Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Jane, UnlimitedJane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Group, Penguin Young Readers Group, and Kathy Dawson Books for the ARC, Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. Cashore’s mystery novel uses fantasy, a whodunit, and a mourning but clear-headed protagonist, Jane, as she traverses in search of answers concerning her recently deceased, beloved, Aunt Magnolia in the strange mansion, Tu Reviens, she is visiting with her friend and mentor, rich girl, Kiran. I found myself consistently uncertain as I read this book with Jane’s adventures unfolding in five separate chapters (many repetitions such as Jane seeing her Aunt Magnolia’s framed photograph of the little yellow gobi fish in the mouth of a large gray fish & then seeing the matting being uneven in the frame). I think readers will struggle too. But, that being said, I love Kristin Cashore as an author; her characters (Jane, Ivy, Patrick, Ravi, Kiran and Mr. & Mrs. Vander) are so strong, authentic and mysterious. Cashore’s world building is breathtaking with strange, creaking, groaning Tu Reviens, parallel universes, and Zorsted as a marvel, especially with the likes of Steen, the strayhound as her guide. I rooted for Jane as she stridently asked questions, uncovered answers and marched toward becoming her own umbrella building person (loved those umbrellas!!!) searching for her place in the world. Recommended for those who love mystery and fantasy, building tension, thrilling plot twists and strong characters.

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