by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Hardcover: 494 Pages
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Synopsis: Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…
Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…
Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.
The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads? (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed the book. It started a bit strange… people who change into creatures are never my favorite type of stories. But the characters grew on me. Jane is awesome. I love her spunk. And Gifford. Their relationship was the reason I continued the book. JUST KISS ALREADY! Honestly. And Edward. I think the authors wrote him perfectly. A 16-year-old boy, afraid to die without ever having kissed a girl. Yes, I can imagine he really did have all those thoughts.
I really liked how the authors changed the catholics/reformers fight into animal and non-animal people. It put a light twist on something that was quite tragic in the history of England. I also liked the change in history itself. This really isn’t a happy story for any of these characters except for Elizabeth, but the authors rewrote history so well. I really enjoyed it.
I laughed out loud, I smiled, I cringed, I giggled. It’s a cute book.
The reason for 3.5 stars instead of 4 or 5… because, well I don’t know. It was cute. I won’t read it again. I will read more from these very witty authors. But I didn’t LOVE it.
However, it’s definitely worth a read, especially if you like English history.
Have you read the book? What did you think?