My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True Story

How did I get it?:
I received it from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review. This hasn’t affected my opinion!

Synopsis:

A comical, fantastical and witty re-imagining of the Tudor world, perfect for fans of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 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.

Thoughts:

I am quite the fan of Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton. I’d never read anything by Jodi Meadows but had heard great things about her writing. I’m also a massive fan of the Tudor era. I had heard so much hype around this book and was desperate to read it for myself. If you fancy a funny, completely silly, re-imagining of the Tudor world then this book is definitely for you.

It centres around Lady Jane Grey, who in this reimagining, is a bookworm (I knew I loved her!) She’s about to be married to a complete stranger. Lady Jane Grey finds herself in the middle of a plot to rob her cousin King Edward of the throne. Unbeknown to Jane, she’s about to become Queen of England…

The plot is completely ridiculous. Like really ridiculous. Yet I absolutely loved it. The authors work so well together and bring some real laugh out loud moments within the story. I think it has to be one of the most unique books that I’ve read in a while. There really isn’t another Tudor book like this. It’s one of a kind! Also, there’s magic. Magic I tell you. It’s so much fun to have this take on the Tudor period even if it is completely unrealistic. Who cares? It’s fun!

I love how we saw from three points of view. I can’t really pinpoint a favourite point of view because each one had some fantastic stories to tell and some very cute romances along the way.

If you’re looking for a historically accurate portrayal of Lady Jane Grey then this book is not for you. If you’re looking for history mashed in with magic and humour then pick up a copy!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This book was fun. Exactly what I needed to pick me up!

This Week In Books #51

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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Baby Doll Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True Story

NOW-Baby Doll- Hollie Overton- I wish I had time to read this book in one sitting. If I had started it at the weekend, then I’m pretty sure I would’ve. I am totally engrossed by this book. I’m hoping to finish it tonight. I’m just too busy to read as much as I’d like during the week! This book is the next book that Beth and I will review for our ‘Talking About’ feature, so the review will be up fairly soon. It’s such a creepy, but gripping read so far!

THEN- Prince Caspian- C.S.Lewis- I quite enjoyed this instalment in the Narnia series!

NEXT- My Lady Jane- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows- I’m finally going to do it. This book has been coming up for a while and I keep on putting books before it. Not any more! Can’t wait to try it.

What are you reading this week? Let me know. Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #150

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

It’s been a while, but here’s another mini haul! Click on the book image for the Goodreads page.

Received from Walker Books

My Lady Jane The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

I am so excited about both of these books. I’m hoping to get to read them very soon. I adore Brodi Ashton and Cynthia Hand so I expect good things!

Bought:

I See You Watching Edie

I’ve had my eye on these two psychological thrillers for a while now so decided to pick up a copy!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading!

Top Ten Book Releases For The Second Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books releases for the second half of 2016. How are we already in June!? Crazy!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

June

My Lady Jane- Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

I am really excited about reading this book. I love the topic and I adore Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton!

Always With Love- Giovanna Fletcher

Always With Love

I really enjoy Giovanna Fletcher’s writing and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel to her debut novel Billy and Me. 

July

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child- J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

As a huge Potter fan, I’m very much looking forward to this!

P.S. I Like You- Kasie West

P.S. I Like You

I really enjoy Kasie West’s contemporaries and summer is the perfect season to read them in!

On The Other Side- Carrie Hope Fletcher

On the Other Side

I’m intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I am looking forward to getting stuck into it!

Nothing Tastes As Good- Claire Hennessey

Nothing Tastes As Good

Another one I’m intrigued about. This book tackles mental illness. I’m very curious.

All About The Hype-Paige Toon

All About the Hype (Jessie Jefferson, #3)

Paige Toon’s YA spin off series is such fun. Perfect summer reads!

The May Queen Murders- Sarah Jude

The May Queen Murders

Love this cover. I’m excited about this story.

October

Stealing Snow- Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of this book until I was sent an ARC a few weeks back. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Dorothy Must Die but I shall give this book a try.

November

Heartless- Marissa Meyer

Heartless

Very excited to read more from Marissa Meyer! Especially excited that this book involves Alice in Wonderland!

What releases are you looking forward to for the next part of the year? I feel my TBR growing already…Feel free to leave a link to your posts!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Unearthly
Hallowed
Boundless

Synopsis:

There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

Thoughts:

I was so excited when I found out that Cynthia Hand was having another book published. I absolutely devoured the Unearthly trilogy. I was also intrigued to see if her contemporary writing was as fabulous as the paranormal! I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Time We Say Goodbye, and even though it was a heavy read, it was also completely engrossing and heart breaking at the same time.

This book centres around Lex and her family. Lex used to be incredibly content in her life. She had every reason to be. Her family was lovely, she had a great boyfriend but suddenly everything was turned around for her, she became the girl whose brother committed suicide. Lex wants to move on with her life, but she can’t, as a secret from the night her brother killed himself is tearing her apart. She worries that she could have changed the terrible ordeal that her family are suffering from and she doesn’t know how she’ll ever move on from it.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye is an incredibly emotional, moving read. Right from the beginning, I sympathised with the pain that Lex and her family were going through. It’s incredibly heavy, but so well written. You really believe every emotion that’s being experienced by the characters. There were so many questions to be answered throughout the book, and I truly believe that Cynthia Hand did a brilliant job at addressing the many sensitive issues in Lex’s life.

Some of the story is told through diary entries that Lex does for her therapy sessions. I really enjoyed this part of the story, because it felt very raw and real. We got flashbacks from the past and an understanding of what her brother was like. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book despite its heaviness. It’s incredibly realistic. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful, moving, realistic story of what happens to those left behind after someone takes their own life.

Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Dealing With Mental Illness

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books which feature characters dealing with mental illness. I’ve decided to feature mental illness on my list this week, as I’ve recently been pleasantly surprised with how the topic is represented in literature. I’m not saying that authors always get it right, but it’s an important topic to be explored.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads.

Undone by Cat Clarke

Undone

I really enjoy Cat Clarke’s books and Undone really impressed and shocked me at the same time. It deals with the aftermath of the main character’s best friend killing himself after being outed as gay.

Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson is an amazing writer. I truly recommend her books! Wintergirls deals with eating disorders. It’s an incredibly powerful read.

Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak

Speak is the first book I read from Laurie Halse Anderson. The main character in this book is suffering after a terrible event.

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

This book is about depression and suicide. Handled in a very sensitive manner. Some of the descriptions are so powerful in this book. It really made an impact on me.

The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall

This is yet another powerful read. The reader learns about the main character’s fall into mental illness. Highly recommended!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye- Cynthia Hand

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

I was really intrigued to see what Cynthia Hand’s contemporary work would be like. I was impressed. This book deals with the consequences of a family member taking their own life.

Perfect Escape- Jennifer Brown

Perfect Escape

In this book, the main character’s brother suffers from OCD. She takes him away from his everyday life and his routines/rituals. They really go on a journey (cheesy, sorry! 😉 ) together. I loved this book!

The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings Playbook

I haven’t seen the movie adaptation but I’ve read the book! It’s so interesting to see the world from the main character’s point of view. A thought provoking book.

Stronger Than You Know- Jolene Perry

Stronger Than You Know

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. The main character suffers from panic attacks admidst other problems. She finds inner strength. I was touched by this book.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

Another beautiful book that completely exceeded my expectations. It deals with the aftermath of an eating disorder and the aftermath of terrible events.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What have you picked for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Stacking The Shelves #106

Click on the image to get to Tynga’s blog!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image or title to get to the Goodreads page!

Bought:

When Reason Breaks The Last Time We Say Goodbye Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) My Heart and Other Black Holes

These four books arrived this week. All of which I’m excited to read for different reasons. I can’t wait to read a contemporary from Cynthia Hand. I’ve heard AMAZING things about Jasmine Warga’s début too! I have heard mixed things about Red Queen, but I’m willing to give it a go!

Have you read any of these books? Which should I prioritise? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!