Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Breath of Eyre Review

Title:  A Breath of Eyre
Author:  Eve Marie Mont
Published March 27th 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

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…
Emma loves to read.  Her new favorite book is Jane Eyre.  She feels more comfortable in the pages of Jane's world than she does in the real world.  Her dad has remarried since her mom's death, and her new stepmom doesn't seem to like her at all.  Not to mention, her dad hardly speaks to her anymore.  Emma attends Lockwood, a prep school, on a scholarship, so she's never going to fit in with the rich girls whose parents pay their way.  Will Emma ever find a place where she belongs?

On the day of her sixteenth birthday, Emma gets a visit from an old friend, a boy named Gray Newman.  She and Gray used to play together when they were little because Gray's mom was best friends with Emma's mom.  Emma and Gray weren't really "friends," though, because Emma tried to kiss Gray and he broke her nose.  Now, Gray is this really hot swimmer who is also dating the meanest, richest girl at Lockwood, Elise.  Given their past, Emma doubts Gray would ever look at her twice.  Then, Gray says he and Elise broke up.  Now he's acting very strangely toward Emma.  He is so confusing!

Emma returns to Lockwood dreading the year.  Between her confusion of Gray and trying to stay under the radar of Elise, Emma manages to find a friend in her new roommate, Michelle.  Michelle is on a scholarship, too.  However, she shows her bitterness instead of hiding it like Emma does.  She can be a little difficult to get to know or be around for that matter.  Michelle becomes especially difficult when she and Emma meet a boy named Owen.  He goes to Braeburn, the same boy's school as Gray, but he works at Lockwood's stables.  He is a really great guy, and Emma knows Michelle likes him.  Michelle just makes things difficult with her attitude.

As the year progresses, things aren't too unbearable now that Emma has some friends.  One night after Emma and Michelle sneak out to attend a bonfire at Braeburn, Emma gets struck by lightning.  She wakes up to find herself not in her bed at Lockwood or even in the hospital for that matter.  Emma finds herself in Jane Eyre's body! 

Now, she's living Jane's life at Thornfield with Mr. Rochester.  Will she fall in love with him as Jane does in the story?  Emma feels herself doing just that, but is her love real or make believe?  Will she ever find her way back home?  Does she even want to go home?  At Thornfield, Emma's life is laid out for her.  She speaks every line of Jane's from the story.  She will never have to worry about how to fit in again because the story makes her fit, but is that enough?  Emma will have to decide in Eve Marie Mont's first book in her Unbound series, A Breath of Eyre.

*reviewed by Casie, YA @ Cpl. J. R. Searcy Memorial Library

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