Title: My Lady’s Choosing
Author: Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris
Genre: YA, Historical, Romance, Humour
Publisher: Quirk Books (Penguin Random House)
Date published: April 3, 2018
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever after
You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the “traveling companion” of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate? Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.
– My Review –
This book was so much fun! I had seen these choose your own adventure type books around for a few years now, but always felt too intimidated to pick any of them up. I’m not sure why? Maybe I thought that I would get confused or frustrated by the formatting. But I’m so glad that I decided to read and review My Lady’s Choosing, because not only was the formatting fun to follow, but the writing was also funny and satirical! I burst out laughing quite a few times, while making my way through the story lines.
I really appreciated how much work must have gone into writing out so many potential plot lines, and then arranging them so that they all connect and work in some way. Another thing that I really appreciated was that there were not only a variety of romantic partners to choose from, but also a variety of genres, and outcomes. Just because you picked one particular partner, does not mean that you will actually get your happily ever after. It very much depends on your choices, and I can really see myself picking up a lot more of these choose your own adventure type books now!
The second person writing took some getting used to, because I had never read anything written in the second person before. I generally avoided (and still avoid) fan fiction that is written in the second person, because it bothered me and always kind of threw me off. But I found that it was a perfect choice for this book, since the story is in a way your story. The narrative style really adds to that make believe magic, and I definitely learned to appreciate the benefits and uses for second person point of view.
Another thing that I really liked was that this book can be a quick read, or a longer read, depending on what you choose. So, I read one of the story lines in just a few hours. But I ended up having so much fun, that I went back, changed one of my choices, and explored another story line altogether! Then when I finished that one, I tried out one more before my eyes finally started drooping. And there are still numerous possibilities that I haven’t yet explored! So, I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romance, adult content (haha), the idea of having a say in how the story progresses, and those who enjoy satirical humour!
– About the Creators –
Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran are the creative team behind the hit viral Kickstarter project Taylor Swift: Girl Detective as well as countless other zines and comics. Larissa is a writer, educator, and photographer whose work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among many other internet places. Kitty is an illustrator and comics artist who is Actually British and knows all about courtship rituals, the peerage, and upper-crust accents.
– Purchase Links –
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