20 June 2014

Book Review: Jane by April Lindner


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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Poppy
Published: 5th September 2011 
Pages: 365
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance, Retelling
Main Characters: Jane, Nico
Date Read: 10th June - 17th June 2014
Rating Given:
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Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.
But there’s a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane’s much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?
An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.

“And then he reached toward me again, this time with both arms, as though he might wrap them around me to give me some comfort. But then he stopped, bit his lip, folded his arms, and strode away.” 

I have wanted this book for a long time and finally last year I got it I just don't think it was worth the wait...

I do love the simplicity of this cover as it's quite fitting with Jane. My favourite part of this cover is the title as its big and pink making it more eye catching than the rest of the cover.

For the first time in what seems awhile I started off loving this book but by the end I wasn't a huge fan. I loved the way in which Jane's feeling for Nico grew gradually which I think make it more believable as he isn't someone you could picture Jane with. What really got on my nerves was that all of a sudden Nico loved her although he said he has always loved her it just felt a bit out of the blue and then they jump into bed with one another which I felt was out of character of Jane. As I haven't read Jane Eyre and only seen a film ages ago I didn't really know the original story but I did love this modern retake as I do love a rock star and what I really liked was that he went through some really dark times just like a lot of rock stars we all know so it made it more believable. Towards the end I did start to love it again but then it ended and I wasn't too impressed with the way it ended as I didn't feel like there was any real closure.

Like with the book I loved the characters but by the end I just felt like they wasn't realistic characters. I loved that Jane wasn't your 'classic beauty' as it made her more relatable. I felt sorry for her for most part of the book especially the way in which her family mistreated her. Nico I actually liked at the beginning but he was a bit selfish and controlling at times. Both Nico and Jane brought out the best in each other but when they where apart they was a bit annoying.

Overall it was a great start but the end just let it down for me but one things for sure I really do want to read Jane Eyre now.

“Every so often, a lightning flash would reveal us to each other, and the expression on his face - so rapt, so helpless, so utterly mine - was the most beautiful thing I ever expected to see in my life.”