My Plain Jane– A Review

Posted June 19, 2018 by Aleya in aleya, Reviews / 2 Comments

My Plain Jane– A ReviewMy Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, brodi ashton, Jodi Meadows
Series: The Lady Janies #2
Published by HarperTeen on June 26, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, historical fiction, Retelling
Pages: 464
Format: Electronic, E-book ARC
Source: Ebook ARC, Edelweiss

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

My Thoughts

I was browsing Edelweiss one afternoon and came across My Plain Jane. I’m so glad to have the chance to review this one. I’d listened to the audiobook for My Lady Jane a while back and adored what the three authors did with that tale. I was even more excited for this one since it dove into a book I love dearly. I’m a huge Pride and Prejudice fan, but close behind that is Jane Eyre in my heart. When I saw that this book was going to be a mix-up of that story, I was delighted.

I started this book on one of my lunch breaks at work. As soon as I turned to the first page, I was hooked. I adore the way that Ashton, Hand, and Meadows’ tell this story. It’s such a fun and entertaining tale. I was instantly hooked when I realized that the Charlotte of this book was the very Charlotte who we all know to have written Jane Eyre. It was really fun getting to see all the ways they played with the original story and made it new and exciting.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is the way that the authors play in it. There are several moments when the characters will say something and it’s a direct reference to some popular movie or book. For instance, there’s a beautiful Harry Potter reference made in this book that I just couldn’t stop laughing at. I adored getting to pick out the little reference to the original work of Jane Eyre as well as the history of Charlotte Brontë. In my search for the ë in Brontë, I came across another little reference that I hadn’t known about. I love learning new things about old authors! Anyways, I really enjoyed the subtle references to various things in this book. It made it so much fun to read and far more enjoyable for the effort they put in. I also really like the way that the authors interject in the book with parentheses to make comments or tell a truth. It’s all good fun.

This book is amazing in the fact that it took a story and people from history that we know and twisted it to make it a little more exciting. In this book you’ll encounter lots of ghosts and a whole society that focuses on relocating ghosts. It’s all explained rather greatly in the book. The authors do a great job of selling the story to the reader. I believe it was Coleridge who coined the term “suspension of disbelief” and despite the ridiculousness, my disbelief was suspended and I vastly enjoyed this book.

The writing, pacing, and everything in this book was phenomenal. It was such a fun and entertaining read. I already want to go through and look at all my highlights on my Kindle to relive some of the moments. You won’t be disappointed if you pick this one up. I also like that they do make a reference to a character in My Lady Jane, but that doesn’t mean you have to read that book first. The good thing about this book is that while it’s part of a series, it also stands alone really well. I’m definitely going to recommend it to as many people as possible.

If you enjoy historical retellings, paranormal ghost stories, and all around hilariousness, then this book is for you. If you’re a fan of Jane Eyre then this is definitely a must read. Now I need to go back and re-read Jane Eyre to properly compare them, since it has been quite a while since I last read that one.

Thanks for reading my gushing review here! This is such a fun book to read that I ended up staying up past my bedtime in order to finish it and write this review. I loved it so much I couldn’t make myself stop until I finished my thoughts about it. Happy reading!
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About Cynthia Hand

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series with HarperTeen: UNEARTHLY, HALLOWED, RADIANT (an enovella) and BOUNDLESS. Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University. Her next book, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, will be released in February 2015.

About Jodi Meadows

Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen). Visit her at

*A Kippy is a cat.

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