Author: Lyndsay Faye
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: March 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jane Steele is an imaginative and dark retelling of the classic Jane Eyre. Murderess Jane takes her first life when she is very young, and so begins her path of darkness and redemption.
I really enjoyed this book. The writing fully captures the joy and tone of the original Jane Eyre, but manages to add a hint of bite. While the story does follow some of the major plot points, the plot is so well constructed and wholly original, that it’s easy to get lost in Jane Steele’s story and forget about Jane Eyre entirely.
I especially love the dialogue between jane and Mr. Thornfield. He is sharp, broody character seeking penance for crimes he bellies he set into motion. I do believe I love him more than Mr. Rochester.
Jane Steele herself is strong and firm with a sharp set of teeth and a sharper blade. I love how she wields it towards her enemies, her cunning mind and cleverness really shines out.
The writing is perfect, every word carefully placed to transport the reader to this land and time. I like how I have read so many books that take place during this time period, in this setting but still this feels different and strange enough to make it set apart from the others. It reminisces the back alleys and dark humor of Sweeney Todd.
Overall, Jane Steele is a wonderful book filled with imagination, personal conquests and murder.
Okay. Maybe a lot of murder.
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy