Sunday, February 2, 2014

Blog Tour: See Jayne Run by Hannah Jayne - Interview, Review

See Jayne Run
by Hannah Jayne
Published:  1/7/2014
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley
I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O'Leary.

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About:  Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enormous cats.

Interview with Hannah Jayne

Hi Hannah, thanks so much for being here today.  
                  Thanks for having me!

1)     Can you tell us a little bit about Riley?
a.     Riley is a spunky, strong-willed junior at Hawthorne High (yes, the same Hawthorne High that Sawyer, Cooper, and Chloe attend in Truly, Madly, Deadly!)—or at least she’d like to be if her parents weren’t so incredibly overprotective and paranoid about everything.

2)     Is the story based on your own experience and/or people you know, or is it purely fictional? 
a.     It’s purely fictional although my brother convinced me that I was left on the doorstep by gypsies when I was very young. So the idea of your parents not really being your parents is loosely based on a true experience!

3)     Do you have a favorite scene or quote that you can share with us from See Jane Run?
a.     “Then I won’t ask you to lick my Blowpop.” It is JD’s response to Riley when she mentions that she has a boyfriend (though JD didn't ask).

4)     I noted that you have written quite a few books from your YA Thrillers Truly Madly Deadly and now See Jane Run, your Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Underworld Detective Agency Series, as well as Chick Lit, The Rebound Guy.  What genre has been your favorite to write and which do you find most challenging?
a.     Young Adult thrillers have (so far) been my favorite to write though they are very challenging. I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll keep saying it: teen life is complicated! Sometimes it can be challenging to capture the real life of one of my teen characters without getting overly bogged down with details or trivializing any part of their lives.  That being said, writing the urban fantasy series has lately been themost challenging since there are six books in the series. At some point, I just feel like, “how much more can I put poor Sophie through?!”

5)     Which one of your characters has been your favorite to write? 
a.     That is such a hard question! I love writing Sophie from The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles. She’s a little na├»ve but really fun to write, especially since I can spin her into situations where she dumps a latte down her shirt in the shadow of a hot man, or she runs headlong into a stinky troll with a crush on her. But I also love Sawyer, Riley, and Brynna (who you’ll meet in July!)—to some degree I feel like I’m their mom! No, cool older sister. Yeah, that.

6)     Can you tell us three things about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
a.     I sword fight, knife fight, and combat train.
b.     I love wearing very girly-girl vintage dresses (usually to throw people off about my above talents!) and high-high heels.
c.     I can sing all 50 states in alphabetical order.

7) Just for fun:
Complete the sentence:
I have never: been the slightest bit interested in skydiving even though I’ve cliff dived, climbed over the top of the Sydney Harbor bridge, and done most other dare-devil things.
I  always: create music videos in my head, usually of me doing kick-ass stuff to whatever is on my iPod.
I love: chocolate chip cookies. I’m seriously allergic to gluten, but I risk it for homemade chocolate chip cookies!
I hate: when people tell me what I “should” do!

Thanks so much for being here today Hannah.  It was great talking with you.
Thank you and thank you all for supporting me and See Jane Run!!

My Review:  After reading Hannah Jayne's YA thriller Truly, Madly, Deadly, I jumped at the chance to check out  more of her work.  This mystery/thriller is not only captivating, keeping you guessing and questioning until the very end, but is also provides a refreshingly different type of story in the YA genre.  Riley and her best friend accidentally stumble on some information regarding Riley, and it causes her to question everything in her life.  Riley's character is likable, though I did want to shake her a few times.  Shelby, her best friend was kind of aggravating.   Then there is JD, the bad boy who brings the romantic edge into the story, though the romance is minimal in the overall plot of the story.  There are several twists and turns that fueled the thrilling and suspenseful aspect of the story as the mystery unfolds.

While I didn't like See Jayne Run as well as I did Truly, Madly, Deadly, overall, it was a good read and something that YA and even MG thriller/mystery fans would probably enjoy.


  1. This sounds really good. I read Truly, Madly, Deadly by this author and liked it quite a lot.
    Thanks for the review!

  2. We both felt very similar about this one Ellen, great review!

  3. I loved TMD & absolutely loved it!Yes I want to shake her BFF too & it sort of made me think if Riley is as smart as she's presented to be. This one was an OK read for me though but it's cool that Riley's character is based on her niece. That lady is one brave girl.

  4. I might have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing the interview.

  5. I've had Truly, Madly, Deadly for AGES and still haven't read it! This is a wonderful interview and has me thinking I need to start reading her work immediately!


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