Review of My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows (Spoiler Free)

Lady Jane Grey, a member of the Tudor royal family, suddenly found herself on the throne of England after the death of her best friend and cousin, King Edward, son of the infamous Henry VIII. Nine days later, she was no longer queen, but declared a traitor and send to the executioner’s block.

Before all this, Jane Grey was an innocent young girl who loved to read. Against her will, she was a political pawn used by her parents and then by members of the royal court. My Lady Jane, written by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, is a fantastical, comical retelling of Jane’s story, in which the authors turn history completely on its head to give the Nine Day Queen the happy ending she deserved.

Sixteen-year-old Jane is betrothed to Gifford (call him G) Dudley by her cousin, King Edward, who is dying from an unexpected illness. Neither Jane nor G is particularly happy about this situation; she wants to be left alone with her books and he doesn’t want people to know he spends his days as a horse. But when a conspiracy is revealed, it is up to Edward, Jane, and G to save England or die trying.

I made the book sound way darker than it actually is.

The writing of My Lady Jane was entertaining and comical. I would never have guessed three different people wrote it. The only time they acknowledged there were three is when the narrators addressed the reader, as if in a funny history book. It also made the story easy to read, despite it being over 400 pages. Although, on that note, the plot dragged at times, so maybe it could have been more condensed. Not that the page count took anything major away from the story.

As far as plot goes, it was fun and wrapped up nicely. The three POVs—Edward, Jane, and G—worked together to make the story. It was accurate to history, with a more fantastical element. Instead of Catholics vs. Protestants, you had the Edians, those like G, who could take on an animal form, and the Verities, those who could not shape-shift but feared the Edian magic. The authors changed most of English history in this novel for a more favorable outcome, but somehow they made it work.

I enjoyed every single one of the characters in My Lady Jane. Jane is smart and independent; she does not shy away from telling anyone off, including her husband G. But she is flawed. She has her moments where she is judgmental towards others, but she learns her lesson.

As for G, he comes into his own as well. He respects his wife, as well as develops the self-respect he initially lacks in the beginning of the novel. The two work exceedingly well together and they grow as a couple. Jane and G’s romance is extremely sweet.

While I love both Jane and G, of the three main characters, Edward had the best character development in my opinion. He starts out the book sexist, but the authors are fair to him because that is the world he grew up in. His father, Henry the VIII, passed over his two older children simply because they were female and left his throne to his only legitimate son. Edward also acknowledges that he was spoiled. He became King of England when he was only nine years old. For most of his rule, the members of his council controlled him without him realizing he was being manipulated. But when he meets an assortment of kick-ass females (there was plenty in this book, aside from Jane) and is confronted with the conditions of his kingdom, Edward grows into a different young man.

Overall, I give My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows 4.5 stars. It was a fun, funny, and entertaining read. I’m so glad I finally read it, just in time for the Lady Janies next book, My Plain Jane, coming out in June, that is a retelling of Jane Eyre with ghost hunting. So, as you can imagine, my expectations are high. And, of course, I recommend My Lady Jane.

 

Have you read My Lady Jane? What did you think of it?

Makeup Book Tag

Fun fact about me: I rarely wear makeup. The last time I wore a full face of makeup was my senior formal…two years ago. I’m not even going to count the lipstick I wore at my cousin’s wedding in September. Most of my money goes to books.

Still, I saw the Makeup Book Tag making its rounds on BookTube and I thought it would be fun. And it will take less time because I won’t talk about makeup products….

 

Primer: pick a book that left a lasting impression.

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Easily The Princess Saves Herself in This One, the most influential book I’ve read so far this year. It came to me during a time I really needed such a book.

 

Foundation: pick your favorite first book in a series.

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I know many of you carry a torch for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, but the previous book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, holds a special place in my heart. I had so much fun reading it, more than I did Throne of Glass. Plus, A Court of Thorns and Roses was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, something I am simply trash for regardless whatever media format its in.

 

Concealer: pick a character you wish you could get rid of.

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That would have to be Lydia from The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. She was so snobby, self-centered, and plainly annoying. She had little empathy for even her own best friends. It wasn’t until tragedy happened that she finally realized what a brat she had been. Even after that, I still did not like her.

 

Powder: pick your favorite last book in a series.

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The second book in The Wrath & the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh, The Rose and the Dagger. While it might not have been as action-packed as the first book, it was still a satisfying conclusion, with lots of magic and political intrigue.

 

Eyebrows: a book you think everyone should read.

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A book I think everyone should read is We Believe You by Annie E. Clark, a nonfiction book written by survivors of rape and sexual assault. This book made me uncomfortable, sad, and, sometimes, very, very angry. It contained stories about the writers’ respective attacks (some in graphic detail), the criminal investigations that did not always end in justice, and the aftermath of the trauma in which the survivors rebuild their lives. We Believe You is both empowering and educational.

 

Eyeshadow: pick a book that has your favorite color on the cover.

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My favorite color is purple and the cover for Unearthly by Cynthia Hand is my favorite shade.

 

Eyeliner: pick a dark and mysterious book.

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert is the definition of dark and mysterious. I know it has not gotten the best reviews since it came out, but I enjoyed it very much. To me, The Hazel Wood embodies all the elements of a dark fairy tale: lyrical writing, a protagonist that is not always likable, and a terrifying fantastical atmosphere.

 

Mascara: pick a long book.

Either A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas or City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Those were the two longest books I read last year.

 

Blush: pick a book that has a cringe-worthy romance.

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Every single romantic relationship of the main character in Woman of God by James Patterson  made me want to puke.

 

Highlighter: pick a book that brightened your day.

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia was a joy to read, despite the occasional dark moments. I’m still thinking about it, even after two months.

 

Lipstick: your favorite book kiss.

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Thankfully, I just read Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. Now that first kiss was something to write home about…well, unless you count the spoilers.

 

I tag anyone else who wants to do it!

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Adult Fiction Books

Shanah left this week’s Top 5 Tuesday topic pretty open-ended. We could do either top five adult or young adult contemporary/fiction. I have read a lot of young adult contemporary fiction, but I chose to write about my top 5 favorite adult fiction novels. Because, let’s face it, on bookish social media, adult books don’t always get the love they need.

 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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One of my all-time favorite books to date, The Shadow of the Wind is set in 1950s Barcelona, Spain and follows Daniel, whose life is forever impacted by the discovery of a mysterious book in a bookstore called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Everything about this book was literally perfect: the writing, the storytelling, the characters. I had no qualms with it whatsoever.

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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Despite being the first book in a series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a story all on its own. The mystery is complex, while weaving in social issues flawlessly. The writing style added to the suspense and all the characters, including the heroine Lizbeth Salander, were morally gray. She is what made the whole series for me. Lizbeth is a survivor of child abuse and rape, but she refuses to let herself be labeled a victim. She fights back. Though her actions are not always the most up-and-up, her heart is always in the right place.

 

The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)

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I’m about to say something completely controversial: I want JK Rowling to stop writing Harry Potter stories and focus on Cormoran Strike. The Cormoran Strike mystery books, the three that have been published so far in what promises to be a six-book series, are exciting and complex. You think it is going in one direction, and then the story throws you entirely for a loop. Strike and Robin are my favorite dynamic duo; they work extremely well together and both of them are genuinely good, albeit flawed, people. As of now, JK Rowling is working on the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series, Lethal White, but all we know so far is the title and various fan theories.

 

Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong

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A fun fact about me is that, in high school, I was reading more adult books than I was young adult books. I wanted more of a challenge within my reading and by that point my parents didn’t really pay attention to the books I picked up. Women of the Otherworld holds a special place in my heart, because it was this series that made me realize my writing niche was fantasy and mysteries. Plus, the series was one of the few that had a diverse cast before the We Need Diverse Books movement, such as one main character is of Indian descent, another is a plus-size woman, a leading male character is half Japanese, and the foster son of another prominent character has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

OK: I seriously need to reread this series. It’s time it got back in the spotlight again.

 

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

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A favorite book from last year, Jane Steele is a reimagining of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, but with the heroine a morally conflicted but ultimately good-natured serial killer. Jane Steele kills a total of five people throughout the course of the novel, all of them awful people than abuse women and children. Aside from a spectacular heroine, the novel itself is beautifully written and historically accurate. The story was slow at times, but in the end, very satisfying.

 

What are your favorite adult novels?

 

 

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

What is spring? My state has gotten hit with our third snowstorm in two weeks and we are expecting more snow on Wednesday….

I saw the girls from Owlcrate doing the Spring Cleaning Book Tag on their channel last week. Given the current weather conditions of where I live, I thought this tag was ironic. Hopefully, spring won’t keep us waiting for much longer.

On to the tag!

 

The struggle of getting started: a book or series you struggle to begin because of its size?

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That’s easy: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer or The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. The former has four books in the series, plus a novella, and the latter has five books. And none of them appear to be less than 400 pages.

 

Cleaning out the closet: a book or series you want to unhaul.

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This is not the typical kind of question you see in book tags. Nonetheless, the first book I thought of was Teardrop by Lauren Kate. I read this book years ago, back during a time I read multiple books at once and did not always see each one through. I can’t even remember if I liked it or not. I do remember the synopsis though: a girl is ordered by her mother to never cry, which proves to be ten times harder after her mother dies in a freak accident. A boy suddenly enters her life and an ancient love story is revealed. You can guess what might happen from there.

I have wanted to reread Teardrop for the longest time. The story sounds like it could involve mermaids or some sort of underwater world; things I usually enjoy. However, my physical TBR is huge and will only get bigger, plus there are other books I want to reread more than Teardrop. So, there’s a good chance I might unhaul this book someday (whenever I get around to unhauling books at all).

 

Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing.

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I’m going to go with the book I am currently reading, which is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. If you know anything about Lady Jane Grey and her nine-day reign as the Queen of England, you know her story was a far cry from happy. So far, My Lady Jane has turned English history on its head and provided a comical twist on what was an otherwise a tense, corrupt era during the Tudor monarchy.

 

Washing out the sheet stains: a book with a scene you wish you could rewrite.

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No spoilers, but a certain scene from Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. If you read the book, you know what I’m talking about. I mean I understand its relevance to the story, only that does not mean I wanted it to happen.

 

Throwing out unnecessary knickknacks: a book in a series you didn’t think was necessary.

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Blood Promise, the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. The story was totally boring and the series could have done without it, in my opinion. In fact, the whole Vampire Academy series as a whole should have been at least three books shorter than it was. But that’s just me.

 

Polishing doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish.

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, in which the protagonist goes through a painful journey but comes out a stronger, better person. The ending of this story is one of the most satisfying I have ever read in a young adult novel.

 

Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is one I thought of. While not a bad book as a whole, I understand people’s issues with it regarding the portrayal of mental illness. Finch, who likely has bipolar disorder or something of that nature, befriends Violet, a classmate that lost her sister in a tragic car accident and seems to be contemplating suicide at the beginning of the book. The two eventually develop a romantic relationship, but with Finch growing weaker as Violet becomes stronger.

Come to think of it, now I’m not so sure what kind of message All the Bright Places was trying to deliver at all.

 

The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring but satisfying to get through.

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Definitely The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, which I have to be honest, is my least favorite series in the Shadowhunters Chronicles thus far. While none of the six books are without their merits, it didn’t really hold up to par with the Infernal Devices trilogy. I was so relieved when I finally finished The Mortal Instruments series last year.

 

As far as I know, no one else on the blogging sphere has done the Spring Cleaning Tag. So, for the first time ever, I’m going to tag people!

 

I tag:

Shanah from Bionic Bookworm

J.W. from Storeys of Storeys

Kristin from Kristin Kraves Books

Crystal from Paper Royalty Blog

Rhea from Bookchanted

And anyone else that wants to do this tag!

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books That Lived Up to the Hype

I have read quite a few hyped books so far in 2018 and, to my surprise, all of them have lived up to it. I don’t know if that is a good thing or I am one that is easily influenced by hype. Either way, I enjoyed these books very much.

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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With the case of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I had previously read another book by Becky Albertalli, which was her second book The Upside of Unrequited. While I enjoyed that one, it was just cute and fluffy. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is cute and fluffy, too, but it has a little more depth to it. Plus, the romance was too adorable for words.

 

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Eliza and Her Monsters is a hyped book I went into knowing I would like. It’s a love letter to fandom featuring a girl who is living a double-life as a lonely high school student and the mastermind behind a wildly successful web comic. That was all I needed to know going into this book.

The story spoke to me on a deep level, like it did many other people. As a teenager, I was a lot like Eliza; I did not have close friends and I turned to fiction to deal with it. Also, I had read Francesca Zappia’s debut novel, Made You Up, and I enjoyed it, though I acknowledge now there were some issues regarding handling mental illness. It was brought to my attention after reading Eliza and Her Monters that similar problems were present in that story, too. But I was able to overlook it because the positives outweighed the negatives in my mind.

 

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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History is All You Left Me is the first book I have ever read by Adam Silvera and it did not disappoint. From YouTube, I already took a liking to Adam as a person, so I’m glad he lives up to his status as an author, too. I liked his writing style as well as his way of creating characters and their relationships. I also think I read History is All You Left Me at the right time, given its discussion around grief. So, I’m glad I own his other books, They Both Die at the End and More Happy Than Not. Expect to see those in future TBRs and wrap-ups.

 

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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I picked up The Princess Saves Herself in This One from the local library during a time I was craving poetry. This is another one I suspected I would like; only I never thought I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning to finish it. This is another book I think came into my life at the right time. I needed something to remind me I should put myself first once in a while and to love myself.

 

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Likely the most polarizing book on this list, I went into The Hazel Wood with low expectations. Except the plot was right up my alley: Alice and her mother live for years on the run from bad luck. Ella, Alice’s mother, thinks the days of running are over when Alice’s grandmother, Althea, the author of a wildly successful but extremely rare book called Tales from the Hinterland, dies in her estate the Hazel Wood. When the two finally settle, Ella is abducted by someone claiming to be from the Hinterland and leaves behind a message for Alice to stay away from the Hazel Wood. But Alice is determined to get to the bottom of the secrets that have been kept from her for years.

The reason I went into The Hazel Wood with low expectations is because the reviews around it on BookTube were not that great. Most said their reason behind it was Alice, that she was an unlikable main character even to those that tended to enjoy unlikable main characters. That’s why I got it out of the library, rather than break my book-buying ban for it. Ironically, the reason that made others not enjoy this book is the same reason I did enjoy it.

While Alice is rough around the edges and says and does things that are insensitive, selfish, reckless, etc., she’s not a bad person at her core. She stands up for herself and trusts her instincts. As for everything else about The Hazel Wood, I liked the dark fairy tale aspect and the writing and storytelling were good, though not perfect. Given this is a debut novel, Melissa Albert has the chance to get better with each book she writes. I’m especially looking forward to her publishing a real-life Tales from the Hinterland.

 

What book did you think lived up to the hype?

Review of As Old as Time by Liz Braswell (Spoiler Free)

One of the best things about the library is that you can find books you never heard of and try them out for free. That was the case with As Old as Time by Liz Braswell, the third novel in the Twisted Tales series.

The Twisted Tales are young adult novels written by different authors published by Disney Press. Each is a reimagining of a beloved Disney animated movie, where a pivotal event in the movie is changed and leads the characters into a different story. If you didn’t already guess it, As Old as Time is a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, in which Belle discovers the mother she barely remembers was the enchantress that cursed the Beast.

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As Old as Time is divided into three parts. Part One focuses mostly on the past, when a young Maurice, Belle’s father, moves to a kingdom that is the last known sanctuary for les charmantes, otherwise known as people who possess magical abilities or inhuman traits, such as hooves for feet. It is there that Maurice meets and falls in love with Rosalind, a beautiful, headstrong enchantress. During the time of their courtship, their marriage, and having Belle, the kingdom grows less safe for les charmantes.

When Belle arrives at the Beast’s castle and is taken hostage, she knows nothing about what her parents experienced before her birth. The story of Beauty and the Beast we know is twisted after Belle touches the enchanted rose and has visions of her mother, realizing she is the enchantress that cursed the Beast and his servants. Shocked and confused, she promises to help the Beast find another way to break the curse.

If you are expecting something cute and lighthearted, As Old as Time is not it.

What I find most interesting about this whole novel is how fairly the different viewpoints of people are expressed. No one is strictly evil (except maybe one character) but no one is strictly good, either. That includes Belle’s mother, Rosalind.

As Old as Time covers a major plot hole of the animated Beauty and the Beast movie that the live-action one attempted to fix. In the former film, it is stated that the prince had until his twenty-first year to break the curse and ten years had passed before he met Belle. Fans did the math, then asked the question: why did the enchantress curse an eleven-year-old boy? Well, Rosalind had her reasons…and they weren’t necessarily good ones. But like I said, in As Old as Time, no one is completely innocent.

If had to choose, I would say the Belle in As Old as Time is similar to Emma Watson’s version. She’s got a little more fire in her belly. Plus, the author makes it clear even Belle is not always perfect. She makes mistakes, rash ones, but learns from them. As for the Beast, the book shows more of his trying to grow as a person while struggling with his dual nature of man and monster as the curse takes affect. He also learns to love in a way that differs significantly from either of the films. The ending of this novel is open and surprisingly unexpected, leaving the reader uncertain of what is going to happen to Belle and Beast later.

I should also mention that Gaston is not entirely present in the novel. So, if you are as Gaston fan or just really enjoy the comic relief his character brings, know that if you decided to read As Old as Time.

Overall, I give As Old as Time by Liz Braswell 3.75 stars. While I did enjoy it because I am Beauty and the Beast trash, I did have some problems with it. The writing was mediocre and I felt the book dragged on in some parts. In fact, there were some things at the beginning that could have been saved for the end of the novel. If you also love Beauty and the Beast, I highly recommend checking out this novel.

In case you were wondering, the other companion novels in the Twisted Tales series are A Whole New World, which is a reimagining of Aladdin, and Once Upon a Dream, which is a reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, both also by Liz Braswell. There is a fourth Twisted Tale coming out in March 27th, this one titled Reflection, which is a reimagining of Mulan, written by Elizabeth Lim. Of course, since they all follow different movies, they can be read in any order you like, if at all.

But out of all of these, the next Twisted Tale I want to read is Part of Your World, a reimagining of The Little Mermaid by Liz Braswell. This novel is said to take place five years after the original film, in which Ariel does not defeat Ursula and she becomes queen of Atlantica while the sea witch is in charge of Prince Eric’s kingdom on land. When Ursula threatens Atlantica once more, Ariel is returns to the world she thought she would never see again. And it’s not coming out until September.

Have you read As Old as Time or any of the other Twisted Tale books?

What is your favorite Disney movie?

March 2018 TBR

I hope I don’t jinx myself by saying 2018 has been a good reading year so far. Last month I got distracted by library books, so my unread books at home were ignored. I will still pay regular visits to my library, because I want to support the institution to which I plan to build my career. But the ones I already own need to be a priority.

In March, I hope to read:

 

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Flame in the Mist is one of the books I really need to get to in 2018. It was marketed as a Mulan retelling, however reviews say otherwise. That’s not a big deal to me. The novel is set in feudalist Japan, where Mariko, the daughter of a samurai, is betrothed to the son of the emperor’s favorite consort. En route to her wedding, her entourage is attacked by the Black Clan, a group of assassins. Disguised as a boy, Mariko infiltrates the clan to find out who wants her dead.

I’m so excited to read Flame in the Mist. Why haven’t I yet?

 

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

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The Beast is an Animal is a young adult horror/fantasy novel that has flown completely under the radar. When Alys was seven her village was attacked by soul eaters, twin sisters controlled by a thing called the Beast. She and the other children in her village were spared, but sent to a nearby village that teaches them to fear magic. Unfortunately, Alys possesses some secret magical abilities of her own. Powers that make her feel connected to the soul eaters and the Beast. Powers that could also save the village she calls home from the darkness threatening them.

I just hyped The Beast is an Animal up for myself again.

 

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

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I honestly have no idea why I have not read Of Fire and Stars. It is about two princesses falling in love and one of them, who is betrothed to the other princess’s brother, is hiding her magic in a kingdom that hates magic. I really think I will like this book once I read it. But I need to be held to it this time.

 

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

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After finishing Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly trilogy and reading her recent release, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, I am certain I will enjoy My Lady Jane (even though I have not read anything by Jodi Meadows or Brodi Ashton). My Lady Jane is a humorous retelling of Lady Jane Grey’s story, in which the Nine Days Queen gets a happier ending that does not involve being tried as a traitor or a beheading. She’s one of my favorite historical figures, too. It would be nice to see her story get some justice.

 

Freeks by Amanda Hocking

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Freeks is part of a growing trend of young adult circus books, this one about Mara, a girl who has grown up in a travelling circus. When the circus arrives in a small town and she meets a local boy, she thinks she has found an opportunity to leave the circus behind for a normal life. But when she discovers she has powers she never knew she had, it is up to Mara to save her family from the evil forces hiding in the town.

Freeks got a tiny bit of buzz when it was first released, but it has died down since then. While the reviews might not be particularly spectacular, they do promise a fun and easy read. And the concept kind of reminds me of Season 4 of American Horror Story: Freak Show.

 

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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Another book I have had on my TBR for a ridiculously long time is Crimson Bound. It is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and follows Rachelle, a young girl that has devoted her life to protecting her world from dark magic. When she was fifteen, she made a horrible mistake that bound her to the magic she swore to defeat. Three years later, after being forced to guard Prince Armand, a man she hates, Rachelle sets out to uncover a legendary sword that could protect the kingdom from those hell-bent on destroying it.

I read Rosamund Hodge’s debut novel, Cruel Beauty, years ago and it is one of my favorites. I am both excited and nervous to read Crimson Bound; excited, because the story sounds unique, and nervous because, like I said, it has been years since I read anything by Rosamund Hodge. I hope my tastes have not changed too much that I can’t enjoy it.

 

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

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RoseBlood is yet another retelling on this list, this one The Phantom of the Opera. Rune is an opera singer with a beautiful voice, but her gift comes with a price (naturally). Every time she sings, she feels physically weak. To distract her from this terrible affliction, her mother sends her to RoseBlood, a conservatory in Paris. The school is rumored to have ties to the Phantom of the Opera and while she is there, Rune develops a friendship with a mysterious boy named Thorn. When the Phantom sets his sights on Rune for a dark purpose, Thorn must choose between saving the girl he is falling for or be the minion of the only father he’s ever known.

As a disclaimer: I have not read the original story of The Phantom of the Opera. However, thanks to Wishbone the dog, I have a general knowledge of the plot. Then again, I have no clue to how much inspiration RoseBlood takes from the source material.

 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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The last retelling on this TBR, Heartless is a retelling origin story of the Queen of Hearts. Before she was the infamous villain on Alice in Wonderland, she was Catherine, a sweet young woman that just wanted to open a bakery with her best friend. Instead, her parents and everyone else in Wonderland expect her to marry the King of Hearts. But when Catherine meets Jest, the court jester, she decides it is time she put her fate into her own hands.

Can we take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous the Heartless Owlcrate exclusive cover is? And why I have not read anything by Marissa Meyer, who is probably one of the most popular young adult authors right now?

 

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

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One of the rare young adult fantasy stand-alone novels, Long May She Reign centers on Freya, who is twenty-third in line to the throne and has no hopes over ever becoming queen. That is fine with her, as she is content to living her life studying alchemy. But when the entire court is poisoned, including the royal family, she suddenly finds herself with a crown on her head. Now, Freya must catch the killers before they come after her while navigating the tricky politics where everyone is in it for themselves. And she will do anything to prove herself worthy to rule a kingdom.

 

Thanks everyone for putting up with me as a dwell on all the unread books I own! (I sound annoying even to myself sometimes.)

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What is everyone reading in March?