Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 25-31)

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Hello there, you all know what day it is today – Trailer Sunday! I cannot top the glory of last week, but I tried to find some decent stuff again and I am not sure I succeeded. It’s all a little on the depressing or scary side, not that much fun, but here we go with my findings of this week!

Movies

The Great Wall

There has already been a lot of talk about this movie because WHY did they cast Matt Damon as the MC instead of a POC? And then his best friend is played by that guy from Game of Thrones? I am pretty sure there are enough Chinese actors out there, but then you wouldn’t have the star appeal and oh my – the studios can’t have that of course! Look, I like Matt Damon. I have nothing against him, but there better be a good explanation as to why he is in charge over there.

Split

This is SUPER creepy, but hands down to James McAvoy for being so versatile. I might watch this one day … when I am not alone, so my thoughts won’t go crazy.

Hacksaw Ridge

I don’t like war movies and it’s so weird to have Andrew Garfield talk like a Southerner. I have no words for this right now.

Masterminds

I’ve seen some footage of that movie before, so maybe I just double posted it. It’s not really my kind of humour and it’s even weirder that this is supposed to be a true story … but Jason Sudeikis. I like Jason.

Blood in the Water

Now comes the Indie movie section I guess. Those are low budget movies, but they always have that one actor or actress you know from somewhere else (e.g. Willa Hollan) that sparks your interest. I don’t think I want to see the movie though.

Natural Selection

I really don’t know what to say about this one. I still don’t like Kat McNamara’s acting at all … but it’s like the guy from Teen Wolf and the girl from Shadowhunters … but the topic? Nooo …

Maximum Ride

Is it weird that I think this looks decent? I might check out the book (if I EVER have the time) to see if I want to watch it.

Emily & Tim

I just included this because it has Alexis Beldel and they stole the Gilmore Girls font with the blue background.

TV Shows

Gilmore Girls Revival

They are acting as if it hasn’t been years of waiting for us, which is cool but also maddening. I NEED MORE! But at least the air date is in the foreseeable future.

The Originals (Season 4)

I think I forgot this last week? Not even sure, but why was everyone so surprised about the time jump? They did that on TVD, so they sort of had to do it for this as well, because they are crossing over a lot of the time.

Van Helsing (Syfy)

I quite like Syfy. They attempt great things with limited budget and even though the lack of money sometimes shows, they have great stories nonetheless. To name just a few Syfy shows I like – Being Human, Dark Matter, Killjoys, Haven, …

American Horror Story (Season 6)

I don’t watch that show for copious reasons, foremost because I don’t like to be freaked out/scared. However, I know it’s popular … (the suggested videos should include the 5 or so other teasers)

As always, what are you going to watch?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 18-24)

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This week we have a sort of SDCC edition of trailers and promos because that is where most (but not all) of them come from. In fact there was so much to choose from that I may have cut it down a little so that the post wouldn’t be too overwhelming … which it will probably still be. Now, before we get started, I just want to give a shout out to all the people who send me links for trailers (like for example you, Rami) because I really appreciate the thought behind that, but you need to trust in me that I will bring the best trailers to you! I have a pretty good network of getting them myself and I get confused if I end up with too many notifications and links. But if I ever do end up missing something essential, please feel free to make me aware of that in the comments!

Movies

Suicide Squad

So, this is probably my least favourite of all the Suicide Squad trailers, but I may just be a little bit in love with the editors nonetheless. Seriously, who is cutting those trailers? THEY SHOULD BE CUTTING EVERYTHING, THEY ARE SO ON POINT!

Justice League

I am more or less excited about this. More, because it packs more humour than the dreadful Batman vs. Superman did, and less because even though they have great casting they completely disregarded the already existing TV universe. I’ll get over it eventually … probably once I can actually see the movie.

Wonder Woman

I know this is a movie about a powerful woman and I don’t want to diminish the awesomeness of that AT ALL, but I do love any movie with one of the Chrises in it (Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris I-don’t-even-know)

Doctor Strange

It’s still the comic book adaptation I am least excited about in the near future, but it does look so much better than the first promo we got! It’s just that houses that fold into themselves keep reminding me of Inception, I can’t shake that.

King Arthur

I love the Arthurian legend, usually really enjoy Guy Ritchie’s vision and CHARLIE HUNNAM – I need no further convincing!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

MAGIC! YAY! (Is it weird that I just want the Newt Scamander Pop Figure?)

Kong: Skull Island

Ever since the whole HiddleSwift fiasco, I can’t take Tom all that serious anymore … it’s just weird that this really made him loose some of his credibility in my eyes. However, Brie Larson is awesome, so this is a maybe for me.

The Girl on the Train

Still wondering if I should read the book …

xXx: The Return of Xander

I was honestly not expecting them to make another movie in that franchise.

The LEGO Batman Movie

I guess the first Lego movie was so successful, they have to keep banking in on it. It does look funny though.

Moana

I don’t understand a word BUT CUTENESS!!!!

TV Shows

Sherlock Season 4

I have no words other than FINALLY!

American Gods

It’s a Neil Gaiman adaptation, so I know the hype around it will be big no matter what!

All the Marvel Stuff

(including The Defenders, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Agents of SHIELD, …)

All the DC Stuff

(including Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow …)

Once Upon a Time (Season 6)

They are showing Jafar, but THERE ALREADY IS A JAFAR!!!! They made it very clear that Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland belong together and share characters, so WHY is this a different actor now?

The Vampire Diaries Forever

I think it’s about time this is ending. Better go out with a bang though!

Lucifer Season 2

I need to know more about Mum!

The 100 Season 3

Teen Wolf Season 6

Why do they always put Stiles through the emotional torture?

High Maintenance

I just finished Looking by watching the absolutely fantastic movie they ended with and then I stumbled upon this little promo. HBO always has great content, so I am pumped for this!

Sorry this got so long, but as always, what are you going to watch?

Pokémon Go Book Tag

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Ever since I saw the Pokémon Go Book Tag created by Aentee at Read at Midnight, I was hoping someone would one day tag me AND TODAY IS THE DAY! Dee @Bookish Khaleesi has done me the favour and therefore here we go with the tag. I will be using Aentee’s graphics as well, because they are simply amazing and perfect. Don’t forget to check out the original posts of those lovely ladies!

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As far as I can remember I have always been a reader. Even in school, I loved to do the reading homework, but I think the first book that really fascinated me and made me emotional about the characters was Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I mean … Dustfinger! He is still one of my favourites.

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My favourite classic is and will always be The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I don’t know what it is about this book, but I have a strong feeling that the 1920s setting has something to do with my love for it.

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Hmmm … I don’t know. I kind of lost interest in Truthwitch and Passenger because I saw it EVERYWHERE. But that doesn’t mean I will never read them at all. I’ll just wait until the hype has died down and then pick it up in a year or so … or when the whole series is released.

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The Shatter Me series at some point just really reminded me of the X-Men (which isn’t a book series, but comics count too when I can’t think of a different answer), however, it was still so uniquely written, I absolutely adore those books!

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Vampire Academy! Whenever I see the movie or the books on other people’s posts, I want to read them … but there are so many books already. And then there are all those new releases and I can’t help but wonder if I should just let it go and keep to the new stuff instead. Keeping up with reading can be so tough sometimes.

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Many a book has accomplished that, but I think one of the last one was Gambit, because that book was awesome and I wanted to know what happened next like all the freaking time!

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Whaaaat? How am I supposed to choose? I am just going to name one random ship that I ship, because I am known for shipping all the ships.

Rhys and Feyre! There you go! I said somthing …

 

 

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I really liked Dee’s answers, but I am going to go with the Thunderoad series. They are quite steamy and action packed and I like that.

 

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Definitely the Red Rising series. Technically the first spin off isn’t even out yet, but it will be soon and then I am sure I will be of the same opinion, because Pierce Brown can do no wrong with the books he’s writing. I am wholeheartedly convinced of that.

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Over the course of time, I have changed my mind about The Magicians like a gazillion times. I am still not a major fan of the first book, but as a whole, that series was really good. It still hasn’t really left my brain, so that sure means something.

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I don’t even know. I think The Lunar Chronicles would probably be a solid choice for that. I really want those books and I am going to get the book box when it comes out this fall for sure. All the raving blog posts did not scare me off!

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There are so many! I think if I ever were to get the Harry Potter books, I would want the glow in the dark ones. They look so cool!

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I’ve mentioned this about a gazillion times now, but I CANNOT wait to read Unscripted Joss Byrd! I am so excited for this book, I am even considering getting it as a hardcover.

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Again, there are quite a few: Tahereh Mafi, Pierce Brown, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Morgan Matson, David Levithan and many mooooore.

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The sequel for Gambit? It’s not even been all that long that I’ve read it, but since there is no release date for the second book, it feels like forever! WHEN IS IT COMING OUT!? I NEED A DATE!

Now it’s time for you brave pokémon trainers to go out there and do the tag:

July “Good vs. Evil” OwlCrate Unboxing!

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A couple days ago I’ve received my second OwlCrate box. In case you don’t know what that means, OwlCrate is a monthly book subscription box. There is a different theme for each month, but you neither know which book you are going to get, nor which 2-3 awesome goodies it will include. You can find out more details by clicking here.

This month was especially exciting because you could receive one of two boxes. Either the good or the evil one and I have joined the forces of GOOD! (Not that I had much of a choice, as with everything, the box you got was a surprise)

The Book

I’ve been right about the book for the second time in a row, which just makes me incredibly happy! We got This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, which I totally would have ordered if I didn’t have the feeling it would be in this box. The constant mention of monsters and human and where the line is drawn just made me feel really sure that this would be the book. I haven’t started it yet, but will fairly soon. The chapter headers remind me of the Silence from Doctor Who, which is already a good sign that I will like it.

The Goodies

So, here are the amazing things that were included in this month’s box:

  • Full size Funko Pop figure – if you received the good box, you had a 50/50 chance of either receiving Luna Lovegood or Dobby to remind you to always be yourself and be kind. Although I would have loved to get Luna, I am happy with my Dobby. He looks so desperate and cute with his little sock in his hand.
  • Millennium Falcon necklace by Vector Engraving – it is so beautiful guys! I love things that are made of wood, so this is brilliant. The only downside is that the clasp is not really working, which is a real bummer. It’s sort of stuck, but I’m going to try and see if I can fix it.
  • Alice bookmark by Jane’s Tiny Things – it’s a really cute magnetic bookmark and I don’t think I have to tell you how much I adore all things Alice. I also think that it’s actually prettier than the Queen of Hearts the evil box had in it, so I am double happy.
  • Illuminae sticker by Drop and Give Me Nerdy – it hasn’t been too long that I’ve read Illuminae, so that was a nice treat. I don’t know if I will ever use the sticker, because I am scared of putting it on something and then not liking it there, but not being able to ever get it off without ruining it. I guess I will just leave it like that.
  • A letter, signed book plate and little coloring book – all of those things are amazing and I’ve been thinking about getting one of those adult coloring books for a while now, so getting a sample with YA covers is just brilliant. I can test it and see if I really want a whole book for that (because those things are expensive).

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I will most likely post more pictures on my Instagram account soon, but as you might have been able to see from my lack of posting, life has been rather busy lately. As much as I love getting these amazing boxes from Owlcrate, I do feel the urge to check out something else. For September I’ve already set my eyes on a Fairyloot box, but I will have to see what I’ll do for August. And I better do it quick before everything is sold out!

What do you think? Have you ordered one before? Which one did you get?

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Book Review)

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Publisher: Crown Publishing
Page Count
: 370

I bought The Serpent King because I saw many (really, oh so many) good reviews for it, but I didn’t actually have a clue what it was about. The only thing I did know was that even though it has a title that 100% screams Fantasy at me, it’s a YA contemporary and apparently a brilliant one at that. Well, after reading it, I certainly cannot disagree!

I did not fall in love with this book headfirst. Set in a religious small town in the deep South of the US, you are immediately confronted with the sad reality of Dill, Travis’ and Lydia’s life. They are passionate, funny but also different, which makes them instant outsiders in their world. The whole thing was laced with this kind of inherent sadness that I just wasn’t prepared for. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading the book, but I didn’t love it, yet slowly and gradually it won me over.

Dill, Travis and Lydia are such strong characters and this book will push you down to the ground until you sob about their fate and then be the helping hand that guides you up again and shows you the better side of things. Whenever there was a truly happy instance, it got crushed immediately or vice versa. It didn’t feel like made up drama though, they may not have been conventional circumstances for all of us, but they definitely felt honest, raw and real.

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The beauty of it all was that you could easily find a piece of yourself in each of the characters. I designated Lydia to be my personal kindred spirit. She’s a blogger too (even though she talks about fashion which I know virtually nothing about – that’s really only semantics) and she is so confident and quick and smart, she is the kind of person I wish I had been in high school. Travis is this incredibly sweet and darling guy, who is completely lost in the fictional world of his favourite books and seriously, who cannot relate to that? And Dill … Dill feels stuck and as if everyone is leaving him behind after graduation. They all have their hardships to face, even though I think the guys have it much more difficult than Lydia, who at least has the most amazing, present and caring parents (which is ever so rare in YA these days).

I feel like there is so much to say about this book, but I simply don’t know how to express it! A couple of unexpected things happen, especially one big twist. It felt so very twisted in the faith department and it showed so much injustice. That’s a thing I can never handle very well, because it’s so unfair and all you can do is just watch … This book definitely crushed my feelings, but it also gave me so much hope and inspiration. I will gladly pick up the next book by Zentner.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Broke my heart into a million pieces and then mended it again.

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Do you feel like picking up this heartbreaker? Have you read it already? Tell me all about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 11-17)

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I’ve been a little MIA this week, but here’s a post you can always count on. I once again bring you some seriously awesome trailers this week (no TV shows again … don’t know what’s up with that, but I guess there’s nothing new coming that I haven’t shown already). I am really excited about some of those movies, so let’s begin!

Movies

The Edge of Seventeen

IT’S LIKE A YA CONTEMPORARY NOVEL! Cátia had the perfect reaction to it when I showed her the trailer by saying that this is a movie she didn’t know she needed in her life. I legit cannot wait to see this, because even though the trailer is kind of long, it doesn’t tell me how it ends or what all is happening in between. I have high hopes for this one. (Also, the cast is great!)

Loving

It looks like such a powerful movie and all I can think of is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love …

A Monster Calls

THIS REDUCES ME TO TEARS EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! I seriously need to read the book soon!

The Hollars

John Krasinski WROTE and DIRECTED and STARS in this movie. I thought I couldn’t like him more, but apparently I can. He’s the best! (But on a side note … I feel like Anna Kendrick is in everything these days.)

Rogue One (Featurette) 

This is really just one for the fans!

La La Land

I quite like it when Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling work together.

Rules Don’t Apply

I’d watch almost anything with Lily Collins in it … there, I said it.

Billionaire Ransom

I am confused to be honest. On the one hand, I cannot take it seriously, but then again, there are so many actors and actresses from my favourite teen TV shows. I doubt I would watch it in movie theaters though.

Don’t Worry Baby

Most awkward situation – are you the father of the child or is it your dad?

The Model

This is such a dark view of the industry, but somehow I don’t doubt that is truly like that in parts.

As always, my question now: What are you going to watch?

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Book Review)

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Page Count
: 518

I read The Unexpected Everything together with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. Although it turned out that it wouldn’t be our favourite Matson book, we still had tons of fun reading it.

This is really the perfect summer read. I get that it’s not actually summer everywhere on the planet at the same time, but still, it does fit the summer time perfectly. I thought that it featured really original and unique characters, even if the plot itself was sort of predictable. Yet it covers so many different topics in a super entertaining way, that one can overlook the flaws easily. It’s not happy all the time, but it’s all about friendship, family, first love and dog walking. (You have to love those dogs!) It’s about how people change and how they sometimes need to find their way outside of their comfort zone.

It was one of the first times where I could not relate to the main character, Andie in this case, the most – at least concering Matson’s books. I got her control freak ways and fear of not getting where she is supposed to go in the future, but that was about it. I much more adored and related to Clark and immediately crowned him as one of my new favourite book boyfriends (yes, there are several!). He is geeky, awkward and adorable. His job is definitely goals (although I don’t want to spoil you) and he’s just downright a good guy.

I am not sure how I feel about the length of the whole thing. Only twenty chapters in over 500 pages is not very much … somehow I prefer shorter chapters as they increase the pace of the whole story for me. There were tons of lovely and really “normal” moments, that just showed the relationships beautifully and I don’t regret having those moments, but I am just saying … maybe a tad long. However, I loved that Matson pulled a bit of a Rainbow Rowell and added snippets of a Fantasy novel inbetween. Now, if only she would agree to make that a full story!

Fazit: 4/5 stars! A great, engaging summer read!

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Did you read TUE? What’s your opinion of it?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 4-10)

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Peoples, I am so committed to Trailer Sunday, I almost taped my ice pack to my cheek (which I need because I got a wisdom tooth removed and now I feel like my face is an oven). However, I thought that probably wasn’t the best idea and am now typing this super fast, because I don’t want to use just one hand. I am lazy like that and I am also clearly rambling, so let’s get started, here are the movie trailers for this week:

Movies

Table 19

I don’t know if it’s because my brain is fried by now, but I find this really funny.

Kids in Love

I want this movie! It’s so British and fresh!

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Netflix has some amazing movies lately. I watched The Fundamentals of Caring the other day and it was AMAZING! Definitely checking this one out as well.

The Intervention

A marriage intervention? I had no idea that was a thing!

Imperium

As much as I like Daniel Radcliffe and wish him all the best for his career, this is just not my kind of movie … I just find this realistically scary.

Goat

That’s another nope from me … I prefer lighthearted college movies.

So, what are you gonna watch? What are you gonna pass up? Tell me all about it!

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour/David Levithan (Book Review)

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Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Page Count
: 250

I got this book because I won it at a giveaway (my FIRST giveaway win!) from Aila who is blogging at One Way or an Author AND Happy Indulgence. She’s currently on hiatus, but I still cannot thank her enough for hosting the giveaway and letting me choose this amazing book! THANK YOU!

I don’t know if you remember, but a while back there was this TTT topic of author duos you wish were real, and I totally called for a Levithan-LaCour-pairing AND IT HAPPENED! Not because I said it, since they were already working on You Know Me Well by then, but I didn’t know that … so, I like to pretend my wishful thinking made it come true! I just knew that combined, they would make a beautiful LGBT+ novel and I was right! It would have been the perfect read for Pride month, but you should celebrate pride all year round, so I am not that disappointed I didn’t get to it in June.

This is not a book about teens coming out (although there may or may not be a character in the story who still needs to come to terms with his sexuality), but rather it is about finding that one person you feel comfortable with. Where you are not afraid to be yourself around and who you are ready to be there for and share everything with – a true friend. Kate and Mark have been in school with each other for years but they weren’t among the same group of people, until one fateful night brings them together. I definitely don’t believe in insta-love, but I do think that insta-friendship can be real.

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Sometimes you just click with a person and that’s what happened here and it’s 100% platonic and there is no indication of romancing between Kate and Mark whatsoever, which is just perfect (and the way it should be since they both aren’t into the other gender). They were comfortable with their sexuality and so were their surroundings. I am not saying that they didn’t have to face problems in their life because of it at some point, but I was so happy to see them in an accepting environment, that simply took it all as a given.

As much as it was about friendship, it was also about changing relationships, heartbreak, wrong expectations, fear of the future and the fact that everyone needs to figure out their path all by themselves at some point in their life. I loved that, because I could relate to so much of it. But first and foremost, I adored how good it made me feel. I was on the verge of crying and it wasn’t because it made me sad, but because it was so precious.

Lastly, I remain of the opinion that Levithan does his best work when he is having a co-author to par with and I am glad this one worked out so well. It all took place during the course of a week, but I didn’t even need 24 hours to finish it, which means it was way too short for me. I could read about the adventures of Mark and Kate forever!

Fazit: 5/5 rainbows! Light, beautiful and really fun! Perfect (but not only) for Pride month!

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Have you read You Know Me Well? What do you think? Do you want to read it?

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand/Brodi Ashton/Jodi Meadows (Book Review)

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count
: 512

For those of you who didn’t know yet, I received My Lady Jane as part of my June OwlCrate box (more about that here). I was super proud to have guessed the book right, however, I didn’t actually know what it was about. I knew that it was some sort of alternate historical novel, but I had never heard of Lady Jane Grey before (I am totally oblivious to some things … such as the succession history of British monarchs). I definitely didn’t expect the book to be as hilarious as it was though, even though multiple reviews have claimed that already. Humour, after all, is something very subjective.

I don’t really want to spoil you for the story, because where’s the fun in that? But the special spin on the story is that it’s fantasy – there’s a definite element of magic in form of Eðians (pronounced as eth-y-uns). Said people are able to transform into certain animals, yet not all of them can control their change. It’s so very interesting to find out how the different animals correspond with characteristics of the people. The country is split between those capable of that ancient magic and those not, which in turn just creates a prime example of racism (or magicism … no idea). Also, the book covers female empowerment as well, with grace and humour like nothing I have seen before.

So, the book treats those really important topics, while being funny and entertaining to no end at the same time. It has strong characters, which I am sure you can find part of yourself in without a problem. Jane, foremost, is so outspoken and bookish, she could really be any of us!

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Nonetheless, the book is not flawless, how else could it be? Sometimes the pacing is a bit wonky and it doesn’t go as in depth with the characters as it maybe could, but that is what makes it such a light and enjoyable read and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! It has one of the sweetest and most on point happy endings I have seen and I am still so very glad that I got it in the OwlCrate box! Now, I am only hoping I am right for July as well (my guess is on This Savage Song)!

Fazit: 5/5 stars! Will make you laugh out loud in public places without shame, because it’s just that good!

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Have you heard of My Lady Jane? Do you want to read it? Which animal would you turn to, what do you think?