Book Review: My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published: June 7, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Another winner that I got from Owlcrate – which if you’ve never heard of I encourage you to look up! Owlcrate is one of those monthly boxes where not only do you get a book every month, but also book related goodies in the form of things like jewelry, art, and/or bookmarks. I purchased two, myself, and loved both of them. The boxes are $30 each, plus shipping, and are a lovely treat if you’re able to do it!

What I Loved: This book was full of humor, both from the characters as well as the narrators, aka the authors, who interject their commentary now and then. It is a very light hearted read, but also an entertaining story. My favorite character is probably King Edward’s grandma – who had wonderfully witty, elder-ish type things to say. The entire cast was perfect though.

The relationship between Jane and Gifford was so fun! They had a rocky start full of miscommunication and half-truths, however they always fell back to their friendly, if not flirtatious, banter and self consciousness (from both sides).

All humor aspects of this book aside (and there is plenty…I mean, many of these characters turn into animals…so yeah), there is a great story-line here too. Just like any book involving the royal court, there are game players, and tyrant leaders, and of course kingdoms usurpers.

Not so Much: I loved this story, but I do kind of wish there were a few surprises sprinkled in. I was pretty much able to predict, or make a pretty logical guess about what was going to happen the entire way through. It did take me a while to finish this book – MOSTLY because I’m busy, and the kids are going back to school, etc., etc., but partly I think it also had to do with not being completely sucked in – no mystery or something like that.

The Verdict: I’ve given this book 5 stars. It was very well written, and entertaining. Extremely age appropriate. In fact, I’ve recommended that my 11 year old daughter pick it up, as I believe she will really enjoy it (even if they use the word “consummate” **gasp** 😉 ).

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The Silent Box – D.R. Rux

GENRE: Adult Sci-Fi/Paranormal
FORM: e-Book

SYNOPSIS:  Someone is after the most dangerous historical artifact known to man, and somehow they know that Frank Rice knows where it is. The box that was once thought of as mythical is has now become Frank and his children’s lifeline.  Flashing back to when he and his partner, Beverly, discovered the box, and the realization of its vast power, Frank is now forced to hand over Pandora’s Box to save his and his children’s lives.  To whom, he has no clue, but handing it over may not really help because as Frank finds out, opening the box means the end of mankind as we know it.

REVIEW:  ”Action packed,” is probably the best description for The Silent Box.  The novelette opens up and closes with danger and conflict.  D.R. Rux takes the mythological story of Pandora’s Box, intertwines it with the story of Creation, and creates a world in which humans may rapidly become extinct.  For a short read, he packs in a lot of pertinent information – the key players involved, and story behind the box that is about to change the world.

LOVED IT:   I think this is a great prequel to a work in progress, and look forward to seeing how D.R. Rux takes mankind to the brink of non-existence, and hopefully back again.  I believe this work has the potential for “edge of your seat” action that will keep fans reading.

NOT SO MUCH: The thing I love most about books is getting to “make new friends.”  Character development is a big deal to me.  This book was just the right length to provide the basics on the people in the story, but I don’t really that a feel for “who” these people are just yet.

SONG DEDICATION: Isn’t it obvious?  “It’s the End of the World as We Know It,” REM  (Tell me you’re not singing that song now….it will be stuck on your head for the rest of the day thanks to me.  You’re welcome! )