Kiss. Marry. Kill. Nineteen-year-old June Eyermann has always known exactly which of her favorite Byronic heroes goes where. She'd kiss moody and possessive Rochester from Jane Eyre and marry prideful but repentant Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, leaving obsessive and spiteful Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights to be chucked off a cliff - but no. She couldn't leave any of her heroes behind. She lives for her favorite fictional worlds.
But June is about to get a serious wake up call when she returns home for the summer after her college freshman year. Stuck somewhere between feeling like a kid again under her parents' roof and being forced to start acting like an adult with worries about her future career, June looks at the library volunteer position offered to her as a way to keep her sanity for the next few months before she can go back to school.
What June doesn't expect to find at the library is her favorite romantic heroes brought to life-all in the same man. Obstinate, prideful and even a bit rude, Everett Rockford shouldn't exactly be "dating material," even if June's heart rate accelerates whenever she's near him. But after discovering his enigmatic past and witnessing a few fiery moments of tenderness, June can't help but see Rochester, Darcy and even Heathcliff in Everett. If she's going to make it through the summer without becoming a tragic heroine in her own story, she has to separate the man from the ideals of fiction in her head. Because if there's one thing she knows about Byronic love stories, it's that they don't always end happily ever after.
I thought this was a creative story. I have read other modern adaptations of the classics but never one that the narrator is so aware that she is in the middle of a modern adaptation. It was charming, quirky and fun. I'm excited to read more by this author.
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A Love For the Pages was a clean romance that referenced classic literature through out the book. The main character Jane is a huge fan of Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, etc and relates her life and those around her to the characters in the classic novels.
This was a sweet romance with little suspense but it was a refreshing read from all the drama filled books I have been reading lately. The characters were likeable but of course you had a few villains but the little drama they caused was needed.
This book was provided to me via Audiobook Boom for my honest review.
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This story was given to me via audiobook boom. This was more of a story for young adults or teens. It seemed like a coming of age story where both characters were learning what the true meaning of love is. The narration was very good and the voice went well with the story.
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A modern spin on some of the classic romances. The love interest in this book is a combination of the leading men in three of Junes favourite classic romance books, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
I enjoyed that much of the book was set in a library and that the main character loved reading. She never went anywhere without a paperback or her kindle. I loved when she pulled her kindle out of her tiny clutch bag at a formal dinner!
I found the characters likeable and hoped that June would work out what she wanted. I found the romance a bit too "classic" and old fashioned, with declarations of love when they barely knew each other. It seemed to come out of nowhere and I would have liked a bit more tension and build up.
I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator was well spoken and easy to listen to. I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest review.
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June Eyermann is spending the summer at home after her first year of college. She's getting a business degree although her true love is classic literature, especially her three favorites. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights. June is roped into volunteering at the local library, where she ends up working with her not quite ex-boyfriend Singin, a boy two years younger than June.
On June's first day at the library, a man on a bicycle with a dog runs into her, recreating a scene straight out of Wuthering Heights. The comparisons don't stop there, as Everett Rockwood seems to be a hero right out of one of her favorite classics, moody, brooding, arrogant, and demanding. June doesn't find these traits very endearing in person, but just when she's written him off, he shows her a different side, sweet and sensitive. When a drama worthy of the Bronte sisters ensues, June discovers that reading about drama and experiencing it in real life are two very different things.
The mishmash of Austen/Bronte sisters/modern setting was really fun, and I loved picking out all the familiar scenes and characters in their new modern trappings. So many of the secondary characters were awesome, like Blake, Singin, and Addy. There were of course a few cringeworthy people, like Connor and Isla, only a good author can make me angry enough to hit a figment of their imagination! Connor's endless lectures made ME squirm a time or two, I just wanted June to act and be treated like an adult.
I've never been a Mr. Rochester fan because he is so cruel to Jane, especially when Blanche Ingram is visiting, but luckily Everett never acts that badly. June lacks Jane's innate calmness and outward confidence, but that's to be expected without a Brocklehurst school to mature her. Everett and June's relationship moved quickly. There's no slow buildup of friendship and romance between them, the declaration of love comes out of the blue. This threw me off for a bit until I remembered Darcy's first proposal and then it fit right in.
The narrator's voice fit June perfectly. She deepened her voice a touch for Everett's speaking voice, and it was well done. I did have trouble deciphering what June thought in her head and what she said aloud, but it didn't detract from the performance. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and I'd recommend it to anyone that has read and loved Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice.
A story after my own heart. When I read or listen in this case, I totally lose myself in a story. This story is so well written that you feel like listening to it again and again. The narrator is also superb.
I read all sort of genres including young adult. For some reason this book had a hard time keeping my attention and pulling me in. It took me awhile to finish.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review."
I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
In gave it 3 stars because it kept my interest enough for me to finish it but it wasn't for me. Perhaps a specific niche, such as a teenager who is obsessed with the same books that the main character refers to endlessly, would enjoy it. Although I felt the narrator was cast appropriatly as far as type, I had a difficult time distinguishing between the different characters as well as the main character and her inner thoughts. They were read exactly the same as her dialogue.
A Love for the Pages
: Joy Penny
A coming of age / modern retelling of classics Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre combined / romance/ teen angst.
June at age 19 doesn't have her life planned out, so her mother and especially step father try to do it for her. The men she meets or knew before leaving for college compete for her affections.
The romance could have built more slowly for believe ability.
I loved that she was a bibliophile and a library was a primary setting.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Dawn Huestis young voice fit the story.
The author added a cute kid and her dog to give the listener another bit of drama.
I would recommend this for a young audience.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
Although this wasn't a good fit for me, if the book blurb piques your interest please read on. If you are a fan of Austen, Hardy or any of the Bronte sisters, please read on. If you enjoy fan faction following any of those authors, please read on. If you are familiar with fan fiction of this type, this may not be a good fit.
I am an avid fan on Jane Austen's books, especially Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. I often read P&P modern-day retellings, P&P what-ifs, P&P continuations and the P&Ps from another character's POV. I have found many authors who can write these retellings or what-ifs or continuations or alternate POVs well and several who do not write these so well. I am nearly always eager to read another simply for th opportunity to wrap myself in Lizzy's and Darcy's story yet again. This is why I volunteered to listen to the audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review. I thank author Joy Penny for gifting me this opportunity.
The audio version of this 225 page story was narrated by Dawn Heustis and is 6 hours in length. Dawn's performance was fine, the production crew created a clean, distraction-free recording. As I listened rather than read, I cannot comment of the final edited text as possible editing flaws can be masked by the reading, including typos and punctuation errors. The only drawback to the audio version was the nearly dozen mispronunciations Ms Heustis made of some "bigger" words, and some not-so-big words.
This is a modern-day retelling, of sorts, combining characters, scenes and elements of Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre -- all classics with large followings of readers who thoroughly enjoy their favorite more with each and every reread, just like our main character, June Eyermann. In this tale, you'll find Jane and Edward (with hints of Heathcliff), Lizzy and Darcy, Caroline Bingley, St John, Lady Catherine du Bourgh, a stone wall by the beach scene reminescent of Bath, and more. This is what I liked best of this book -- identifying and recognizing scenes and characters from these classics authors.
Home after her first year of college, June finds herself volunteering at the local library and thrown in the way of Mr. Edward Rochester. Oh, I mean Mr. Everett Rockford. After their first encounter, when he is thrown off his steed, I mean bicycle, and she comes to his rescue, the two continue to have uncanny encounters that whisper of Darcy's pride and Lizzy's prejudice, or maybe Lizzy's pride and Darcy's prejudice ... Mr. Rochester's and Jane's wrong-class match AND Sinjin's more than passing interest in Jane, oops, June (though St John sounds better -- oh, no matter).
I do not know exactly where to begin explaining my take-away from this book. "A Love for the Pages" has everything I usually like in a retelling, but, despite it's potential and the respectable attempt, the two time frames weren't put together very well. Even as this book didn't work for me, I am sure there is a perfect audience for this book, just not this particular reader. So, why the two-and-a-fraction-stars-not-able-to-be-rounded-up-to-three-stars rating? The attempted meshing of 19th century and 21st century was awkward and disjointed. The fabric of 19th century traits, speech (both sujbject matter and word choice) and hesitations wasn't layered well with 21st century attitudes, expectations and mild cursing.
With the possible exception of June, the characters were disappointingly underdeveloped, including Everett. The romance between June and Everett was rushed and not believable due to the lack of "Darcy's" distant observations scenes, even as these two characters, with traits of "those times", are not given to commonplace impulsive actions of the 21st century. The dialogue, whether June's inner voice or June & Everett's tentative conversations, in this MODERN retelling was off -- sounding so very 1800s in word choice and content one moment, then, bamm!, 2010s defensive tones and mild cuss words, then, whoosh, back to 1800s cautionary civility.
This book was a good attempt at a difficult task of lifting elements of then and placing them into now. Unfortunately, this attempt didn't achieve a believable balance between the then with the now. This balance is not an impossibility, it simply wasn't achieved well enough for this particular reader.
Nevertheless, I would recommend this book, but not to everyone. I think fans of Austen or the Brontes might enjoy this, but only if they are younger (not simply adults who enjoy YA books, but the actual YA audience) and if the reader has not read many other Austen or Bronte retellings. Teens and younger 20-somethings probably won't care for this book if they have not read P&P or Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. The dialogue and relationship between June and Everett will feel more out of place for those not having read any or all of these popular selections of literature.