Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon

Unearthly Things is a 2017 young adult novel by American author Michelle Gagnon which re-imagines Charlotte Brontë's classic tale, Jane Eyre. The story follows Janie Mason, an orphan who is uprooted from her home in Hawaii and sent to live with the mysterious Rochester family in San Francisco. The mystery of why Janie has been… Continue reading Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

The Silver Cup, A Tale by Charlotte Brontë

Reader, it's been a while since my last post looking at the Brontë juvenilia, so let's get back into the swing of things with a look at Charlotte's short story, "The Silver Cup, A Tale." Background and Manuscript The story first appeared in the October 1829 edition of the Brontës' Blackwood's Young Men's Magazine. It… Continue reading The Silver Cup, A Tale by Charlotte Brontë

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

The Twelve Adventurers and Other Stories: A New Edition

In 1826 a young Charlotte Brontë and her siblings dreamt up their shared fantasy world of Glass Town. The siblings worked on the stories and characters from this world, and later Angria and Gondal, as they grew up. History has not been kind to the Brontë juvenilia with the surviving writings being split up across… Continue reading The Twelve Adventurers and Other Stories: A New Edition


Reading Challenge 2022: Update

As we're now halfway through the year, it's time for an update on my 2022 Reading Challenge. How am I doing so far? Let's revisit the challenges I set for myself at the start of the year and assess. A Piece of Brontë-Inspired Fiction.  I completed this task by reading the wonderful Wildfell Summer by Tracey… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2022: Update


Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Brightly Burning is a 2018 re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. What makes this re-telling so unique is that it merges science fiction and young adult fiction to present a modern twist on the tale that is set in space. Plot Sometime in the future, a new Ice Age has engulfed Earth and… Continue reading Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne


Catalogue of Catastrophe (St. Mary’s #13)

Brontë Babe Books

Catalogue of Catastrophe is the latest offering from the wonderful Jodi Taylor. The 13th novel in the St. Mary’s series has finally arrived and once again features the Disaster Magnets and the irrepressible Dr “Max” Maxwell. Catalogue of Catastrophe sees Max and the equally irrepressible Markham in their new roles away from St. Mary’s. Despite facing the unfamiliar and new challenges,  as usual whenever the Pros and Cons are around, there is trouble, tomfoolery, tea, and time travel. I adore Jodi’s novels so I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one. Below is my spoiler free review of CoC. 


Finally – finally! – Max has that nice office job she’s always wanted. The one with no heavy lifting and no one tries to kill her. Well, one out of two’s not bad…


Away from St. Mary’s and their nearest and dearest, Max and Markham have regrouped and found…

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Brontë, Literature, Reviews

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

It's time for a spring clean at Brontë Babe Blog, so let's start with a refined version of my review of Catherynne M. Valente's 2017 children's novel, The Glass Town Game.  Plot Siblings Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë invent a fantasy world named Glass Town, acting out battles between their twelve toy soldiers and Napoleon.… Continue reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Brontë, Literature, photography, Poetry

A Walk Around Haworth in Bloom

A walk around Haworth in bloom Will help to lift a sense of gloom.A Sunday stroll along Main Street Where my heroes placed their own feet Can calm the mind and soothe the soul Of those grieving or not quite whole. This is home to more than just threeSisters who dared to dream and beSo… Continue reading A Walk Around Haworth in Bloom

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

The Curious Case of the Button and the Brontës: Spirits, Symbols, and Sleuths

My most recent Brontë-inspired read is one that has been in my TBR read ever since it came out back in 2019. I even started it once and then became distracted by something else, always meaning to return to it. When putting together my book club a few weeks back, I was collating lists of… Continue reading The Curious Case of the Button and the Brontës: Spirits, Symbols, and Sleuths

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Wildfell Summer by Tracy Neis (Rock and Roll Brontës Book 3)

Over the past few years I've read and enjoyed the first two novels in Tracy Neis's Rock and Roll Brontë series, and I was eagerly anticipating the third book, Wildfell Summer. The first book in the series, Mr R., is based on Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel Jane Eyre. Neis’s novel reinvents Mr. Rochester as an ageing rock star… Continue reading Wildfell Summer by Tracy Neis (Rock and Roll Brontës Book 3)