those looking for YA horror that isn't too terrifying, yet relies a lot on thrilling concepts to tell an amazing story. For those who aren't too into horror, but every now and again are looking for a bit of a spooky tale without having to keep the lights on for weeks while sleeping, this is definitely a great book to pick up, as there's a bit of a mystery element going on in
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Janie Mason, a Hawaiian surfer girl, was living the perfect life with her parents, but all that comes crashing down after her parents' untimely death. She comes to find out that her parents' will has stated that her legal guardians would be the Rochester family who live in San Francisco. Janie has never met this family and they didn't even show up to her parents funeral. So how close could her parents possibly be to them? What were her parents thinking? Upon her arrival to the Rochester's sprawl ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Unearthly Things is a contemporary YA retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, complete with a haunted mansion, a love quadrangle, and horrifying family secrets.

I enjoyed this story, though it was a little bit darker than I would normally read. I don’t generally like creepy stuff, but I was excited to read it after I discovered that it was based off of one of my favorite classics, Jane Eyre. Also, I can’t say I liked most of the characters. Many of them were jerks, and I don’t appreciate that
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
It supposed to be a retelling of Jane Eyre. I thought it is interesting to read this one just after reading the original Jane Eyre book.

Well, the story is not really Jane Eyre, I thought. It is just borrowing the names and some situations.

Although it was spooky sometimes, I liked the book over all. I liked it because the main forcus of the story was not romance, but more of the human drama.

I am so disappointed at the Mr. Rochester on this book. I hope I will read other retelling story which w
I admit, I didn't like Jane Eyre when I first tried to read it when I was about 11. So then I didn't read it until I was about 25, when I absolutely loved it. Another thing I love: retellings of classics. So this retelling of Jane Eyre for the YA audience was right up my alley!

Janie has to move from Hawaii to San Francisco after her parents are killed in a car accident. She's never heard of this family, the Rochesters, that she's moving in with (the lawyer explained people often forget to update
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Unearthly Things (a retelling of Jane Eyre) takes the "Gothic" in Gothic novel very seriously; Unearthly Things is more of a horror story than romance. To that end, the romance in this book is the weakest part. Daniel and John are one-dimensional characters without much soul. The horror portion, however, is terrifying, suspenseful, and masterfully done. Gagnon's version of the "madwoman in the attic" is bone chilling. Unearthly Things is not a straight retelling of Jane Eyre-it deviates and blen ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I went into this book not knowing anything but was pleasantly surprised with the story. The mystery was the best and the ghost story was great. I wasn't really feeling the romance and the characters felt a little bit lacking they needed some development. I like that she's a chicken about the ghost story and tries to rationalize it for as long as possible. Slowly the mystery starts to develop and the strange occurrences and the happenings start making sense as Janie investigates. The suspense of ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nothing is ever going to beat the original (Jane Eyre is my longstanding favourite book), but I do love me a good retelling. Unearthly Things is a modern-day version with a supernatural twist. Gloomy but also not so creepy as to bother those who don't like suspense/horror/etc.

I think the first three quarters or so worked better for me than the last quarter, where a) the stakes got much more intense, and much more violent, but also b) Janie managed to squeak her way out of things like financial r
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
When I heard Unearthly Things was a twist on/retelling of Jane Eyre, I was so excited to read it! Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics!

However, I was very disappointed with this book. All the murders, violence, ghosts, and lunacy made for a very disturbing and creepy story. I was able to make the connections of who/what was taken from Jane Eyre and expanded on. But the whole story was strange and pretty violent as well. Really almost everyone seemed sadistic at some point.

Yeah, I wasn't impr
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned
real rating 3.25. i wanted to rate this higher for the first 2/3 of the book but because the last 1/3 of it was such a hot mess, i couldn’t bring myself to do so. this book started out SO well but halfway through it kinda forgot that it was a suspense/paranormal book and just turned into being about teenage drama and money, then in the last couple of chapters remembered it was supposed to be paranormal.

i did enjoy it, it just got disappointing with the start being so good.

also the amount of cry
Being a big fan of the source material here, I also sort of expected to have the general idea of how this story would play out.

What makes it 4 stars for me is the fact that it still surprised me in a couple ways. Yes, some of them were telegraphed a bit from the early parts of the book. But they were not things I expected from repeated readings of the source material.

Definitely a quick one to read through, and I found it enjoyable.
Naomi RG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story! I couldn't put it down. Haunting!!! ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
I received an ARC of Unearthly Things from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was expecting Jane Eyre retelling but the story is very different from the classic. Yes, we do have main heroine named Janie, we do have Mr. Rochester, and we do have mysterious attic but beyond that similarities end. Unearthly Things is a good gothic read but it lacked the romance that you would expect from a book that claims to be a retelling of Jane Eyre.
It is very atmospheric, spooky a
Angela Caldwell
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It was fast read and I really enjoyed it!
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Almost every night around three in the morning, Janie is awakened by strange sounds from the attic. Sometimes it’s the sound of scratching or a child crying, but the worst sound is when there are screams. No one else seems to hear these things. Perhaps she’s actually going a little crazy?

After her parents are killed, Janie is sent to California to live with the Rochesters, who are now her legal guardians. She is yet to understand their connections to her family but those stories slowly begin to
Teenage Reads
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Shelves: advance-copy, 2016
There is nothing worse than losing someone you love. Whether you break up, they abandon you, or they may even die, you feel as if part of you always left with them. Turning every funny memory, you had of them blue, ever night darker, as you stay awake at night imagining all those conversations you had, or could have, playing across your mind. It is worse with death because in some cases you had done nothing wrong and there was no amount of reasoning to bring them back into your life.

Janie Mason
Ms. Gagnon has given us a contemporary slant on an age-old classic of Victorian literature. However, she doesn’t simply retell Jane Eyre—she re-orders it into something completely new. The familiar characters are there but changed around and refitted into a contemporary tale of a young orphaned girl finding her way in treacherous and unfamiliar surroundings.

This novel conflates Jane’s journey—her stay with her forbidding aunt and nasty cousins Georgianna, John and Eliza; her time at Lowood Schoo
Meg  Rose
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Janie Mason lost her parents in a helicopter crash in Hawaii and now has to live with people she has never met before. She feels really out of place compared to the fancy balls, private schools, and limousines. She meets a boy named Daniel, for whom she can relate to, for he is a surfer like her, and is a potential love interest... Still, something is a little off about the big mansion she has to stay is. There are screams, noises from the attic. And everyone thinks she's crazy doesn't make her ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was honestly such a let down. I wanted to like this, I really did. So I kept reading. It got better in the last 80ish pages and then got worse again.

My main problem with this book was that I didn't like Janie (main character). It is understandable to be upset after losing parents, but that was all she did, to the point of just whining. There was little plot, only missing mom and dad. Then there was Daniel. He came into the book in a reasonable spot, but the instalove was disappointing. Ther
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very easy to read and follow, I got into the story right away - this is a big reason why I liked the book.

Premise: Young surfer girl's parents die in accident and she goes to live with rich San Francisco family whom she's never seen before. But this family isn't what it seems to be.

There are really two parts to the book. One part is this girl's (Janie) sudden introduction to the new family and new surroundings which is really a story in itself already. The other part is the supernatural part of
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Think Jane Eyre meets modern teenagers.
I normally don't read paranormal or thrillers, but how could I pass up on a Jane Eyre retelling? That said, I wouldn't consider it a retelling. There were just a few names and ideas borrowed from the original.
When Janie's loving parents die in a helicopter crash, she leaves the only home she knows in Hawaii to go live in San Francisco with strangers, who put their status, money, and social life above all else.
Things start to get weird when she discovers the
Libby Ames

I am always intrigued by the retelling of a classic or a fairytale, so I had to give this modern Jane Eyre a try. In Unearthly Things, Magnon follows several elements of this classic Gothic novel and creates a modern ghost story. The slightly creepy tale is entertaining for Jane Eyre lovers as well as those unfamiliar with the story.

After her parents are killed in an accident, Janie Mason is sent to live with previously unknown family friends. The Rochester family follows an extravagant lifestyl
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Held my interest, since I just can't get into YA these days. Janie lost her parents in a helicopter crash and was sent to live with some guardians-friends of her parents.

Raised in Hawaii and resettled in San Francisco, she has to start all over again. In the process she makes a friend or two, has her heart soar with new love and broken by feelings of guilt. She does come to learn some things about herself and becomes stronger for it.

I think this would make a great movie-like a Netfli
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I am not sure how I feel about this book to be perfectly honest... I liked Janie because she was smart and capable, but the rest of the characters I am not so sure about. Janie is a surfer girl from Hawaii and has to move to live with the Rochesters, a strange family she has never met in San Francisco after the tragic death of her parents. I didn't like how it was hard to tell if Richard was good or bad, (I went back and forth) and I didn't like how we never really got to know Daniel as a charac ...more
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Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, bartender, dog walker, model, personal trainer, and Russian supper club performer. Her bestselling adult thrillers THE TUNNELS, BONEYARD, THE GATEKEEPER, and KIDNAP & RANSOM have been published in North America, France, Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Australia. BONEYARD was a finalist for a 2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excelle ...more

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