Review: My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆.5
Title: My Calamity Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Series: The Lady Janies #3
Genre: Humor/Historical/Paranormal
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Sophie Amoss
Length: 13 hours (544 pages)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Source: Library
Recommended for fans of: werewolves & westerns

SYNOPSIS

Welcome ​to 1876 and a rootin’-tootin’ America bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou.

JANE (a genuine hero-eene)

Calamity’s her name, and garou hunting’s her game—when she’s not starring in Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, that is. She reckons that if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.

FRANK (*wolf whistle*)
Frank “the Pistol Prince” Butler is the Wild West’s #1 bachelor. He’s also the best sharpshooter on both sides of the Mississippi, but he’s about to meet his match. . . .

ANNIE (get your gun!)
Annie Oakley (yep, that Annie) is lookin’ for a job, not a romance, but she can’t deny there’s something about Frank she likes. Really likes. Still, she’s pretty sure that anything he can do, she can do better.

A HAIRY SITUATION
After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there’s been talk of a garou cure. But things ain’t always what they seem—meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they’re a day late and a Jane short.

MY THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed this Wild West reinterpretation with a werewolf twist. The anachronistic pop culture references and so many ridiculous moments were laugh out loud funny, which I expect from this trio of writers. I loved all the of the narrators in this one, especially Annie.

The plot did get a bit slow and convoluted in the middle, but I really loved the characters, the paranormal twist, and the way this book addressed family dynamics. Highly recommend for fans of werewolves, westerns, and wit!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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