Book Review: Jane by April Lindner
Summary: Jane Moore is recent orphan and college dropout. She is ostracized by her close siblings, and since she’s run out of money she’s basically directionless. The book begins with a job interview, where Jane lands a position as the nanny of Maddy, the daughter of world famous rock star Nico Rathburn. Jane isn’t the sort of person that is charmed by wealth and glamour, and yet she finds herself falling for the stubborn, coarse, and confusingly charming father of her charge. And he’s hiding something.
TL;DR Summary: In this modern retelling of Jane Eyre, a young art student falls in love with a rock star.
Review: Just reading that summary, and also the back of the book, make me want to facepalm. It sounds so corny! JANE EYRE FALLS IN LOVE WITH ROCK STAR. What? But, I enjoyed the book a lot while I was reading it. She modernized the storyline fairly well, and it made sense as a story all by itself too. I must admit that my favorite parts were where the author unexpectedly snuck in some of the best lines from Jane Eyre. I’m not saying that this book was incredible, or should even be compared to the original, but it was fun.
Bottom Line: This modernization might make the hardcore classic literature buffs cringe, but if you like Jane Eyre and you’ve got a few extra hours you want to kill, it’s pretty entertaining. 2.5 out of 4 stars.
Book Review: Dragonfly by Julia Golding
Summary: Tashi is a princess from the rather uptight and emotionally restrained people of the Crescent Islands. Ramil is a passionate and bluntly honest prince of Gerfal. War is on the horizon for the two countries from a third, called Holt, which is lead by a bloodthirsty warlord. To cement an alliance between the Crescent Islands and Gerfal, a marriage between the two young royals is arranged. Through a series of unexpected events, they are kidnapped, imprisoned, and caught in the middle of a war. These trials test the young people and help them form an inexplicable bond. Their personalities and cultures are polar opposites, but they learn from each other.
TL;DR Summary: This novel follows two young royals in an imagined land, betrothed for an alliance.
Review: As a big fan of arranged marriage plots in novels, I had high expectations for this one. Maybe a bit too high. It was a good book, though now that I’ve finished I’m finding it a bit forgettable. Doesn’t really provoke any deep thoughts, just a bit of diversion. The romance is cute and fluffy, and all other characters except the main two (and maybe another here and there) are fairly static. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it, but wouldn’t reread it.
Bottom Line: Recommended only if the premise grabs your interest. If you like Hawksong or Far Traveler or have a weird fascination with politically arranged marriages like me. 2.5 out of 4 stars.