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My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand
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it was amazing
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Pretty sure I will never get tired of these books... every single Jane in all of history needs their own book please and thank you.

This was such a clever twist on the "true" events behind Jane Eyre! The general idea is that Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte are friends at Lowood school when Mr. Brocklehurst is murdered. A team from the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits comes along, led by Alexander Blackwood. He's got his own reasons for wanting to hire Jane as a seer, but I won't spoil that part of the story. Basically, Jane can see ghosts and has the potential to be a Beacon, yet she'd much rather be a governess. So through a series of fortunate (or unfortunate) events, she conveniently ends up as a governess at Thornfield Hall...

The twists on the original story ranged from hilarious to straight up clever, but I think my favorite parts were the little details in each character. I loved how Charlotte had a notebook where she wrote down all of the rumors and good lines friends said... it just seemed like such a writer thing to do. The little boy who's a SWRS agent and is all "I see dead people" was pretty funny too.

This totally felt like a British comedy sketch of a murder mystery! I reallllly hope these authors continue to retell British history and/or literature because I am 100% here for all of it.
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Konstantin This sounds downright amazing! I need to read both this and Tudor werewolf one, though neither really sounded interesting to me -- but I've heard nothing but good about both of them and this one sounds like something I'd love to read when I need something light, funny and smart. Charlotte's notebook, love that!

Fables&Wren I'm so jealous you got the ARC of this. I can't wait to read this!

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Breana Gosh I wish I had an ARC. I loved My Lady Jane so much.

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Caroline I adored the first one!

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Heidi Wittwer I'm so excited to finally read this! Glad you liked it!!

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