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?

June “Royalty” OwlCrate Unboxing!

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As I’ve mentioned in the previous month, I have finally ordered my very first OwlCrate box. If you have no idea what that means, OwlCrate is a monthly book subscription box. You neither know which book you are going to get, nor which 2-3 awesome goodies it will include. There is a different theme for each month, but you can find out more details by clicking here. Now, I hope no one considers themselves spoiled by this post, but I think the 1st of July is a legit day to do the unboxing.

The Book

The book is *drum rolls* My Lady Jane and I absolutely adore it already. It’s an alternative historical YA Fantasy novel, changing the life of Lady Jane Grey completely. The authors wrote quite the stunning and also funny letter for all the OwlCrate recipients and even included a paper crown – I felt so royal. I didn’t know much about the book going in though and I don’t really want to give away anything now either, so just let me tell you that it’s hysterical. I laughed out loud several times while being on public transport, which caused strangers to glare at me, but I didn’t even care. This book is bound to life your spirits!

The Goodies

You’ll see the pictures of everything at the end of the post, but here is some info on the content of the box.

  • Magnetic bookmarks by craftedvan – which are absolutely adorable. They were made exclusively for the box and are a king, queen and carriage!
  • A bracelet by RichShoppeLove – it’s a quote from the Lunar Chronicles, which makes me want to pick up the books even more!
  • A print by Evie Bookish – inspired by Red Queen, it fit the theme perfectly
  • Funko Mystery Mini – I was SO excited about them, because I have a slight obsession with mystery minis. The suspense of which one you are going to get is just the greatest. They were all part of the Disney Princess mystery minis and I got Tiana from Princess and the Frog, which makes me happy, because I was already considering buying her as a pop figure. SHE IS SO ADORABLE!
  • Sneak Peek card for next month! I am not going say what it said on the back, but it’s commonly known that the theme for July is Good vs. Evil. For the first time ever, there will be two different boxes inspired by heroes and villains, namely from Harry Potter, Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland. I AM SO EXCITED! (Yes, that means I will get it again!)

So, as mentioned above, the July box will be “Good vs. Evil”-themed. There are only very few spots left and the biggest excitement is that no one will know which of the two possible boxes they will get. So, if you want to order one before it is too late, just click here and don’t forget to use the code WELCOME15 to get 15% off your first order!

What do you think? Would you want a box as well? Have you ordered one before?