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    A Breath of Eyre Epub Í A Breath PDF \ 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 342 pages
  • A Breath of Eyre
  • Eve Marie Mont
  • English
  • 12 July 2019
  • 075826948X

A Breath of Eyre❴Ebook❵ ➧ A Breath of Eyre Author Eve Marie Mont – Essayreview.co.uk In this stunning, imaginative novel, Eve Marie Mont transports her modern day heroine into the life of Jane Eyre to create a mesmerizing story of love, longing, and finding your place in the worldEmma In this stunning, imaginative novel, Eve Marie Mont transports her modern day heroine into the life of Jane Eyre to create a mesmerizing story of love, longing, and finding your place in the worldEmma Townsend has always believed in stories the ones she reads voraciously, and A Breath PDF \ the ones she creates 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 EyreReading 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.


About the Author: Eve Marie Mont

I m a high school English teacher and author whose young adult debut, A BREATH OF EYRE, was released by Kensington Books in April, as the first in the Unbound trilogy The sequel, A TOUCH OF SCARLET, will be released in March, .


10 thoughts on “A Breath of Eyre

  1. says:

    In the midst of my thesis writing, I got some very good advice from a professor There I was, buried in a pile of out of date news coverage and mostly false political speeches, going absolutely insane trying to build a thesis out of these disparate threads and swearing that they were ill matched and I d have to rip it all out and start over He just sort of laughed and said that I could certainly do that, but also I was wrong All texts, all sources, tell you something Your task, however, is to In the midst of my thesis writing, I got some very good advice from a professor There I was, buried in a pile of out of date news coverage and mostly false political speeches, going absolutely insane trying to build a thesis out of these disparate threads and swearing that they were ill matched and I d have to rip it all out and start over He just sort of laughed and said that I could certainly do that, but also I was wrong All texts, all sources, tell you something Your task, however, is to let them tell you what they were meant to, not project what you want out of them onto the text That is how tenuous theses and reports for Fox News are born.I was in real danger of projecting onto this book, and being disappointed in it for not conforming to what I wanted it to be I had a number of problems with the book There are large sections of it that are simply cut and pasted from Jane Eyre, with only very minor changes necessitated, apparently, by the heroine living out the Jane Eyre novel in her dreams in a very literal fashion However, what changes there are seem to simplify the book in a way that detracts from its fascinating ambiguities and shadows and also seem to suggest a pat solution to problems that simply isn t there The writing is really painfully bad at times which is something it is difficult not to dwell on if you re going to insist on copying huge chunks of pages from Charlotte Bronte we know how it really sounds and we are told about Jane s every feeling in a way that seems to make an inner life that I see as marvelously complex and intricate into something prosaic I thought that some of her JE real world substitutions were pretty forced, her treatment of the supernatural entirely missed the point view spoiler voodoo Crazy ethnic aunt Thunder tingles of foreboding Really hide spoiler , and the world shifting thing where she keeps view spoiler experiencing major physical and mental trauma that not only doesn t seem to have long term effects on her but also gives her magical powers is pretty laughable Seriously, the girl nearly drowns, is struck by lightning and then nearly dies in a fire in the span of I think about two months But no worries Some crutches, delusions of grandeur and a new found ability to speak fluent French are the only consequences hide spoiler But I had to remember that this book wasn t written for me Eva Marie Mont is an English teacher, who makes a point of thanking her students in her acknowledgements for all their help This isn t for a book to change my life It s meant to be a book to change theirs, or at the very least, give them the materials and the ideas to build a foundation for future change It s a justification for why she makes them write essays and take tests, and a promise that it was all worth it It reads like the struggles of a woman whose job it is to convince teenagers who can t disconnect from their cell phones that the fictional life of a somewhat mousy girl in nineteenth century England will give them somethingworthwhile than they expect, something that might be worth looking up from facebook to learn This can create some problems I think that in her efforts to get her point across and to make things relevant for her students, she told them a whole lotthan she needed to There are times that this can read like the Cliffs Notes version of what students should write in an English paper there are even English papers in this, like she s working out her frustrations about reading the one millionth essay about whether Jane should have left Rochester or not Yet, still, looking at it from this perspective, there still some good reasons to think that Mont did a pretty decent job with this Although she makes the odd choice to entirely skip over young Jane young Emma s story and let us just assume that we understand what lonely orphan child means, she does an okay job after that point She turns Jane Eyre from a story about carriages and horses into a story about mothers and fathers, boys and girls, high school and Real Life I was a bit worried that she was going to simply try to sell the story as something about hot Mr Rochester and his sexiness who is just as sexy as a teen idol but better spoken anddaaangerous. She did concentrate her time in the JE universe on the portions of the book where she arrives at Rochester, meets him, has her talks, gets jealous of Blanche, gets engaged, and then almost married But in the end, she knows that Rochester boys, phones, facebook is the symptom, not the disease Just like Margot Livesey s recent retelling, she makes the core of the story about Jane s parents and her past and how she got to be who she is, not how she managed to ensnare the sexy rich guy She does a particularly fascinating thing with Bertha that I have mixed feelings about, but which I lean towards approving because ultimately it is about encouraging kids to ask questions, to connect with their parents, and to overcome problems before it is too late It encourages them that even things played in such a major chord that they think they will be drowned out can be taken down Although the writing can be pretty hackneyed, I also think that these issues are at times captured in effective and emotional ways that could hit a teen who needs it in just the right place Its message for young women is also powerful and worth reinforcing understand each other, don t take each other down, make your mother your friend, not your enemy In the end, probably the most satisfying thing is that the modern Jane will come out of this with the ability to connect to women rather than resent them I also liked that it wasn t just an argument for The Importance of the English Canon, but it was also a warning that is also holds dangers Mont makes some attempt to deal with the idea that there is as problem in overidentifying with literature as there is with rejecting it entirely She makes it clear that while literature can help you to turn the ninety degrees you need to see something from a new, helpful perspective, it can also provide you with all the reasons that you need to stay just where you are and keep feeling what you re feeling only now with a seemingly invincible cloak of Story to provide you with armor against those who tell you that you re wrong Mont shows that you have to work through the story all the way to the end, and then some You can t put the book down, make a judgement and leave it there You have to live with it and use it and let it change your mind and help you grow and then move on to the next story that helps make that happen Living inside books can help you, but only if it isthan putting on a costume to escape from yourself.I also think that this is an important and useful measure where teenagers spend most of their formative years being blasted with messages from all over that try to get them to commit to one identity or another It seems to support exploration and imagination, while also drawing a bright line at the point where you disconnect from your own life to live in the fantasies that others have built for you I wish someone had taken the time to tell me that as a teenager There s a great line in Girl with a Pearl Earring, where the model for the painting is warned that she had best be careful about her work with Vermeer His gaze, she is told, will transfix her into a pose and an image and she will be lost there This is a story about how to wander without getting lost, how to get lost, take a breath and find your way again, and how to use a map without letting it convince you that you should drive into the pond because the GPS says take a right and goddamnit there must not be a lake there because the GPS says there isn t.Unfortunately, a lot of these points are rather clumsily made Also, in the end I think she ultimately she totally undermined her message and seemed to say that this book was something it wasn t She concludes her points about family and parents and friends in a somewhat hamfisted but clear way, making all the above points I am in favor of Then, does this whole thing at the end where she gets all But Was It Really A Dream MAYBE MAGIC EXISTS about it Which makes it seem like maybe the point is that Emma is a superhero and Special after all, and Fate and True Love will always save the day Was it to try to throw some ambiguity in there after all at the last minute Was it that she thought she needed a few swoons and a little bit of sugar to get the medicine down Is it the Twilight disease I m a bit concerned that the weird coda will let kids walk away with the idea that this is about boyfriends after all I really don t think that this is her intent, given that Mont seems to be working on a series of reinterpretations of High School Made Me Read This classics that feature strong women But it can read that way.I think that this is a solid enough novel for younger teens to read to interpret Jane and to see her possible relevance for their lives It might be good as a companion volume to read after discussing the novel itself, as something to argue with I think, however, that older readers might find too much to frustrate them and too little that they need in it to really connect to it

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    As a lover of Jane Eyre, I strongly disliked this book Besides the fact that several sections of Jane Eyre are basically copy and pasted, the author also takes on the interpretation that for Jane to truly be a feminist role model she should have tried to save Bertha, not Rochester She also tried to sell this idea as totally radical I ve heard of this idea before, so not really so radical The time warp that sent Emma into the story of Jane Eyre was completely unnecessary It added nothing As a lover of Jane Eyre, I strongly disliked this book Besides the fact that several sections of Jane Eyre are basically copy and pasted, the author also takes on the interpretation that for Jane to truly be a feminist role model she should have tried to save Bertha, not Rochester She also tried to sell this idea as totally radical I ve heard of this idea before, so not really so radical The time warp that sent Emma into the story of Jane Eyre was completely unnecessary It added nothing Only served to make Jane Eyre, a book I adore, boring And a chance for Emma to say how horrible and awful Rochester is for buying her presents Go feminism She even has the gall to say after their trip to buy a wedding veil that Rochester doesn t treat her as an equal A major point of Jane and Rochester s relationship was that he was the first person to treat her like an equal Sorry Tangent Like I said, the warps into the book world were pointless The plot of the book reflects the story structure of Jane Eyre, so this book could have been a loose retelling, which would have been better If the author really wanted to embrace feminism I would have rather she not gone the horribly cliched route with the bitchy high school mean girls, who just make the scholarship kids lives horrible To me, that characterization isdamaging and farannoying for women

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    What seemed from the cover to be a light, sweet read turned into quite a weighty story dealing with some serious older teen themes.At sweet sixteen Emma Townsend has a lot to cope with Her mother died five years ago, her father has remarried a well meaning but interfering woman, the class queen bee has it in for her, and her old friend is too busy drinking and chatting up girls to pay her any attention She has a crush on her Mr Rochester like English teacher and her new boarding school room ma What seemed from the cover to be a light, sweet read turned into quite a weighty story dealing with some serious older teen themes.At sweet sixteen Emma Townsend has a lot to cope with Her mother died five years ago, her father has remarried a well meaning but interfering woman, the class queen bee has it in for her, and her old friend is too busy drinking and chatting up girls to pay her any attention She has a crush on her Mr Rochester like English teacher and her new boarding school room mate obviously has issues.Emma s contemporary story which getsandcomplicated evolves into a literature classic when she mysteriously wakes up inside Bronte s Jane Eyre as Jane herself Her issues find insightful parallels in Jane s story, though her reading of Jane s tale doesn t always correspond with my own, and sadly I felt it tarnished my appreciation for the original.As good as the intention is to help teen readers deal with complex problems, I felt this book turned out to be one of those that actually mires themdeeply in problems, perhaps leaving them worse off than they were before There s plenty of serious teen drinking though some characters acknowledge that the excessive drinking and the actions that followed were not good , confessions of teen relationships that involved a lotthan kissing it is implied that as they were going out for 6 months, how could their relationship not involve, accidental teen death following rather raunchy skinny dipping gone wrong, teen suicide, parental depression and suicide, lots of passionate kissing and almost loss of virginity, a teacher s separation from his wife and seemingly unprofessional interest in a student etc etc.The solutions offered by the end do tie everything up nicely attempted suicide is thwarted at the last minute, teacher is put in his place and it is wondered how she ever liked him in the first place, father and daughter make up, girl comes to terms with her mother s illness and suicide, virginity is at least temporarily preserved for the main character, victimised girls retain their places at school, misunderstanding with boyfriend is resolved, the Rochester fantasy is farewelled and girl learns to live in the present I m just not sure things would all work out so well in real life after they d been so messy.Overall I don t think this story would be very helpful for teens, it would be much better for them to read the original Jane Eyre and the other Bronte stories

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    One of my favorite things in life my guilty pleasure, if you will is classic literature Austen, Woolf, Shelly, the Brontes they all left such significant marks in the world of literature that they are difficult to ignore They are also, the easiest to get caught up in Whether it is the language you love, or the manners in which society behaved, classic novels give us, the non stop generation, something to reflect on.One of my least favorite things in life Classic literature Why Because One of my favorite things in life my guilty pleasure, if you will is classic literature Austen, Woolf, Shelly, the Brontes they all left such significant marks in the world of literature that they are difficult to ignore They are also, the easiest to get caught up in Whether it is the language you love, or the manners in which society behaved, classic novels give us, the non stop generation, something to reflect on.One of my least favorite things in life Classic literature Why Because no matter how long you wait, there will never be a sequel to your favorite book.This is my primary reason for indulging in so many modern day adaptations of the greats My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice But no matter how many times I read it once a year for those of you wondering I will never read it the same as I did the first time Something will be significantly different in my life that causes me to see things differently in the story I may skip notions that are obvious to some people, for aobscure observation of my own The simple truth is, classic literature can change as easily as the wind And modern day adaptations offer up fresh outlooks of old points of view.Jane Eyre is particularly susceptible for re writes Because of it s Gothic roots and gut wrenching love story that goes horribly awry it is easy to twist into something new and fresh, without loosing the heart of it s founding matron A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont is exactly that a fresh look at something old 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 Now for those of you that have read Jane Eyre, you will not be surprised to find out that this is a heavy read Unlike most YA re tellings that can be found on the market today for example Pride Popularity by Jenni James Mont chose to stick with Bronte s original format of dark and brooding rather than give it a happily chic and giddy facelift.Bronte s characters were tortured They were wrought with pain and suffering whether from mental illness of degradation Mont s characters were much the same, though written in a muchmodern tongue and clearer understanding of mental illness and where it comes from That s not to say that Mont s characters were bogged down either They had their light hearted moments, as do all YA novels, but the influence in behaviors that transversed between Emma s realities was heavily influenced by the story of Jane.The story itself, Jane Eyre references aside was fascinating all on it s own, and if forced could have very easily stood alone as a quality read In the forefront of this novel Emma, and her romantic prospect Gray, are introduced to us as two very different people, from two very different worlds Gray is a handsome yet rowdy boy of money who has the world on his shoulders Emma a scholarship student who s introverted nature demands that she disappear rather than be noticed But, as luck or fate would have it these two become so emotionally fused that they actually start to take on traits of the other, almost as if switching places To watch this transformation along with the austereness that the Jane Eyre angle provides was simply astounding.So would someone who isn t a Bronte fan enjoy this book I m going to gamble and say yes, but like I said above it s very important to understand the roots of the ORIGINAL story so that you don t become overwhelmed by the dark shadows of racism, suicide, depression and death that reside in THIS version.Overall, a wonderful modern take that did indeed point out a few new trains of thought on a classic that will tide me over until the next one comes along.Buy it if you like Jane Eyre, avoid it if you prefer happy literature Happy Reading my fellow Kindle ites and remember Brave souls allow EVERYONE to have a voice Be brave

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here First off let me say straight out I hated this book I thought it was the most pointless piece of drivel I was have read in a while aside from VelveteenThis book is a stupid and b a little confusing It is supposed to be kind of a Jane Eyre retelling, but eh You ll see YOU.WILL.SEE.Emma is a sad lonely girl who is plain, boring, dull, a Mary Sue with en evil step mom who doesn t think much of herself Her mom died about eight years prior and this will wind up being SUPER important.Emma real First off let me say straight out I hated this book I thought it was the most pointless piece of drivel I was have read in a while aside from VelveteenThis book is a stupid and b a little confusing It is supposed to be kind of a Jane Eyre retelling, but eh You ll see YOU.WILL.SEE.Emma is a sad lonely girl who is plain, boring, dull, a Mary Sue with en evil step mom who doesn t think much of herself Her mom died about eight years prior and this will wind up being SUPER important.Emma really likes her child hood friend Gray who goes to a Hippie semi private school and has a bad boy reputation Emma goes to a prestigious all girls school called Lockwood She is there on a scholarship and EVERY girl there hates her cause they are ALL rich a snobby stereotypes As we start the book Emma almost drowns in the ocean at her sixteenth birthday party the week before school starts When school starts she is excited because her new room mate is another scholarship girl named Michelle, the ONLY girl of color we are told over and over again at Lockwood Michelle has a big ole chip on her shoulder and is a character I just could not stand.We find out Emma has a giant crush on her English teacher Mr Gallagher Like writes poems about him and stuff And that the beautiful perfect blonde Elise Fairchild is basically her arch enemy.So Emma and Michelle become friends and Michelle convinces her to attend a bon fire at the semi private school that Gray attends since Michelle is crushing on this boy named Owen The girls go, it is Halloween, and on the way back Emma is struck by lightning Which throws her right into the character of Jane in Jane Eyre We spend pages about 74 115 basically reading copy and paste Jane Eyre with a few tidbits of Emma s personality Emma cannot remember being Emma and is sucked into Jane s story, living her day to day life as Jane I loved Jane Eyre, ok But this book made the Jane parts BORING It was literally copy and paste If I wanted to re read Jane Eyre I would have just fucking re read it It has a very Wizard of Oz the movie feeling Her headmistress at Lockwood is Mrs Fairfax, Gray s sister Anna is Adele and Mr Gallagher is Mr Rochester Then we find out Emma has been in a COMA for six weeks When she wakes up we then have to deal with some boring Michelle Owen Gray drama and all the rehabilitation that comes with being in a coma for over two months Emma is really mean to Gray the couple of times they hang out after this, even though it is obvious to the reader that he really likes her When she returns to school there is awkwardness between her and her English teacher who she LURVS evenafter the Jane experience The teacher winks at her twice, which totally grossed me out.Emma decided she would rather be in Jane s world because she misses the love she and Edward found together, and this is where it gets too stupid The author throws in voodoo at this point Michelle s aunt explains that she needs to go back and settle unfinished business and teachers her how to summon the loa to do so.So then Emma, Michelle and Owen go together to the Junior Prom where all three of them guzzle down a bottle of champagne before hand This is ridiculous since Emma drinking three wine coolers got her drunk at Halloween and caused her to act like an ass Granted Emma buckled to peer pressure from bitchy Michelle, but c mon So Emma, pissed and kind of drunk, winds up at the stables at her school and low and behold it is on fire So she runs in to save her favorite horse, falls and knocks herself out and winds up right back at Thornfield where she wanted to be any way However she is not happy This is where the book starts to really piss me off.She decides she does not actually love Edward and feels like he treats her like a pet and not like his equal 1 This book was written in a time where this was about as equal as a relationship in a fucking GOTHIC ROMANCE was going to get I have read this book a dozen times, back off your high feminist horse Emma read the book, she knew that was how Edward treats Jane, don t make him into a villain when he isn t one.She states that since our engagement he expected evenobedience from me than when I d been his employee which is ruining the romance found in Jane Eyre I think the author ofBreath and Eyre and her character Emma didn t quite understand that Jane was as feminist as she could have been for the time period and that wanting a husband doesn t mean you are any less a feminist The relationships, at that time, between a man and his governess and a man and his wife were WAY different Then came the really weird stuff Breaking away from the story line Emma goes in search for Grace Pool and meets Bertha who looks just like Emma s dead mom Grace Pool spins this tale about how Edward only married Bertha for the money and he treated her like crap and left her alone all the time so depression swamped her and finally when Bertha miscarried she went crazy and instead of sending her to a hospital he kept her locked in the tower like an animal So uh.right 1 Yes Bertha is a sympathetic character, but not quite this sympathetic, the author has warped the story line at this point2 Any hospital in this time period would have been awful, Edward s treatment of his crazy wife is way better than any she would have found at an asylum in the 1800 s.3 Yes Edward acts douchey in Jane Eyre by not telling Jane about Bertha and trying to marry her any way.However, it is the climax and major plot twist for the book 4 Bertha was probably a paranoid schizo or had bipolar disorder.There isn t anything that cures that aside from medication that was not available during this time period So since Bertha looks like Emma s dead mom the two of them run away together However Bertha tells Emma neither of them can escape their fate so per the storyline Bertha goes back to Thornfield and sets the place on fire Emma goes after her and sees her jump off the roof and die, she wanders into the burning stables and BAM is back in the real world waking up again in the hospital.So after this her father tells her that her mom had bipolar disorder and that she didn t die of a bad heart During a fit of depression her mom drowned herself in the ocean, and big bad she was KNOCKED UP Well then they have some father daughter bonding go up to the attic to dig through all her dead mom s crap and when Emma reads the suicide note she figures out her mom had miscarried, so she didn t kill herself and her unborn child.Issue here if her mom had bipolar disorder why wasn t she medicated The answer because they prescribed her LITHIUM which made her feel yucky and they agreed AS A COUPLE for her to stop taking it Umm I have depression and I have friends with bipolar there are about a DOZEN medications that have been around for the last ten years she could have been on aside from Lithium Did the author not do ANY research Emma and Gray begin to date..Blah, boring but whatever.Emma goes back to school and finds out Michelle is being blamed for the barn burning and even though Michelle acts like a cunt through most of this book Emma goes to the hearing and defends her friend, this makes them both social pariahs,than what they were but they get to keep their scholarships Emma now hates Mr Gallagher because he is soooooo Edward Rochester Now because Emma told the committee she thought rich golden child Elise burned down the stables Elise spills a HUGE pathetic secret she knows about Gray Apparently a year ago Gray got drunk at a beach party in Jamaica and his best friend s sister drowned and everyone blames him Now I get we are shadowing Jane Eyre here But the author makes it sound like Gray is going to lose his college scholarship for this and that this is a HUGE deal Um there were a dozen people on the beach with Gray that night, the girl that drowned was older than him and he was drunk I have done the scholarship thing, unless he was cheating or doing Roids or was given a morale scholarship this incident would not hurt him.Naturally when Emma finds out she is upset and acts like a bitch, Gray uses the phrase, I d hoped you could redeem me Which I gotta say NO 17 18 year old would ever say They fight and don t talk for a few weeks.Finally Emma gets her head out of her ass and decides to find Gray and forgive him, she wants to be with him She finds him about to commit suicide cause his life is SO over and almost drowns again trying to save him They spend another two weeks apart due to some stupid communication issues and then finally hook back up at the end Though Gray has enlisted in the coast guard so after graduation he will be leaving, but they are going to date long distance Yeah I will NOT be reading the other two books since apparently all Emma does is get knocked out and wind up in fairy tale land.Her dad s health insurance bills are probably going to bankrupt them.The writing wasn t awful it, was the plot and characters that suffered They were all unsympathetic and the author fairly butchered one of my favorite novels with all the nonsense The best part was the fun Which Literary Heroine Are You quiz I found at the back I am a Hester Prynne and Catherine Linton Go figure lol.Bright Blessings Like this check me out at

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    Serious rhetorical question who HASN T spent time daydreaming about Mr Rochester after reading Jane Eyre Y all, when I first saw the cover and read the synopsis of A Breath Of Eyre by debut author Eve Marie Mont, I immediately put in on my read at any cost list After reading A Breath Of Eyre, I can say it TOTALLY belonging on that list.Read the rest of my review here Serious rhetorical question who HASN T spent time daydreaming about Mr Rochester after reading Jane Eyre Y all, when I first saw the cover and read the synopsis of A Breath Of Eyre by debut author Eve Marie Mont, I immediately put in on my read at any cost list After reading A Breath Of Eyre, I can say it TOTALLY belonging on that list.Read the rest of my review here

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    Originally posted at Small Review3.5 starsWhy you can t just look at the ratingMy ratings are my personal, subjective reaction to the book I read It s a measure of how much I enjoyed it, or not My ratings are NOT objective critiques on the worthiness of a book So that s why it would be a really bad idea to look at my 3.5 rating here and think A Breath of Eyre is only a slightly above average book It s not It s a good, solid book and I do recommend it It s just not really MY kind of book W Originally posted at Small Review3.5 starsWhy you can t just look at the ratingMy ratings are my personal, subjective reaction to the book I read It s a measure of how much I enjoyed it, or not My ratings are NOT objective critiques on the worthiness of a book So that s why it would be a really bad idea to look at my 3.5 rating here and think A Breath of Eyre is only a slightly above average book It s not It s a good, solid book and I do recommend it It s just not really MY kind of book What I was expectingI gravitate toward time travel book travel stories like this because I like to laugh and I automatically assume this plotline will come with a hefty dose of sarcasm, funny observations, and fish out of water hilarity Barring that, I was expecting to get caught up in the Gothic romance of Jane Eyre Which, to be honest, is probably me setting myself up for a fall because I ve, um, neveractuallyreadJaneEyre So I really don t think I was in a position to have accurate expectations.But either way I figured I d spend a chapter or two in the modern world before Emma was whisked into the pages of Jane Eyre where I would then spend the rest of the story And of course all my expectations were completely wrong What I gotFirst off, the vast majority of the book takes place in modern times Jane Eyre isof a metaphor that helps Emma deal with the events in her real life It is NOT the focal point of the story though if you haven t read the original, prepare yourself for massive spoilers And that humor I was expecting Definitely NOT there The meat of the story is Emma s real life relationship with her father, her two friends, and her maybe crush All of these relationships are fraught with Serious Issues like the specter of dead mothers, suicide, depression, mental illness, death, classism, insecurity, and racism Heavy, right For a contemporary issues reader, this book will be a treasured gem But for me, I was lost I m not an issues reader, and these issues are all WAY too heavy for me I may have even teared up a little at one point.So why didn t I just DNF Honestly, I was tempted For me, reading issues books is like wearing an itchy wool sweater Everything feels forced and uncomfortable But narrator Emma was like a pair of super comfy fuzzy socks and that is why I kept reading There was something about her that felt right and made me want to be her friend She s shy and unsure and sort of floundering around, but she has a strength to her that made me proud I could relate to Emma s fears and her desire to conquer them.The pacing was also sort of slow, but there was interpersonal stuff going on all the time and I was curious to see how it would all unfold I was antsy in the beginning because it takes a long time before Emma gets sucked into the book, but that s mostly because I was expecting a different sort of book at that time.The narrative then bounces back and forth with Emma traveling from our world to Jane s, back to ours, then back to Jane s, and then back to ours again The biggest surprise to me was that I actually enjoyed the parts in our worldthan those in Jane s I was completely caught up in Emma s interpersonal growth and her friends various dramas Do you have to read Jane Eyre first I don t know I didn t I m sure I missed a bunch of nods to the original which was a bummer because that s one of my favorite parts of retellings , and I know I got a ton of spoilers.Overall though, I think it s not necessary to have read the original I never felt lost or left out for having not read Jane Eyre Emma s journey stands well on its own, and if her growth takes a cue from Jane, it does not diminish Emma s triumphs.Bottom lineThis isn t my kind of book at all, so the fact that I read it cover to cover, loved the narrator, and actually found enjoyment is saying something Contemporary issues readers should like it a whole lotand will probably really appreciate the way Jane Eyre was used to guide Emma Eve Marie Mont s sensitive handling of intense issues, beautiful writing, creativity, and ability to craft well developed characters make her a welcome addition to the ranks of YA authors There will be twobooks in this series as Emma gets sucked into The Scarlet Letter and The Phantom of the Opera I m not really sure how that will work given Emma s mode of travel in A Breath of Eyre, but I have faith that Eve Marie Mont will pull it off.Originally posted at Small Review

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    Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at have a love hate relationship with retellings I find them a fascinating sub genre, but concede they have as much potential to impress as they do to vex Sometimes I am fortunate enough to cross paths with immensely satisfying reads such as Jax Garren s How Beauty Met the Beast, Elizabeth Bunce s A Cruse Dark as Gold or Sara Donati s Into the Wilderness On the other end of the spectrum I have had t Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at have a love hate relationship with retellings I find them a fascinating sub genre, but concede they have as much potential to impress as they do to vex Sometimes I am fortunate enough to cross paths with immensely satisfying reads such as Jax Garren s How Beauty Met the Beast, Elizabeth Bunce s A Cruse Dark as Gold or Sara Donati s Into the Wilderness On the other end of the spectrum I have had titles that left me bitterly disappointed such as A.G Gaughen s Scarlet, Alex Flinn s A Kiss in Time, or Steve Hockensmith s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Dawn of the Dreadfuls Knowing where a book will fall is absolutely impossible which is why I tried to keep an open mind as I began Eve Marie Mont s A Breath of Eyre.For the record I love Charlotte Bronte s Jane Eyre In point of fact I reread the classic in conjunction with this novel in hopes of better appreciating Mont s work Unfortunately I feel the decision actually detracted from the novel as it brought to light exactly how much of the original was sacrificed in its creation.For instance, one of the primary themes in Bronte s work is that of forgiveness Jane excuses the mistreatment she suffered as a member of the Reed household as well as Rochester s indiscretions and past wrongs This idea is eliminated in the cross over portions of the retelling as the Reed family does not even make an appearance and Emma deviates significantly from Jane s path by ultimately refusing to overlook Rochester s actions in order to promote Mont s perception of feminism I say Mont s perception because I feel she imposed her modern sensibilities on Bronte s cast, something I feel entirely unjust for what is in part historic fiction, and in Jane s case, wholly unnecessary For her time, Jane is the very definition of a feminist By and large, Victorian women were not raised to value education nor were they expected to make decisions regarding their own futures Bronte s Jane does both She is a strong woman who defied the stereotypic roles to which society regulated her nineteenth century counterparts In contrast, Mont uses Jane as a foil for Emma, allocating her to the role of doormat in order to promote Emma s superior version of feminine independence To say I was disappointed to see one of my favorite classics treated this way is something of an understatement Mont s re imagining of Bertha, her superficial recreation of Bronte s work as a period romance, the subtle alterations she made to Rochester s make up I don t mind retellings that deviate from the originals, but I feel the best ones are those that can emulate or at least compliment the work on which they are based I didn t see that in A Breath of Eyre Yes, Mont borrows Bronte s characters and certain events from their story, but I can t help feeling her work trivializes the merits and spirit of the classic.Despite my ill regard for this imprudence and the presentation of forgiveness as one of her own creations, I did appreciate Mont s attempt to address some weightier subject matter, particularly as it applied to her target audience Mental disorders, teenage romance, drug use, sex, alcohol, suicide Mont covers all these subjects andI ve never come across young adult fiction that covers these topics in such realistic tones and I couldn t admire the manner in which handled themAt the end of the day, A Breath of Eyre isn t something I would recommend as a retelling, but I think it fits the bill for those looking for intriguing young adult lit For my part, I haven t given up on the Unbound series, the trilogy promises to incorporate elements from twobeloved classics, but I think my experience with the first installment will serve as something of a guide in the formation of my expectations from here on out

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    There are a lot of reviewers who start out by saying I ve never read Jane Eyre, and if that s the case, then I can see why they might love it I didn t love Breath of Eyre didn t hate it either but Jane Eyre has been my favorite book since I was 13 years old, so the bar was set extremely high.I found the dozens of literature and pop culture references kind of funny and strange for sixteen year olds to know, but maybe that was the author s point, for which I can give kudos She probably hoped There are a lot of reviewers who start out by saying I ve never read Jane Eyre, and if that s the case, then I can see why they might love it I didn t love Breath of Eyre didn t hate it either but Jane Eyre has been my favorite book since I was 13 years old, so the bar was set extremely high.I found the dozens of literature and pop culture references kind of funny and strange for sixteen year olds to know, but maybe that was the author s point, for which I can give kudos She probably hoped that it would peak the reader s interests into classics and characters, and she may be right I think I just didn t love it because I m not sixteen, though I don t think I d have cared for it as a sixteen year old either Course, I was a bit of a strange sixteen year old, soI love the character of Bertha and so I was glad that Mont expounded on her, yet sad that I didn t like where she went I also didn t like the abrupt interpretation of Rochester If Emma had really understood the book , she wouldn t have jumped to the twentieth century interpretation of him For a scary and wonderful read, try Wide Sargasso Sea, not Breath of Eyre I was confused by some ways in which Emma acted 1 Not clearing Michelle s name sooner Seems very weak to me for someone who is supposed to be our heroine She wanders back to class even though she knows Michelle is being investigated, and even daydreams about cute boys when she could have rushed off to right the wrong.2 Again, dilly dallying when Gray tells her his secret which I don t even know why she was upset about She knew he didn t let that girl drown, so why is she so mad Because she doesn t like being someone who makes him feel better I don t get it She knows he nearly killed himself after Elise, and yet she ignores him in his deep depressionhuh REALLY didn t make sense to me I may look up this author again eventually, and I don t think she s a bad writer at all I just think it was a version of Jane I didn t care for

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    First, a disclaimer Eve Marie Mont is a fellow Class of 2k12 and Apocalypsie debut author, and although I ve never met her in person, I have enormous love and respect for her That said, I was a bit concerned about reading A BREATH OF EYRE because obviously this is a book about Jane Eyre and although I love historical fiction, I am not a fan of classic literature Really To the point that one of my favorite quotes comes from Mark Twain Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig First, a disclaimer Eve Marie Mont is a fellow Class of 2k12 and Apocalypsie debut author, and although I ve never met her in person, I have enormous love and respect for her That said, I was a bit concerned about reading A BREATH OF EYRE because obviously this is a book about Jane Eyre and although I love historical fiction, I am not a fan of classic literature Really To the point that one of my favorite quotes comes from Mark Twain Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig Jane Austen up and beat her over the skull with her own shin bone So when I received an ARC of A BREATH OF EYRE in the mail on Friday, I was very happily surprised about two things 1 you don t have to have read Jane Eyre to fall in love with A BREATH OF EYRE and 2 the majority of A BREATH OF EYRE takes place in present day I d call it a contemporary novel with a paranormal twist I was hooked on page 1 by M C Emma s dry sense of humor and she wastes no time finding herself in a dangerous situation Her travels into the past are so beautifully written, it s whet my appetite to give the classics another try What blew me away the most was how brilliantly Eve Marie Mont wove the two stories together, how the themes from Jane Eyre are so significant today and how often I was awestruck by Mont s ingenious metaphors and swoony kissing scenes Charlotte Bronte would be thrilled to know her story inspired A BREATH OF EYRE, and because of its intriguing concept, fast paced plot, well rounded characters and realistic dialogue, engaging voice and brilliant execution, I shower it with well deserved Goodreads stars And for fun, at the end of the book there s a quiz to find out which classic heroine you are I m Catherine which means I should go read Wuthering Heights And onething pictured on the back of the ARC are the covers of Eve Marie Mont s next two novels, and they look Amazing

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