My Lady Jane – Book Review

Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

Publisher: HarperTeen

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Book Blurb

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, co-authors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

My Thoughts

I lovedddddd this book. It was freaking hilarious and soooo much fun to read. The right amount of  humor, magic, twisted history, love and what-not!!

The authors have very humbly (!!!?!!) apologized in the beginning for changing Britain’s history in this book. I mean look at this Dedication note in the beginning. I fell in love from here, precisely.

“Dedication:

For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.

And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”

This is about King Edward VI and his cousin Lady Jane. For those of you who don’t know the real history, young King Edward died at the age of 15. He named his first cousin once-removed Lady Jane as his successor much to the hatred of his elder sister Mary, who is actual the first-born of King Henry VIII. Lady Jane reigned as Queen for exactly 9 days after which Mary took over the kingdom with the help of an army and beheaded Jane. King Edward chose Jane because he wanted a protestant ruler and Mary wasn’t.

So how have they twisted it here in this book… Instead of bringing the religious wars in here, the three authors have invented something called Edians (pronounced Eth-ee-uhn) – people who can switch between animal form and human form.  So Edward, Jane all belong to the Edian bloodline and Mary hates Edians, so get it? The people who oppose this kind of transformation are called the Verities. Not necessarily all Edians have the ability to transform into their animal forms.

Jane is being married off hurriedly to Lord Gifford Dudley, son of Lord Dudley who is the member of the Privy Council that assists the King. Jane is against the wedding, but agrees as it is Edward’s dying wish though she isn’t aware of the will that makes her his successor. Nor is she aware of her fiance who is half-man, half-horse, horse by day and man by dusk. The twist in the story here is …. well, i don’t wanna reveal it, but I assure you it’s so so funny and amusing.

Jane is the main character of this book but Gifford is my favourite!

I liked the writing style of the authors, so much comical and sarcastic.  See for example, when Jane is made Queen, G (Gifford prefers to be called G) thinks he will be made King but Jane doesn’t want a horse as a King.

“Otherwise, how would the introductions of the royal couple go?” – “Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Her Majesty, The Queen of England! Escorted by …. this fellow”

Jane is so bookish and the book titles of that century that the authors have invented for her are downright funny. When G contemplates the fact that Jane would make a better Queen,

He was sure somewhere along the way, Jane had read a book with the title like, How to rule a Kingdom, Even if You’re thirty-second in the Line of Succession and Chances are you’ll never actually rule: Volume One of Three.

Can i say one more time that i absolutely loved this book!! 😀 This book is not something which you read, analyse deeply and get caught up with. It’s a fun laugh-out-loud book, with nothing to be serious about. I loved Jane and G’s fights and all the references the authors give. Whatcha doing, go get this one already now. If you have read this book, comment your favorite part in the book

My rating is 5/5 undoubtedly !!

Attachments – Book review

Attachments is my second Rainbow Rowell book and the first one was Fangirl. I didn’t like Fangirl as much as I wanted to, but the hype for this book was totally lost on me. 😦

 

I had since avoided Rainbow Rowell, but decided to take a chance with this book. I’m glad I did 🙂

Book blurb

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . “8909152

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?

This plot is set in 1999 when computers and Internet and Y2K were a new thing when it comes to publishing houses and newspapers. Beth Fremont and her friend Jennifer Scribner-Snyder are working for a newspaper as film critic and copy editor respectively. This is the dawn of internet and email security and their newspaper is the last one to join the world wide web and so they have security concerns about their employees surfing net, playing online or sending personal emails. So they hire someone for internet security and that someone is Lincoln O’Neill who has forever been a student, moved back to his childhood home to live with his mother after a bad breakup. Lincoln gets to read all emails flagged by the security system and Beth and Jen’s emails back to back in a day flag enough alerts that he starts reading them.

Slowly, Lincoln gets to know them through their email and eventually falls for one of them. But he can’t go and talk to her because he is guilty of reading their day to day conversations. He doesn’t even know who the girl is, but falls for her wit and sense and is caught in a compromising situation where he has to reveal his identity if he wants to talk to her.

This is so beautifully written, that i forgive Rowell for Fangirl 😛

I love the emails between Beth and Jennifer. But most of all i loved Lincoln’s mom. She just stole my heart ❤ For someone who is being criticized throughout the book to be insensitive or possessive, she turns out to be more deep and considerate.

“You were this little kitten, and you cried if i set you down even for a second. I dont know how i managed to ever take a shower or make dinner. I dont think i did. I was afraid to hold you too close to the stove..Why do you think I can remember that,” she asked, “when you can’t? Why does nature do that to us? Those were the most important years of my life, and you can’t even remember them. You can’t understand why it is so hard for me to hand you off to someone else.”

There’s so much to talk about Lincoln too..How much he is affected by his breakup and the loneliness he is subjected to. So the breach of privacy is like his personal sunshine to him and he cant just stop himself because he needs it. It sorta becomes a little fun when Beth is crushing on the cute guy in office who is actually Lincoln himself.

There are moments when you can’t believe something wonderful is happening. And there are moments when your entire consciousness is filled with absolutely something wonderful that is happening.

Do give this book a try. My rating is 5/5 because i was not bored, i loved the flow and loved Lincoln’s mom 😉

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I’ll give you the Sun – Book Review

This book is by Jandy Nelson who has also written ‘The Sky Is Everywhere’.
It is that kind of a book, the one where you are not sure whether you like it or not. I mean at some places, I did want to close it and read something else. At some places, it just blew my mind away.

Book Blurb

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

The sibling rivalry was perfectly portrayed and  the way the twins can feel each other is just amazing. The story is narrated from Jude and Noah’s point of view alternatively but during different ages. Noah’s narration is from the past before something terrible happened and Jude’s from after.  The grief is treated differently by both of them and drives them apart, not to mention the total character change, like they got swapped. The first half will really get on your nerves because its all just a tangle and you don’t know where anything is headed. But do not miss the second half.. Because its then that the story unravels and touches you deeply. The inner turmoil that the twins are going through makes much sense and to overcome all that grief and confusion, the missing parts need to be connected. I do not wish to disclose much. Also this is the first novel I’ve read where one of the protagonist is not straight.

I love how the title came into the picture. Its this cute game the twins play when they are kids. They fight for natural elements like Sun, Moon, flowers etc. So when Noah has something that Jude wants, she agrees to give him the Sun 🙂

Somethings I didn’t like or couldn’t relate where – Jude’s relationships with two guys -before and after. But both are older than her but she behaves as though the first one took advantage of her. That was just meh.

The other thing was Noah’s narration which looked like he was high. But he isn’t. Okay, it might have been the artistic way of telling things but I just didn’t like it or rather i didn’t grasp it. I understand he has this flair for art and the burning passion to draw something immediately but somethings were just incomprehensible to me.

I liked that Noah and Jude found the person the next-door parrot was incessantly asking for. 🙂 🙂

My rating is 4/5.

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