Waiting on Wednesday: My Lady Jane

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. It showcases all those no-yet-published books that we can’t wait to read!

This week’s ‘Waiting On Wednesday’ pick is:

Title: My Lady Jane

Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ahston and Jodi Meadows

Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date:  June 7th, 2016

My Lady Jane

For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.
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.

This seems like a fun book to read! A historical fiction with a dash of humour and a sprinkle of magic 😛 I haven’t read much historical fiction, but I’m trying to expand my genres I read.

Plus, it’s been co-authored by three authors! I’ve heard of two authors writing a book together, but not three.

What’s your WoW pick this week? Are you looking forward to My Lady Jane too?

Have a lovely Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

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Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Title: The Wrath and The Dawn 

Author Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

Standalone or Series: Book 1 of a duology

Published: May 12th, 2015
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One Life to One Dawn.
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and break the cycle once and for all.

“It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. To want something so much—to hold it in your arms — and know beyond a doubt you will never deserve it.”

I now have a new addition to my list of favourite books.

I absolutely ADORED The Wrath and The Dawn.

THE STORY: Each night, Khalid ibn al-Rashid – the Caliph of Khorasan – takes a new bride and has them killed at dawn. When Shahrzad’s best friend is killed, she vows to get revenge and in order to do so, volunteers to be his next bride. She keeps herself alive by spinning tale after tale every night, so that Khalid is forced to spare her life for another day. Soon, she realizes that Khalid isn’t a murdering madman, but rather a boy with dark secrets, which Shazi is determined to find out – even while she starts to fall in love with Khalid.

Why I Loved This Book (And Think You’d Like It Too)

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Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

Author Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Standalone or Series: Book 1 of a duology

Published: April 15th 2014
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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

“My letters are for when I don’t want to be in love anymore. They’re for good-bye. Because after I write in my letter, I’m not longer consumed by my all-consuming love…My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a hard book to review, because I have such mixed feelings about this book. I loved the cover and the title, and a story of secret love letters being sent out not to one, but five people sounded really fun to read. However, I felt that this book was a bit of a let-down. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy parts of it, but the story wasn’t what I really expected.

Firstly, the letters weren’t the main focus of the story. They were more of set-up for another plot point to take place – and then they just sort of took a back seat for the rest of the story. Which disappointed me, because I picked up this book for the letters!

I also felt that there was a lack of plot. The story and the romance sort of meandered a bit here and there, and the ending wasn’t really satisfying. I found it anti-climactic. I know it’s meant to be part of a duology, but most of conflicts were left unresolved.

Lara Jean Song was a confusing character. Confusing because she could be endearing at times, but also annoying. I empathised with her at parts – her love for books, her relationship with her sisters, her desire to be a better older sibling. But there were also moments where she acted really silly – and that frustrated me. As for the romance, there were cute moments sprinkled throughout the book – the trip that Lara Jean and an unnamed character take – but at the end,  Lara Jean does not change or grow as a character, and neither does the love interest. AND AGAIN, I didn’t like the ending.

But I did enjoy reading about the three Song sisters. I liked that the sisters were half-Korean, because it’s always nice to read about diverse characters. It was interesting to read how Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters shifts as changes came into their life. There are fights and snarky moments and tears and sibling love. But I didn’t like Margot, Lara Jean’s older sister. She was very patronizing toward Lara Jean. And okay, maybe the ending made me slightly more sympathetic toward her, but still. I felt certain actions were unjustified, and she was one of my least liked characters.

Will I be picking up the sequel? Yes. ‘Cause I want that proper ending, darn it!  Also I’ve made a pact to finish the series I start, unless I absolutely HATE the book. 

Who would I recommend this to? People who don’t mind a slow read and at times annoying characters. People who like contemporaries or stories about sibling relationships. 

 

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Have you read this book? If so, were you disappointed by the ending too? What did you think about Lara Jean? Let me know in the comments!

Waiting on Wednesday: Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

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‘Waiting on Wednesday’ was started by ‘Breaking the Spine’ and spotlights those not-yet-released books that I just can’t wait to read!

Title: Love, Lies and Spies

Author: Cindy Anstey

Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Publication Date: April 19th, 2016

Love, Lies and Spies

Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s travelling 
companions . . .   and Juliana herself.

I absolutely love the cover for this one, it’s just so pretty! And the title – Love, lies and spies? It’s just the perfect combination. This book seems to be really witty and charming, with a cute romance to boot! And I’m already sure I’ll love the characters 🙂

Click here to read an interview with the author Cindy Anstey by Swoon Reads!

What do you think? Are you looking forward to this book too? What was your Waiting on Wednesday pick? Let me know!

Have a lovely Wednesday! 

 

Sneak Peek Review: The Forbidden Wish

I actually finished  ‘The Forbidden Wish Sneak Peek’ a couple of days ago – courtesy of NetGalley and consisting of eight glorious chapters. However, university assignments got in the way and I wasn’t able to write a review (of sorts) about it till today.

To put it simply, I loved it! Aladdin is still the rugged boy thief we know and love – but this time with a darker side to his personality. Zahra is a jinni with a mysterious and traitorous past. I really want to know more about the friendship between her and Roshana. Caspida is the beautiful rebel princess, who also happens to be Aladdin’s ticket to revenge. All the characters (so far) are wonderfully mysterious and intriguing. And there doesn’t seem like any danger of insta-love between the main characters!

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Book Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Published:  June 4th 2015
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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family..

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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Published:  September 1st 2015
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The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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