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Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre retold against the backdrop of San Francisco's most fabulous—and dangerous—elites.After losing her parents in a tragic accident, surfer girl Janie Mason trades the sunny beaches of Hawaii for the cold fog of San Francisco and new guardians—the Rochesters—she’s never even met. Janie feels hopelessly out of place in their world of Napa weekends,Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre retold against the backdrop of San Francisco's most fabulous—and dangerous—elites.After losing her parents in a tragic accident, surfer girl Janie Mason trades the sunny beaches of Hawaii for the cold fog of San Francisco and new guardians—the Rochesters—she’s never even met. Janie feels hopelessly out of place in their world of Napa weekends, fancy cotillions, and chauffeurs. The only person she can relate to is Daniel, a fellow surfer. Meeting him makes Janie feel like things might be looking up.Still, something isn’t right in the Rochester mansion. There are noises—screams—coming from the attic that everyone else claims they can’t hear. Then John, the black sheep of the family, returns after getting kicked out of yet another boarding school. Soon Janie finds herself torn between devil-may-care John and fiercely loyal Daniel. Just when she thinks her life can’t get any more complicated, she learns the truth about why the Rochesters took her in. They want something from Janie, and she’s about to see just how far they’ll go to get it....

Title : Unearthly Things
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Unearthly Things Reviews

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-03-09 07:42

    I'd give the first half of this book 4 stars and the last half 1 star... the fact that it took me almost 6 months to read this book also says something. This is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre where Janie (her middle name is Eyre) is a Filipina surfer girl from Hawaii. She goes to live with the wealthy Rochester family in San Francisco after her parents die and all sorts of creepy things start happening. The best part of the story was definitely the way the fire and the ghost-type stuff got worked in. The last half of the book is just a hot mess of people trying to kill her and lock her up and kill her again and I don't even know where the plot went. The story felt like it was trying to be too many things at once and just barely managed to squeeze in horror, romance, contemporary YA, drama, mystery, etc. There were a lot of things I wanted the story to go back to, buuuut it was becoming SO incredibly unpleasant to sit through that I also just wanted it to be over. I wish this book had dumped the Jane Eyre retelling and just focused on the Filipina surfer girl from Hawaii figuring out a new life -- her character was the best part and got lost in all of the drama. I really liked how the first half of the book jumped back and forth between the present and her past in Hawaii! I ended up having a WAY better idea of her dead parents and old friend than anyone in the current story. Otherwise, there was very little romance and a lot of characters fell flat or became cliches. I guess I'm just tired of the rich, skinny, beautiful mean girl stereotype. That's kind of all there was to Georgina. And then Janie's best friend can be summed up as the nerdy sidekick. And both John and Daniel were flat & dull as well. John didn't even come off as a person... more like a prop. I think a Jane Eyre retelling seems really challenging, though, and this is better than the other one I found! I did like the first half and thought the creepy aesthetic of the Rochester's mansion was awesome. So I think this is still worth checking out if you love Jane Eyre! But it might not make a very fun story otherwise.Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!

  • Gillian Berry
    2019-02-28 01:32


  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    2019-03-07 05:35

    Release Date:April 11, 2017 Genre:Young Adult Retelling (with a hint of paranormal)I really liked this book! It's a retelling of Jane Eyre (which is pretty cool) with a hint of paranormal. Admittedly, I haven't read Jane Eyre (i'll go hide in the corner now) but if it's anything like this then I may dive into the classic and check it out. With that, this is a suspenseful and addicting read. I read it fairly quickly even though I have been extremely busy, and didn't want to put it down even when I had to. The plot will hook you the minute you start it. The story-line is very engrossing as well. It's about a teenager named Janie who is forced to live with the Rochester's following her parent's death. And it this isn't hard enough, some sinister things are going on within the house she lives in that question Janie's sanity. Sounds good, right? Well, it is! Normally, this isn't the type of book I read. I tend to stay away from retelling's because they are (normally) nothing like the original. Also, I don't find many that are good enough to hold my attention for long. This certainly changed after I read this novel though. At first, I picked up the book based on the cover (it's really cool) and then when I read the blurb I thought to myself "okay, this could be really interesting", and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. I hope the author continues with these retelling's because I will devour them every time based on reading this one!This Book Would Be Perfect For + Fans of Young Adult Fiction (mystery and paranormal)+ Fans of retelling's (and maybe even modern fairy tales)+ Fans of the authors work

  • Stacee
    2019-03-13 07:39

    I've never read Jane Eyre, but I've enjoyed Michelle's other books and liked the synopsis, so I was intrigued. I really liked Janie. She's smart and level headed and a really nice person. The rest of the characters were sort of flat and I felt like we never really got to know any of them. On one hand, it was a perfect set up to make me wonder if Janie was really crazy, but at the same time, it made it hard to root for any of them. Plotwise, I loved the build up. There was tension and mystery and a perfect amount of creepy...and then it sort of lost all of it. It seemed as if there was a rush to tie everything up and I couldn't settle into the last third of the story. Overall, it was a quick and mostly enjoyable read. **Huge thanks to Soho Teen for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Kelly Gunderman
    2019-03-21 05:32

    Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!Unearthly Things is a real treat for those looking for YA horror that isn't too terrifying, yet relies a lot on thrilling concepts to tell an amazing story. For those who aren't too into horror, but every now and again are looking for a bit of a spooky tale without having to keep the lights on for weeks while sleeping, this is definitely a great book to pick up, as there's a bit of a mystery element going on in the story, too. Because of that, this book spans across several genres, and I imagine will appeal to a lot of people (especially those interested in classical literature and who would love to read a new Jane Eyre retelling.Janie Mason has lost her parents in a tragic helicopter accident, and in the will her parents made up years ago, she is to leave her home in Hawaii and move in with her father's old best friend in San Francisco. While it is hard enough to have to leave behind her home after losing parents that she was incredibly close to, she now has to move in with a family that she doesn't know, leave her friends, and have to make a life for herself somewhere else. It might not be so bad, except that her dad's friend, Richard, is quite rich and his family seems to be snobs, including his daughter Georgina and his wife, Marion. Then there's their little boy, Nicholas, who is kind of creepy, especially with how often he tells Janie he "talks" to his dead twin sister, Eliza.Between weird noises, screams in the attic, and the family skirting around the topic of Eliza as often as they can, Janie can't seem to get any real answers in the family, nor does she feel like she belongs.When she meets Daniel, the two of them hit it off because of their love of surfing. Daniel listens to Janie and even helps her investigate the weird sounds she has been hearing in the attic. And then there's John, the family's other son, home from boarding school after being kicked out, and the only one in the family who seems to genuinely care about Janie. So she forms a friendship with him, as well, even though Daniel and John have had a feud going for quite some time, and Daniel hates the fact that Janie is spending time with John.While dealing with all of these things, plus situations at the house getting weirder every day (including a random fire that breaks out only in Janie's room), Janie slowly feels like she might be losing her grip on things.The only person who seems to want to protect her is the family's maid, Alma, and why she is working so hard to ensure her safety is a mystery to Janie.When old family secrets begin to surface, Janie finds that this family might try and keep up with appearances, but they definitely aren't who they say they are.After you get past the absolutely beautiful cover of this book, and the synopsis that mixes plenty of elements to create a delicious sounding thriller, you get a story that wraps you up and leaves you reading until the early hours of the morning, because it's that good.While I was in love with the story (which is fast paced and interesting as can be), for some reason I felt myself having a bit of difficulty connecting to some of the characters, including Janie in the beginning of the book. I also found myself not liking Daniel very much - he just seemed kind of "off." Their relationship was a little dull and flat even from the beginning. Even so, I believe the author did an amazing job with the story and some of the other characters - such as Nicholas, who was just incredibly creepy and added so much to the book. The whole Rochester family had so many secrets that they were hiding, and I loved how sinister they all seemed.The horror in Unearthly Things was a compliment to the overall theme of the book, instead of taking center stage and making this a book that lacks other elements, too.Sometimes you read a horror novel and it's full of scary things happening over and over, mostly for the sake of being shock value, but that isn't the case here. The moments of horror that are found in the book actually have a point that is relevant to the story.The drama between Georgina and Janie offers some excitement to the book, as well. At first, it's typical teenage girl drama, and then it becomes malicious later in the book. It fits the overall ominous feelings that I had while reading, and it was well done and added something to the story.This is a really interesting book to pick up, whether or not you've actually read Jane Eyre. It's fun, a bit scary, and completely un-put-downable. It's a perfect treat for those times when you're looking for a book that has a little bit of everything.Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    2019-03-04 09:41

    Janie Mason, a Hawaiian surfer girl, was living the perfect life with her parents, but all that comes crashing down after her parents' untimely death. She comes to find out that her parents' will has stated that her legal guardians would be the Rochester family who live in San Francisco. Janie has never met this family and they didn't even show up to her parents funeral. So how close could her parents possibly be to them? What were her parents thinking? Upon her arrival to the Rochester's sprawling estate, Janie meets their housekeeper, who barely speaks to her and isn't even greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Rochester themselves. However, Janie does meet Nicholas, the youngest son, who does actually talk to her, but is super strange. He keeps referring to his twin sister, who Janie comes to find out is actually dead. Once Janie does meet Mr. and Mrs. Rochester, she isn't impressed by Marian Rochester, who is the ultimate mean girl/Real Housewife, and Richard Rochester seems to genuinely care as he was best friends with Janie's dad, but something is off about him. To complicate matters further, they have a daughter who is around Janie's age and she pretty much despises Janie and the fact that she has come to live with them. Combine all of this with the fact that Janie is hearing strange things at night in the part of the attic above her room and the realization that she hasn't surfed in so long makes for a depressing time. Michelle Gagnon's Unearthly Things is an edge-of-your-seat suspenseful retelling of Jane Eyre. It definitely had my heart pumping.Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  • Booklingcritics
    2019-03-22 07:30

    After losing her parents in a tragic accident, surfer girl Janie Mason trades the sunny beaches of Hawaii for the cold fog of San Francisco and new guardians—the Rochesters—she’s never even met. Janie feels hopelessly out of place in their world of Napa weekends, fancy cotillions, and chauffeurs. The only person she can relate to is Daniel, a fellow surfer. Meeting him makes Janie feel like things might be looking up.Still, something isn’t right in the Rochester mansion. There are noises—screams—coming from the attic that everyone else claims they can’t hear. Then John, the black sheep of the family, returns after getting kicked out of yet another boarding school. Soon Janie finds herself torn between devil-may-care John and fiercely loyal Daniel. Just when she thinks her life can’t get any more complicated, she learns the truth about why the Rochesters took her in. They want something from Janie, and she’s about to see just how far they’ll go to get it. ________________________________________________________Rating: 4/5Published: April 11th 2017 by Soho TeenSource: paperback arc from publisher________________________________________________________Unearthly Things is such a fun and suspenseful novel that will hold you from the beginning and won't let you go till the very end. I really enjoyed this book! It's a fun retelling of Jane Eyre and I love the Jane vibes. It's a bit creepy yet there is a modern twist to the story that's really enthralling. The story begins when the main character, Janie's parents pass away and are sent to the Rochesters. She has never met the Rochesters so there is this thrilling feeling readers feel. Who are the Rochesters? How come Janie has not heard of them? At first, when she meets the family, she believes that the family is just a rich family and doesn't think too much of them. However, strange things begin to happen and the story unravels...I really enjoyed this book! The romance was very light and it didn't overshadow the story. The characters are also pretty great and relatable. If you are looking for an eerie and sweet novel, definitely look into this one.

  • Satomi
    2019-03-19 04:22

    It supposed to be a retelling of Jane Eyre. I thought it is interesting to read this one just after reading the original Jane Eyre book. Well, the story is not really Jane Eyre, I thought. It is just borrowing the names and some situations. Although it was spooky sometimes, I liked the book over all. I liked it because the main forcus of the story was not romance, but more of the human drama. I am so disappointed at the Mr. Rochester on this book. I hope I will read other retelling story which writes him better...

  • Carin
    2019-03-06 01:51

    I admit, I didn't like Jane Eyre when I first tried to read it when I was about 11. So then I didn't read it until I was about 25, when I absolutely loved it. Another thing I love: retellings of classics. So this retelling of Jane Eyre for the YA audience was right up my alley!Janie has to move from Hawaii to San Francisco after her parents are killed in a car accident. She's never heard of this family, the Rochesters, that she's moving in with (the lawyer explained people often forget to update their will many years later when circumstances have changed.) They're insanely wealthy which makes Janie feel even more like a charity case. She's immediately shipped off to a fancy prep school along with the daughter who is her age. But things don't go well there as it's soon clear she's a mean girl. Back at the house, the little brother, Nicholas, keeps telling Janie things his twin sister, who died last year, is telling him to do. Creepy. And then there are the noises coming from the attic...It is a thoroughly modern story with texting and smart phones and surfing and the like, but it has an eerie gothic feel totally in keeping with the original. Ms. Gagnon changes up just enough so that those familiar with the story won't know exactly how it will end. And the ending is scary! In fact, I must recommend not reading the end right before going to bed, like I did, as it's hard to sleep after!I liked this book so much that I actually gave it away, twice, while I was reading it (luckily it is published by Soho Press, my employer, so I was always able to get another copy at work the next day.) I kept telling people about it and how great it was! Janie is a completely relatable teenager who feels real and three-dimensional. She's a little impulsive but that works. It's a zippy, fast read that will suck you in and it's certainly the first time that I wished my train on my morning commute would get stuck and be delayed. It's not out until April though, so you'll have to put it on your wish list for now.

  • Sami
    2019-03-24 07:30

    Unearthly Things (a retelling of Jane Eyre) takes the "Gothic" in Gothic novel very seriously; Unearthly Things is more of a horror story than romance. To that end, the romance in this book is the weakest part. Daniel and John are one-dimensional characters without much soul. The horror portion, however, is terrifying, suspenseful, and masterfully done. Gagnon's version of the "madwoman in the attic" is bone chilling. Unearthly Things is not a straight retelling of Jane Eyre-it deviates and blends elements of Jane's cruel childhood with her time in Rochester manor. Janie herself can't hold a candle to Jane Eyre, but the twisted plot and explosive climax are well worth your time.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-24 02:42

    I went into this book not knowing anything but was pleasantly surprised with the story. The mystery was the best and the ghost story was great. I wasn't really feeling the romance and the characters felt a little bit lacking they needed some development. I like that she's a chicken about the ghost story and tries to rationalize it for as long as possible. Slowly the mystery starts to develop and the strange occurrences and the happenings start making sense as Janie investigates. The suspense of the story is great and you can't put the book down because the story becomes intense. I really enjoyed the book and the would recommend it to anyone that likes a good mystery and ghost story. RECOMMENDED.

  • Gemma
    2019-03-16 09:40

    real rating 3.25. i wanted to rate this higher for the first 2/3 of the book but because the last 1/3 of it was such a hot mess, i couldn’t bring myself to do so. this book started out SO well but halfway through it kinda forgot that it was a suspense/paranormal book and just turned into being about teenage drama and money, then in the last couple of chapters remembered it was supposed to be paranormal. i did enjoy it, it just got disappointing with the start being so good.also the amount of crying that was happening in this book had me agitated, so much crying, like SO MUCH DAMN CRYING, i feel like someone cried every 15 pages

  • Kate
    2019-02-28 03:23

    When I heard Unearthly Things was a twist on/retelling of Jane Eyre, I was so excited to read it! Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics!However, I was very disappointed with this book. All the murders, violence, ghosts, and lunacy made for a very disturbing and creepy story. I was able to make the connections of who/what was taken from Jane Eyre and expanded on. But the whole story was strange and pretty violent as well. Really almost everyone seemed sadistic at some point.Yeah, I wasn't impressed. I mean, I know Jane Eyre is supposed to be gothic and creepy, but this story ruined Jane Eyre in my opinion. WAY too violent and sadistic.

  • Morgan
    2019-03-06 01:32

    Being a big fan of the source material here, I also sort of expected to have the general idea of how this story would play out. What makes it 4 stars for me is the fact that it still surprised me in a couple ways. Yes, some of them were telegraphed a bit from the early parts of the book. But they were not things I expected from repeated readings of the source material.Definitely a quick one to read through, and I found it enjoyable.

  • Naomi RG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2019-03-20 04:32

    Amazing story! I couldn't put it down. Haunting!!!

  • Milena
    2019-03-03 07:35

    I received an ARC of Unearthly Things from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was expecting Jane Eyre retelling but the story is very different from the classic. Yes, we do have main heroine named Janie, we do have Mr. Rochester, and we do have mysterious attic but beyond that similarities end. Unearthly Things is a good gothic read but it lacked the romance that you would expect from a book that claims to be a retelling of Jane Eyre. It is very atmospheric, spooky and creepy, complete with ghosts, disfigured dolls, mad inhabitants, and scary and dangerous things happening to our heroine Janie. I really liked how the mystery of Eliza was presented and solved. I also liked Janie but I was disappointed with Mr. Rochester's counterpart. Original Mr. Rochester is the ultimate Byronic hero whom I love and I was hoping Unearthly Thing's Mr. Rochester would be as interesting and as intriguing but it was not the case. Overall Unearthly Things is an accomplished gothic strory but don't expect to fall in love with Mr. Rochester

  • Angela Caldwell
    2019-02-24 03:36

    I loved this book! It was fast read and I really enjoyed it!

  • Teenreadsdotcom
    2019-03-14 01:40

    Almost every night around three in the morning, Janie is awakened by strange sounds from the attic. Sometimes it’s the sound of scratching or a child crying, but the worst sound is when there are screams. No one else seems to hear these things. Perhaps she’s actually going a little crazy?After her parents are killed, Janie is sent to California to live with the Rochesters, who are now her legal guardians. She is yet to understand their connections to her family but those stories slowly begin to unfold.Janie is missing the surfing, the warm sands of Hawaii and her old friends --- especially Kaila. She still longs for the comfort and love of her parents. Without question, the Rochester family has not been very welcoming. Mr. Rochester is just sort of okay, while the daughter, Georgiana, runs hot or mostly cold, and the little brother, Nicholas, has totally embraced her. He brings his bunny Bertha with him along with stories about a dead sister, Eliza, who he claims still talks to him (like that’s not totally creepy). The housekeeper, Alma, has a gruff unfriendly manner but not like the mother --- oh, the mother, she most definitely doesn’t like Janie. There’s something very odd about Marion Rochester. So now this is her new life: a family she doesn’t know, who doesn't care about her and seems to have plenty of secrets.Things look up a little when she meets Daniel. He’s handsome, sympathetic and a friend in what seems to be a most unfriendly world. Another surprise comes when John Rochester unexpectedly shows up. John is the Rochester's oldest son, kicked out of several schools and eager to be her friend, or so she thinks. Unfortunately, there is some bad history between Johnand Daniel --- more secrets unfold.Janie comes to realize some very important things: her life is actually being threatened, the Rochesters want something from her, and there actually is a ghost after her (after all, her furniture was mysteriously moved and there was a fire she barely escaped). She doesn’t yet understand that there are much worse things ahead.Janie --- aka Janie Eyre Mason --- is a well-realized, modern interpretation of a young woman in deep trouble. Quotations from the original JANE EYRE appear at the beginning of each chapter, fittingly adding to the gothic atmosphere and its approaching dread. Character names also parallel those in Bronte’s novel.Well known for her young adult mystery series, PERSEFONE, Gagnon adds the same edginess and unrelenting pace to UNEARTHLY THINGS. Without being familiar with JANE EYRE, readers will still enjoy the supernatural aspects and the gripping entanglements of this young girl’s situation.The retelling of classic novels has become very popular in the last few years. UNEARTHLY THINGS can be added to the growing list of JANE EYRE-like books along with Catherine Lowell’s THE MADWOMAN UPSTAIRS, JANE STEELE by Lindsay Faye and THE FLIGHT OF GEMMA HARDY by Margot Livesey. Readers, I highly recommend Michelle Gagnon’s new interpretation!Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts

  • Teenage Reads
    2019-03-01 04:50

    There is nothing worse than losing someone you love. Whether you break up, they abandon you, or they may even die, you feel as if part of you always left with them. Turning every funny memory, you had of them blue, ever night darker, as you stay awake at night imagining all those conversations you had, or could have, playing across your mind. It is worse with death because in some cases you had done nothing wrong and there was no amount of reasoning to bring them back into your life. Janie Mason lives with her two parents in their cozy Hawaii shack. Where every day Janie and her dad track sand in from the beach, talk about surfing over breakfast, as her mom kissed her dad and laid out eggs and pancakes. Her dad would show tourists the “big island” they lived on, and spend evenings with Janie on the waters. Kaila (Janie’s best friend) attend school together along with the dozens of other kids on the island, all of whom have been brought up together. Had life been perfect? No, not even close. Her parents worried about money all the time, but never batting an eye when signing Janie up for surf competitions (she usually won those). Tourist would look at her family strange as her white father and Filipino mother dancing and kissing in public (although most people on the island are from biracial families). When her father crashes the helicopter killing himself and his wife instantly, Janie was left parentless and alone. Following her parents will her lawyer, he shipped her off to San Francisco to live with the Rochester, a close family friend that her parents never mentioned and she never met. With nothing left for her on the island, Janie had no choice but to leave. There was something strange going on at the Rochester mansion. From the empty rooms, dark corridors, the whole gothic feel to it. How dinners are formal and cold, how Nicholas (the youngest) eat his meals in the kitchen along with the maid, Almir. Marion (the mother) hates Janie on the spot, even Georgina (the daughter, one year older than Janie) does not like here. Only Richard (the father) seemed to like her, and Nicholas is happy to have someone to play with. Richard was apparently best friends with her father during boarding school and college, but lost track after he moved to Hawaii with her mother. The worst part was not only the fact she now attends a snobby rich kid school, she no longer lived in sunny Hawaii, but foggy San Francisco, but the noise that kept her up at night. Screaming. Crying. Scratching noises came from the attic each night, keeping Janie wide awake. Where the others pretend to not hear it, Janie knows she is not imagining it, or going crazy. Putting on her Nancy Drew hat, Janie is determined to find the source of the noise, and while at it discover the truths the Rochester are trying to hide. A gothic version of Jane Eyre, is done fabulously by Michelle Gagnon, who takes this gothic horror story and adds a twist of romance, and dull it down with simple English for young adults. Janie is a strong, heroic girl determined to find the truth without letting her guard down. If only her romance skills were better! Daniel felt flat most of the time as his “secret” was not that bad, and his “concerns” for Janie also felt somewhat unreal most of the time. In the end it was Janie fault, but Daniel overreacted to even the simplest things Janie did in a negative way. John was the same way. The black sheep in the family, his motives were more confusion as ever given to his flip-flop feelings for his family. Still, he kept by Janie (well he tried) as much as he could, given some life to his 2D character. But the horror and suspense were what drove the story. A real “mad man in the attic” feel as you had no idea what was coming next. With this mismatch of a family, money to spare (or was it running out) and secrets hidden in every corner, follow detective Janie as she finds out the truth from this high society family.

  • Caitlin
    2019-03-16 06:26

    This was honestly such a let down. I wanted to like this, I really did. So I kept reading. It got better in the last 80ish pages and then got worse again.My main problem with this book was that I didn't like Janie (main character). It is understandable to be upset after losing parents, but that was all she did, to the point of just whining. There was little plot, only missing mom and dad. Then there was Daniel. He came into the book in a reasonable spot, but the instalove was disappointing. There was no cute YA buildup or even real world getting to know each other build up. The synopsis states, "Janie feels hopelessly out of place in their world of Napa weekends, fancy cotillions, and chauffeurs." There was hardly any mention of that. Janie went to maybe one event in the whole book. There was mention that the Rochesters were rich, but no writing on the actual events like I wanted. It was more like, 'Last night they went to a fancy party, I did not go. I miss you Mom.' It was boring.The basis of the plot is set on strange things happening like screams and moving objects, but there are like 5 creepy things in the book, and they only pick up in the second half of this. In between strange moments, there are about 30 pages of boring words or Janie missing her parents. I was wanting suspense and intrigue. I didn't find that here. Honestly, I didn't like a single character other than Nicholas and Alma. The others were all annoying or awful (some on purpose, others, not so much).Final thoughts, I enjoyed the conclusion of the mystery, but the last 5ish pages were unsatisfying. They could have gone in a different direction or explained more about the aftermath.Sidenote: As a dog lover, I don't think peeing on puppies is something to laugh about.

  • M.
    2019-03-13 09:25

    Fun Fact: I have never read Jane Eyre so I don’t know whether this is a good retelling or not. Thus, I will not be reviewing it as a retelling/adaptation but as a separate book.Janie Eyre Mason is a half-Filipina surfer girl from Hawaii. After her parents die in a helicopter accident, Janie is sent to the wealthy Rochester family in San Francisco per her parent’s will. From the moment she arrives, Janie can’t shake off the feeling that something is very wrong with this household from their unpleasant housekeeper to the moody mother. After a few creepy events, Janie starts to realize that someone may be after her life.Overall, this was a pretty entertaining and quick read. I liked how it wasn’t heavily dependent on romance (even if there was a instance of insta-love…oh dear) and Janie’s actions were pretty believable considering her age. Except for this one instance when she finds out her boyfriend took Georgina to last years dance: But I was suddenly gasping and gulping for air. Spots danced before my eyes – I was going to get sick again. Drama queen much?A lot of the characters were pretty flat themselves – we have the rich, skinny, beautiful Georgina who is unpleasant to Janie for no reason. The mysterious and gorgeous boy who falls in love with her. While the first half of this book was okay, the last half felt very sudden and rushed. All of a sudden, people are trying to lock up or kill Janie and it just felt a bit messy? I don’t know. It just happened out of nowhere after (view spoiler)[Janie and Georgina got into that fight at school. (hide spoiler)]I would probably recommend this book to older middle schoolers.

  • Viva
    2019-03-04 03:29

    Very easy to read and follow, I got into the story right away - this is a big reason why I liked the book. Premise: Young surfer girl's parents die in accident and she goes to live with rich San Francisco family whom she's never seen before. But this family isn't what it seems to be.There are really two parts to the book. One part is this girl's (Janie) sudden introduction to the new family and new surroundings which is really a story in itself already. The other part is the supernatural part of the story where the unearthly things happen. I actually find this second part to be underdeveloped and unnecessary. Only a small part of the book was about the supernatural and the book would have been just as good without it. OTOH if the author chose, she could have added much more supernatural stuff in. The ending was a bit rushed as well. The book is only 280 pages long and not really enough for a story with two parts. I think I would have liked this book more if it had either left out the supernatural or added a lot more of it.Overall, a fast reading YA thriller that was enjoyable. I would read another from this author.I got this book as a free ARC.

  • Libby Ames
    2019-02-27 02:37

    I am always intrigued by the retelling of a classic or a fairytale, so I had to give this modern Jane Eyre a try. In Unearthly Things, Magnon follows several elements of this classic Gothic novel and creates a modern ghost story. The slightly creepy tale is entertaining for Jane Eyre lovers as well as those unfamiliar with the story.After her parents are killed in an accident, Janie Mason is sent to live with previously unknown family friends. The Rochester family follows an extravagant lifestyle that makes Janie feel out of place and uncomfortable. Their strange and often malevolent behavior hides many secrets--secrets that might even threaten Janie’s life. A compelling read for those who like mystery thrillers.The writing is fine and the story is ok, but I would really only give it 2.5 stars--maybe because I'm not a real fan of thrillers or the gothic novel for that matter. I did enjoy the ties to Jane Eyre even if I don't love the novel.Recommended ages--13 and up

  • Tracy
    2019-03-20 01:30

    Interesting Held my interest, since I just can't get into YA these days. Janie lost her parents in a helicopter crash and was sent to live with some guardians-friends of her parents.Raised in Hawaii and resettled in San Francisco, she has to start all over again. In the process she makes a friend or two, has her heart soar with new love and broken by feelings of guilt. She does come to learn some things about herself and becomes stronger for it.I think this would make a great movie-like a Netflix original. Parts were predictable and there were just too many unanswered questions. One main character just disappears for the last third of the novel. I'm surprised they weren't mentioned, only in a passing manner. Many questions about Janie's parents were unanswered. I'm not going to spoil them but suffice it to say things don't seem right.Either way, I was craving something good and this was the scratch that cured the itch. Well played.

  • Toni
    2019-03-06 04:45

    After Janie's parents are killed in an accident, she is shipped off to a family in San Fransisco, her dad's best friend, supposedly. She is thrown into a world where buying an $800 dress seems to be the norm, while back home in Hawaii, that money could have payed a lot of bills. Janie is sent to a private school where everything seems foreign- she can't even wear comfortable shoes to school. Things get pretty sinister and creepy as there seems to be a ghost in the house that is bothering Janie more than the other residents in the house.This is a fast-paced book that is more than a little sinister with plot twists galore. It is a retelling of Jane Eyre, that moves a lot more quickly than the original.

  • Bunburying
    2019-03-18 09:33

    Her Don’t Look Now series combined science fiction, mystery, and thriller into one of my most satisfying recent reads, so I immediately snapped up her re-interpretation of Jane Eyre. Janie moves in with the Rochester family in upper-crust San Francisco (my city but a different world!) after her parents’ deaths. I am quite particular about modern re-tellings of the classics- you can’t just give everyone smartphones and expect me to think you are clever- but this was really well-done. She didn’t re-tell the story, she re-imagined it as a compelling, creepy thrill ride. I could not put it down! Run out and get this one.

  • The Book Addict (Bite-Sized Reviews)
    2019-03-09 01:29

    T H O U G H T S:nope. this didn't work for me. with a chilling gothic aesthetic of the ghosts and the rochester's mansion, unearthly things is a contemporary retelling of jane eyre with threads of horror, romance, drama, and paranormal mystery. it felt bland and overwhelming and one-dimensional.R A T I N G:plot // 1pacing // 1language // 2story world // 3protagonist // 2antagonist // 2secondary characters // 1

  • Kat
    2019-03-25 09:31

    A great spooky October read but too short. I did enjoy discovering how all of the original Jane Eyre plot elements were re-arranged for the new setting and characters. I was disappointed by how little John Rochester's character was in the book. I think there are only five or six scenes between Janie and him. In fact most of the characters are underdeveloped. John, Georgie, Marion, Daniel, Helen.... pretty much everyone but Janie, Eliza and Richard.

  • Jessica Williams
    2019-02-28 04:34

    I totally enjoyed every minute. I listened to this book on audio and every time I got in my car, I had it on. My daughter was listening too and there were times I listened without her just to see what was going to happen. The mystery keeps your attention and you just want to keep knowing who what and why. Definitely would recommend.

  • Michelle Van Dyke
    2019-03-11 06:33

    ..Jane Eyre I loved. Similar to the theme of Jane Eyre with psychedelic drama but modernized. Is rather have have Eyre. ...too much language, geared for a teen audience. .....Good story. But glad there not a sequel..........nothing else to say but a tiny spoiler that's insignificant to the plot. . . glad she ditched or was dumped or lost the boyfriend.