Waiting on Wednesday: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

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Written by: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 512, Hardback
Series: Standalone
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For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

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Confession time. I’ve already read this one. You can read my review of it here. But I’m still seriously waiting on my finished copy. Because this book you guys. Seriously. It’s officially one of my all time favorites and I can already see myself reaching for it all the time to reread and be simply happy.

This is one of those amazing, rare books, just trust me, preorder this one now. Wait with me for those finished copies. Then come talk to me about it because I need to talk to people about this book.

Sondra

ARC Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

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Written by: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 512, hardcover
Series: Standalone
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Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC!

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For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

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Oh lord what to say about a book that you finished and almost flipped to the front to just instantly restart? What to say about a book that you instantly told your mother she had to drop everything to read? What to say about a book that you told your best friend to just preorder it and tell you thanks later? What to say about a book that you pre-ordered without even finishing half of it?

To say that I loved My Lady Jane is such an understatement I don’t know how to even properly put it into words. This book was everything. I laughed my head off, I freaked out and panicked, I fell in love with these dumb characters. I rooted for them to be happy, I strove to see the best in all of them. I shipped and cried and just everything was packed into this standalone book that held my ideal book.

My only real letdown for this entire book is that it ended. That there isn’t more in this world, that the authors aren’t writing more of these wonderful books in this wonderful style.

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Prologue

“Hey Sondra,” I said to myself, over a year ago, “How about you include a what didn’t work section in your reviews so you’re forced to talk about bad things in books?”

“Jolly good idea, I do say!” I answered. Not yet thinking of the ramifications of those absolutely perfect books the ones that make you want to run out and buy fifteen copies to shove into friends hands.

Chapter One – Nearly Two Years Later

“Wow that book was basically the best book I’ve ever read,” I said closing my Kindle after finishing My Lady Jane, “Wait, how am I going to REVIEW THIS?”

I sat at my computer staring at the screen hoping that words would come to me, that I would be able to see past the gorgeous eyes of this book that undid my soul. That I would be able to find that one flaw, that one chink in the armor that proved this book wasn’t perfect.

“Well, hell,” I muttered, “It might as well be Brooding Ya Hero. It’s so perfect. How can I do anything but love this book forever?” I slowly took my Kindle back out of my bag, settling in with my blankets and tea, “Perhaps a second time I’ll find a problem. Yes. Rereading will help.”

And so the bookworm fell in love with the book.

THE END

DidWork

The writing in this book is probably the one thing that I talk about more than anything else. The authors often break into the story itself and bring up points, or just their own opinions, sometimes it’s things that just freak you out, often times it’s just to make you laugh. It was such a great way of writing this book that I couldn’t get enough of it. Then there was just the quite simple way the facts of the story was presented to the reader. It was brought with wit and humor and a lightness that perfectly balanced the harsh and often scary moments of this book.

The characters are the second thing, even though the narration around them is super light and humorous, the characters feel so real. They have actual problems, and they have actual ways of dealing with them. I loved seeing the romance between Jane and G. I wasn’t sure I would ship them at all at the start of the book, but by the end oh lord was I rooting for them.

I feel like I could go on forever with this book, but because it was just so vast and wonderful and amazing and beautiful I feel like you need to experience this book for yourself. I just cannot get over it. I don’t know that I’ll ever get over it. I want so much more from these three ladies together, and I’m so glad that I was told to pick it up, and that I threw out my entire TBR to read it as soon as I got it.

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As if this entire review wasn’t basically me answering this question: YES. YES DO IT.

Sondra

ARC Review: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

Written by: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: April 5th 2016
Pages: 544, hardcover
Series: The Orphan Queen, #2
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Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.

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So if y’all read my review of The Orphan Queen (Here) you’ll have noticed that it was a really interesting reading experience for me. And we won’t talk about that ending, so help me. So when I got an ARC of The Mirror King I dove in months early(I’m writing this review all the way back in October of 2015 you guys) just because I couldn’t resist the siren call.

This book was so much better than The Orphan Queen.

The Orphan Queen had a lot of bumps in the road as we tried to get the hang of the characters, and the world building info dump, and let’s not forget how predictable certain aspects were. But The Mirror King has none of those problems. We’re able to hit the ground running and move forward into something that was absolutely fantastic.

The Mirror King wraps up the duology, while this is a new trend in YA it’s one I really love. It gives us a chance to get more than a standalone, but we don’t have to wait years between books to get our hands on that final chapter. While I was worried for a bit about how in the world The Mirror King would tie up every single loose end(Especially when I was reaching the 75% mark and nothing was going right) I’m happy to say that I am so thrilled with how this book left me feeling.

Didn'tWork

My biggest didn’t work is unfortunately a spoiler, and not just a small spoiler but a large spoiler. I can’t even figure out a way to word this in a way that doesn’t give away something. So I guess I’m just going to have to say there’s a thing at the end that got on my nerves. If you want to know send me a message on twitter or something because I’m just not comfortable posting something that big here on the blog. Sorry guys…

I also wasn’t overly thrilled with the pacing at the end of the book. I’m always the one who wants more happiness, always, but The Mirror King seemed especially short changed on that front.

DidWork

I might be the freak of nature here, but the deaths. I won’t name names, but honestly if you’ve read a high fantasy you know there’s always deaths coming. But this time I just, I was happy with choices made and the way things played out.

Character arcs in this book were absolutely fantastic. Some characters grew into these amazing people that I just loved, and some characters came into their own to be able to control their lives and surroundings.

The Big Finale! In this book I really wasn’t sure how it was going to be a duology, I mentioned this before, but we have such a big problem in the Wraith, and the world as a whole crumbling. But I adored the big ending battle. I adored the way it played out.

Romance I love books where the romance is important, but it’s not the end all be all of the book. Not every chapter is dedicated to feelings and longing for the guy. Yes it’s mentioned, yes it’s there clearly, but it’s not overwhelming the story. Those romances are the absolute best, because they feel real. This is the kind of romance found in The Mirror King. It makes me so happy to see and to read, I just really ship it hard okay?

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Well I’m pretty sure after the cliffhanger that was The Orphan Queen you’ll be dying to read this one. But if you were waiting to hear if the second one would be good before picking up the series I can totally say yes. This series is really wonderful, and a really great high fantasy with some different takes on some great old tropes.

Sondra

Book Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Written by: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Pages: 391, Hardback
Series: The Orphan Queen, #1
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Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

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To say The Orphan Queen was a very different reading experience for me is an understatement.  I’m the person who gets attached to books and just falls in love with them. You might notice my ratings tend to lead towards the high side no matter how much I might or might not love the book. Because I love reading so much that I can see good things in every book I read. I fall in love with characters and worlds so I wind up giving huge ratings even when I know deep down I probably shouldn’t.

With The Orphan Queen I didn’t have that instant connection to Wil or Tobiah or, well, anyone. I was loving the book, the world, the writing. But I wasn’t connecting to this series so it was a solid three star book, which was huge for me to say. But as I read the plot deepened and I found myself pushing it up to four stars, then four point five, and by the time I ended I realized it was nearly 2 AM and I promised I’d only read a chapter before bed and I was just sitting in my bed with my cat on my lap and I was just in shocked by how great that book was.

I don’t know when I fell so deeply in love with these characters but somewhere in this book it went from “C’mon Wil, get over it, let’s go,” to “Get your hands of my precious princess.” Don’t ask me when it happened I don’t even know. That is what really wound up making me give this book five stars.

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