Jane by April Lindner Mini Review

JaneJane by April Lindner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought this book because I loved the original Jane Eyre novel and I love young adult literature. I didn’t expect myself to love the book as much as I did.

I could see the instant parallels between Jane Eyre and this book. But the author made the characters come alive. I felt like they were more than just a copy and paste from the original book. I also loved how the author updated things for a modern setting. It all seemed to fit perfectly.

I really connected with Jane Moore when she left Thornfield Park was recently I’ve come close to being homeless and I could empathize with her not knowing where to turn and feeling helpless. It just made it seem so much more real.

I give this modern retelling 5 stars. It does the original Jane Eyre novel justice and it reignited my love for the book. I’m looking forward to listening to the audiobook and watching the countless adaptation so I can relive this wonderful story!

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Protected by the Prince Mini Review

Protected by the Prince: The Weight of the CrownProtected by the Prince: The Weight of the Crown by Annie West

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started this while I was waiting in the doctor’s office. I quite ignored the fact that I already had a book I was supposed to be reading. But then that’s how I roll.

I liked the premise of the book. Plus the I quite liked the name Tasmin. Tasmin herself was pretty interesting and I found myself wanting to know more about her childhood because of a line. I liked Alaric, but his name though. Maybe it’s because of recent events online, but the name just wasn’t doing it for me. I liked him fine, but his name though. I cringed everytime I read it, but that’s not the author’s fault. Just personal taste on my part.

Some of the lines were a bit cheesy. Normally I can ignore this and if I’m being honest, I like certain cheesy lines. But these seemed like a bit much for me.

All in all I give the book 3 stars. I enjoyed it, but I thought it could have been better.

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The Other Tudors Mini Review

The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards The Other Tudors: Henry VIII’s Mistresses and Bastards by Philippa Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book when I went out to the Barnes and Noble for the first time since August 2011. I don’t regret buying this book at all and the fact that I got it on a sale made it even better.

I’ve been fascinated with Henry VIII’s reign since 2002 when I was twelve years old. Over the years I’ve collected books (non fiction and fiction), DVDs, and anything related to the Tudor reign. But surprisingly I hadn’t heard of some of the women and children in this book.

I liked how each section spotlighted a different woman. I wish the author would have went into more detail about the ladies, but she gives the basics on each woman and the start of her affair with Henry.

I did find some mistakes in the book. Small mistakes, but seriously listing Elizabeth I’s death year as 1605? Really editors, you didn’t catch that?

All in all I give the book four stars! Good, but could have been better.

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