Review: My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Broid Ashton & Jodi Meadows

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Title: My Contrary Mary
Series: Mary #1
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 22nd, 2021
Page Length: 512
Genre: Historical Fiction | Alternative History | Fantasy
Age Range: YA
Rating: 5⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to Renaissance France, a place of poison and plots, of beauties and beasts, of mice and . . . queens?⠀

Mary is the queen of Scotland and the jewel of the French court. Except when she’s a mouse. Yes, reader, Mary is an Eðian (shapeshifter) in a kingdom where Verities rule. It’s a secret that could cost her a head—or a tail.⠀

Luckily, Mary has a confidant in her betrothed, Francis. But after the king meets a suspicious end, things at the gilded court take a treacherous turn. Thrust onto the throne, Mary and Francis are forced to navigate a viper’s nest of conspiracies, traps, and treason. And if Mary’s secret is revealed, heads are bound to roll.


Thanks to Netgalley and HarperTeen for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book was amazing – but I expected nothing less from these amazing women. We’re back in the same world as My Lady Jane, in fact you will find some returning character’s pop up. Do you need to read My Lady Jane before starting this? It wouldn’t hurt since My Lady Jane explains the world and magic system, but in theory you could jump in and not spoil much from My Lady Jane. Much in a way that you could read a book about Mary, Queen of Scotts before reading a book about Queen Jane.

Once again, I love the changes The Janies made to this time in history. They’ve also maintained the humour they have in all the previous books by this trio. I also loved that we got to see more of the world in this one. From what I remember from My Lady Jane, we stayed relatively within England, possibly London. In this one, we travel to France, England and Scotland. How they’ve weaved the magic they dreamed up in My Lady Jane and expanded it was amazing. I love seeing just how it affects these countries and its people (we see more than royals too!).

I was constantly smiling and laughing throughout this book, plus there were emotional portions that had me stopping from the impact. Although I’ve already read this (and by this point a few months back) but I’m looking forward to rereading this once it’s officially out. My plan is to reread My Lady Jane and My Contrary Mary to get the full experience of this world all together.

I can’t wait to see the other Marys this trio rewrites, and I hope they continue this trend and possibly rewrite Elizabeths? I can hope!

If you loved any of the Jane books then you’ll continue to love this new series. This was a solid, fun, hilarious read and everyone needs to read this!

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