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?

May TBR Tuesday

With my final semester of college winding down, life has gotten a bit crazy so I’m going to try and keep the TBR super short this week. I also have been very much a mood reader lately, and am struggling to keep to prescribed reading lists.

Books I’ll definitely be reading this month:

  1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – if you have been following the blog, you know that I’m a Maas fan and will definitely be finishing this soon
  2. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne – I’m also a massive Jane Eyre fan, and love stories set in space; that makes this sci-fi retelling the perfect mix (you can read more about it on an old Waiting on Wednesday post HERE)
  3. Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce – I loved the first two books in this series (click the titles to see reviews for Wild Magic and Wolf-Speaker) and am trying to work through it between all the other books I’m reading!

Classic of the month:

I’m currently torn between whether to read The Odyssey by Homer (which I wanted to read before Circe by Madeline Miller) or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (HBO is releasing a new adaptation of this classic this month!). This pick will definitely depend on what mood I’m in when starting it.

Up next on my TBR:

  1. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa – I’ve been in the mood for some faerie stories lately, and have been trying to get through this forever. I’ll get to it eventually!
  2. Mistborn or The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – Sanderson is going to BookCon next month (which I am also attending) and I really wanted to read some of his books before attending! I know that he writes the kind of stories I will absolutely love, I just haven’t been able to dive into them.
  3. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – another series that I know that I’ll love but just haven’t had the time for it!

What are you planning on reading this month?

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?