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The Private Life of Jane Maxwell (Hopefuls, #1)

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As the creator of a popular new comics franchise, Jane Maxwell knows a thing or two about heroes, but has no illusions of being one herself. All of that is shattered, however, when she finds herself swept into a parallel world—one where her characters are real, and her parallel self is their leader.

There’s just one problem: that Jane is missing.

Under the growing danger of
Published July 20th 2017 by Jennifer Gott
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Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was an awesome superhero alternate universe read. No romance really here but still you got a female lesbian main character and she was awesome. Did I say it was awesome. I may be building it up but in my eyes it was AWESOME!!!! I mean, I am a huge fan of superhero type stuff (video games, movies, comics, etc) and like everyone says there is a lack of a good female superheroes (slowly being rectified but still lacking) let alone one that may be a part of the LGBTQ community (male or fe
K. Aten
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book a 4.5 stars. There were a few parts that...hmm, I wish had been different, but they didn't affect the quality of the work and I devoured the book in in about 5-6 hours. I really liked it!

Let me start by saying that as a comic book geek in my teens, I love a good superhero story. But since discovering lesfic a number of years ago, I don't see nearly enough (almost zero) books in this genre. And the ones that have been coming out are maybe a little darker than what I am looking fo
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one. It kept my attention and despite my recent 'reading ADD' , I read it completely without book hopping. (other than my daytime audio books)
I definitely recommend if you like superheroes. There's also an emotional love story here, staring Jane and her wife.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spfbo-2018
*This is one of my #SPFBO books for this year*

I picked this one up unsure how I'd feel as I knew it was set in the modern-day. Personally I find urban fantasy can be a bit hit or miss with me, and in this case I think it was more of a miss, but this is a fun read even so.

This story follows Jane, a comic book artist and creator who is fired from her job only to quickly meet the real life versions of her comic creations. Jane is lucky enough to have a good group of friends who she based these cha
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved comic books when I was a kid, and one of my favorite elements of this well-written super-hero novel with a cartoonist main character was the description of the scenes as they would be illustrated in a cartoon.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book has a lot more action that I’m comfortable with, but I found it a great read with good narrative and smooth flowing scenes. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel to this book.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, lgbt, superhero, sci-fi
An enjoyable read, but there's room for improvement.

Jane is a comic-book artist and the creator/ writer of the superhero comic: The Hopefulls. However from one moment to the next, she is sucked into a parallel dimension where her creations are real. And to add to that, her counterpart in this new dimension Captain Lumen is missing and she has to replace her...

This was a very interesting novel in concept, hampered somewhat by the execution. In all this was a good story, but both the pacing and t
Elizabeth Barone
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew I was going to love this. I mean: superheroes, a f/f romance with a heartbreaking ending, a heroine who is a comic book writer and artist, plenty of humor to break some tense moments... I mean, this is Liz bait. And I loved all of those things, but I especially loved the total heart that beats throughout this book. Not to mention the slowed down, comic panel drawings that punctuate that narration. Gott deftly carries fast-paced prose, weaving panels through so naturally, you barely notice ...more
Paige Morgan
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun, and I’m excited to see more in the same series.
Heather Henkel
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun book

This was an interesting book to read. It had all the great comic book aspects in novel form. I thought it was great!
Fiona Titchenell
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Review:

Hopefuls #1: The Private Life of Jane Maxwell

Jenn Gott


Grade: A+

The Basics:

Jane Maxwell, a comics artist and writer recently fired from her job in the wake of a social media firestorm kicked up by bigoted fans, finds herself dragged into a parallel universe where her hit superhero series is reality. Mostly. This world’s alternate versions of her high school friends really are the superheroes she based on them for her comics, with one exception. Instead of the male headliner
Nancy Meservier
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, superheroes
Jane Maxwell isn’t a superhero. She just writes about them.

That is until she’s pulled into an alternate universe, where all her creations are real, with a few key differences. This version of Grand City has their own Jane Maxwell, a superhero known as Captain Lumen who leads the Heroes of Hope. Unfortunately, Captain Lumen has gone missing, and the villainous Ultraviolet is demanding that she turn herself over in order to save the city. Will this comic book writer be able to step in and become a
This book is trying so hard and has many excellent elements, but unfortunately the execution is a disappointment.

Probably the best part of this book, the most consistent and the part that received the author's most intense concentration, is sadly lost on me: the main character is an artist and comic book illustrator, and throughout the book, scenes are described as how she would draw them-- the framing, the lighting, the POV. I recognize this unique feature and readers who are very visual will r
Magali Caroline
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love superheroes stories in comics and movies but I've found it hard to actually enjoy a book about superheroes and that's why The Private Life of Jane Maxell surprised me so much. I fell in love with the characters from the beginning and as the story progressed I loved seeing how they were growing and changing and how the plot was being developed, I felt in a way that as a reader I was fiding whatever was going on in the same pace as the characters, which was awesome in a way as every new cha ...more
Cecelia Isaac
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was the July/August 2019 F-BOM Book of the Month. Read my full review here:

We all have a problematic fave, and for a lot of us, it’s the superhero movie. With The Private Life of Jane Maxwell, you don’t need to compromise. Jenn Gott puts a wide representation of characters front and center in her story, and pretty much all of them are badass. Since my favorite parts were at the end, I can’t tell them to you! But suffice to say the final twist wa
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superpowers and gay, just what I like

Loved the way that everything Jane experiences is filtered through her comic book lens. The villian reveal was easy to tell, but that was because the author was so good at sprinkling clues throughout the book, so I consider that a positive. Looking forward to the next book being even more convuluted and comic booky (maybe something happens like into the spider verse?). Kinda want to see a multiverse highlander arc.
Adam Windsor
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, supers
The culminating sequences of the book feel a bit too busy and a little forced in how 'neatly' some things work out, and the precipitating event for the villain felt under-justified, but this is overall a fun superhero tale of a woman who loses her wife and then discovers an entirely new world. ...more
Jennifer Linsky
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is pretty fun stuff. A romance to move mountains, heroic superheroes and dastardly villains. If you like superhero lit, this is exactly the sort of thing you like.
Jennifer Reaves
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It has a bitter sweet ending and I am looking forward to the next one.
Sam Funez
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Awesome!! The story was really cool and kept you hooked, it was a nice balance of action romance and suspense
Ry Herman
A well-written book exploring superpowers, alternate universes, and the nature of grief. I'll be picking up the next one in the series. ...more
J. Peters
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
At first glance, I didn't think the book was going to turn out to be anything special. I liked the concept well enough - a comic creator essentially getting pulled into a world where their creation is real isn't a new concept, but it's not one that's done a lot in book form - or at least, not one that's often done well.

However, as the book continues, it ended up reeling me in more and more, to the point that, around the halfway mark, I finished it in one sitting, even though it was pretty late
Louise Thompson
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sold on Jane Maxwell the second I read the blurb; alternate universes, an unlikely heroine, a lost love suddenly back in the flesh? What’s not to love!

The Private Life Of Jane Maxwell actually took me quite a while to read. I think for the bargain price of £2.99 I hadn’t expected quite so much story to be packed in to the pages! The story is fast paced, but like all good superhero movies there’s a lot of twists and plots to make the story more than just a sequence of villain-hero battles.

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