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Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre retold against the backdrop of San Francisco's most fabulous—and dangerous—elites.
After losing her parents in a tragic accident, surfer girl Janie Mason trades the sunny beaches of Hawaii for the cold fog of San Francisco and new guardians—the Rochesters—that she’s never even met. Janie feels hopelessly out of place in their world of Napa weekends, fancy cotillions, and chauffeurs. The only person she can relate to is Daniel, a fellow surfer. Meeting him makes Janie feel like things might be looking up.
Still, something isn’t right in the Rochester mansion. There are noises—screams—coming from the attic that everyone else claims they can’t hear. Then John, the black sheep of the family, returns after getting kicked out of yet another boarding school. Soon Janie finds herself torn between devil-may-care John and fiercely loyal Daniel. Just when she thinks her life can’t get any more complicated, she learns the truth about why the Rochesters took her in. They want something from Janie, and she’s about to see just how far they’ll go to get it.
|Publisher:||Soho Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Michelle Gagnon is the bestselling author of thrillers for teens and adults. Her young adult PERSEFØNE trilogy (Don’t Turn Around, Don’t Look Now, Don’t Let Go) was nominated for a Thriller Award, and was selected as a top read by Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, Voya, and the Young Adult Library Services Association. Her standalone young adult thriller Strangelets was a Junior Library Guild pick. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.
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Excerpted from "Unearthly Things"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've never read Jane Eyre, but I've enjoyed Michelle's other books and liked the synopsis, so I was intrigued. I really liked Janie. She's smart and level headed and a really nice person. The rest of the characters were sort of flat and I felt like we never really got to know any of them. On one hand, it was a perfect set up to make me wonder if Janie was really crazy, but at the same time, it made it hard to root for any of them. Plotwise, I loved the build up. There was tension and mystery and a perfect amount of creepy...and then it sort of lost all of it. It seemed as if there was a rush to tie everything up and I couldn't settle into the last third of the story. Overall, it was a quick and mostly enjoyable read. **Huge thanks to Soho Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
I read Jane Eyre many years ago and honestly didn't remember much about it, so I had to reacquaint myself with the synopsis. Unearthly Things is an updated YA retelling of Jane Eyre and the author has done a remarkable job. Orphaned at the age of 16, Janie had an idyllic upbringing that wasn't without its problems, but she's strong and tries to make the best of a tragic situation, making her character easy to admire. Even though this is a modern day retelling, I loved that the Rochester's house still maintained the creepy gothic atmosphere, complete with supernatural happenings. I also liked that the primary emphasis wasn't on romance, but more about the strange occurrences and secrets in the house, odd behaviors of its inhabitants, and Janie's attempts to figure out the motivations of everyone around her. This Jane is a down-to-earth, intelligent, strong surfer girl and I thoroughly enjoyed this book - and could easily have read it in one sitting if real life hadn't required my attention. Fans of the original Jane Eyre may enjoy this updated YA version, but I'd also recommend it to those who enjoy supernatural suspense. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the digital ARC.