I bought Ironskin, a new Young Adult book, a few weeks ago. It went on my want list when I added it to my New Release, October 2nd . But… I’ve been running like a hamster on a wheel and have not had a chance to read it yet. I took a stack of books with me to visit La Revenant.
One of my favorite classics is Jane Eyre and Le Reve says it reminded her a bit of that. I need the book back… But I think she might be holding it hostage so I’ll come visit her sooner. 😛
Take a look at Ironskin and say hi to La Revenant please. 😉
The Queen of Tarts
La Revenant’s Review of
by Tina Connolly
Ironskin, is an enchantingly delightful story suitable for young adults and on to the adult who are young at heart. I devoured it in one sitting, coming to know Jane and the other characters quite well. Relationships were built, intrigues pursued, and fights ensued throughout this story. One of the reviews of Ironskin stated the story was a “steampunk Beauty and the Beast tale…” I definitely felt the story had more in common with Jane Eyre than Beauty and the Beast. I even had a passing thought of Phantom of the Opera while reading Ironskin but I think that mostly had to due with the mask on Jane’s face. I’m eagerly waiting fall 2013 so that I can read the sequel to this story! I highly recommend reading this book if you enjoy magical tales that are set in an almost familiar world, a world as it might exist in an alternate stream of time.
The Great War between fey and humans resulted in lives lost, technological advances set back years, and families broken apart. The aftermath left humans’ injured and scarred, some of those injuries contained fey-curses. To keep others from feeling the effect of those who were fey-cursed, the cursed took to wearing bits of iron over the affected area, thus they were called Ironskin.
One of these Ironskin, Jane Elliot, has a scar on half of her face and so she wears an iron mask containing the fey-curse that accompanied her injury. Jane possesses an inner strength, determination, intelligence, and vulnerability, which causes her to be a relatable character.
Four jobs in five years, Jane’s face has resulted in her being let go from different teaching and governess positions. Desperate, she applies for a job in the country.
“Governess needed, country house, delicate situation. Preference given to applicant with intimate knowledge of the child’s difficulties. Girl born during the Great War.”
Upon arriving at the country estate of Mr.Rochart and his daughter Dorie, Jane discovers she is just one more in a long line of governesses who have been employed by Mr. Rochart. “None lasted a week. They all claimed it was not us—,” “it was them. They were summoned home unexpectedly. Something urgent came up—a sickly mother, a dying aunt” Jane finished for him. “You wouldn’t believe the number of dying aunts in this country,” he said.
As Jane works on helping Dorie overcome her own fey-curse, she also begins to fall in love with Mr. Rochart. This budding love of Jane’s seems impossible to her, because of the fact that she is Ironskin, but is it really impossible or just improbable?
Read forever after,