Review/ Jane of Air

Title: Jane of Air ( The Tattooed Girl Series Book #1)
Author: Jessican Penot
Pub Date: October 2018
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pages: 199

About the book:

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.

A young adult YA gothic paranormal series inspired by the beloved classic gothic novel, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

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?

Thanks to YA Reads Blog Tour for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour.

This is the first time I have read any of Jessica’s books and in case you didn’t know it she is a best selling amazon author with several books to her name and after reading this I have to say I will be checking out her other books.

Jane of Air is a YA Gothic paranormal series that is inspired by Jane Eyre and I have to admit I have never read Jane Eyre. Not quite sure why but I am pretty sure I have a copy sitting in a bookcase.  I know in high school our English teacher would flip between Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights to avoid people passing on their work to other students and I was the class that got Wuthering Heights.

I found this to be a quick read and pretty much read it in one sitting. Once I started the book I was instantly hooked and had a hard time to put it down. This definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I really want to read Jane Eyre now to see if I can put the pieces together to see how it was inspired.

The main character is Jane and she is a sixteen year old orphan girl. She is starting her freshman year at college. There was so much mystery surrounding Jane that you wanted to read on to discover more about her such as the tattoo she has on her back that seems to grow and expand each year. Plus she can hear ghosts that no one else can.

When her best friend, Helen gives her the chance of a lifetime she jumps at it. She will be taking care of Miss Adele at Thornhill Hall. Miss Adele is another character surrounded in mystery that you wanted to read on to discover more. Hopefully as the series progresses more will be revealed. Thornhill Hall has a reputation of being haunted and the scene of several killings of the years. This made for the perfect Halloween read.

Helen has been Jane’s best friend since high school. The two girls are night and day when you look at them. Helen is loud and kind of obnoxious. This friendship definitely worked and loved reading their interactions together.

Now we know there  has to be a love interest and that person was Edward. He is a bit older then Jane and you know as you read there is more to him then meets the eye. He is definitely someone who will keep you on your toes in a good way. Deep down he is such a sweet guy and I think the perfect match for Jane but he has a family curse that makes him do things that he doesn’t want to do but he has to to keep things in order.

I loved their relationship. It was slow and gradually and not bam in your face like so many other books are. I am looking forward to seeing where this goes in the upcoming books

I absolutely loved Jane because for a young girl who has endured so much she is coming out on top. She has suffered so much under the care of her foster mother. When you look at other kids her age and going through what she is most would cave and say the hell with it but Jane was determined to make something of herself. She not only graduated high school but is in college. She has learned that the only person who will take care of Jane is Jane. She is smart, loving, caring, quiet and reserved. She is the daughter any mother would love to have in my opinion.

There was no huge cliff hanger here and in a way I am grateful because as the book ended I wanted more and I think leaving the book where it did it leaves you asking questions and I can’t wait to read book two hopefully that will be sooner rather then later.