My Lady Jane Review

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My Lady Jane

 By Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.

 

“For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.”

★★★★★

My Lady Jane is a fun retelling of England’s nine-day queen, Lady Jane Grey. Of course, it’s not a very accurate retelling, but it puts a nice fun twist on everything (people turn into animals). I must admit I have been putting off reading this book for a while as I didn’t think the little twist was appealing. But I heard from several people how fantastic it was. More specifically how incredible the audiobook was, which made me even less interested because audiobooks are difficult for me to read. So I borrowed the audiobook and grabbed my physical copy and read them both. And I gotta admit now, I regret pushing it aside for as long as I did. Because it was bloody brilliant.

(I’m not even sorry for that.)

Young King Edward is dying and to keep his wretched sister Mary from inheriting the throne, he proclaims his cousin Lady Jane future son will be the next King. Lady Jane is then forced to marry Gifford or as everyone else calls him, G. Who isn’t just a person, but also a horse. Together they must face head on a deadly conspiracy and really attempt to rein in those horse jokes.

(Yes, I just did that. No regrets.)

If there is one thing I love, its history of this time period. I love the Tudors and anything that has to do with them. And this made my heart so happy. This book had it all the perfect amount of romance, the jokes that brought genuine laughter, and a fun original twist that makes perfect sense. I can’t dive too much into that plot because it would ruin everything and I don’t want to ruin the fun experience for anyone. Just know the characters are fun, fierce, and loyal and I wish they had more of a story to tell.

But if you are being skeptical about reading this, don’t. Don’t waste any more time! Read it. I promise it will make you laugh. Horse jokes are hilarious and everyone should make them. I cannot wait to dive into the next Jane book, I hear such wonderful things about it. I hear it’s going to be hauntingly good.

(Okay, I’m sorry, I can’t contain myself. Bad puns are my kryptonite.)

 

 

 

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August TBR 2018

Holy moly! How is it August already? It feels like 2018 just started. And now here we are heading into fall. Which I gotta admit, I am so excited for. Not only am I going to enjoy Fall and Winter to the full extent, but so many books are coming out. Nothing beats being wrapped up in a sweater with a new book. So for July, I didn’t really make a TBR, I allowed myself to be free of a list. And it worked out perfectly!!! I read 16 books total and got to binge a new author, all because I let myself have the freedom.

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Besides, why are monthly TBR’s a thing? I hate making a list of books to read because I hardly ever stick to it. I am such a mood reader and I have to be in the right mood for the right book. So instead of making an actual list, I am just making a pretend TBR. It’s more of just an idea of books I think I will want to read this month or at least sometime in the near future. Eventually, all these books will be read just maybe not this month? The only ones I can say that will 100% be read is Throne of Glass and Assassins Blade, but that’s because I am getting ready for Kingdom of Ash! So a reread of the entire series has to happen.

But other than that, this is just going to be catching up on some arcs and reading whatever I feel like it. It feels good to allow myself to be the mood reader I am. Although a little organization never hurt anyone.

What books do you have planned to read this month?

July Wrap – Up 2018

A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness                                         ★★★★

Counteract – Tracy Lawson                                                                        ★★★★

Sky In The Deep – Adrienne Young (Reread)                                          ★★★★★

Learn About Loss – Cassandra Clare                                                       ★★★★★

My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows              ★★★★★

Before I Let Go – Marieke Nijkamp                                                           ★★

Circe – Madeline Miller                                                                               ★★★★

The Faceless Woman – Emma Hamm                                                      ★★★★

All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover                                                           ★★★★★

Swear On This Life – Renne Carlino                                                         ★★★★★

Before We Were Strangers – Renne Carlino                                            ★★★★

Sweet Thing – Renne Carlino                                                                     ★★★★

Sweet Little Thing –  Renne Carlino                                                          ★★★★

Nowhere But Here – Renne Carlino                                                          ★★★★★

Wish You Were Here – Renne Carlino                                                      ★★★★

Overall, July was an excellent reading month. As you can see I binged a certain author this month and I gotta admit, I love her. It’s exciting to discover new authors and binge all their books. It has been a while since I have done that. But I wanted to showcase my favorite read of the month along with my least favorite.

Favorite Book – Tie between All Your Perfects and Swear On This Life. Both were just too good.

Least Favorite – Hands down, Before I Let Go. It just wasn’t the book for me and I never want to see it again.

 

How many books did you get through this month?

Fierce Females In Literature

A few months ago a few of us over on bookstagram created a hashtag and a monthly photo challenge dedicated to all those fierce females in literature. We wanted to celebrate the female characters we admire and the female authors who wrote them. It was such a fun challenge and along the way, I got to discover new characters and new authors. So with that monthly challenge as inspiration, I want to talk about my favorite female characters. I should probably limit it to about 5, so here are my top 5 favorite fierce females.

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1.Delilah Bard – A Darker Shade of Magic Trilogy By V.E. Schwab – Lila obviously has to be number one here. There is no other character I adore more than that sassy, daring, brave thief. She speaks to my soul on a whole new level and Schwab herself is just inspiring. Anytime I question how to handle a situation, I try to apply Lila logic to the situation.

 

 

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2. Eelyn – Sky In The Deep By Adrienne Young “Breathe Fire” – One of my newest favorite characters is Eelyn as she was one of the fiercest warriors I have encountered.  She fought for what she believes in even if it goes against everything she was taught.

 

 

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3. Manon Blackbeak – Throne of Glass Series By Sarah J. Maas – The TOG series has two fierce females in its series. I mean there is a few others but two that I love. She appears very stern and careless when really she cares so much. She loves deep and is so protective of those she loves. And I mean she has Abraxos.

 

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5. Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows – By Leigh Bardugo – The Wraith, that is Inej, I can’t explain how much she means to me. I didn’t realize how much I needed her until I met her. A strong female that saved the male lead more times than I can count? Who wouldn’t want to meet her?

 

 

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4. Aelin Ashryver Galathynius – Throne of Glass Series By Sarah J. Maas – Hands down one of the baddest females I have ever had the pleasure to read about. There is nothing this assassin can’t do or get out of. She never ever gives up. Her sass is outdone by no other and she is so strong especially with how much she has to carry. I look forward to seeing the end of her story, as long as none of my favorites die.

 

Having a strong female character to look up to is so important especially now. Growing up and reading nothing but females getting rescued was so disheartening. The first time I remember a female being more than a princess was Hermione (who is in my top 10). But as a child, I didn’t have access to finding other strong female characters.  So my inspirations were very limited and it’s so nice to see how much that has changed. We not only have strong female characters but strong female authors who are inspirations in their own right.

Who is on your list of fierce females? Let me know down below!

 

June Wrap – Up 2018

Another month has come and gone.

LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff                                                                                    ★★★★★

Ella Enchanted –  Gail Carson Levine                                                           ★★★★

Every Exquisite Thing – Cassandra Clare                                                    ★★★★★

Caraval – Stephanie Garber                                                                            ★★★★

The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black                                               ★★★★★

Legendary – Stephanie Garber                                                                      ★★★★★

Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare                                                         ★★★★★

Grace and Fury – Tracy Banghart                                                                 ★★★★★

It may have not been much but I went through a severe book hangover. Thanks, LIFEL1K3. It was brutal, perhaps next blog post I can share my personal cures for a book hangover. I know us bookworms suffer like crazy when we want to read but simply can’t. As for a July TBR, I really have one for now. I normally only read a few planned books, but this month I am going completely rogue. My TBR is whatever I want it to be and it feels fantastic.

 

 

Collecting Multiple Editions

Anytime I mention I collect multiple editions, it always turns into a debate. Someone has to argue that it’s pointless and a waste of money. But I see it so much differently. There is nothing wrong with wanting to surround yourself with your favorite books. I admit I don’t do it for every book or every series, but only for the special ones.

Take my love of Shadowhunters for example, I own 5 copies of City of Bones. And I don’t plan on stopping there. There are so many other Shadowhunter editions I want and trust me, I will have them all. Most of my Shadowhunter books aren’t rare, they are pretty easy to track down. But those special Waterstone editions of “Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows,” are rare now, as they are no longer being printed. I think they each had a run of 1000 copies. And I cannot tell you how special it is to own both of them.

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And there are all of my Shadowhunter books in its glory. Isn’t it just amazing to look at? Sometimes I just want to stare at my entire collection because it’s truly a sight worth seeing. I cannot wait to get more and hopefully, one day have a complete collection. And don’t think my love of multiple editions stops there, I own several for TOG, ADSOM, Cruel Prince, and Harry Potter. And it’s only ever going to continue to grow. But now I pass the question to you guys, do you collect multiple editions?

Hogwarts Sorting

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Being a Gryffindor always felt important. When I first read the books as a child, I decided that if I went to Hogwarts I would surely get sorted into Gryffindor. We didn’t have Pottermore to tell us which house we belonged to, so I just picked my own. It wasn’t until I became an adult did Pottermore come out. And it confirmed everything when I was placed into Gryffindor.

Earlier this year I started to question if one can outgrow their Hogwarts house. Being active in the book community, I get asked quite often what house I belong to and when I informed people, they didn’t think it fit me. My young self and my adult self are vastly different, I have changed so much over the years. So began to have an identity crisis regarding my Hogwarts house. I mean that sounds crazy, right?  So I took the Pottermore quiz again and got a different house. My screen changed and I became a..

Slytherin.

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.Quickly, I became confused. I didn’t understand. I mean all my childhood I hated Slytherin, they were the evil house. But after looking into the different characteristics, I realize how well it suits who I am now. But I have a hard time letting go of my past. So maybe I can just be a Slytherdor like a friend suggested to me.  That feels right. To combine them both and to have the best of both worlds. To be cunning and brave.