“He wanted to tell her she'd have more room if she'd just get rid of her books, but he supposed that in her case, it would be like telling a mother she'd have more room if she threw out her children.”
Finally a hyped up book that holds its hype. Actually this book did way more than just hold to the hype - it definitely exceeded my expectations, by a cartload.
When I checked this out of the library all I knew was:
- This book made a lot of hype in the summer (2017) when it came out.
- This books I supposed to be hilarious.
And that's where my knowledge ended. So I thought to myself "I will have a few laughs and probably forget about this book as soon as I'm done with it". No such luck! Because to be honest I already want to re-read it.
“No horse jokes," he said.
"My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book---unharmed!---I will give you a carrot."
He brandished the book at her. "Was that a horse joke?"
"Was that a horse joke?”
“What my wife desires--and what you should have guessed, had you paid attention--is bookcases. And books, of course, to fill them. Not more decorations or useless items. She wants books.”
Jane Grey immediately jumped to the top of the list of my favorite female badass characters. She is smart, funny, fierce and independent and she never lets men (or animal - inside joke, wink wink), or anybody else to boss her around. Jane is also the bookworm of all bookworms and I adored her for it! A little unpopular reference, but in my eyes Jane Grey is everything Tessa Grey (from The infernal Devices) was trying to be, and much more.
“You love me?" she whispered.
"The very instant I saw you, my heart flew to your service," he said.
"No," he admitted. "Not exactly. But it's a good line, am I right?”
The book is as hilarious as it's heartfelt. The main reason I already want to re-read it is so I can experience Jane And G's storyline unfold before my eyes again. Because never I've read anything so hilariously romantic in my life. Now I'm just gushing, but honestly this book deserves the praise. And I think coming from me it says a lot, because:
- I don't really like YA genre
- I don't really like romance books
And this book is BOTH, but it's also SO MUCH MORE.
“So. Her husband-to-be was a philanderer. A smooth operator. A debaucher. A rake. A frisker. (Jane was something of a walking thesaurus when she was upset, a side effect of too much reading.)”
The rest of the characters was just as amazing, and amusing too. I really appreciated all of the girl power in this book and all of the feminist references and remarks - it was very tastefully done (and once again - very funny).
I cannot wait for the rest of the books in these series to come out (even though they are not connected plot wise at all). Definitely recommend!
“Jane’s face could have taught those torches to burn bright. Last night, she was the sun, and all of the flowers in all of the counties turned toward her for warmth.”
Freelance BETA reader.