Review: Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

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Published: May 1, 2018

Rating: 4/5

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Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

Would I have enjoyed this book as much as I did if I didn’t absolutely adore Jane Eyre? Probably not. If you aren’t a fan of Jane Eyre, or aren’t familiar with the story, this book may seem a little out there. The writing does feel a bit juvenile, especially in the very beginning – I’d say probably for a younger YA audience.

There were a few plot twists that require a bit of a suspense of belief, and I can understand how people may get hung up on them: i.e. how did a 14 year old become  a captain of a ship? How were rats allowed to run around the ship? (Some things made my science-degree wielding self cringe).

When it comes down to it, I absolutely love anything Jane Eyre, and this wasn’t a bad retelling. Hugo and Stella’s relationship gave me ALL THE FEELS, and more than made up for any questionable plot points that arose. The author is currently writing a new book set it the same world that is a retelling of Persuasion (my absolute favorite classic) so you can imagine how excited I am!

Do you enjoy classic retellings?

Waiting on Wednesday: Brightly Burning

One of my favorite classics of all time is Jane Eyre, so you can perhaps imagine my excitement when I found out a Jane Eyre retelling SET IN SPACE would be releasing! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, which combines one of my favorite stories with one of my favorite genres.

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne comes out on May 1 (in 6 days!). Although I won’t be reading it up immediately (because A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas comes out the same day), I’m excited to dive into this world!

35721194Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

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What are some of your favorite retellings?