Review: A Breath of Eyre (Unbound #1) by Eve Marie Mont
Author: Eve Marie Mont
Series: Unbound #1
Publisher: K Teen Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Format/Source: ARC/Won from Goodreads
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Retelling
Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…
Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own… (From Goodreads)
A Bit of Excitement…
I really enjoyed Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte when I read it last year (Yes! I hadn’t read it until last year! That’s crazy, I know!), so when I heard about A Breath of Eyre I was really excited to read it. A Jane Eyre retelling that has time travel? Count me in! So I was even more excited when I found out that I won an ARC through Goodreads First Reads. (Thanks again to Goodreads and the author!)
A Fast-Paced Read…
I’ve always been a pretty slow reader, and I calculated the other day that it takes me, on average, about 5 days to read a book. Which, to me, is too long! But I read half of this book in one day. It was that intriguing and fast-paced that I just couldn’t put it down! And I took the next day to work on my blog, and then the tornadoes came to town, so I wasn’t able to finish this book in a short amount of time. But I could have! The story just sucked me in and if I had had the time, I could have finished this in one day. Since I’m such a slow reader, I think that says a lot.
I really like the whole concept of this book – Emma gets hit by lightning and suddenly she is Jane Eyre, living at Thornfield, teaching English to young Adele, and falling in love with Rochester. However, the only fault I found with this book is that at one point Emma begins to forget who she really is, and it seemed like this book was going to be nothing but a slightly altered Jane Eyre. But then Emma was thrust back into her actual time, and I was relieved.
One thing I really enjoyed was that the storyline of Emma’s actual time really mirrored the story of Jane Eyre. A lot of the characters had similar lines or actions as the characters in Jane Eyre, and so this became not only a story about a girl who goes into the story of Jane Eyre, but it’s really a true retelling in and of itself.
Mont deserves a few bonus points from me:
- There was one point in the story where I was like, “OMG if this happens, the author gets a thousand bonus points!” And it happened! (Sorry for the vagueness – I don’t want to spoil anyone!) So +1,000 points!
- Harry Potter reference. Since I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd, any reference to Harry Potter gets 50 million points. So, yeah, +50 million points!
- Making fun of Crocs. My absolute favorite lines in the story were when Emma goes to her grandmother and asks her, “Did you ever experience something you couldn’t explain?” and her grandmother says, “You mean, like Twitter? Or those plastic ventilated shoes I see people wearing. What are they called?”* This totally made me laugh out loud. Sorry followers, but Crocs are ridiculously ugly and should be made fun of on a regular basis, in my opinion. So all the points go to you, Eve Marie Mont.
Disclaimer: I won this book through a giveaway. I was not compensated in any way for this review.
*These quotes are from the ARC. I was not able to find a finalized copy to check these against, so these quotes may be different in the finalized copy.