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

If you missed my reviews of the first two books in the series, you can check them out here:

The books in this series aren’t connected; the only “real” connection is that the main characters are all named Jane. So you can read each book without having read any of the others. 🙂

Title: My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies #3)
Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: June 2, 2020
Genre: Young adult, Western, paranormal
Length: 544 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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.”

This entire series has been a really fun one to read, but the first book is definitely my favorite. I wasn’t sure what to make of a Western paranormal, but I definitely got some good laughs out of it.

I think the most complex part for me was really trying to figure out if I liked the characters or not. Jane was really frustrating at times, and kind of…dense? I hate to say that but she just seemed to be good at one thing and that was…it. She had a bit of a hard childhood, and I think she just pushed it away and focused on what she was good at, especially since her parents weren’t particularly nice to her. I think that’s what made the friendship between Frank, Annie, and Jane special, as did her relationship with Bill. As for Annie, she holds a grudge against the garou, so I thought it was interesting when the ‘revelation’ happened regarding those in Wild Bill’s show. But I did end up liking her well enough, and find that she’s really loyal to her friends. I also liked Frank well enough all around, and his developing romantic feelings for Annie were really cute, despite the circumstances. Also, can we get more books with talking dogs? Pretty sure every scene with George made me laugh so much, LOL.

As for the storyline, I liked it well enough and definitely didn’t see it coming at all. (But isn’t that typical me? lol) I really love these little twists on historical fiction and how the authors really do make it their own. It’s really what has made the entire series fun for me. The same goes for the writing style. If you’re really keeping your eyes (or ears) peeled, you can catch references to some modern things/phrases as well.

I look forward to the next series by this author, which focuses around characters named Mary.

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