Brightly Burning by Alexa DonneBrightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Brightly Burning

byAlexa Donne

Hardcover | May 1, 2018

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One of the most anticipated YA debuts of 2018, Brightly Burning is a gothic, romantic mystery with hints of Jane Eyre, Marissa Meyer, and Kiera Cass." - Entertainment Weekly
" Brightly Burning delivers a brooding gothic mystery and a swoony romance, all set in space. Donne's atmospheric, twisty update of a cherished classic will keep you up late into the night!" -Elly Blake, NYT bestselling author of the Frostblood Saga
Stella Ainsley leaves poverty behind when she quits her engineering job aboard the Stalwart to become a governess on a private ship. On the Rochester, there's no water ration, more books than one person could devour in a lifetime, and an AI who seems more friend than robot.
But no one warned Stella that the ship seems to be haunted, nor that it may be involved in a conspiracy that could topple the entire interstellar fleet. Surrounded by mysteries, Stella finds her equal in the brooding but kind nineteen-year-old Captain Hugo. When several attempts on his life spark more questions than answers, and the beautiful Bianca Ingram appears at Hugo's request, his unpredictable behavior causes Stella's suspicions to mount. Without knowing who to trust, Stella must decide whether to follow her head or her heart.
Alexa Donne's lush and enthralling reimagining of the classic Jane Eyre, set among the stars, will seduce and beguile you.

Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including teen mentor, college admissions essay advisor, fan convention organizer, YouTuber, and podcaster. When she's not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing. A proud Boston University Terrier, she lives in Los Angeles with two...
Title:Brightly BurningFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.29 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.29 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for anyone who loves Jane Eyre, Sci-Fi, & Retellings! I'm definitely a fan of the classics, and Jane Eyre has always been one of my favourites, so when I first heard about BRIGHTLY BURNING, a retelling of Jane Eyre in space...I was immediately intrigued! I joked about wanting to know where Rochester's crazy wife could possibly be in a spaceship, and I added it to my TBR immediately! Fast forward to when I read this, I started reading BRIGHTLY BURNING it and I absolutely COULD NOT STOP! Before I knew it, I'd finished half of the book and I still didn't want to put it down. From the very first page, I was hooked! I loved the characters, the setting, the writing, and I adored how Alexa Donne wove her retelling of Jane Eyre. It was perfect! It kept all of the vital parts of the story, while also keeping certain elements a bit mysterious...and the characters did have some similarities with Rochester and Jane, but Hugo and Stella were definitely entirely their own characters as well, and I absolutely loved them both! I loved how bold Stella was, and I loved how she often brought out the best in the people surrounding her, and I especially loved how she connected to them all. Hugo points out at one point that her name literally means "star" and I thought that was very fitting since she's clearly the character who is "Brightly Burning" throughout the story. She draws in the other characters, and I loved her goodness, and her empathy, which were so quintessentially Jane-like, but also perfectly fit Stella. And Hugo...Hugo was broody as can be, and he definitely played the rakish role like Rochester, but he was also a lost, young man, and I absolutely loved seeing all of the moments where he opened up to Stella. I loved their romance so much! It captured all of my favourite elements of Jane and Rochester's romance in Jane Eyre and that was EXACTLY what I was hoping for! :D I know Jane Eyre isn't for everyone, but I've always loved the dark gothic vibe, and the broody nature of Rochester. When it comes to Jane, I've always loved her goodness, her tenacity, and her drive to always be true to herself, and for me that's exactly what Alexa Donne gave me in BRIGHTLY BURNING...with a tiny bit more teenage angst and some good ol' space drama. I'm a huge fan of sci-fi stories, and I'm a sucker for anything that takes place on a spaceship, especially when you end up with an intimate "Firefly-esque" size crew like you have on the Rochester in BRIGHTLY BURNING. Combine the epic space elements with how well Alexa Donne captured Jane Eyre, and I thought that this story was absolutely PERFECT! So, it should come as no surprise that I loved BRIGHTLY BURNING! The characters, the writing, the setting, and the way that Alexa Donne managed to perfectly capture Jane Eyre were everything that I could have possibly hoped for this book to be! I think that anyone who loves Jane Eyre while also enjoying sci-fi, young adult, and some space drama will absolutely love it, too. I really hope that you all love BRIGHTLY BURNING as much as I did because I thought it was phenomenal! :D
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Modern Jane Eyre Enjoyable enough read if you want a quick, easy read. Basically Jane Eyre set in the future.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bore fest Alrighty, I have lots of thoughts about this book, there were lots of issues with it for me. This book has so much potential, Sci-fi is a hard genre to write and to get right, and unfortunately this fell flat for me. Brightly Burning is basically a mix of The 100 and Jane Eyre minus the cool things in the 100. Its pitched as Jane Eyre in space which is accurate its just Jane Eyre with all of the dress and customs of the 1800's in the future in space... The Human race fled to space due to Earth being inhabitable for over 200 years because of an Ice Age and they aren't sure if its safe to go to the ground yet, sound familiar? People live in space ships where each one has a different purpose: farming, textiles, medicine etc. The main character Stella Ainsley is an orphan who works as a teacher/engineer on one of the less desirable ships. She wants out and to become a governess. Like I said above this is basically Jane Eyre thrown into space instead of being in England. I found the book lacked creativity and what really bothered me were the customs of the people. Common people in this story die young, just like the 1800s or earlier they had a very short life span. People only live to be around 30 which doesn't make sense because its the future, if you have the technology to live in space you have the advanced medicine. So it doesn't make sense that these people die so young. Also women in the book just want to be married, that's all they want. If they aren't married by 18 they are seen as spinsters. THIS IS THE FUTURE WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO WOMEN?? Like, I get this is a Jane Eyre retelling but the author could have changed the customs of the people to fit the future, could have changed so many things. Why is there a need for a governess in the future? The technology should be so advanced one isn't needed. People should have higher expectations and goals than just being a governess. The main character is a gifted engineer yet she wants to be a glorified baby sitter. This doesn't make any sense to me, the author could have changed the characters goal to fit the future. Another thing that made my blood boil was how the people dressed. The women wore dresses. DRESSES. How are dresses a practical thing in space? They aren't. At. All. Especially if your job is to fix things in tight spaces would pants or a jumpsuit not be a more practical item? They would be. And these aren't just regular dresses the women wear, they wear an underdress and an overdress just like the 1800s. This doesn't make sense at all. Why are women being suppressed in this book? We have come such a long way from the 1800s in the women movement and the author took a step back and put women back in a box. Just because this is a Jane Eyre retelling doesn't mean everything needed to be the same. This could have been such a cool book, the author could have done so many cool things, like make the love interest and AI or make the main character LGTB or make the main character a badass female who has larger aspirations than to be a governess. But alas, we didn't get that. Its clearly no secret that I didn't enjoy this book. Some things are just not meant for space and this story is one of them. Maybe if you love Jane Eyre you might enjoy this because its really just Jane Eyre in a space setting. Nothing changed. Thank you to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy for review. All opinions are my own
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay debut I am not the intended audience for this book. I'm not fan of sci-fi or British classics. I picked this book up purely because I wanted to support Alexa Donne, who I found through her youtube channel. I was nervous to read her book because liking a person doesn't necessarily mean that I will like their work. The best part was the writing, which was fun and engaging. Things that didn't work for me include the lacklustre take on Mr. Rochester, who seemed boring. Like I would not have risked my life to find him the way that Stella did in the end.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging and Entertainment All the Way Brightly Burning was a novel that caught my eye because of its retelling nature. I'm a fan of pretty much any kind of retelling (regardless of having read the original text or not) so I had to give this book a try. Bonus that it's a retelling set in space! Brightly Burning is a retelling based off of Jane Eyre. I have not read the classic and know very little about it therefore I cannot provide any insights into likeness or differences. However, I will say, whatever the original story was like, I loved this space-y retelling. It's a gem of a little story that had me thoroughly engrossed. I was flying through the pages. Stella is an all too easy to like character. She's kind, keen and knowledgeable. Despite her "lower" status she doesn't hold back when rudeness and/or injustices were being committed. I love how there were no hesitations with her. She knew right from wrong and doesn't waste any time in taking action. With their status differences the romance that blossomed between Stella and Hugo felt forbidden. There were barriers but given the stubborn nature to both characters the obstacles didn't really pose as real threats. Stella's thoughts were maybe a little insta-lovey but Ms. Donne does a superb job convincing us of their attraction. I wholeheartedly rooted for Stella and Hugo. The secret on board the Rochester was fairly predictable but I really enjoyed spending time on the mysterious vessel and getting to meet the various crew members and guests they received. Every person brought a little something different to the story making Brightly Burning quite the lively and engaging read. I was a touch let down by the ending. It felt hastily wrapped up. I guess I wanted to see more to the big milestone but maybe it was done to keep to the Jane Eyre storyline? Again, since I didn't read the classic I can't say if this holds true. Regardless, still a fitting ending I suppose... Alexa Donne is definitely an author I'll be keeping an eye on for future books. Brightly Burning was not only an entertaining read, it was a fantastic story that held my interest from start to finish. I love it when a book exceeds my expectations!
Date published: 2018-05-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Brightly Burning One of the most anticipated YA debuts of 2018, Brightly Burning is a gothic, romantic mystery with hints of Jane Eyre, Marissa Meyer, and Kiera Cass." - Entertainment Weekly " Brightly Burning delivers a brooding gothic mystery and a swoony romance, all set in space. Donne's atmospheric, twisty update of a cherished classic will keep you up late into the night!" -Elly Blake, NYT bestselling author of the Frostblood Saga "A gripping examination of class, romance, and survival set in a dystopian future that feels chillingly relevant to our present times." - Kirkus "Jane Eyre gets a futuristic reimagining in this appealing YA drama." - Publishers Weekly " This ought to hook readers across genres." - Booklist "