Public services librarians get all the fun. One of those fun things is reader’s advisory. As an academic technical services librarian, I don’t get to do reader’s advisory. But I’ve got this blog, so here I will divulge some good reads.
Any ALA Annual or ALA Midwinter, I raid the exhibit hall for ARCs (advanced readers copies). I get a bunch of free entertainment, and I get to see what’s going on in the publishing world.
Since I’m coming back home with a big haul of books and I have at least one reader devoted to my reader’s advisory, I figure I should start a new series here on my blog. An ALAMW18 haul series.
The second book I grabbed was Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne. It’s supposed to be “Jane Eyre in SPACE!” I read Fonda Lee’s Zeroboxer which what “Rocky (Balboa) in SPACE!” and loved it, so I figured I’d give the “in SPACE!” thing another go.
Now, I find the storyline of Jane Eyre suspect as is. I wondered if one could really make it all that appealing as a YA romance. I was right: you can’t. I liked the space and the world-building and the little tinge of mystery the book had. But you can’t re-make a Bronte sister. There is nothing less romantic than a Bronte sister’s male lead. Trying to make him romantic…doesn’t work. No one wants a moody, alcoholic, lying romantic lead, thank you.
So, if you want to read Brightly Burning, enjoy the space, the sci-fi, the world-building, and the little mystery plot line (that you can kinda see right through because you know Rochester keeps a woman with mental health issues in his attic). And try to ignore the attempted romance.