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My Lady Jane | Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand & Jodi Meadows

Breakdown:

  • Book: My Lady Jane
  • Series: My Lady Janies #1
  • Author: Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand & Jodi Meadows

Witty, witty, witty and even more witty!

It was absolutely comical! I laughed so hard while reading this book! It was such a funny story. I couldn’t help but tweet out some of the funny parts as I went along:

(SPOILERS AHEAD) 

“So. Her husband was a horse. And no one told her. Outrageous.”

“Very funny, my lady. And that reminds me”—he pointed a finger at her—“no horse jokes.”
He was making it too easy. “Ah, my lord, why the long face?”
“That’s it!” grabbing one her precious books. 
“No horse jokes,” he said.
“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book—unharmed!—I will give you a carrot.”
He brandished the book at her. “Was that a horse joke?”
“Neigh.”
“Was that a horse joke?”

So you’re probably wondering, what’s with the horse jokes? I’m laughing so hysterically at your confusion. You have no idea do you? Ok, Ok I’ll tell you, this lovely story as goodreads puts it, features “a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help. At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England. “

What?  You still don’t know what I’m talking about do you?

To put it bluntly, this lovely tale features shape shifters, or as they call it,  E∂ians pronounced “ee-u-thians”. In this version of old England, it’s divided into E∂ians and their opposite, no shape shifting, non-animal form taking, normal humans, Verities. Both of these groups are currently at war with one another which is causing a lot of chaos in the kingdom. Our dear Lady Jane was forced into marrying a man whom she never met in her life before. Only to discover that he was in fact, a horse.

Now that everyone is up to speed, let’s begin. I absolutely loved it! It had all the ingredients to make the perfect story. Historical, royalty, smart heroin, noble king, progressive husband, magic, plot twists and of course animals. My Lady Jane is incredibly light hearted, clever and dotty. Most importantly, it did not say anywhere on the cover of the book what was actually happening. A very smart move, I might add. I don’t think we would’ve taken it seriously if it did. Certainly, I wouldn’t have. 

Jane and her horse husband Gifford, who prefers to be called G, have it rough. Most of the book they’re on the run from “Bloody” Mary’s royal guards. They’re forced into a life they didn’t plan or want which causes a wedge between them. With time, their playful banters turn into something more and feelings grow. On the other side of the kingdom, King Edward, Jane’s cousin, is in big trouble. His sister, Bess which is short for Elizabeth is planning something.

I reallly wanted King Edward and Jane to be together! You can easily tell that there are sparks between them. Why oh why did they have to marry her off to Gifford. Not that he’s a bad guy or anything. I just prefer E & J not G & J. That’s all.

Anyway, I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction, animals, The Princess Bride and Monty Python.

I leave you with some of Giffords efforts at poetry,

“Those lips that Love’s own hand did make..”

“Your majesty, if I have to search out the magical Carpesian Waters of Romania myself, killing loads of bandits on the way, You.Shall.Have.Your.Water.”

“Shall I compare thee to a barrel of apples?
Though art more hairy, but sweeter inside.
Rough winds couldn’t keep me from taking you to chapel,
Where finally a horse could take a bride…”

Final Rating:

 ★★

If you’re into treason, shape shifters. witty humor and love.

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Are you a REAL Bookworm?

So you think you’re a bookworm, huh?

Do you spend most of you’re time reading, or with you’re nose stuck in a book. Do you consider yourself to be the Hermione Granger of this world? Well, let’s see if you truly are…

Here I present to you the top 8 books every *TRUE BOOKWORM* should’ve memorized by heart! Continue reading Are you a REAL Bookworm?

Amy Snow | Tracy Rees

Breakdown:

  • Book: Amy Snow
  • Series: –
  • Author: Tracy Rees

Amy Snow was an absolute delight to read. FYI, here I’m referring to the name of the book not the character ^^.

Set in 1831 Victorian England, this novel follows Amy Snow, an orphan, whose late, and beloved best friend, Aurelia Vennaway, bequeaths her a treasure hunt that leads her all over England and finally to the one secret Aurelia never shared.

The main character is of course, Amy Snow. Who was given that last name because she is a bastard abandoned by her parents as an infant. The person who happened to find her was Aurelia at the young age of eight. Aurelia, being the only daughter to the aristocratic family, completely upset her parents by bringing in this infant as it ruins their family name. However, she fought her way into keeping Amy and became a sister to her. Thus, as Amy was growing up, she was hated by the household and was immediately cast away after Aurelia’s death.

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Before I go on with my review, I would like to state first that I got this novel through a bookbox subscription. Find my Unboxing here. 

Now on with my book review. SPOILERS AHEAD. 

Historical books are usually on point with me. Therefore, I’m not very surprised at the fact that I enjoyed this thoroughly. It was a stroke of luck that Amy Snow was the surprise book in this subscription box. Tracy Rees, the author, handles the world of Amy Snow very well. The writing is so smooth and very detail-oriented (but not to the point of boredom).

We are taken through a wonderful journey of patience, understanding and steady growth.  Amy starts out as being self-loathing and with the strong sense of not deserving anything because of her lowly status. She describes herself as being miserable by saying, “…my frown became my habitual expression.” Her only beacon of hope is her sister by heart, Aurelia. However, after her death, Amy is forced to live on the streets with only ten gold coins to her name. goodreads-reading-challenge-2017-dear-amy-helen-callaghan.jpgAs well as, the looming realization that she can no longer be happy due to her losing the only family she ever truly had. Unbeknownst to her, Aurelia prepared an elaborate scheme to strengthen and evolve Amy to the woman she always believed her to be, in the form of a treasure hunt.

Through this treasure hunt, we see Amy gradually change and become more open to the different challenges and  fortunes in life. She starts to understand that the cruelty that her ‘caretakers’ put her through is not how life really is. From her trips that span all of Victorian England, she starts to see the family, friends, love and care she always longed for, was there waiting for her.

The story in a way is very self aware. In the sense that, through Amy, different situations that ‘us’ the reader would think is ridiculous is also questioned by her. Tracy repeatedly ponders through Amy the very thoughts that go through our mind. Additionally, through Amy, she shows us that even though the situation is unsuitable (constantly traveling to look for a clue that might not even be there), Amy still pushes on. This displays the strength of her character, resolve and most importantly the deep love and loyalty Amy has for her friend Aurelia.

In conclusion, we learn the value of friendship through Amy and Aurelia. As well as,  the importance of a simple kind word that can be a treasure to the person receiving it.

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Final Rating:

 ★★

For all you treasure hunters and puzzle solvers, this one is for you!

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The Selection | Kiera Cass

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Selection #1
  • Series: The Selection Series
  • Author: Kiera Cass

I’ll be reviewing the first novel in this well loved series, The Selection by Kiera Cass. For those of you who don’t know, I’ll summarize the main points. This is a fairytale dystopian world, where everyone is divided or ranked into ‘castes’. Each caste has a specific role to play be it farmer or factory worker. The highest caste, one, is royalty and the lowest, eight, is the poorest people where some are even unemployed. Our main protagonist is America Singer, a five (artist caste). The Kingdom she lives in, Illea, is looking for a bride for the crown prince, Maxon. This is done by holding the Selection, a competition for the prince’s hand and the crown.

And there you have it. Now on with the review.

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD

You know when you’re the only one in your group who isn’t following the hype. Where everyone around you is nose stuck in this book, but you. And you can’t seem to understand why?  Where your friends swear to you that this is the best thing they’ve ever read and they promise, no proomise that it’ll be worth your time. So now you just have to read it. Even though you’re not totally convinced. Yup, that’s what happened to me.

So honestly, I wasn’t very into the idea of reading this. Like I’ve seen it in the bookstore in several occasions but I just never picked it up.  I had this preconceived notion that it was just a silly little chick flick for younger gals. But Oh, how I was wrong.

This is honestly one of the most entertaining novels I’ve ever read. I guarantee that who ever you might be, and whatever your tastes are, you’re going to enjoy it. Even though this plot line is played out and a little cliche, for some reason it just works. Whatever recipe they used to make this book, I WANT IT. It basically contains the most common ingredients, a royal family, a dashing prince, smart protagonist, forbidden love, sacrifice, bitchy character, looming danger and some late night rendezvous. Now, even though it seems like I might not have any complaints about this book. You are wrong. I have plenty….

First off….

I have to say. America Singer, the main character, has the worst name possible. Why on earth would you name someone after a country and then follow it by a verb? It just doesn’t work. How has no one noticed it’s utter stupidity through all those revisions before it was published. How? It’s just a mystery I will never uncover.

Secondly,

From the beginning of the book, we find out that America is already in a relationship with Aspen, who is a caste lower than her. However, after she is selected to be apart of this ‘The Bachelorette’ inspired competition, she must learn to forget him and work hard to win the prince and get a better life. All is good until I notice that it barley takes her a few days before she completely forgets about her undying love for Aspen. How forgetful this girl is. To be honest, Aspen wasn’t exactly up to my standards, he falls under the douche category for me. Notably when America shares her food with him and he gets mad saying, “…everything is wrong, I’m supposed to be the one providing for you, not the other way around.” It might seem like a nice thing to say to some of you. However, I fall in the spectrum of people who think this is utterly annoying and stereotypical.

Thirdly,

Also Aspen related. You can tell he pisses me off, right? After he gets mad over the food thing, he actually DUMPS her! Annoying. Anyway, after their break up, we move on and America moves into the castle where she has no contact with any of her family and friends for the entirety of the competition.  Things start to hit off well between her and Prince Maxon then all of a sudden, BOOM. Aspen shows up. How? Do you actually expect me to believe a poor, lower caste boy managed to find his way in a heavily guarded castle? And all for what, cause he suddenly had a change of heart and realized he was being a prick.

Anyway, last but not least, ignoring her awful name, America managed to stay true to herself and goal. She’s a very strong character and very often speaks her mind. Apart from the whole boy dilemma she’s actually not half bad.

All in all, this was a lovely read. I recommend it when you need to have something light hearted to change your mood. Maybe in a train ride?

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Final Rating:

 ★★

Don’t Judge a book by it’s cover, in this case…please do! ^^

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