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message 1: by Nafiza (new)

Nafiza I'm so jealous!!

Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) I want this!!

message 3: by Keertana (new)

Keertana I just got it today on NetGalley! I have a couple other ARCs to finish up first, but I'm hoping to start this sometime this weekend!(:

Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) I hope they approve me. I love steampunk and fae so this looks perfect :)

message 5: by Keertana (new)

Keertana I'm sure they will Jessie! It also sounds rather similar to Jane Eyre, so I'm really excited to begin! Plus, I haven't read a fae + steampunk novel before, so this should be interesting!(:

message 6: by B.C. (new)

B.C. I saw this but wasn't sure. I think i will wait for a review before i add it.

message 7: by Nafiza (new)

Nafiza Mm yeah, Jane Eyre retellings are notoriously not good. Or maybe it's just me. This one looks so badass, I'm hoping it more than lives up to its cover.

message 8: by Keertana (new)

Keertana Yup, same! I have yet to start this one, but I'm thinking of shoving aside some of my other books to read it since it looks so good. I hope it lives up to my expectations! *fingers crossed*

message 9: by Nafiza (new)

Nafiza Read it and then tell us! We wait with bated breath!

message 10: by Keertana (new)

Keertana LOL! I'll start it soon, I promise! :)

message 11: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Oooh, I am curious to see what you think about this! =)

message 12: by Nafiza (new)

Nafiza I got approved for this one and started it but I was too hungry to get into it. But the beginning is very atmospheric. Melancholy - almost overwhelmingly so.

message 13: by Keertana (new)

Keertana I started this one last night and I think my biggest problem with it is that I am a HUGE Jane Eyre fan. Like, I love Jane Eyre more than I love Pride and Prejudice. It's one of my favorite classics EVER, so while I'm enjoying Ironskin a lot, I can't help but compare it to Jane Eyre and inevitably wind-up being a tad bit disappointed. Plus, the romance in this one is nowhere close the depth of the relationship between Rochester and Jane...I'm hoping it improves though! I still have 100+ Pages for it to get better! :D

message 14: by Nafiza (new)

Nafiza Yeah, I love Jane Eyre more than any other classic out there. I was having the same problem. I kept on comparing and finding it lacking. I wish I hadn't known it was a retelling. I might have been able to enjoy it for its own merits then rather than comparing it and finding it lacking. :\

message 15: by Keertana (new)

Keertana Same! When I requested it I didn't realize it was a retelling. It has a lot of different qualities from Jane Eyre itself, but even those haven't been properly explained yet, so it still has that gothic feel without the beauty of its classic. Well, hopefully it'll get better!(: *fingers crossed*

message 16: by Nafiza (new)

Nafiza I hope so too!

message 17: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Ah hah! This is the second almost-readalong we had, Keertana! Will be curious to see what you think of this one.

message 18: by Keertana (new)

Keertana It is!(: I finished this one last night and I have to say I was disappointed, but I think a lot of my qualms with this one were personal ones that probably won't impact other readers. It was an average read and while I liked some aspects of it, I don't think it lived up to the beautiful cover or some of the other gushing reviews. I'll be looking forward to your review of it though Wendy, and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who won't be giving this a 4 or 5 Star rating!

message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

Damn, I have an ARC of this and now I'm going to indirectly compare this to Jane Eyre whilst reading! 'tis the truth- no love will ever measure up to Jane and Rochester's love...

I look forward to your full review, Keertana! My, you write so many reviews, (sometimes more than one in a day!) I'm envious, ha. ;)

message 20: by Steph Su (new)

Steph Su Ohh, I'm intrigued to read your full review. A book that doesn't seem to have a purpose? I know what you mean, really. Shame that you felt this way about this book; I wonder how I, as a non-Jane Eyre fan, would feel about this, hmmm...

message 21: by Keertana (new)

Keertana @Leanne: I honestly think that was my biggest problem with this novel. I think Connolly's Jane was quite decent, but Rochester didn't compare in the least.

You're right though, I have so many reviews to catch up on! I read faster than I can write, especially since it's summer now and I have so much free time, but it's really nothing to envy. I have about three-four reviews to catch up on, so it kinda sucks to be honest! :P I'm working on my full review of this one though, so hopefully it should be up soon! :)

@Steph Su: I think you'll really like this one if you're not a Jane Eyre fan. Ironskin has a lot of great ideas and concepts to love and while it follows the story arc of Jane Eyre, it deviates slightly too and other readers will most probably enjoy this more than I did. Plus, I wasn't too impressed with the romance after reading that of Jane Eyre, so I think you'll definitely like it more. I guess I felt like it didn't have a purpose since it seemed to be building up to a theme of beauty and what it meant, but ultimately I felt it dropped that theme by the end, so I didn't quite feel as if there was much purpose to it. I really think you'll enjoy this more than I did though, so we'll see! :)

message 22: by Nafiza (new)

Nafiza I haven't gone back to this after the less that promising beginning. I had such high hopes for it too, man.

message 23: by Keertana (new)

Keertana Yeah, I'm writing up my review for this right now and the more I think about it, the more I feel like just giving this one 2.5 Stars rounded down to 2 Stars. Meh. I guess that's the case with most retellings though - I generally avoid them like the plague, so I would have done the same for this if I had known it was a Jane Eyre retelling. Oh well... *sigh*

message 24: by Steph Su (new)

Steph Su Oh, oh! I had been trying to figure out what bugged me about this book's "physical beauty/inner beauty" semi-theme but couldn't figure out how to write about it. "Furthermore, by the end of this story, I was unable to find a purpose to it. It is clear from the synopsis itself that beauty and appearance are a large factor to this tale and while I was enjoying the developing message of true beauty that I believed to be emerging, some of the events during the end of this story quickly tossed aside that theme and left the novel hanging, not only on a cliffhanger ending, but also in a state of confusion and I could not figure out the point the story had been trying to make in the least. It felt, ultimately, as if the parts emphasizing Jane’s strength in relying on her character opposed to her beauty to get ahead in life were simply crushed..." <-- So correct. I sure had a lot of HUH? moments in the last 10% or so of this book.

message 25: by Keertana (new)

Keertana I am SO glad I wasn't the only one who had an issue with that aspect of this book, Steph! No one else seemed to bring it up in their reviews, so I became worried that I had misinterpreted that scene, but apparently other readers just didn't allow that to bother them I guess. I definitely found the ending to be so confusing and contradictory to many other aspects of this book as well, but I'm really glad I wasn't alone in thinking that! :)

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