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Tour: 45. Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte & Sherri Browning Erwin...

April 15, 2010
jane slayre
Title: Jane Slayre
Author: Charlotte Bronte & Sherri Browning Erwin
ISBN-13: 9781439191187
Paperback: 391 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

FTC Disclosure: My copy of Jane Slayre was provided by Pocket Books for this blog tour. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

drey's thoughts:
I'll admit it, I've never picked up one of these mix-the-classics-with-zombies-or-vampires books. I've been curious, but apparently not that curious... That is, until the opportunity to read Jane Slayre showed up... I saw that wicked-looking knife--er, stake--and thought to myself, "why not give it a whirl?"

I should note here that while I do know that this is a re-imagining of the classic Jane Eyre, it's been decades since I read the predecessor. Seriously. So while I know Jane Eyre is a classic, and I've even read it, blah blah blah, I don't remember much about it (hangs head in shame).

Anyway. We're not here to talk about what I don't remember about Jane Eyre, instead, we're here to talk about what I thought of Jane Slayre. Or maybe it should be "I'm here to talk about..."! *grin* Jane Slayre is a very fun read that had me in stitches. Maybe it's because the zombies lose appendages. Maybe it's because the vampires are so very surprised when she stakes them. Like that poor ginger-haired bloke who tries to attack Jane, then asks for advice, before being dusted off her hands. He never even had a chance!

Not that it's all fun and roses--Jane's cousins are complete write-offs, her aunt is something else altogether, and the love of her life is married to a thing in the attic. I actually laud her for leaving Rochester when she does--it shows that she is strong and true to her moral core, even if she does question her decision along the way. And even when another opportunity presents itself, she pursues her goal of finding a cure for lycanthropy, for a chance at happiness...

This might not be for you, if you think the classics are perfect just the way they are and shouldn't be messed with. Otherwise, pick this up for an interesting and entertaining romp.

drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good

Challenges: 100+, Pub

Thanks to Pocket Books, I have one copy of Jane Slayre for you, if you're a US resident. To enter, comment and let me know if you have read these mix-'em-up novels. If so, which one(s)? Your verdict? If not, are you curious? Why? Do it all before 6:00 pm CST April 28th!

*Only one comment per person, please. Duplicates will be deleted.


Lisanne624 said...

Well, I've only read one so far, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and it was fun. Still, I was a bit surprised at the sheer mass of them that have been released since then. I don't have a problem with them, especially since they might actually get people interested in reading the originals!

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rubynreba said...

No, I have not read any of them yet. I am curious though and would love to be entered!

M.A.D. said...

Yes, I've just become hooked on these wonderful literary mash-ups and my special favorite is Dawn of the Dreadfuls!
I hope to get to enjoy more in the future, and thank you so much for offering this awesome book up for giveaway :)

Mary D
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Rachel said...

I haven't read any yet but I'm really looking forward to Henry VIII: Wolfman. Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

I am not that into those zombie/vampire spin offs of classics but maybe because like you I read all those classics years ago and don't remember much about them. And I am a little obsessive-compulsive and need to read the priginals before I read the spinoffs. Jane Slayre might very well make me finally reach out for Jane Eyre though. It sounds really fun.

drey said...

lisanne624~ Me too... It's like they popped out of the woodwork all at once!

Mary~ I will add that to my library list... =)

Rachel~ That could 'splain a lot of things, lol!

lilly~ Yeah, Jane Eyre is back on my list too...

heatwave16 said...

I bought a copy of Queen Victoria - Demon Hunter for my friend who had just moved to London. I figured local history would help.

I would like to check some out myself.


Unknown said...

I have not read any but am curious! aitmama {{at}} gmail {{tod}} com

Debbie F said...

Never read anything like this but willing to try it. thanks!

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Unknown said...

I've not read anything like this but I'd like to try it.

Renee G said...

This sounds like a fun one.

Colleen Turner said...

I haven't read one of these mix it up books yet, but I am listening to the audio book of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in my car (sort of the same kind of book). It is okay so far, but I think I would enjoy the literary mix it up books better...I have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on my "too read" list!

Julie said...

Like you, I think I read Jane Eyre during my college years (over 20 years ago). I recall enjoying it pretty much, but it was required reading, so I really couldn't read it at my leisure.

Honestly, until I read your above review, I haven't been curious about reading a mix-em-up. But now, well, YOU say it's funny and good, so I want to read it!! :)

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angie said...

I have not read any of these mix up books yet but I have been wanting to just to see what they are all about. I have heard that this is supposed to be a good one.
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ComeTheSpring said...

No, I've never read this sort of novel before but would like to!

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Suzanne Yester said...

I've read Pride Prejudice and Zombies and thought it was fun! AND I just listened to the audiobook of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which was just awesome! Would love to win a copy of Jane Slayer! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!


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