Deja Vu Review (3)

So Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide has started a new weekly feature called The Deja Vu Review, where we can give mini reviews of books we’ve read before we started blogging (or books we never wrote reviews for).  I think this is a great idea, and although it means I’m participating in five memes a week (I know that is crazy!  But I will still post at least two book reviews a week) I wanted to support Brittany.  Plus, it is fun!

Jane by April Lindner
Rating: 3/5 stars
Mini-Review: Fans of Jane Eyre should definitely take a look at this one.  It is a modern-day retelling of Jane Eyre.  And, get this, Mr. Rochester is a rock star!  Another reason to pick this one up – Jane is 19 (I think) and has completed a year of college.  It is never easy, I think, to write a modern-day retelling of a classic, especially one written during a time when there were such defined restrictions on what a person could do.  Minor spoiler alert if you haven’t read Jane Eyre.  I mean if some man locked his crazy wife in the attic today, he would be is SOOOOO much trouble.  End Spoiler.  Lindner does a pretty could job of handling this retelling.  I don’t think it has quite the haunting feel that Jane Eyre had, but it is still very good.  Definitely give this one a try.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Rating: 5/5 stars
Mini-Review: Okay, guys, if you haven’t read this book, what are you waiting for?  It is amazing!!!  It has been quite some time since I’ve read this, so I can’t speak on a lot on details from this book.  What I can talk about is how haunting this book is!  From that famous first line “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again,” the reader is immediately drawn into this amazing, and kind of creepy (in a good way 🙂 ) world that Du Maurier created.  There is so much to love about this book, it has a mystery of sorts, it’s set in England, there is some romance.  Seriously guys, this is a classic to not skip!

Have you guys read these books before?  What did you think of them?

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About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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8 Responses to Deja Vu Review (3)

  1. Brittany says:

    I still haven’t read Jane Eyre….. Oops? I’m so not good with classics! I do mean to pick up Rebecca though! I’ve heard great things about it.
    Great choices!! Thanks for sharing them 🙂

    • Quinn says:

      I’m not so good with classics myself! Especially since I’ve been out of high school. I read Jane Eyre when I was in 8th grade, so I bet there were all sorts of things I missed. I did like it, though, particularly once she got to Mr. Rochester’s home (is it called Thornfield??).

      But Rebecca is totally amazing, and you should definitely read it! Seriously, amazing!!!!!!!! I hope to hear what you think of it, too, if you get around to reading it. It is so creepy, but not really scary. I might need to re-read it sometime soon.

  2. I love Jane Eyre (I like The Flight of Gemma Hardy too – another retelling), so I’ll have to check out Jane.

    • Quinn says:

      I’ve never heard of The Flight of Gemma Hardy. I will have to look into it. I would love hear what you think of Jane, if you ever read it. I love the cover! You just know it is about Jane Eyre.

  3. ladyruby07 says:

    HOW did you like Rebecca?! It was sooooooo boring! The main character was so bland and I just couldn’t feel bad for her. By the time the big “twist” came I couldn’t care enough about the characters for it to surprise me. I couldn’t even understand why Mr. de Winter was even with her. It didn’t seem like there was much chemistry between them and I couldn’t figure out why he said he loved her but didn’t seem to show it. It was a terrible book and I felt like I wasted my time reading it.

    • Quinn says:

      I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Rebecca. I loved it! It’s been MANY years since I’ve read it, so I can’t really remember any of the details. But I can remember just being sucked into the story. I loved how it was kind of haunting, and even a bit scary. But not too scary.

  4. April Books & Wine says:

    I’ve read both and loved both.

    What I liked about Rebecca was the atmospheric writing and the tension — you know something bad is going to go down, it’s just a matter of waiting for it.

    • Quinn says:

      Yes! I can remember just waiting for the bad thing to come. It was amazing. Gosh, I love Rebecca. Have you seen the Hitchcock film? What did you think of it?

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