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Jane, Unlimited Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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***An instant New York Times bestseller***
***An IndieNext Top Ten Pick***
"As soon as I'd finished the first page of Jane, Unlimited, I was hooked, and the minute I finished the novel, I wanted to begin it again. The story held me enthralled with its unexpected twists, hidden identities, and secrets revealed. Once again, the brilliant Kristin Cashore has created a mesmerizing, unforgettable world."—Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of Better Than Before
"Absolutely addictive and fascinating, Jane, Unlimited is storytelling at its best. Filled with spies, stolen artwork, cute dinosaurs, new worlds, and delicious romance, this book is everything you could hope for and more than you can imagine."—Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner's Curse
"This excellent, genre-bending title is a great pick for teens looking for something challenging to take them off the well-beaten path of standard YA fare."—School Library Journal (starred review)
"This is a true tour de force of genre mashups, and it will satisfy a wide range of readers."—BCCB (starred review)
"Creation, compassion, and choice repeatedly emerge as themes in this ambitious, mind-expanding novel."—Booklist
"Adventurous readers will find it charming, thought-provoking, and utterly sui generis."—Kirkus
"Fans will enjoy the worldbuilding in this genre-hopping mystery. . . . [and] imaginative and witty storytelling, along with the novel's many memorable characters."—VOYA
"[U]nlike anything I've read—mysterious, precise, and possessed of a pure, clear mood that stays intact even through the genre shifts. It's a wild gift for readers who like books that take them to unexpected places, by unexplored avenues, reminding us of the thrillingly infinite possibilities of story."—Melissa Albert, B&N Blog, author of Hazelwood
Praise for The Graceling Realm books:
"Transcends the genre with its emotional and philosophical weight."—BCCB, starred review (Bitterblue)
"Devastating and heartbreaking."—Kirkus, starred review (Bitterblue)
"Cashore's imagined world is brilliantly detailed and brimming with vibrant and dynamic characters."—SLJ, starred review (Bitterblue)
"Fresh, hopeful, tragic and glorious."—Kirkus, starred review (Fire)
"Piercing and elegant."—Horn Book, starred review (Fire)
"Readers will fall in love."—SLJ, starred review (Fire)
"Cashore is that rare gifted writer who can give a fantasy novel real depth."—Los Angeles Times (Fire)
"There are some books that stick with you for years, and Kristen Cashore's FIRE is one of them. Thoughtful, steamy and completely original, FIRE is YA fantasy at its absolute best."—Sabaa Tahir, author of New York Times bestselling Ember in the Ashes (Fire)
"Cashore sets herself apart."—The New York Times Book Review (Fire)
"This is gorgeous storytelling."—SLJ, starred review (Graceling)
"With this riveting debut, Cashore has set the bar exceedingly high."—Publishers Weekly, starred review (Graceling)
"An impressive first novel."—Booklist, starred review (Graceling)
"Rageful, exhilarating, wistful in turns."—The New York Times Book Review (Graceling)
About the Author
Kristin Cashore grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and has a master's degree from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College. She lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm—Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue—are all New York Times bestsellers and have won many awards and much high praise, including picks as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors Choice, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. In addition, Graceling was shortlisted for the William C. Morris Debut Award and Fire is an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner.
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I first was introduced to Kristen Cashore when I read her Graceling Series. I enjoyed her worldbuilding and imagination in those stories. That series was very much fantasy, this is contemporary UF with a twist. I’m not even sure I can explain the twist because that would totally give away some of the magic of the story. It’s a little like Clue meets Groundhogs Day. Let’s just say that Jane is a girl who is at a spot in her life where she could make a lot of choices. Each choice will lead her on a different path. Some of those paths are wondrous, some are crazy odd and others lead to certain death.
Jane takes a minute to get used to. She is a little bit sad and a little bit quirky. She is like a modern day heroine out of something like Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice.
***Jane suddenly feels like a character in a novel by Edith Wharton or the Brontes. I’m a young woman of reduced circumstances, with no family and no prospects, invited by a wealthy family to their glamorous estate. Could this be my heroic journey.***
But once you lock into her straight man sense of humor and dry wit she is extraordinarily wonderful and I just wanted to help her through some of the grief she was feeling after the loss of her aunt who raised her. Also I really want a Jane, Unlimited Umbrella of my very own. They seemed so wondrous and it was such a different little niche for a character to focus on and be good at. Plus armed with a larger umbrella who knows what you could fight off.
There are some really funny side characters throughout the story. Jasper the basset hound beset by gravity was really my favorite side character in this. The whole time I was thinking he was more than just a dog. I even harbored hopes that he was secretly a shifter hound (he isn’t) but I would have been on board if he was.
There were two potentialish love interests but I want to point out that they were very minor and I believe there were two (possibly three) kisses in this. There was absolutely no love triangle so don’t worry about that. But the two possibilities were exceptionally different. One was the dashingly handsome, wealthy playboy Ravi and the other was the wordsmithing, not what she appears to be Ivy. Yes you got that right one was male and one female. This is an equal opportunity book and Jane is in her college years so you should try everything at least once…right? I wasn’t extremely interested in Jane with anyone actually. I was deeply interested in Kiran’s love life but that was a different story completely. Still it was unusual but possibly fitting since Jane is at an age where she is finding herself. Both are very likable in their own ways and I could see how they could each have had a place in Jane’s life so it wasn’t disconcerting.
Kiran is a character I wasn’t sure if I was going to like in the beginning of the book. She is a bit short and harsh but later that is totally part of her charm. She definitely grew on me and I was very interesting in what was going on in the strange house that she brought Jane to. But once you get to see Kiran interact with her twin it makes a little more sense why she is so dry and it made her all the more likable.
***“Hmph!” says Ravi. “You’re lucky I need to keep you around, in case I ever need a kidney.”
“Like I’d ever give you my kidney.”
“You would totally give me your kidney.”
“There’s totally a universe somewhere where I’ve refused to give you my kidney,” says Kiran.
Ravi is smiling. “Let’s go get that Kiran’s kidney, just to spite her. We could keep it on ice until one of us needs it.”
“That’s a disturbing idea,” Kiran says. “But practical.”***
The house Tu Reviens was a character all its own. Nothing was what it seemed and it took a while for Kristen Cashore to tease the full story out about what is going on with all the characters and the actual house. But I loved how it was described most of the time with all the different pieces kind of thrown together. It seemed like it was a character part of the story.
***“Charlotte kept saying that the house is made of orphaned pieces,” says Kiran.
“Orphaned pieces?” I’m an orphaned piece, aren’t I?
“Yeah. Charlotte said the only thing unifying all the parts is pain. That the house is in constant agony. Charlotte wanted to find another way to unify the house, to bind its pieces. So the house can rest.”***
This book is hard to rate because it feels so disjointed in some ways. Everything is interconnected but at the same time some of the stories seem so separate. I will say I loved the beginning and enjoyed most of various turns in the book. The story involving Charlotte was completely disturbing and I will never think of Winnie the Pooh the same again. But overall it is different and strange and I do applaud that.
Cashore has created one of the most unique story structures I've ever encountered in book. At first I really liked it. It's intriguing. I liked the weirdness of the details, which quickly captured my attention. However, soon after the book really begins to pick up, I quickly felt confused by everything happening. There is a lot of weird things happening that continually don't get explained, leaving readers in the dark along with Jane, the main character. Normally I like this, but not when there aren't many answers until three-fourths into the story.
The premise of this story is a complex, organized mess. Which I was purposely done. I got what Cashore was trying to do, but in the end it felt like it wasn't quite executed the way it felt is should be. The oddness of the story was the most intriguing part of it, which I liked. This story very much had a mixed feel of Doctor Who, The Twilight Zone, and Stranger Things. Despite my confusion for much of the story on what was going on, I kept reading the book because I wanted answers as much as Jane did. I really had to figure out what the heck was going on.
One of my favorite elements of this story is the setting. Tu Reviens is really cool, and extremely complicated. Kind of like how the story, and the characters are. It almost felt like a character in and of itself. Let's just say you don't want to make that house mad..... when you read this book you'll get what I'm talking about.
The character dynamics were definitely interesting. These were very conflicted characters with some and very complicated relationships. Similar to what you'd find in early, classic literature (from Bronte or Eyre). Their interactions where at times extremely odd. I, unfortunately didn't feel drawn to any one character in particular. Nor did I feel like I really got to know any one of them personally. The not knowing their true character selves made sense for part of the story, but after awhile I felt like I needed a little bit more from them. However, if I had to pick, I'd say Aunt Magnolia and Ivy were the most likable of the characters for me.
Overall I'm really conflicted with my feelings on this story. I love the originality of it. However, I felt like I spent much of this book feeling confused about everything happening. That part of was frustrating. What starts off making this book truly mesmerizing is the unique story structure and mixture of strange things happening (something I really liked at the beginning of the book). With these, there is an overwhelming amount of details to help explain the weird elements to the story. I felt in the end, and overall, this is what ended up hurting the story. What starts off being quirky and odd about the book ends up taking a way a lot of what this story had going on for it and overly complicating the storyline.
I am a huge fan of Cashore's books. I love her books. Graceling is still one of my all time favorite books (and the series is one of my favorites as well). I have waited for years for Cashore to write a new book, and it pains me to say that I wasn't a fan of this book. I really hate it when I don't love a book I've been looking forward to reading.