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Brightly Burning – Advance Review

Brightly Burning

Book: Brightly Burning
By: Alexa Donne
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance, YA
Publication Date: May 1, 2018

“The screech of metal and an airlock venting behind us alerted us to the arrival of the transport. George held me tighter. It was like I was home. But home wasn’t forever. Sometimes you had to leave. I knew that in my heart. I broke away, wiping a stray tear with a callused index finger. Crying was no way to start an adventure.”

Sci-Fi Jane eyre coming at you! Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for approving me for this book! I loved it!

Goodreads Summary:
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.

Review (spoiler-free!):
Whether or not you have read Jane Eyre, this was a great book and I would definitely recommend it. The book follows a lot of the same plotlines from the original, but with some modern twists that were definitely necessary. For instance, I appreciate that there is a lot less fixation on Stella’s appearance, and Hugo, while difficult at times, didn’t exhibit the same kind of douchey behavior that we see from the original Rochester. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. It’s one of my favorite books ever, but I appreciated the updates the author made in this retelling.

Also, while there was a lot of predictability, what with it being a retelling, there were still plenty of surprises!

All in all, this was great. I sped right through it! All the characters were interesting, I loved the setting, and the story was strong on its own and not trying too hard to emulate the original. Read it!


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