Ironskin (#1) by Tina Connolly
Goodreads Summary: Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.
It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.
When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.
Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio…and come out as beautiful as the fey.
Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.
My review: I read this book for class, yes I know, we read a lot of books. Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to think about it and I still honestly don’t know if I liked it or not. It was definitely an interesting twist on Jane Eyre, one of my favorite books of all time, and I was kind of nervous to read about Jane Eyre in a magical world. It was ehh. It was a quick read, quicker than the original Jane Eyre that’s for sure, but the only thing new about it was that there are fey in this world and magic which is awesome, but I don’t think it needed to be a Jane Eyre transformation.
The characters were basically the same, some had different names. Jane Elliot in this book is Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre goes by Jane Elliot when she runs away so that was fun to pick up on), Edward Rochart is Edward Rochester, and the similarities keep coming. The only odd thing was that Connolly decided to keep Helen alive as Jane’s sister which was an interesting choice. The little girl Jane is a governess for was also really important in this book, like the entire book revolved around her for the most part which was kind of entertaining even though the plot wasn’t very developed.
The plot was somehow extremely similar to Jane Eyre (even though it is a fantasy), meaning there wasn’t much to it. Jane is a governess, she watches a little girl, she might be falling in love with Edward so she leaves for awhile, she comes back and something bad happens and then Jane and Edward are in love and there is a happy ending (even though this book is the first in a trilogy I feel like it could have ended with this book). There is never romantic development, it’s like “I’ve talked to him three times but BAM I love him” and I know that’s how the original Jane Eyre was but I feel like this book could have explored that more. There was also so much room for a plot line, the author could have done so much with this but she stuck to the Jane Eyre plot which was kind of disappointing.
This book was okay, but definitely did not live up to Jane Eyre in my mind. Maybe I’m biased, you can give this book a try. It was fun and adorable and a quick read but I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next books in the trilogy anytime soon.
You can buy Ironskin here.