My Plain Jane By Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows & Brodi Ashton

If there was something strange in your neighborhood, you could, um, write the Society a letter, and they would promptly send an agent to take care of it.

My Rating 3.5 Stars

⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Published: June 26th, 2018

Publisher: Harper Teen

Source: Owlcrate

Ok so here is the deal, I absolutely loved My Lady Jane it was a five star read for me so I was beyond excited for this one as it is a retelling of Jane Eyre which is one of my favorite classics and take that, add in ghosts and the paranormal, I was all in! So I had very extremely high hopes for it. And maybe it was due to my love of My Lady Jane and Jane Eyre and that my expectations were too high, but it just fell short for me. However w I did still enjoy the story and it was entertaining it just didn’t live up to the humor that was My Lady Jane and the source material behind the story. I was hoping for a story centered around Jane when I actually felt Charlotte Brontë was the star in this story, and my favorite character ended up being a ghost named Helen!

“Do not eat anything she whips up in a cauldron,” Helen whispered.

Jane of course is a penniless orphan just as we all know her to be but she is special in the sense that she can see and speak to ghosts. She becomes the governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets the mysterious and brooding Mr. Rochester. And I bet you can imagine that she falls in love with him despite the fact he is old enough to be her father and has some major baggage, which she may or may not end up marrying…

Charlotte Brontë a dear friend of Jane and you guessed it an aspiring author who never goes anywhere without her notebook jotting down anything and everything collecting tidbits for her future novels. Charlotte finds herself alongside the top paranormal investigator Alexander Blackwood and on a journey in trying to sway her good friend Jane in becoming an agent for the Society for the  Relocation of Wayward, solving some mysteries and hunting down some ghosts along the way.

Grace and Fury By Tracy Banghart

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For every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet… And who stood up anyway.

Grace And Fury By Tracy Banghart

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Published: July 31st 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown

Format: Hardcover – The OwlCrate Edition!

Source: OwlCrate

Ok So I really had a hard time rating this one. There were so many aspects that I loved and several that bothered me. I absolutely loved the feminism and sisterhood and set-up in this story. However at times I felt it was a bit predictable at times and the ending felt rushed. With that being said I really did enjoy this, it was a fast easy read and I feel it’s just the beginning to what is going to be an epic series.

This story is a feminist YA fantasy centered around two sisters that is full of plot twists and packed with court politics and intrigue, with some slow burn romance and a historical feel to it. The first couple chapters start out a little slow as the scene is being setup but then soon you get hit with a much unexpected plot twist, and from there it’s a wild ride that keeps you turning the pages so keep with it I promise it is worth it.

The story is being told through alternating POV’s between two sisters, Nomi and Serina who couldn’t be any more different. Serina Terraso has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace, basically a glorified concubine to the heir of the throne. This is her one chance to secure her family’s future, and to protect her younger headstrong sister and keep her out of trouble. Nomi is the rebel who has always stood in the shadows of her older sister and has been trained to be Serina’s handmaiden. But this is never what Nomi wanted and she despises the roles and restrictions that has been set upon them as women. It’s this rebellious fire of Nomi’s that catches the heir’s attention and her secret that puts Serina’s life at risk.

Tension rises and plot twists ensue and now both sisters find themselves trapped in a life that neither ever imagined living. Nomi is being paraded around in the Palazzo as a Grace trying to find power and position to save the life of her sister. But it’s a lot easier said than done, with a traitor among them and deception at every turn Nomi is unsure of who she can trust. Serina has been thrust into a ruthless world on the desolate island of Mount Ruin where women prisoners are put on stage to fight to the death. She is running out of time and must learn quickly how not to be the weakest link if she is going to survive.