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Cynthia Hand

Forfatter af Unearthly

18+ Værker 7,738 Medlemmer 643 Anmeldelser 11 Favorited

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Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series with HarperTeen: Unearthly, Hallowed, Radiant (an enovella) and Boundless, and the NYT bestselling contemporary, The Last Time We Say Goodbye. She teaches courses in creative writing at Boise State University. Her book, vis mere My Lady Jane, (cowritten with Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows) made The New York Times Best Sellers List in 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (2011) 2,013 eksemplarer
My Lady Jane (2016) 1,372 eksemplarer
Hallowed (2012) 935 eksemplarer
My Plain Jane (2018) 790 eksemplarer
Boundless (2013) 645 eksemplarer
The Last Time We Say Goodbye (2015) 592 eksemplarer
The Afterlife of Holly Chase (2017) 494 eksemplarer
My Calamity Jane (2020) 232 eksemplarer
My Contrary Mary (2021) — Forfatter — 164 eksemplarer
Radiant (2012) 150 eksemplarer
The How & the Why (2019) 121 eksemplarer
My Imaginary Mary (2022) 108 eksemplarer
Lost Scene from Hallowed 63 eksemplarer
With You All the Way (2021) 48 eksemplarer
My Salty Mary (2024) 8 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles (2018) — Bidragyder — 107 eksemplarer

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Boise, Idaho, USA



Historical Romance- with a twist.
This book is light hearted and full of comedy. Cynthia Hand writes like The Princess Bride with the narrator interrupting the story and all.
This is the story of Jane Grey, a woman who was the Queen of England for less than a full week. The country is being torn apart, not by religion, but by shape shifters. It's interesting to see how they portray bias and make it an inoffensive thing to the reader.
This book is silly & fun while, if you are willing to look deeper into it, taking on some pretty heavy topics of prejudice.
I'd say this one is a good borrow from the library book.
It is a quick read, good for a summer afternoon!
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CagedNymph | 98 andre anmeldelser | Jun 14, 2024 |
I was shocked when I was able to get an ARC of this book. As most of you know, I really enjoyed My Plain Jane last year and was greatly anticipating My Contrary Mary.
One thing I really appreciated was the humor. It was very similar to My Plain Jane and I had missed it in the second book of the Jane series. (It was also nice to see Jane and G again, even if for a few pages.)
I guess I just wasn't fond of the plot in general. It seemed to be a bit all over and without a clear, concise focus.
Overall, I'm glad I gave this one a try and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Jane series.


*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.
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libraryofemma | 14 andre anmeldelser | Apr 18, 2024 |
Full review: https://wanderinglectiophile.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/review-my-lady-jane-by-cyn...

Let me start by saying I really enjoyed this book! It was a great break from the suspenseful, “oh sh*t” provoking reads I normally pick up. Having said that, it’s probably not for everyone. Nor is it one you should pick up if you aren’t in the mood for a lighthearted, silly, historical-fiction comedy. This book is filled with witty quips, puns, Monty Python-esque jokes, and genuinely hilarious one-liners. Which proved to keep me giggling and snorting out loud throughout. Thankfully for me, I “read” this one via audiobook so it was mostly while I was in my car, alone; no one heard the embarrassing snort-giggles that erupted from me.

The story is a Tudor retelling from the time of Kind Edward VI’s reign, in which The Narrators tell the “real story” of Lady Jane Grey and I enjoyed it way more than I would have expected to. The three main characters are so lovable and full of depth. Sure the characters have flaws and elements that would disgust or irritate some readers, but what kind of story can be had from perfect characters??

I also really enjoyed the inter-character relationships of Jane and Gillford as well as Edward and Gracie, they were just delightful. I felt like the inter-character relationship between Jane and Edward could have been stronger, but I wasn’t altogether disappointed with it either. I also feel like Edward’s character could have used some more…something… I found myself less interested in his perspective than in Jane or G’s.

I love the premise of adding a magic system to a historical retelling. It makes for a really interesting and exciting view of history. The plot of the story was good and flowed easily with the exception of one part – which I’m not going to specify so that I don’t spoil if for anyone else. The humorous, puny spin added a fun layer to the plot that remained consistent throughout the story. There are, unfortunately, a few cliches and tropes but I think that’s to be expected in a story like this. If you’re in the right mind-frame at the time of reading this book, you will likely be okay with it and gloss over them if those types of things normally bug the stuffing out of you. The writing was good, though with a few inaccuracies in the plot, but nothing that’ll make you want to gouge your eyes out…or at least I didn’t think so.

I think that going with the audiobook might have been the best bet as well. The actual narrator – not the ones “telling you the story” as mentioned in the book – Kellgren, did a really good job and made the story a lot of fun. She managed to give the characters the right accents for their perspective origins and with lots of inflection. She also did a superb job of delivering those sarcastic one-liners and puns that would have been less likely to make me giggle if I had read them in the conventional way. Her only shortcoming? She has a tendency to yell when the characters squabble or when the action scenes are building. Sure, some of that is really useful in making a story come to life in an audio file, but she could have dialed it down a notch or two and still accomplished the same thing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and will be picking up the next book in the The Lady Janies series soon. If you’re looking for a true historical fiction book; this isn’t the book for you. If you will have an issue with blatant changes made to history; this isn’t the book for you. If you aren’t into this type of comedy; this isn’t the book for you. If you’re not in the right mood for this kinda humor; wait until you are.
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RochelleJones | 98 andre anmeldelser | Apr 5, 2024 |
I really am enjoying this series, despite some of the things that irritate me about the main character - which didn't happen in Unearthly...I liked her until Hallowed. And I guess it's not that I entirely dislike the protagonist, really, I just wish she'd grow up already and take stock of what really matters in life. I liked book 2.5. It is engaging, as are books one and two. I like the writing. And I really loved that in this installment, we get to learn more about Angela. I even liked that the narration switched between Clara and Angela each chapter. I'm not so sure that I trust Phen - how can you be an 'ambivalent' angel? And Clara...? I still am a little miffed with Clara, like I was after reading Hallowed, which I've already written about, so I won't do it again here. You're welcome. :) This obsession she has with Tucker is just plain annoying. All through this novel she's pining away after him, Tucker this and Tucker that, and oh, yeah, by the way...I'm so sad that my mom died and my dad is gone. And - here's the best part - my little brother is MISSING! But let me run off to Italy with my friend and spend my summer thinking about my ex. I wanted to yell at her, "Your brother is missing!! What are you doing in Italy? Why aren't you looking for him?! This is NOT normal! And it is UNACCEPTABLE!" I find it a very alarming trend in some - not all - some YA fiction that family is made to be the least important thing in life. So, maybe Clara has gone to Italy to get away from both Tucker and Christian and her grief over all her loss. If it wasn't for her brother being MIA, I wouldn't have a problem with that. But...Clara is still young, so I just chalked it up to major immaturity and read on. And, overall, I did like the novella. And Clara does try to look out for Angela, which redeems her a little for me. I enjoyed reading the little bits with Angela's Italian famly. And I like the introduction of the new character (Phen) to give Angela her own problems and storyline. And I absolutely loved the last line of the story! And I read the little teaser chapter of book 3 - Boundless - and I am really looking forward to that one coming out in January!!… (mere)
clamagna | 23 andre anmeldelser | Apr 4, 2024 |



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