First off, I want to send a huge thank you to Penguin Teen for letting me be a part of the blog tour for Kristin Cashore's new book, JANE, UNLIMITED! Keep reading after the jump to learn a little more about this incredibly unique book, find out my thoughts on it, and enter an awesome giveaway!
Jane, Unlimited is a really, really fun concept that starts strong and then sort of… loses its way. I blazed through the first half of this book. Could not put it down. It's such a cool form of storytelling, with the beginning setting up the story and then the subsequent parts showing five alternate endings that are dependent on the main character’s choice at one particular moment. How cool is that?! It really reminded me of one of those choose-your-own-story books I devoured as a kid. So why did this one fall a little flat for me?
The first three parts were amazing, including the beginning section. I loved the word, the characters, the mysterious plot, the whole package. The story kind of started to lose me at the fourth part, where things started to get a little more fantastical. Which is weird for me, because I love fantasy! I think my issue here was that by that point I was already invested in a certain feel to the book, and I really loved the first two endings, so I was attached and wanted to read more about that. Maybe if the order of the endings had been switch up a little it wouldn't have felt so jarring to me? The last three endings also felt really rushed, because they were more fantasy/sci-fi and I wanted them to build more on those genres. They definitely felt to short for what they were.
I'm definitely feeling too negative right now, and I really did enjoy a lot of things about Jane, Unlimited. Janie is a really great main character, she's cute and doesn't really fall into any of the female main character tropes that I'm tired of reading. The supporting cast is also really strong, even the characters that don't get a lot of space on the page. Kiran was my favorite, defying the snobby rich girl persona that is so often used in books.
The writing is fantastic. I've always enjoyed reading Cashore’s books. Even if her plot meanders or doesn't quite hook me, her writing is always on point and it always keeps me reading.
Overall, I fall somewhere in the middle when it comes to Jane, Unlimited. I loved some aspects of it, others I didn’t. Would I recommend it? Oh definitely. It’s definitely a unique, well-written story and that alone makes it worth reading. And just because it wasn’t exactly the book I was looking for doesn’t make it a bad book. I think a LOT of people would actually really enjoy this one. And if anything, it’s definitely fun to read! (Although, after reading, I really with the cover featured umbrellas!)
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.
Find Kristin online: Website | LiveJournal | Twitter | Goodreads
So, does JANE, UNLIMITED sound like the book for you? If so you can order it from one of the links below!
Order Jane, Unlimited now:
Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
OR you can enter this amazing giveaway from Penguin Teen!
Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. (ARV: $18.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 11, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 9, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 11, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
For more Jane, Unlimited fun and chances to win a copy, make sure to check out the other stops on this fantastic tour!
September 11 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style Files
September 11 – The Bookiemoji – Review
September 12 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Playlist
September 12 – Wandering Bark Books – Review
September 13 – Sarcasm & Lemons – Umbrellas Jane Would Make for YA Characters
September 13 – Arctic Books – Review
September 14 – Book Nerd Addicts – Review
September 14 – In Wonderland
September 15 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
September 15 – My Friends are Fiction – Promo
September 18 – YA Bibliophile – Review
September 18 – Across the Words – Umbrellas, A History
September 19 – The Eater of Books! – Mood Board
September 19 – NovelKnight
September 20 – Great Imaginations – Review
September 20 – The Wednesday Blog for Books – Review
September 21 – Icey Books – Jane, Unlimited Quote Candy
September 21 – A Page With a View – Favorite Quotes
September 22 – A Thousand Books to Read – Review
September 22 – BookCrushin – Review
September 25 – Teen Librarian Toolbox
September 25 – The Young Folks – 10 Reasons to Read Jane, Unlimited
September 26 – Live Love Read – A Mood Board for Every Story
September 26 – No BS Book Reviews – Review
September 27 – Andi’s ABCs
September 27 – The Novel Hermit
September 28 – Paper Trail YA – Review
September 28 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Jane, Unlimited Fan Cast
September 29 – I Am A Reader
September 29 – Fiction Fare – Review
October 2 – Don’t Fold the Page
October 2 – Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Characters & Tea
October 3 – MuggleNet – Review
October 3 – Xpresso Reads – Top 10 Awesome Umbrellas
October 4 – The Book Wars – Review
October 4 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guess the Story in GIFs
October 5 – Mundie Moms – Review
October 5 – YA Romantics – Review & Quiz
October 6 – Bookworm Everlasting – Book Photography
October 6 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Bookish Style Board