Author: Tina Connolly
Book One in the Ironskin series
Edition Read: Hardcover
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 lover 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 OVERVIEW: I was so excited when I read the description of this book. I couldn't wait for it to come out. So I was very disappointed when I read it. The book just didn't flow well. It seemed very choppy in the writing. The parts where it did flow, were really good, but then it got lost again.
PROS: I really liked the concept of the story and the back history with the war between fey and humans. I also liked Jane. She was strong and written the best out of all the characters.
CONS: As much as I love Jane Eyre, I wish this book hadn't tried to mirror it. It just didn't work. The parts where the book was trying to be Jane Eyre were just too awkward. Dorie was annoying. I really didn't understand what was going on with her. I also didn't like Edward. He wasn't written well and there were too many "Huh?" points with him.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I honestly don't know if I will read the next one. Normally for a 2.5 star I wouldn't, but as I said above, I did like the concept.