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Brodi Ashton

Autor(a) de My Lady Jane

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Obras por Brodi Ashton

My Lady Jane (2016) 1,363 exemplares
Everneath (2012) 1,161 exemplares
My Plain Jane (2018) 787 exemplares
Everbound (2013) 420 exemplares
Evertrue (2014) 282 exemplares
My Calamity Jane (2020) 230 exemplares
My Contrary Mary (2021) — Autor — 161 exemplares
My Imaginary Mary (2022) 106 exemplares
Neverfall (2012) 98 exemplares
Diplomatic Immunity (2016) 72 exemplares
My Salty Mary (2024) 8 exemplares


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I was shocked when I was able to get an ARC of this book. As most of you know, I really enjoyed My Plain Jane last year and was greatly anticipating My Contrary Mary.
One thing I really appreciated was the humor. It was very similar to My Plain Jane and I had missed it in the second book of the Jane series. (It was also nice to see Jane and G again, even if for a few pages.)
I guess I just wasn't fond of the plot in general. It seemed to be a bit all over and without a clear, concise focus.
Overall, I'm glad I gave this one a try and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Jane series.


*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.
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libraryofemma | 14 outras críticas | Apr 18, 2024 |
Full review: https://wanderinglectiophile.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/review-my-lady-jane-by-cyn...

Let me start by saying I really enjoyed this book! It was a great break from the suspenseful, “oh sh*t” provoking reads I normally pick up. Having said that, it’s probably not for everyone. Nor is it one you should pick up if you aren’t in the mood for a lighthearted, silly, historical-fiction comedy. This book is filled with witty quips, puns, Monty Python-esque jokes, and genuinely hilarious one-liners. Which proved to keep me giggling and snorting out loud throughout. Thankfully for me, I “read” this one via audiobook so it was mostly while I was in my car, alone; no one heard the embarrassing snort-giggles that erupted from me.

The story is a Tudor retelling from the time of Kind Edward VI’s reign, in which The Narrators tell the “real story” of Lady Jane Grey and I enjoyed it way more than I would have expected to. The three main characters are so lovable and full of depth. Sure the characters have flaws and elements that would disgust or irritate some readers, but what kind of story can be had from perfect characters??

I also really enjoyed the inter-character relationships of Jane and Gillford as well as Edward and Gracie, they were just delightful. I felt like the inter-character relationship between Jane and Edward could have been stronger, but I wasn’t altogether disappointed with it either. I also feel like Edward’s character could have used some more…something… I found myself less interested in his perspective than in Jane or G’s.

I love the premise of adding a magic system to a historical retelling. It makes for a really interesting and exciting view of history. The plot of the story was good and flowed easily with the exception of one part – which I’m not going to specify so that I don’t spoil if for anyone else. The humorous, puny spin added a fun layer to the plot that remained consistent throughout the story. There are, unfortunately, a few cliches and tropes but I think that’s to be expected in a story like this. If you’re in the right mind-frame at the time of reading this book, you will likely be okay with it and gloss over them if those types of things normally bug the stuffing out of you. The writing was good, though with a few inaccuracies in the plot, but nothing that’ll make you want to gouge your eyes out…or at least I didn’t think so.

I think that going with the audiobook might have been the best bet as well. The actual narrator – not the ones “telling you the story” as mentioned in the book – Kellgren, did a really good job and made the story a lot of fun. She managed to give the characters the right accents for their perspective origins and with lots of inflection. She also did a superb job of delivering those sarcastic one-liners and puns that would have been less likely to make me giggle if I had read them in the conventional way. Her only shortcoming? She has a tendency to yell when the characters squabble or when the action scenes are building. Sure, some of that is really useful in making a story come to life in an audio file, but she could have dialed it down a notch or two and still accomplished the same thing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and will be picking up the next book in the The Lady Janies series soon. If you’re looking for a true historical fiction book; this isn’t the book for you. If you will have an issue with blatant changes made to history; this isn’t the book for you. If you aren’t into this type of comedy; this isn’t the book for you. If you’re not in the right mood for this kinda humor; wait until you are.
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RochelleJones | 97 outras críticas | Apr 5, 2024 |
I really enjoyed the first book but this one just disappointed me. I honestly don't get why the authors would write about Jane Eyre when it just comes across that they dislike both Jane and Rochester as characters.
Fortunesdearest | 38 outras críticas | Feb 1, 2024 |
Really enjoyed this one. I am often leery of books that are described as funny because humor is so subjective, but this worked for me. I am going to have to go back at a later date and re-read to make sure I caught all the movie references etc. Pretty sure I caught all the Shakespeare. Looking forward to My Plain Jane - their take on Jane Eyre.
Shelley8059 | 97 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |



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