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July 4, 2012

Ironskin by Tina Connolly- I can’t wait!

Tina Connolly’s twitter describes Ironskin as “steampunk Jane Eyre with fairies.”

Steampunk Jane Eyre? With fairies!

Oh my goodness.

Ironskin comes out on October 2 from Tor Books.

There’ll be a sequel to Ironskin released in 2013, and I haven’t been able to discover if Ironskin only covers the first half of Jane Eyre or if the sequel takes things further along.

Ann Aguirre (author of Enclave) blurbed this:

Jane is ferocious and splendid; the hero is tormented and tragic. Tina Connolly has crafted a steampunk Beauty and the Beast tale, beautifully and cleverly reversed. Don’t miss this debut.

At first, Aguirre calling Ironskin a Beauty and the Beast tale had me confused, but I guess Jane Eyre is a sort-of reversed Beauty and the Beast.

Here’s the official 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 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.

Does Rochester take the form of some type of plastic surgeon in this retelling? I can’t wait to find out!

Add Ironskin to your Amazon wishlist.

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Posted by Melanie at 12:52 am – Comments (10)

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  • July 4th 2012
    Sandy said:

    I didn’t even know until now that this was a Jane Eyre retelling o_O Woah.

    it sounds…ambitious. I am cautiously optimistic.


  • July 4th 2012

    Since “Jane Eyre” is my favorite novel of all time, I’m putting this on my Goodreads TBR pile, as well as my Amazon wish list. I can’t wait to see what the author does with all that passion and brooding mystery of the original novel, as she mixes it in with these fantasy elements! I love your choice!!

    By the way, I’d also like to say that I love your blog design! It’s quite unique! Besides, blue is my favorite color!! : )


  • July 4th 2012
    Aylee said:

    Oh yes, I’m definitely looking forward to this one too! Though I tend not to be a fan of faeries too much, I’m not going to pass up steampunk Jane Eyre!


  • July 4th 2012
    Maxine said:

    Sounds lovely! I hope you enjoy it when it comes out πŸ™‚

    Here is my WoW post. Check it out? πŸ˜‰

    -Maxine @ Teenage Fiction


  • July 4th 2012

    I love the cover of this book and it’s based on Jane Eyre, which is my all-time favorite book !
    I can’t wait to read it. πŸ™‚
    Great pick !

    My WoW


  • July 4th 2012
    kate said:

    This has been on my TBR list for a while now. It looks amazing.

    My WOW and international giveaway


  • July 4th 2012
    Genessis said:

    I love the cover! It’s so… compelling. I’ll add that to my TBR pile.
    Here’s my WOW, check it out?
    Genessis @ Gen’s Reviews.
    Care to follow?


  • July 5th 2012
    Nicole said:

    I’m ALL THE EXCITED for this!


  • July 9th 2012

    I hope you get it soon!


  • July 9th 2012
    Gina said:

    Hmm…first I’ve heard of it, but it certainly sounds interesting! *adds to check out list*