I’m so trilled to be on the blog tour for JANE, UNLIMITED! This was actually my first Kristin Cashore novel, and I’m excited to share with you my thoughts on it. Check out some information about the novel:
Publication: September 19th 2017 by Kathy Dawson Books
Length: 464 pages
Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.
Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens.
Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.
JANE, UNLIMITED was my first Kristin Cashore novel, and I’m for sure planning on going back to read her other works. This new standalone was perplexing and strange and lovely and adventurous, and well worth your time.
This novel follows Jane whose aunt has just passed away and she visits Tu Reviens with her friend Kiran. In this novel, there are five interconnected different paths from which Jane chooses, all based around different side characters and various plotlines – basically it’s kind of like those books where you can choose your own plotline. The plot is difficult to explain but it’s one of the most interesting and unique novels I’ve ever read.
The characters were so much fun to read about. There are a multitude of characters, and you have to pay attention to who’s whom, but each of them were so different and interesting. I adored Ivy, and my ultimate favorite was Jasper. Jane, to me, was a bit bland to read about, but I did appreciate the writing that connected all the characters and the stories together.
Overall, I do think this is a book worth picking up! I definitely believe there will be people who adore this immensely unique story and others who are on the opposite side of the spectrum. If you like contemporary or romance or fantasy or scifi or especially if you like all of those genres, I urge you to check this one out!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm–Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue–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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Alice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.