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review 2017-07-17 02:39
My Lady Jane
My Lady Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

If you’ve ever wondered what it might have been like if William Goldman of The Princess Bride fame had written and directed some sort of Ladyhawke/The Tudors mashup for a YA audience, get yourself a copy of this book. It’s a bit of silly revisionist history featuring Tudor England with shapeshifters. I was after a light, fluffy read, and this fit the bill pretty well. I found it very entertaining, though the narrators’ asides got more annoying as the story progressed, and the references to Game of Thrones, Monty Python, The Princess Bride, etc., induced more eye rolls than giggles. And I really felt rather sorry for the way Princess Mary was portrayed. Poor Mary! You deserved better.

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review 2017-07-07 08:26
whimsically lighthearted Royal Romp
My Lady Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

This was a good old-fashioned Alt History with romance and loads of snarky quips. Silliness and an effervescent reimagining of some real life Tudor tragedies ensues and a good time is had by some. On a personal note, I really enjoyed Jane! I loved her obsession with all things biblio, surely a love we can all relate to....the smell of the books, the palpable excitement associated with the start of a new adventure, the places you go and lives you lead, the actual feel and weight of the thing, and all the other blissful -philias accompanied with the ownership of a book. I especially enjoyed Jane's relationships with her cousin, King Edward VI, and her husband G. This quasi-historic, multiple POV retelling has a strong plot, likeable/ relatable characters and an inspiring re-imagining of a happier ending for those unfortunate Fortunates. Be aware: this feels rather lengthy at times. This is especially true if you're in the mood for something gripping or deeply life altering because if that's what you're craving this is not your book. It is, however, a whimsically lighthearted (often mind numbing) royal romp. SO, you've been warned!. Okay Alternative History buffs and Fantasy folks... unite and devour this exceptionally fun, well written, cohesive, tri-author gem.

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review 2017-07-02 18:25
Nikki is so selfish
Everbound - Brodi Ashton

She just doesn't give a crap about anyone but herself.   She wants Jack back after he sacrificed himself for her.   She is willing to worry her father and brother, even though her father is a wreck after losing his wife and the children's mother to a car accident.   She's willing to ask Cole, demand of help, despite the fact that she knows he's in love with her.   She acknowledges all this, but what she wants is more important. 

 

Let's not even get into how this is all a mess she created in the first place.   

 

Or that her love for Jack is dangerously unhealthy in the 'I can't live with you and will sacrifice everything including myself to get you back' kind of way.   Or to keep you safe.  I compare these kinds of reckless patterns of behavior to the Winchester brothers from Supernatural.   Love that show, hate how codependent and unhealthily attached they are to each other. 

 

And yeah, this rivals them.   

 

Just fuck that noise.  

 

I am into the writing itself, which is quite lovely, and I really love what she does with mythology and creating her own sense of that, based on some general myths.   But these main characters are annoying as hell.  I probably won't rate the other two books higher, but I did order them from the inter library loan.   We'll see how that goes...

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text 2017-06-26 23:55
Reading progress update: I've read 208 out of 368 pages.
Everbound - Brodi Ashton

So, I'm liking this, but the mythology and the new take on mythology.   Hating the 'I love you and will diiiiie without you' thread to this.   Ugh, how gross is that?   And yet most teen romances do this, although sometimes it's to make the point that you can survive in the end.   This is so selfish and unaware as of yet that I doubt it'll happen that way in the end, though.   

 

Blargh.   Still, gonna read on for the good bits. 

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text 2017-06-25 22:38
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 368 pages.
Everbound - Brodi Ashton

Just not feeling this one.   Gonna organize my Kindle app on my computer - create some collections for my different moods and add some books - and then gonna try to get into something else a bit later.

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