2015 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, Book Reviews

Jane Slayre by Charlotte Brontë and Sherri Browning Erwin

I read this book hoping it would be a funny adaptation of Jane Eyre. I love Jane Eyre. It is one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite, book. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by the book. I really wanted to like it, but I didn’t. I liked the core of the story because it followed so closely with the original Jane Eyre, but that was all. I actually missed the normalcy of the original.

The story begins with Jane living with the Reeds, who are actually vampires. She lives the vampire lifestyle, staying awake at night and sleeping during the day, rebelling where she can and yearning for day light. One maid at the house is a zombie, having been provided to the house by the Mr. Bokorhurst, the head of Lowood school. As normal, she gets in a fight with John Reed and ends up being shipped to Lowood school. At the school, she noticed that several of the students are zombies. Between her and Ms. Temple, they are able to wipe out the zombies, ending Mr. Bokorhurst’s experiments to perfect the zombie servants he had been creating. She learns a great deal about fighting zombies and vampires from Ms. Temple. Following Jane Eyre, she gets placed at Thornfield Hall and takes care of young Adele. There is an occasional fight with vampires, but all seems quiet except for the strange sounds upstairs. When she goes to marry Mr. Rochester, he reveals his wife in the attic – a werewolf. She flees and ends up with Rivers family. She reveals her talent for slaying vampires accidentally after a walk in the woods one night and St. John Rivers helps her to establish a village school for teaching the townspeople to slay vampires. They are growing in numbers in the area and will attack the village shortly. While doing this, she pursues research on how to defeat werewolves. The vampire attack comes and they are able to save the village and eliminate the vampires. St. John tries to talk her in to continuing their fight against the vampires in India. She leaves to return to Mr. Rochester only to find him a werewolf. She finds a way to cure him and they live happily ever after.

The names of some ofhttps://wordpress.com/post/82317091/517/ the characters are a little different, but are essentially the same. My big issue about the book was the vampire/werewolf storyline felt forced a lot in most areas. It didn’t fold in as seamlessly as I think the author had hoped. I think it needed to be taken a little more away from the true storyline, artistic license allows for that. I think there was too much attempt to stick so closely with the book. It is a nice read if you are interested in it. I personally won’t read it a second time, but it was a neat idea.

My rating:

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