Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Brightly Burning

Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella h...


Details Brightly Burning

TitleBrightly Burning
ISBN9781328948939
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Retellings, Romance
Rating

Reviews Brightly Burning

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    2018-05-03
    This book is supposed to be a sci-fi version of Jane Eyre. It fucking sucks. Beware: lots of cursing in this review. I am in a spicy mood today. Our main character, Stella (Jane Eyre) is a brilliant spaceship engineer who has long harbored high hopes of being...a fucking governess. Not that there's anything wrong with being a governess, mind you, but ffs. It's like if I had an engineering Ph.D and chose to work as a nanny. It's dumb and seriously...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    2017-10-25
    Oh my goodness, this was one wild ride. I wasn't expecting it. I mean... okay. I know the story of Jane Eyre (it actually freaked me out when I was little) - so I knew to expect some craziness. But I didn't expect to be PUNCHED IN THE FACE MULTIPLE TIMES BY ALL THE FEELS.I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me begin by saying that this is the perfect reimagining of Jane Eyre. In fact, I liked it more than the original story. And even if you aren't a ...
  • Lola Reviewer
    2018-04-16
    You know what’s *brightly burning* right now?My anger. At myself, mostly. This is a retelling of Jane Eyre, and while the original story bored me to death, I was somewhat intrigued by this one.After all, one of the main reasons why Jane Eyre didn't work for me was because Mr. Rochester is in his forties, and even though I believe in the *age is just a number* concept, I’m also skeptical that dating someone (more than) twice your age is a good...
  • Carrie
    2018-04-18
    Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne is a young adult science fiction fantasy with a dash of romance that is also an imaginative retelling of the classic Jane Eyre. Of course what better way to modernize a classic than to do a take of it that is futuristic feeling in the setting with the story taking place upon a space ship.Seventeen year old Stella Ainsley was working as an engineer aboard the poorest ship of the fleet after being raised in a wealthi...
  • Erika Cruz
    2018-01-17
    Reader, this book exceeded my expectations.This is a thrilling YA retelling of Jane Eyre set in space. It’s the story of the very likeable Stella Ainsely and her love affair with her employer, the brooding yet passionate Hugo Fairfax. Stella is a very skilled and able-bodied young woman because she doubles as both a governess AND ship mechanic. (love this!) She is a smart, caring and inquisitive main character, and I love that she has so much c...
  • Alexa
    2017-05-12
    4/18/18 Update: If you'd like to get a signed copy of Brightly Burning but don't anticipate seeing me at an event, you can order a signed copy via The Ripped Bodice! I'm so excited to partner with this amazing local indie, and the first & only all-romance book store in the United States! If you order through The Ripped Bodice, you will also get an exclusive Brightly Burning bookmark! http://www.therippedbodicela.com/prod...4/9/18 Update: If you p...
  • Erin
    2018-05-05
    3.5 stars for a fairly adequate Jane Eyre retelling. Brightly Burning takes place in a futuristic world where people are living in space because planet Earth has basically gone down the path of devastating destruction. Enter Stella Ainsley, our protagonist, who finds herself transferred to the private ship Rochester and becomes teacher and governess to young Jessa, little sister of the mysterious captain, Hugo. The ship is rumoured to be haunt...
  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    2018-04-29
    As a huge fan of Jane Eyre, I was really excited to read a YA retelling of the story. So, I went into this book with high expectations, AND THIS BOOK EXCEEDS ALL OF THOSE EXPECTATIONS! I AM AN EMOTIONAL MESS! I WANT TO HUG THIS BOOK FOREVER!!!! THIS WAS A FREAKING ROLLER COASTER!!!Okay, I let me get back to the actual review. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was the way the author took Jane Eyre and put such a refreshing and i...
  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    2018-04-17
    **Many thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me an ARC. This in no way influenced my review-my opinions are my own**This is one of those times where I emailed the publisher and didn’t expect any response-and I didn’t get one. Oh well, right? But then, one night when I had been having a bad day, I came home to the most exciting and unexpected package-this beauty of an arc. I knew I had to read it right away-and I’m so glad I did....
  • Liz Parker
    2017-06-23
    This Jane Eyre retelling is the perfect book for fans of the classic who also have a love of space. While the parallels to Jane Eyre are clear throughout for those who love the original story, this novel definitely stands alone for anyone who isn't familiar with Jane Eyre. The slow-burn build up of the romance + the high stakes of the fleet's safety making it hard to put down! I'd definitely recommend to fans of Marissa Meyer and Beth Revis. Even...
  • Alyssa
    2017-06-24
    Reader, I loved it. Alexa Donne is just reverential enough to the heart and spirit of Jane Eyre to delight this Bronte fan - but at the same time she's done a beautiful job expanding the story that I was still on the edge of my seat.Stella, an engineer and ammeter artist, is a brilliant Jane for a new era. She's got guts, brains, and drive - but an uncertain future. Hugo, the Captain of The Rochester, is delightfully broody and haunted by his pas...
  • Alexandra
    2017-12-05
    I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*I couldn't be happier than getting the chance to review this lovely book! Knowing that Netgalley rarely grants requests to INT readers, I was very excited! The book follows Stella, a young girl who is also a mechanic, a teacher and lives into a spaceship orbing around a frozen Earth.There are also many spaceships orbiting around Ea...
  • Cori Reed
    2018-02-03
    I love Jane Eyre, so getting to read a retelling was a treat.I do think this book hovers more around 3.5 star personally, but I really loved it and enjoyed my time reading it so much I had to bump it up.This had all of the elements of Jane Eyre we know and love, but set aboard various space crafts. The twists and turns of the original story are all also present, and I just think Alexa Donne has done an awesome job with this one! Add it to your TB...
  • Adrienne Young
    2017-12-18
    Had a chance to read an early copy and oh my, did it hit the light sci-fi sweet spot! Fun characters, a haunted spaceship, a mysterious man, and stars as far as the eye can see. The last time I read a book with this feel was ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis and I have to say I loved it just as much. This was such a fun read and I have no doubt the masses will feel the same! Pre-order worthy FOR SURE.
  • Emily A. Duncan
    2017-11-16
    JANE! EYRE! IN! SPACE! and it is exactly that. Just as clever, just as heartfelt, just as romantic, with a stellar cast of characters and inventive world building. Just enough science fiction to make this an utterly delightful space romance.
  • Amy
    2018-04-05
    ARC provided by HMH in exchange for an honest review2.5 starsI was super pumped to receive this advanced copy of Brightly Burning from HMH. I am so thankful I got the chance to read this before publication. Truly, I am so grateful for these opportunities. Even if I didn’t love it, I still want to give you all my thoughts and genuine feelings!So, with that being said, I did like the book, but I didn’t love it. It’s probably just me, y’all....
  • Jessica
    2018-01-24
    This was really fun! RTC closer to publication. Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!
  • Bright Star
    2018-04-05
    I received an ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jane Eyre is one of my fave classics of all time, so when I saw a retelling was coming I was very excited. My expectations were high and... the story didn't live up to them. Don't get me wrong, this book was very interesting and I enjoyed it, but it can't be compared to Brontë's masterpiece.In general, Brightly Burning follows the original story of Jane Eyre with some differ...
  • Kayla
    2018-05-06
    I loved this book so much! I've never actaully read Jane Eyre but I'm aware of the storyline and I don't know if it follows it but I had such a great time with this book.
  • Lily Meade
    2018-01-21
    I am obviously biased as this book is written by my dear friend and agent sister, but I was honored to receive an eARC from NetGalley and I’m glad I did.I’d never read the original Jane Eyre, but Alexa’s version was plenty engaging on its own. I loved the atmosphere and the amazing tech of the Rochester. I was jealous of Stella a LOT throughout this book, LOL. And man did the tension ramp up. This book features the most intense game of poke...
  • Whitney Wyckoff
    2017-06-23
    Jane Eyre fans will love this beautiful and thrilling retelling. I was completely immersed in Stella's world and had trouble putting the book down. It's definitely a must-read.
  • Carlie Sorosiak
    2017-07-22
    This was such a "me" book. I read it in one sitting and absolutely loved it. Tension! Love! Drama! Space! Get ready, world.
  • Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak
    2018-04-30
    I like this book more than I care to admit.Look, I'll be honest: you could set anything in space, and I'll all but guarantee I'll like it. Once you consider the grand scope of things, YA books set in space are this teeny tiny group, and I am always, always there for a story set among the stars, because there are so few of them.And I realize that this is not really an endorsement of this book, right? I'll pick up, and probably love, any space stor...
  • Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
    2018-05-04
    JANE EYRE IN SPACE. It's hard to review this book without shrieking that first. I'll put my hand up and admit that when it comes to retellings I'm instantly apprehensive, as that can go pretty badly wrong - I'll forever remember the absolutely atrocious retelling of A Christmas Carol that I read and still don't understand how it was published. However this book is smart - it doesn't try and force it's sci-fi story into a little Jane Eyre shaped b...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    2018-04-25
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Brightly Burning was just straight up entertaining. The kind of book that draws you in, and you need to know what happens. Also, bits of it reminded me of The 100, and that's never a bad thing. It's apparently based on  Jane Eyre , which I am pretty sure I "read" in high school but I promise you I didn't actually read it. I actually re...