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Review: My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows


My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)

Title: My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1)

Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 512

Source: Half-Price Books

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

4 out of 5 stars


SO CUTE.

I was hoping I would like this book, but it totally exceeded any expectations that I had before going into it. I wasn’t sure about the comedy aspects of it as I don’t find “typical” comedy actually comedic, but I was pleasantly surprised.

This book is super hard to explain, but the synopsis does it justice. Pretty much, King Edward is dying, and he appoints his best friend and cousin, Lady Jane Grey, to become the next queen of England. He arranges a marriage for her to the son of his advisor person, and on top of all of these political shenanigans, there are people called Eðians who can turn into different animals.

This was totally not what I was expecting, but again, I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t typically gravitate towards historical fiction, but I’m obsessed with pretty much everything England related, so this book appealed to me because of that. I loved the Eðian fantasy element to the story. It kept it super interesting, and I was engaged the entire time. I think it was so surprising, that I just happily went with it.

This is the perfect example of a book that it’s fun to go into without knowing anything about it first. I love doing that with books and am usually good with the outcome.

Another thing. The characters were so cute. Of course I loved Jane; she was obsessed with books and reading, but she was also unbelievably stubborn and opinionated. I loved that there was some girl power from her. I also really loved Gifford, Jane’s husband. He was so sweet and loved her so much, you just couldn’t help falling for him.

Edward wasn’t my favorite, but that could just be because I was half-expecting him to try and end up marrying Jane, and I was REALLY not here for that. I think he was an okay character, and it was obvious he wasn’t the main character in this story even though every third chapter was written from his perspective.

I think I loved this book so much because I was in the exact right mood for it. I have been doing my reread of the Shadowhunters books, and of course I love them, but it was nice to have something new and different. I needed a cute book with lots of *sometimes unnecessary* drama.

The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because there were some aspects that fell short to me. I think some of the decisions that were made were just so stupid. For example, you would give up a dagger instead of having to go fight a bear. You would talk to your significant other before just assuming something is 100% true. Some of the decisions just didn’t make that much sense to me, but what can you do sometimes?

I also LOVED the narrator sections. I don’t typically enjoy when the narrator actually interrupts the story, but it added such a fun layer of humor. I didn’t laugh out loud, but that’s also just not my style; I still found it funny, though.

This book was set in London, so it just made me THAT MUCH MORE EXCITED FOR MY ENGLAND TRIP WHICH IS LITERALLY HAPPENING IN 10 DAYS. Sorry for the screaming, but I’m so excited wow.

I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone who enjoys YA books. It was easy to read and kept me hooked. I also loved the way the story played out. Super cute. Super fun. Highly recommend :)

Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly – Sharon Biggs Waller


A Mad, Wicked Folly – Sharon Biggs Waller

A Mad, Wicked Folly

Title: A Mad, Wicked Folly

Author: Sharon Biggs Waller

Release Date: January 23, 2014

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 431

Source: Library

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
           
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky is torn. Just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

4 out of 5 stars


I picked this book up on a whim while I was at the library, and I’m so glad I did! I’m not going to lie, the reason I first picked this book up was because of the cover. It’s beautiful, and simple, and classic looking. I love the yellow dress on the front, as well. Then I read the synopsis, as one does, and was immediately pulled in.

It was set in London in the 1900s. It’s about an artist. A seventeen year old girl poses nude for her art class, gets sent home, finds her muse, is betrothed to a man…

Oh gosh it was so fun to read.

After picking this up from the library I went to Goodreads to see some general reviews, just to get a feel as to what I was about to read, and was a little nervous.

One of the first reviews I skimmed was a girl freaking out because of the first few sentences of the book:

“I never set out to pose nude. I didn’t, honestly.”

And people were so angsty about this. I don’t understand what the issue is. It is supposed to be sarcastic sounding. I feel like sometimes people look into things like this too much. It was that she never thought she would, but she ended up posing. She didn’t regret it at all, and I think that that showed a strong character.

Near the beginning when I found out she was betrothed to this guy, I was really against the other love interest, Will. I was being somewhat judgey of Victoria because she knew she shouldn’t be drawing this other guy, but I couldn’t dislike him. Wow. William Fletcher was my favorite character in this story because he was so happy and so encouraging to Victoria. If it weren’t for him she probably would have given up on her dreams of being an artist. Her family didn’t believe in her, and made it impossible for her to create, so she turned to Will and I’m so glad she did.

Their relationship was so cute. There were so many parts of this story that my heart just felt so happy and full. All of you know the feeling I’m talking about. The one where you almost have to make a high pitched noise because your heart is so happy. Cause yeah, same. I think the reason I liked their relationship so much was because it reminded me of my relationship. My boyfriend is supportive of me just as Will was to Victoria, and it was just so cute.

This book took a turn that I didn’t think it would take, but I really enjoyed it. I was not expecting to get a heavy suffragist theme, but I really enjoyed it. The women were fighting for equal rights, and I really respected that. I couldn’t have been put in Victoria’s place where she had to be prim and proper her whole life just so then she could be respectable in her class. I would be a suffragist because, I too, believe in equal opportunities for men and women.

I really love historical fiction, and this book just reminded me of that. I really enjoyed reading this, and loved that Sharon Biggs Waller had some of the history in the back of the book. I love when authors actually research their writing to make sure it’s historically accurate.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was a relatively fast read, and it put me in a historical fiction mood again! Pick up this book if you want a cute romance and a strong female lead.

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