Genre: Ya, Fantasy, Mystery Sci-fi.
Year Of Publication: September 19th 2017.
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books.
Pages: Paperback, 416 pages.
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I’d like to thank Penguin Random House International for my copy!
“Do you ever feel,” she says to Jane, “like you’re trapped in the wrong version of your life?”
Where to begin?
Jane’s aunt just died on one of her photography trip and Jane’s lost. She dropped out of college and is just drifting, grieving with no idea what to do with her life anymore. She had lived with her aunt Magnolia ever since she was a kid and her parents died. So when her childhood friend, Kiran, invites Jane to her mansion on an Island, Jane can’t say no. Literally, because aunt Magnolia actually made her promise not to ever decline an invitation to Tu Raviens, the mansion, just before she left for the trip.
At Tu Raviens , there are a lot of strange things happening that include thieves, spies, the mafia, disappearance of a million dollar art painting and everyone is acting so sketchy. Jane can’t trust anyone and she starts trying to solve the mystery. She actually makes a list of all the people she suspects and their motives/why she thinks they would have stolen the painting.
And that’s not all, but I’ll come back to that later.
This is actually quite a diverse book. Kiran is Indian and our main character, Jane, is actually BI. Yep!!! So there’s a little girl on girl action too.
This book wasn’t focused on romance at all. That is just one tiny aspect of Jane, unlimited. Only like 0.0001% of the book. But what happens between Jane and Ivy’s just felt a bit too cliche insta love thing to me. Like their was no build up for their romance or anything.
Kristin Cashore’s writing style was amazing and it was really easy to get into for me.
So like I said before, this isn’t a mystery novel (though I did think it was one during the first part of the book). It’s actually kind of science-fiction-y with alternative dimensions and choose your own adventure kind of thing.
The book doesn’t have chapters but is divided into sections. At the end of the first section, Jane has to make a decision and she has five choices. So we get to see how different everything would have turned out if Jane had made a certain decision. I hope I’m not confusing you. Basically, at the beginning of each part we are back to the part where Jane has to choose what to do and every scenario plays out in each part of the book.
The concept of alternative realities is so fascinating to me like how our actions affect the events that occur in our lives and this was that.
Each part of the book has a different genre and I thought that was so cool!! Each version of Jane’s life is so different from the other it will make your head spin trying to keep up with it. Literally!!!
The first one The missing masterpiece was like a mystery-action version with Jane trying her hand at sleuthing. Then Lies without borders has all the aspects of a mafia related spy thriller novel. In which someones loses a soul and Catherine finds one was soooo different from anything I’ve ever read. A paranormal one where the Tu Raviens, the house, can talk and absorb people. Jane, Unlimited was science fiction and here the alternate dimension stuff was explained and there was even travelling between these differences realities!!!! The last one, The strayhound, the girl and the painting was… idk how to explain it. Maybe Fantasy?? I don’t know. If I tell you then it would be spoiled so I guess you’ll just have to see for yourself.
Well you will, If you don’t give up on this book by that time because it is boring and even though all of this might sound exciting, it’s not fast paced at all.
This book would have been so good but I feel like each part was not completely hashed out – that each plotline wasn’t explored fully to all its potential. Everything felt like it was kind of dropped in and as the book progressed it became kind of unbelievable and the everything stopped making sense with talking houses!!!, alien invasions, talking dogs etc.
There were mentions of harry potter and I loved THAT. I mean every time there’s some mention of anything that I like in a book, I get so happy.
And the characters were actually pretty interesting, each one different from one another so I loved that. But my main problem was with the plot, i kept waiting for that boom…… for it to wow me. But as the book progressed it got more and more unreal and absurd and didn’t gave me the oh damn this just blew me away thing. Also as the problem is with repetitive plots.. they don’t always succeed so yeah it becomes boring to read the same thing happen again and again.
Overall, I think this book could have been a lot better but even though I liked it, I don’t think it’s a book that would stick with me for a long time.