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My Contrary Mary (The Lady Janies) (edició 2021)

de Cynthia Hand (Autor)

Sèrie: The Mary Series (1)

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Títol:My Contrary Mary (The Lady Janies)
Autors:Cynthia Hand (Autor)
Informació:HarperTeen (2021), 512 pages
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My Contrary Mary de Cynthia Hand (Author)

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My Contrary Mary is set in the same world as My Lady Jane. It recaptures all the fun in that book as it explores a fantasy world with a similar history (but not the same) as our own. As the authors put it, "And for France: we’re sorry for what we’re about to do to your history, but it was your turn."

The authors deftly set up the world. "In those days (think 1560), the world was sharply divided between two groups of people: E∂ians and Verities. The E∂ians believed that inside every person was an animal—a creature you could become whenever you wished...The other faction—the Verities—was not amused by these shape-shifting shenanigans. They believed that people should be people, period."

We meet Mary, Queen of Scots, just before her marriage to the future Francis II. There are her four ladies in waiting, the plotting Catherine de' Medici, the daughter of Nostradamus, and Francis. All have important roles to play in the political machinations of the time. Of course, there is romance. What kept me laughing were the observations of the authors and the pop culture references.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. If you liked My Lady Jane, then I feel certain you will like this book. If you liked CW's Reign, you might give this book a whirl. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Sep 4, 2021 |
My Contrary Mary by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows is a cute and fabulously fun way to explain the Protestant versus Catholic monarchies and subsequent power struggles. Plus, it is a much happier reimagining of a historical figure who really could be nothing but a pawn in a greater struggle. I don’t know what it says about me, but I particularly enjoyed Francis as a frog, delighting in the obvious ode to the generic French nickname. The entire book is an absolute blast to read, which only reminds me I need to go back and read the two Jane books I missed. ( )
  jmchshannon | Sep 1, 2021 |
**This review and more can be found at Love at First Write**

An ARC of this audiobook was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This series as a concept had me so unbelievably excited. After completing a trilogy of historical Jane retellings, Hand, Ashton, and Meadows have set their sights on Marys. The very first, My Contrary Mary, is a Mary Queen of Scots retelling. Get ready to be transported to Renaissance France where Mary is a ward of the French Court!

The book's narration comes from several shifting POV's (primarily Mary), as well as some third-person narrator comments. The narrator's are really what makes this book so special. They are absolutely hilarious, providing a 'so-here-is-the-scoop' tone. They are terrible gossips, but charmingly witty at the same time. They are that friend in college/high school that you always turned to when you wanted to hear about the latest scandals without going through the effort of snooping things out for yourself. Before the book even properly started I was cry-laughing at the dedication: "For the people who feel like they have to be perfect; and for France. We're sorry for what we're about to do to your history, but it was your turn."

I found myself enjoying the return to the Eðian/Verity dynamic (shapeshifter/pure humans) as a metaphor for the disparity and tensions between Catholics and Protestants at the time. It is a cool way to reframe this time period, and was pretty genius!

On top of the comedy, the characters were so well developed. I truly felt for Mary and Francis, and even the side characters like Mary Livingston and Ari. Their actions and motivations felt real, and the stakes and betrayals in court were gutting. While of course this is a series of Marys, in a sense each book is also a stand alone, which I think is a boon to the work. Readers don't necessarily have to read The Lady Janies series to enjoy this latest work. Comedy and Historical Fiction blend together effortlessly in this gem of a book. Bonus points? Bonus points! On top of everything, I actually feel like I learned a lot reading this book. The plot was surprisingly historically accurate, if we overlook the whole fantasy shapeshifting element haha.

All in all, My Contrary Mary is a must-read, and I impatiently await the additions of Marie Curie and Mary Mallon to the new Mary series! ( )
  Nikki_Sojkowski | Aug 26, 2021 |
I requested the audio galley without realizing that it didn’t have the full cast narrators that the usual audiobooks in the series have, which was a disappointment.

But otherwise this story of Mary was a lot of fun. The Queen of Scots is a great character, strong and compassionate and with good convictions. She is well supported by her husband Francis who is more of a thinker than a doer, and even if it takes time, he does stand up for what’s right. While Ari and Liv’s romance itself was cute, I can’t say I was always impressed with her decisions.

I was not always able to recognize the historical puns or references, but Ari’s visions of Hollywood movies were absolutely hilarious and I had a good laugh. This turned out to be a good beginning for the series, and I’m very excited to see which other Mary’s story we will get to read about in the sequel. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |

The brilliant authors of [book:My Lady Jane|22840421] now turn their talents towards various Marys of history beginning here with Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary has been living in France pretty much her entire life. Waiting for the day she can claim her throne while betrothed to the Dauphine, Francis. But Mary has a secret. She's a mouse. Yep a mouse. Meaning she's an Ethian (shapeshifter) living in a Verity (non-shapeshifter) court where her very existence is means for execution. But keeping her true self a secret isolates her from other Ethians within her kingdom who think Mary is a Verity like all the other rulers. Soon Mary and Francis find themselves embroiled in court intrigue and conspiracies after Francis is forced to take the throne upon his father's untimely death. Luckily Mary has a confidant in Francis as well as Aristotle, the daughter of Nostradamus.

If you haven't read the previous series by these authors, I note here that these are historical retellings and quite frequently do not play out with how actual history played out. They take a more tongue-in-cheek approach and I find them a fun read. I love how the authors do incorporate true events into the more fantastical and I like the creative license they take in changing a few events to suite the needs of a more Happily Ever After-type ending.

This time around I especially like Ari's premonitions particularly regarding certain pop culture phenoms and loved how the authors fit them into the story.

But this time around, I just couldn't get into the story as much as I did with previous books. I think it's because there's this certain level of disconnect between Mary and Francis. They're supposed to be best friends and confidants. But they're rarely on the same page and it take almost the whole book of missed connections and mixed messages until they finally get to the point where they are equally together. It was slightly frustrating. But I think this kind of speaks to the weight that was on both of their shoulders and at such a young age too when you think about it. Adding to that all the scheming going on around them, and I completely understand how things get muddled. I just wish it was one area the authors had chosen to make that one of the creative changes of the story.

Also, Ari was a wonderful character, but I almost wish she had gotten her own story separate from Mary and Francis. I guess maybe there was someone needed to break up the sections between Francis and Mary and offer a perspective of someone who was not of royal blood, but past a certain point in the book I felt like Ari was completely underutilized as a character. I wanted a bit more from her when all was said and done and I feel like she fulfilled that in the first half of the book moreso than in the latter half.

Overall, while this one was a bit more difficult for me to get through, I enjoyed many parts and pieces of it. As even referenced in the book there are A LOT of Marys in history. So I'm looking forward to who will be the next featured Mary. I do like that this book kind of brought things back to the very beginning in terms of chronological timeframe and setting even going so far as to feature characters from that very first Lady Janies book. If you've enjoyed other books in the series, you will love getting back into the same fictionalized history again. ( )
  AmyM3317 | Jun 17, 2021 |
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