Blog Tour | Jane of Air by Jessica Penot

Looking for an awesome retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë that has a bit of paranormal aspects? Check out Jane of Air!

Title: Jane of Air

Author: Jessica Penot

Series: The Tattooed Girl #1

Age: Young Adult

Genres: Paranormal

Publication Date: October 8, 2018

Source: eBook

Purchase: Kindle 

Amazon bestselling author, Jessica Penot, brings you a dark and compelling series about an orphaned girl in her first year of college who begins to discover her true identity and inner strength as she falls for a broken and mysterious young man. 

Jane Marsh has spent her entire life hiding. Hiding under bulky clothing. Hiding behind glasses. Hiding behind books. Abandoned at a hospital emergency room at the age of four with her name written on her forehead in black Sharpie and a mysterious tattoo of a door on her back, Jane grew up in foster care in the small town of Gateshead, Massachusetts. She learned early on that keeping her head down and pretending to be normal was the only way to survive.

Now, at the age of sixteen, Jane is looking forward to a fresh start. Hard work and many late study nights earned her early graduation from high school and a full scholarship to a small, but prestigious college in Huntington, Virginia. Even better, her best friend Helen—her only friend actually—is going too. Older by two years, the beautiful and off-beat Helen is the only person from high school who broke through Jane’s shyness and made her feel accepted. As the two girls embark on their new adventure, Jane is feeling hopeful about her future. But with limited resources and no family to help her, Jane takes a job as a live-in companion to a wealthy old woman who lives near the college. She grows to care for the elderly Miss Adele and the kindly housekeeper, Mrs. Fairfax. Jane also falls in love with her new home, the magnificent Thornfield Hall, even though everyone, including Helen, says it’s haunted. Helen begs Jane to leave and move in with her and her boyfriend in town, but Jane refuses. Jane feels at home at Thornfield and its massive library. For a book nerd like Jane, Thornfield is like her very own Gryffindor House.

When Adele’s grandson, Edward Rochester comes home for a visit from Yale, Jane can’t help but be drawn to the brooding, good-looking young man. As tentative friendship blooms between them, Jane believes that maybe, just maybe, she can have a normal life. Maybe even a boyfriend. But then one night Jane begins to hear ghostly whispers that lure her into the dark corners of Thornfield. Wicked whispers about Edward and his past. As the ghosts continue to haunt Jane, her tattoo begins to transform and spread across her back. Soon, Jane fears that Helen was right, something evil does lurk at Thornfield. But is the evil in Edward or in Thornfield itself? 

My Rating: 

Quote(s) I Like:
"You can't keep ignoring all the things that are messed up in your life, Jane! You can't ignore that tattoo. You can't ignore the dark things that are in this place. You can't ignore your past. For some reason that ghost contacted you and showed you the letters. And now your tattoo has expanded? What the hell? Dark things are coming for you, Jane, and if that tattoo doesn't prove it, then I don't know what does." - Helen

My Thoughts:
Well this was a sweet surprise. I didn't think I'd give this a 5 star rating. When I read the synopsis I thought it'd be a 3 or maybe 4 star read, but I was pleasantly surprised. This book was such a beautiful, dark Jane Eyre inspired novel that kept me gripping my seat. The characters were all so well written...I loved each and everyone of them.

The story follows Jane Marsh who is a sixteen year old orphan going into her freshman year of college at Huntington. She gets an opportunity, thanks to her best friend, to work at Thornfield Hall caring for Miss Adele. Thornfield Hall, however, is haunted and has been involved in many killings over the year.

Jane is a mystery girl, with an even more mystery tattoo on her back that seems to grow and expand after time. She can hear ghost and feels a sense of home at Thornfield Hall. I love and adore Jane. She has had such a tough upbringing with terrible foster mothers, but she managed to graduate high school early and take care of herself. She is intelligent, loving, helpful, caring, quiet and reserved. Jane kept me interested because no matter how much fear gripped her she continued to push forward and find answers. I loved her! As for the things revealed about her ... oh my. I need her to get a clue and figure it out! LOL

Edward Rochester, three years older than Jane, is a man of many mysteries. He seems to be a sweet guy with such promise, but because of the family curse he is trapped in doing things that he does not want to do in order to keep things in order. Edward had so many amazing moments that my heart melted for him. I didn't care for how abruptly he left Thornfield Hall, but there is promise for him in sequel.

The romance, though slight, was well written. I enjoyed the interactions between Edward and Jane. It wasn't instantaneous and things still didn't seem resolved between them at the end. However, the cute moments they had and lingering touches were just to die for.

Helen, Jane's best-friend, is older than her by three years and has been with her since high school days. I loved Helen for how different she was from Jane. Where Jane was quiet and reserved, Helen was loud and obnoxious. Helen was such a great friend, but her abrupt "disappearance" I have questions about.

Miss Adele was a sweet old granny, but she also had a dark side to her that confused me. I didn't know if she truly liked Jane or not with how she acted towards the end. I feel like she knows a lot more about the haunting of Thornfield Hall and I hope she reveals them.

I need book two immediately. That ending wasn't a cliffhanger, but it left me needing to know more especially after all the revelations that came in those last few chapters. Such a beautifully written story. Can't wait to read the sequel.

About the Author
Jessica Penot is a therapist and writer who lives in Alabama.  Jessica is the owner of Tree of Life Behavioral Health and connoisseur of ghost stories and all things that go bump in the night.  She is the Author of Haunted North Alabama, Haunted Chattanooga, and Amazon bestseller, The Accidental

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