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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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Unedited Clace Cave Scene, Shh!

Yes, thats rightt! Do you remember that ehm, Dirty Scene from City of Heavenly Fire. Well, Cassandra Clare has shared the scene with us, her loyal subjects. I for one, has been left drooling over this steeeeamy scene. So obviously I has to share with you all! Sooooooooo…..

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber

 

Caraval Blog Tour Excerpt Invite

– Admit One-

-To be used once, to gain entrance into Caraval-

-Main gates close at midnight- 

-Anyone who arrives later than this will not be able to participate, or win this- year’s prize of one wish. 

I, like a lot of people, used my magical admission ticket and entered this shimmering world of Caraval. Admittedly, it wasn’t one I had planned to go to, but I don’t regret it nonetheless.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a good while now. Finally, after weeks of speculating whether it’s worth my time or not, I went for it.  Unsurprisingly, it was very captivating. To get you up to speed, heres the synopsis:

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.”

As you can probably tell, what was waiting for me was truly magical. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into this carnival. A spellbinding world that’s a wonderful break from the serious tones of my usual reads.

SPOILERS AHEAD

“Once inside, you will be presented with a mystery that must be solved. Clues will be hidden throughout the game to help you on your way. We want you to get swept away, but be careful of being swept too far away.”

Heeding this warning was apparently too much for me for I seem to have been swept too far away. They did not fail to mention this all throughout the book. But, as the days went by in the magical world of Caraval, what was real and what wasn’t overlapped. Just like the heroin, Scarlette, I completely fell for every single trick they made. So it comes to no surprise how very angry I am right now at how things ended. Angry In A Good way! ^^

MAJOR SPOILERS

Rant Mode: On

I feel…

So much anger. Soooo much anger.

Everything was a lie. And I mean alll of it. There wasn’t a shred of honesty in any of the passages written in this book. The reason I’m so angry isn’t because I was tricked. We were all warned from the beginning, so getting blinded between the pages of Caraval, and not being able to differentiate between reality and fiction is entirely on me. In fact, I salute the author, Stephanie Garber for being able to pull something like this off. I admire her for it, it just proves how well written Caraval is. ❤

However, What upset me the most, is how Scarlett dealt with the aftermath of it all. She shrugged it off like it was nothing. She forgave everyone for the hell they put her through like they didn’t torture her this whole time. The ending was very difficult for me to read. Perhaps it’s because I find it hard to trust people in general. So when one person betrays me, it’s game over.  Scarlett had the entirety of Caraval betraying her, they all watched as she made a fool of herself, and probably laughed at her while she frantically searched for her sister, one she believed was in very  real danger. Scarlett cried, was drugged, got yelled at, got tricked, lost sleep, lost her sanity, got abused by her father, almost got raped by her Fiancé and had to witness two people she loved very much die and experience very real pain and loss because of all this. Yet suddenly with a few words she was fine with all this. That right there seems to me like a very unrealistic ending. No one would be okay after going through all this just to find out it was all a well rounded play, a fake. Scarlett was tricked by her so called sister. She went through a lot of pain while everyone watched and laughed from the sidelines. Granted, I do understand why Tessa did what she did, but there were a million other ways to do it. This should not have been one of them.

MOVING ON

Rant Mode: Off

Apart from my obvious anger, I loved this book. The whole journey was well thought off, exciting and very adventurous. If i were to ever receive a Caraval ticket, you will most definitely find me there. I recommend this book to anyone who would be willing to overlook the whole Tessa thing. Besides, you know the book is great if it makes you feel all these feeeels. I’m soo caught up in this world, that if there ever was a second book, I’ll be the first to buy it! I know, I know..this post is bipolar.

Final Rating:

 ★★

For all you thrill seekers and magic dwellers!

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