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Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Breath of Eyre First Reviews!

Thank you, Kirkus, for this lovely review! (Yes, I am freaking out just a little.)

From Kirkus Reviews:
Author: Mont, Eve Marie

This richly satisfying tale of first and last love transcends its genre—not another breathless, fan-fiction take on a literary classic but an intertextual love letter.

Raised by a distant father and ex-debutante stepmother, shy, bookish Emma misses the mother she barely remembers. At Emma’s 16th birthday party, her mother’s college roommate, Simona, gives her a copy of Jane Eyre. Emma finds Simona’s son, Gray, disturbingly attractive, but he dates an A-list girl at Lockwood, the boarding school Emma, a scholarship student, attends. The alliance she forges with her new roommate—fellow scholarship student and Haitian science whiz Michelle—heartens both until, struck by lightning, Emma wakes up to find herself Jane Eyre. Though her world is comforting at first, Mr. Rochester’s controlling ways trouble Emma, who feels deepening compassion for Bertha Mason. (Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea is clearly a referent here.) She fights her way home, but unresolved issues and mysteries, especially the connection between Jane’s world and Emma’s mother, draw her back. With evocative settings and compassionately drawn characters, this trilogy opener offers affectionate insight into the gifts literature gives readers. If treasured books have the power to change us, it’s a two-way street. As we change, so does our relationship to those books and so, in a sense, we change them.

A smart and rewarding ode to literature. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

And from Publishers Weekly:

Eve Marie Mont. Kensington/KTeen, $9.95 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-7582-6948-5

Adult author Mont’s (Free to a Good Home) enjoyable YA debut, first in a planned series based on classic literature, introduces 16-year-old Emma Townsend, a student at the elite Lockwood Prep. At school, Emma and her roommate are taunted for being scholarship students, and she has a crush on her English teacher as well as a confusing friendship with Gray, a reformed bad boy. When Emma is struck by lightning and wakes up in the novel Jane Eyre as the governess herself, the memories of her life at Lockwood soon fade as she falls in love with the dashing Mr. Rochester, “two lost souls trapped in a gloomy mansion together—one haunted by a past he could not relinquish, the ­other haunted by a past she could not remember.” Emma senses that she has ­unfinished business in both worlds (in which characters cleverly mirror each ­other), and she travels between them to discover truths about her past and future. Brontë fans should appreciate this romantic, time-slipping reimagining that addresses finding a voice in writing and in life. Ages 14–up. Agent: April Eberhardt, Kimberley Cameron & Associates. (Apr.)


Lisa Shafer said...

Bravo for getting some good early reviews. I'm excited to read your book! :)

(And reading Wide Sargasso Sea completely changed what I thought of Mr. Rochester forever, so I'm glad to see you've thought of that angle too. )

Jaime Morrow said...

Great reviews! They only make me want to read your book that much more :D

Eve Marie Mont said...

Thanks so much, Lisa! I loved Wide Sargasso Sea when I read it in college. But it didn't make me love Bronte's Rochester any less. Sometimes love is irrational, I guess.

And Jaime, thank you so much for the kind words! Reviews are such an angst-producing part of this process.

Jessica Spotswood said...

Yay! Congratulations on the fabulous reviews, Eve! I can't wait to read your book EVEN MORE now.

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Eve Marie Mont said...

Thank you, Jessica & Feed!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Wonderful news Eve - congratulations!!! Isn't it thrilling?

I got my first starred review from SLJ a couple months ago for CIRCLE OF SECRETS and I'm still pinching myself! ;-)

Bask in the glow, and I'm wishing all good things for you and your book!

BrooklynShoeBabe said...

I'm very excited for this. It has been on my TBR list for at least 3 months.