Just got done reading Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn. It’s retelling of Jane Eyre, only in space. For me it was inevitable to draw the comparisons between this and Jane Eyre, as Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. I feel that may have detracted a little bit of my enjoyment, but simply because I love the original so much. If you don’t like Jane Eyre because of the language and the sheer volume of detail it goes into, and you do like sci-fi, I say give this one a chance. It shortens a lot of the beginning of Jane Eyre, condensing the story without really losing any of it, although some of those are my favorite parts from Jane Eyre.
Jenna Starborn captures the whole essence of Jane Eyre, only in a completely different setting and society. I guess, at it’s core this story is a romance and that part carries through in Jenna Starborn. I started reading the book a couple of nights ago, but was barely 50 pages in when I finished it tonight. Shinn is a wonderful storyteller and she captured these characters and yet made them her own at the same time. I got caught up in the story, even though I already knew what was going to happen since I have read Jane Eyre so many times. I was still able to lose myself in this book and I knew I had to finish it tonight. And what a great way to spend my night! I love to read, and while a lot of people might balk at the idea of reading on a Friday night, I found it quite enjoyable. Curled up on my couch with iTunes playing. It was great.
I recommend this book, even if you don’t like the original Jane Eyre, you should still give a try. You may just like this version.
This is the third book in the series by Sharon Shinn, and I think it might be my favorite. Although I still love the second one too, and the first one as well. *laugh* Maybe I should just be content to say I love them all.
One thing I think I love about these stories is that they seem to balance the good and the bad. It seems to capture how crazy life can be and the roller coaster ride we all go on while just trying to live our lives. This book had a very happy ending and one that made me cheer! I think that’s why I like these so much, they give me hope that things will turn out for the best, even if it doesn’t seem like it.
The Truth-Teller’s Tale
I just got done reading this book. It was just as good as the first one. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to find out more about the characters from the first book, but this book had it’s own amazing characters and story. I absolutely love the twins. I guess part of it is because they seem like two sides of my own psyche.
I’m a person that people confide in, yet I am very very bad at telling a lie and can very rarely pass off anything as true that’s not. The only way I ever do that is to stretch the truth or not tell all of the truth. If people ask me something outright I answer them honestly.
Adele and Eleda both connected with me in a way that characters in a book don’t often do. Usually I find traits in a character that I’d like to have, not ones that are already so close to my own characteristics. A highly recommended book. What a wonderful way to spend the morning!
The Safe-Keeper’s Secret
I just got done reading this book. It was sitting in the living room, I was half paying attention to the VH1 top 20, so I decided to pick it up. And then continued reading it until I was done, minus a bathroom break or two. It was a very enjoyable experience. The kitty curled up in my lap, a very nice way to spend the morning.
I loved the book. I love most books I read so that’s probably not a surprise. But it was very engaging and still simple. The premise of having Safe-Keepers, and Truth-Tellers, and Dream-Makers is one I find intriguing. I really enjoyed this book, a very good, fast read that made me feel good. I now have to read the next book, The Truth-Teller’s tale. I hope that it at least touches on the characters from this story, because I want to know more about them.