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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for My Calamity Jane

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Hand

    August 2018--Just finished a first draft! Hooray!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    This was better than I thought. I assumed it was all about killing werewolves, which I’m against as I want to be one, but I was wrong 😉 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 This was better than I thought. I assumed it was all about killing werewolves, which I’m against as I want to be one, but I was wrong 😉 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  3. 5 out of 5

    Arini

    3.75 Stars What a hairy adventure of The Wild West proportions! I LOVE Westerns. My knowledge of this particular period and its historical figures is limited. I probably messed up a few related terms. Regardless, I’ve always been captivated by cowboy culture and country music. My Calamity Jane gave me a slice of that awesomeness. I didn’t get the 1876 rootin’-tootin’ America references scattered throughout this book, but it didn’t hamper my enjoyment. I wasn’t enthusiastic when I found out the stor 3.75 Stars What a hairy adventure of The Wild West proportions! I LOVE Westerns. My knowledge of this particular period and its historical figures is limited. I probably messed up a few related terms. Regardless, I’ve always been captivated by cowboy culture and country music. My Calamity Jane gave me a slice of that awesomeness. I didn’t get the 1876 rootin’-tootin’ America references scattered throughout this book, but it didn’t hamper my enjoyment. I wasn’t enthusiastic when I found out the story would be about garou hunting, but the general setting and the characters’ hilarity helped stir up the fun by a lot. The writing was fairly simplistic with loads of witty dialogues. The characters were charming and a badass with feminist spirits. The romance was nice and diverse. The mystery didn’t really grab my attention, but I was along for the ride. Part 2 was my favorite just because it was more fast paced and action packed. The audiobook performance was incredible! Overall, this was a creative and quirky reimagining that cleverly mixed historical and fantasy elements with splashes of modern values. I barely remember the other two, but I think the first book My Lady Jane will always be my favorite. (Read as an Audiobook)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)

    WHAT IS THIS ??? A SEQUEL TO MY LADY JANE??? AND IT COMES OUT IN 2020??? THAT'S LITERALLY IN 3 YEARS!! I D O N T A C C E P T T H I S BUT I'M SO HAPPY THAT I CAN OVERLOOK THIS LONG ASS WAIT. Who am I kidding ?? How does one wait for this? WHAT IS THIS ??? A SEQUEL TO MY LADY JANE??? AND IT COMES OUT IN 2020??? THAT'S LITERALLY IN 3 YEARS!! I D O N T A C C E P T T H I S BUT I'M SO HAPPY THAT I CAN OVERLOOK THIS LONG ASS WAIT. Who am I kidding ?? How does one wait for this?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    Annnnd now I have a "2020 publication" shelf. o.O

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wren (fablesandwren)

    The cover was not orange and green, but I’m still really happy with this book! Western, our Lady Janies’ humor, talking dogs, were-umm, garous, and loads of history to be straightened out! Absolutely outstanding! - - - I'm calling this cover to be orange and green. If it's not, the rainbow will not be complete and I'll be sad. - - - THIS IS AMAZING OMGSH I CAN JUST NOT WAIT. *lowkey singing the songs from the musical* The cover was not orange and green, but I’m still really happy with this book! Western, our Lady Janies’ humor, talking dogs, were-umm, garous, and loads of history to be straightened out! Absolutely outstanding! - - - I'm calling this cover to be orange and green. If it's not, the rainbow will not be complete and I'll be sad. - - - THIS IS AMAZING OMGSH I CAN JUST NOT WAIT. *lowkey singing the songs from the musical*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Drewthereader20

    This was a really good sequel! I'm sad that this is over but Ik we will have more from these three lovley authors. RTC... 1) My lady jane 4/5 stars 2) My plain jane 5/5 stars 3) My calamity jane 4/5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    DNF 32% | 29/06/2020 It’s a no from me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    3.5 stars Full disclosure: I don't like westerns. I don't watch them, and I don't read them (which is surprising considering how much I like drinking, poker, and shows/movies with guns). The only reason I even read this book was that I just happened to get my hands on an advance copy, which in hindsight is a bit unfair considering some people have been waiting for this book to come out for a couple of years. Hell, before I read this book, I couldn't have told you who Annie Oakley was or what she 3.5 stars Full disclosure: I don't like westerns. I don't watch them, and I don't read them (which is surprising considering how much I like drinking, poker, and shows/movies with guns). The only reason I even read this book was that I just happened to get my hands on an advance copy, which in hindsight is a bit unfair considering some people have been waiting for this book to come out for a couple of years. Hell, before I read this book, I couldn't have told you who Annie Oakley was or what she was famous for, even though the name would've sounded familiar. (I know. Shameful.) That's why no one was more surprised than I was that I ended up actually enjoying this book. I went into this book almost completely blind. The only things I knew about it beforehand were that it was a retelling of some western story I didn't know and that it also incorporated fantasy elements. Because the summary doesn't really tell you what the book is about, I'll give a quick overview. The story is told from the POVs of our three main characters: Frank, Annie, and the eponymous Jane. Jane, Frank, Bill (Frank's adoptive father), and Charlie (a member of an FBI-like organization) travel around the midwest putting on a sharp shooting show, which they use as cover to track and hunt garou (a fancy word for werewolf). Frank isn't a huge fan of garou-hunting, but he loves doing the show; however, Bill wants to retire from showbiz (and by extension, garou-hunting) once they finally catch the Alpha. The Alpha is the head of the werewolf cult that has been running wild biting humans and turning them into garou. Then, one night, the crew gets a tip about who and where the Alpha is from a man named Jack (a lone garou hunter), and they go to the factory to investigate. Meanwhile, Annie (a sharp shooter like Frank), who has left home to get a job in the sharp shooting show, meets up with them at the factory (unbeknownst to them all at the time) and ends up saving Frank and Jane from a werewolf attack (though not before Jane gets bitten--a fact that she keeps to herself) after they learn that the werewolf isn't the Alpha. Not long after, Annie joins the show (after she proves herself and reveals that she knows what they're really up to (i.e., garou-hunting)), and not long after that, Jane abandons the crew in the middle of the night in search of the cure for garou that Jack tells her about, not knowing that Frank himself is a garou. After discovering she's gone, the crew go in search for her, and that's where the story really begins. The way the story is narrated gave me major Lemony Snicket vibes and I was totally here for it. (It's not every day a book reminds you of one of your favorite childhood series!) I also really loved Jane and Annie, who both endured hardships and were both feminists in their own way: Annie was super feminine and loved dresses while also being a badass sharp shooter, while Jane couldn't give a flying f*ck about acting like a lady and could drink the best of them under the table (she's also always broke which is hashtag relatable). What I wasn't a huge fan of, however, was that the narrators sometimes went off on tangents alluding to today's political climate, which felt totally out of place most of the time. Don't get me wrong; I love a good Trump-bashing as much as the next bleeding-heart liberal, but it just didn't really make sense having this recurring, sporadic social commentary in the middle of a western fantasy. I think it's more effective to grapple with political issues in fiction by doing it like Namina Forna does in The Gilded Ones, which has major feminist undertones. Regardless, while most people will guess who the Alpha is long before it is revealed like I did, the lack of mystery didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. The journey itself was fun and entertaining enough to keep me reading. I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this that I look forward to going back and reading the other two books in the series, whose subject matters (i.e., the Tudor Jane and Jane Eyre) are definitely more up my alley than this western was.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    10/10/19 I love the cover and the synopsis has me pumped! Give me this book ASAP 😍 - - - Wait what!? I literally just found out about My Plain Jane like a few hours ago, and now I see we will not only be getting one more book from this brilliant trio but two!? Woah this is like Christmas in July! I am starting to think they'll just do a retelling for every famous Jane we know, and you know what? I am totally fine with that ;D 10/10/19 I love the cover and the synopsis has me pumped! Give me this book ASAP 😍 - - - Wait what!? I literally just found out about My Plain Jane like a few hours ago, and now I see we will not only be getting one more book from this brilliant trio but two!? Woah this is like Christmas in July! I am starting to think they'll just do a retelling for every famous Jane we know, and you know what? I am totally fine with that ;D

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    What that hell?? 2020!?!? How am I suppose to wait 2 years for this book?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meagan ✊🏼 Blacklivesmatter ✊🏼Blacktranslivesmatter

    Can't wait for this! I hope this isn't the last one and they continue the series 😝

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    YALL WE HAVE A COVER. Check out all the details and preorder here! YALL WE HAVE A COVER. Check out all the details and preorder here!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen’s Library

    The Lady Janies deliver once again as they mess with history to give us a happy ending to the Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, Frank Butler, and Wild Bill Hickok stories. This was a fun, rollicking tale of the Wild West and Deadwood, and werewolves. (Werewolves?!) Yes werewolves, dear reader. I really enjoyed book 3 in their Janey series and can’t wait to see what they do with the Marys!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

    I am squealing like a pig over here. A remake of Calamity Jane you say?! That's my favourite film - well that and Goonies!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I loved "My Lady Jane". Funny, irreverent. Amazing story and characters. "My plain Jane" bored me to no end. I didn't DNF it because of how much I loved the first one, and because I kept thinking that maybe I wasn't on the right frame of mind for the story. So "My Calamity Jane" was supposed to be my tie breaker: if I did enjoy it I wouls continue with the series. If not, I would assume "My Lady Jane" was a fluke and keep thst one as a lovely unique book. I DNF'ed at page 80. I didn't like the nar I loved "My Lady Jane". Funny, irreverent. Amazing story and characters. "My plain Jane" bored me to no end. I didn't DNF it because of how much I loved the first one, and because I kept thinking that maybe I wasn't on the right frame of mind for the story. So "My Calamity Jane" was supposed to be my tie breaker: if I did enjoy it I wouls continue with the series. If not, I would assume "My Lady Jane" was a fluke and keep thst one as a lovely unique book. I DNF'ed at page 80. I didn't like the narrators interpelling the reader every page, and where they were funny and welcome on MLJ, here they were tiresome. As were the characters and the story I felt like foreign. So, nope, this series aren't for me. A pity, because I loved MLJ.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Janet (mommy.the.reader)

    The third book in The Lady Janies series is another wacky, not quite accurate, happier ever after retelling of a historical Jane. It's Calamity Jane this time, along with her friends Annie Oakley, Frank Butler, and Wild Bill Hickok. And werewolves. And other suprises that I'll stay hushed about so not to spoil the fun. 4 bright, hilarious 🌟s. I did have some difficulty getting into this one, not being at all familiar with Calamity Jane and not already having the emotional connection I had with th The third book in The Lady Janies series is another wacky, not quite accurate, happier ever after retelling of a historical Jane. It's Calamity Jane this time, along with her friends Annie Oakley, Frank Butler, and Wild Bill Hickok. And werewolves. And other suprises that I'll stay hushed about so not to spoil the fun. 4 bright, hilarious 🌟s. I did have some difficulty getting into this one, not being at all familiar with Calamity Jane and not already having the emotional connection I had with the two previous Janes in the series (Lady Jane Grey and Jane Eyre). It took me about a quarter of the book to warm up to the characters and appreciate where the story was going. It was pure magic from there! You won't find fancy writing, or lots of depth in the dialog, but don't take this as a criticism. It's all intentional, and part of the charm.✨ My Calamity Jane is a fun romp, full of action and adventure, a bit of romance, a spirited mix of corny and clever jokes, and a thoughtful joining of history and modern understanding. I recommend giving the whole series a go, but they can each be read as stand alones. The first two books were also excellent on audio. (I received a free early copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. 🍀 I promise this is an honest review. 💜)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    DNF (did not finish) @ 30%-ish due to disingenuous lesbian romance storyline Slow beginning, but fairly ejoyable writing for the most part (up to where I read) and had some wit like the first book in the series, My Lady Jane (which I loved). This novel is an alternative history where Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, and Annie Oakley join forces to not only show off their shooting prowess, but to hunt werewolves on the sly. However, I stopped reading due to the lesbian romance storyline of Calamity Jane. DNF (did not finish) @ 30%-ish due to disingenuous lesbian romance storyline Slow beginning, but fairly ejoyable writing for the most part (up to where I read) and had some wit like the first book in the series, My Lady Jane (which I loved). This novel is an alternative history where Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, and Annie Oakley join forces to not only show off their shooting prowess, but to hunt werewolves on the sly. However, I stopped reading due to the lesbian romance storyline of Calamity Jane. Now I don't care what someone's sexual orientation is, or if people write about it, or whatever. However in this case, it's not historical AT ALL (Calamity Jane was actually a wife and a mother). Now I know the authors in this series play around with history (fudge years, add supernatural elements, include anachronistic phrases, etc) but changing & adding something on this level felt like a forced mendacious plotline. If the authors really wanted to write an LGBT story, there are a lot of different women that actually did have same-sex attraction that they are free to write about! I'm sure the LGBT community would feel proud to have someone's story shared who actually did go through those feelings, not some made up homosexual romance of a heterosexual woman. And to make it even worse, Jane's "love interest" is actually a gender swapped male author who was also heterosexual in real life (Edward Lytton Wheeler was a husband and father). It feels like a slap in the face to LGBT readers, and it will just turn off conservatives. Content Language: Very mild- no modern swearing (except for"bad**s" in the prologue) Violence: Mild to moderate- Some fighting, shooting (mostly for show), werewolf hunting, mentions of previous physical/emotional abuse Sex/nudity: Mild to moderate- hetero and homosexual kissing, mentions of prostitution Misc: Copious instances of drinking

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Actual Rating 3.5 I waited for 2 years for this book. From 5 to 3.5 stars, this series is going downhill for me. I don’t know if there’ll be more books in this series. I just want this series to end now. I REALLY loved My Lady Jane, it was HILARIOUS. My Plain Jane had paranormal elements which are not my cup of tea, still, I ended up loving it. My Calamity Jane’s story focuses on woofs/garou/werewolves. I am not much enthusiastic about them either, but interestingly I liked them in this book. I lov Actual Rating 3.5 I waited for 2 years for this book. From 5 to 3.5 stars, this series is going downhill for me. I don’t know if there’ll be more books in this series. I just want this series to end now. I REALLY loved My Lady Jane, it was HILARIOUS. My Plain Jane had paranormal elements which are not my cup of tea, still, I ended up loving it. My Calamity Jane’s story focuses on woofs/garou/werewolves. I am not much enthusiastic about them either, but interestingly I liked them in this book. I loved the first half of the story and obviously the world setting. But the second half was just meh for me. If the book’s name is The Calamity Jane, am I wrong to expect her to be main character?. She was nothing like previous Jane’s, she that Sass which was part of our previous Janes had. The story was more focused on Annie, and her love story, which bothered me a lot. The pace of the story was also uneven, sometimes it felt dragged and other times completely fine. This book wasn’t what I was expecting.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sage Elizabeth

    1.) My Lady Jane ★★★★★ 2.) My Plain Jane ★★★★★

  21. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    I enjoyed the first half of this book, because even though I didn't find it as funny as the previous two entries in the series, I liked Frank and Annie Oakley. I also enjoyed the amusing asides from the coauthors, and the absolutely ridiculous anachronisms that they put in on purpose. There are so many delightfully silly elements to this book, including a conversation with a dog where the dog starts quoting lines directly from Pixar's Up. (Some characters have the ability to talk to dogs for rea I enjoyed the first half of this book, because even though I didn't find it as funny as the previous two entries in the series, I liked Frank and Annie Oakley. I also enjoyed the amusing asides from the coauthors, and the absolutely ridiculous anachronisms that they put in on purpose. There are so many delightfully silly elements to this book, including a conversation with a dog where the dog starts quoting lines directly from Pixar's Up. (Some characters have the ability to talk to dogs for reasons that are explained as part of the plot.) I laughed a lot, and even though Westerns aren't my style and I don't usually go for werewolf stories, I enjoyed this absurdly silly reinterpretation of the past. However, even though I enjoyed this book's humor and off-the-wall elements, the plot itself kept getting nuttier and nuttier. It wasn't even internally consistent sometimes, and I eventually reached the point where it would be physically and emotionally painful for me to even try to suspend disbelief. I gave up and rapidly skimmed through the last third of this convoluted melodrama, and I was glad to get to the end and return my ebook to the library. Hopefully the person who gets it next will enjoy it more than I did. I waited years for this last book in the trilogy to release, and I wish that I could have ended on a better note, but this book fell apart a little over halfway through. I predicted several big plot twists, got tired of the sheer number of people who were secretly werewolves, and struggled with how frequently the authors derailed the story to share their didactic thoughts about issues like gun violence, Native American issues, Calamity Jane's (entirely invented) lesbian romance, and tolerance. Perhaps these asides were simply for liability, to keep people from trashing them on Twitter, but the book would have been a lot more powerful if the characters could have spoken for themselves. For example, in one scene, before Annie even has the opportunity to process or respond to the injustices that a Native American is describing to her, the authors have already jumped in to share their thoughts on the issue. This makes her eventual response and concern for justice much less powerful, and since it clearly wasn't necessary for them to clarify anything or distinguish the character's thoughts from their own, I wished they would have just let Annie speak. I got really frustrated with instances like this, and as the book got more and more unbearably absurd, it also revealed itself to be yet another thinly veiled parable about tolerance. I'm all for books having important thematic messages, but it's like this entire story just existed to celebrate how woke the authors are. It was incredibly tiresome, and this turned into less of a silly romp and more of a PSA broadcast. I tuned in for a laugh-out-loud, historically inaccurate adventure, not "Tolerance with Werewolves: Social Justice 101," but that was what I got. So, yeah, I did not like this. It reads like the authors had a deal for a third book, didn't know what to write, made it up in a game of writing-telephone, and passed it off to their publisher without a second glance. I know that's not the case, but this is so poorly developed and preachy, and falls apart so thoroughly in the build-up to the climax, that I cannot ever recommend this book. I did like this fictional version of Annie Oakley tremendously, and liked Frank a lot too, so I can't say that I regret reading it, but I will always sigh over this book as a deep disappointment.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mirta (secretlifeofapotterheadgirl)

    Oh. My. COVER!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brad Sells

    A wild ride from start to finish, My Calamity Jane soars with daredevil heroes (and “hero-eenes” for that matter!), buck-wild action that gallops off the page, and a genuine look at romance, friendship, and family set amongst the Wild West. I haven’t had this much fun with a series in a long time! Just as with all the Lady Janies novels, My Calamity Jane’s biggest asset lies within its heroes and heroines of the plains. Jane, Annie, and Frank create a dynamic trio with so many hijinks, antics, an A wild ride from start to finish, My Calamity Jane soars with daredevil heroes (and “hero-eenes” for that matter!), buck-wild action that gallops off the page, and a genuine look at romance, friendship, and family set amongst the Wild West. I haven’t had this much fun with a series in a long time! Just as with all the Lady Janies novels, My Calamity Jane’s biggest asset lies within its heroes and heroines of the plains. Jane, Annie, and Frank create a dynamic trio with so many hijinks, antics, and love, it’s simply impossible to not root for them on their quest. Set against the backdrop of the Wild West, this entry into the world of the Lady Janies is brimming with dangerous places, love (in so many different forms) that feels truly genuine, and so many incredible messages about the awfulness of prejudice (I love the political messages found in this novel), My Calamity Jane is one to not be missed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lenna • Sugar Dusted Pages

    So, um, I really need this - like now. But I have one question. How will "Calamity" fit on the cover? My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane both fit, but there won't be space for the word Calamity. These are the kinds of things I wonder about, apparently.

  25. 4 out of 5

    BookDuck (Maddie)

    ⭐️ 4.5 stars ⭐️ This has to be the fastest amount of time I got through a book this year. This book was fast paced, full of action and Comedy! I loved all the characters in this book! Especially Annie and Jane because they were strong female characters that really helped to drive the plot in their own way. Even though they both came from different backgrounds they still had similar morals and always did what was right. I also loved Frank’s character, he was funny, caring and was determined. The ⭐️ 4.5 stars ⭐️ This has to be the fastest amount of time I got through a book this year. This book was fast paced, full of action and Comedy! I loved all the characters in this book! Especially Annie and Jane because they were strong female characters that really helped to drive the plot in their own way. Even though they both came from different backgrounds they still had similar morals and always did what was right. I also loved Frank’s character, he was funny, caring and was determined. The characters interactions were great in this story, even though they had different personalities they managed to always have each others back. I loved Frank and Annie’s relationship! I thought they were perfect for each other and I’m so glad they got over there difference and decided to get married. I do wish though we got a closing for Winnie and Jane, I wasn’t sure if they were together and I hope that they are because they would be great together! The story of this book was super fun! I wasn’t sure what to expect with the werewolves, but I ended up enjoying the aspects of the werewolves. Especially how they could talk to dogs/wolves, I love the conversations that Frank had with his poodle George. Another great aspect of this book was the major twist about halfway though the book when we find out Jane’s mother is alive and is the alpha of the pack, that has been controlling werewolves to turn humans into werewolves by biting them. This was definitely unexpected and I think that it was written very well. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    3.5 stars In 1876, America was full of gunslingers, outlaws…. and werewolves. Thankfully, there’s Wild Bill’s Traveling Show featuring Wild Bill Hickok and his adopted kids Calamity Jane and Frank Butler. They’re already legends in their own right, known for their quick draws, but what the general public doesn’t know is that they also hunt werewolves. Annie Oakley arrives looking for a job, captures the heart of Frank, and is more than okay with hunting werewolves in her spare time. When a hunt goes 3.5 stars In 1876, America was full of gunslingers, outlaws…. and werewolves. Thankfully, there’s Wild Bill’s Traveling Show featuring Wild Bill Hickok and his adopted kids Calamity Jane and Frank Butler. They’re already legends in their own right, known for their quick draws, but what the general public doesn’t know is that they also hunt werewolves. Annie Oakley arrives looking for a job, captures the heart of Frank, and is more than okay with hunting werewolves in her spare time. When a hunt goes wrong, Jane leaves her friends behind to travel to Deadwood, a lawless town rumored to hold a cure. The stars of Wild Bill’s Traveling Show all end up in Deadwood where it’s soon obvious a series of events were staged to lead them. Jane, Annie, Frank, and Bill are close to locating the Alpha—but not before a few surprising secrets are revealed. This is the 3rd installment in The Lady Janies series and I’ve adored each one. Humorous retellings of some of history’s/literature’s famous Janes with supernatural elements are the light hearted palate cleansers I need! I recommend My Calamity Jane (and the other books in this series) to readers who enjoy YA, historical fiction, and classic retellings. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)

    This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd Short and Simple Review Unfortunately, this turned out to be my least favorite book in the series. I loved My Lady Jane, I enjoyed My Plain Jane, but I just liked this book. Now, I have been in a little of a reading slump lately, but I was hoping that this book would get me out of that slump! I've been reading too many depressing books and I needed the ridiculous humor of this series! But, this book combined two things that I don't typ This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd Short and Simple Review Unfortunately, this turned out to be my least favorite book in the series. I loved My Lady Jane, I enjoyed My Plain Jane, but I just liked this book. Now, I have been in a little of a reading slump lately, but I was hoping that this book would get me out of that slump! I've been reading too many depressing books and I needed the ridiculous humor of this series! But, this book combined two things that I don't typically like to read about: werewolves and the wild west. Not usually my cup of tea. This book was pretty fun, though. I enjoyed reading the narrators' comments throughout. Quite a few made me chuckle out loud. There are a lot of shenanigans and ridiculous coincidences throughout the book, which the book pokes fun of. This kind of bordered on humor at times, but sometimes I actually enjoyed the self-awareness of this book. While I am not always keen on reading westerns, I do think the authors took the inspiration in a unique direction. I am curious about the real history behind the real figures that the characters are very very loosely drawn from. They obviously took a lot of liberties, but that is part of the fun of the series. Overall, I didn't love it as much as I hoped to, but it still was a fun read. It was refreshing after reading so many YA books about grief to read this (not)historical ridiculousness.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was all around disappointing. The writing and humor were juvenille, I realize this is YA but I know the authors are capable of more. Most of the characters lacked any development, they were just uninteresting stereotypes, which means I didn't really care if they defeated the big bad wolf or got eaten. I also dislike the authors choice to make Edward Wheeler a woman. The Janies are known for taking liberties with historical accuracy which is part of their charm but, in my opinion, this This book was all around disappointing. The writing and humor were juvenille, I realize this is YA but I know the authors are capable of more. Most of the characters lacked any development, they were just uninteresting stereotypes, which means I didn't really care if they defeated the big bad wolf or got eaten. I also dislike the authors choice to make Edward Wheeler a woman. The Janies are known for taking liberties with historical accuracy which is part of their charm but, in my opinion, this one just didn't work. The obvious agenda pushing was too forced, if you want to make some kind of statement it needs to flow with the story instead of feeling wedged in. It had a few funny references, like Annie's clothes sparking joy. I did like Wild Bill and the werewolf twist which is why it got two stars instead of just one. In the end I suggest that this is one to skip.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    4.5 probably I didn't like this one quite as much as My Lady Jane, but it was a big improvement from My Plain Jane. As much as I love Annie Oakley, I'm not too into westerns as a genre, but I did enjoy this! I wish that we'd spent less time on the buildup for getting to Deadwood though, and a lot of the conflict in this does stem from miscommunication. I really enjoyed both romances (I had no idea that there would be an f/f one, which was a pleasant surprise that I shipped very hard) and some of 4.5 probably I didn't like this one quite as much as My Lady Jane, but it was a big improvement from My Plain Jane. As much as I love Annie Oakley, I'm not too into westerns as a genre, but I did enjoy this! I wish that we'd spent less time on the buildup for getting to Deadwood though, and a lot of the conflict in this does stem from miscommunication. I really enjoyed both romances (I had no idea that there would be an f/f one, which was a pleasant surprise that I shipped very hard) and some of the twists I didn't see coming. The pop culture references were hit or miss, I liked the nod to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with the werewolf book title, the quotes from Up, and-of course-the multiple references to Annie Get Your Gun, especially the "anything you can do I can do better" ones! Others fell flat, mainly because I wasn't as familiar with the source. All in all, a fun book with some surprisingly emotional moments.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Reagan

    It pains me so much to give anything written by the Lady Janies less than five stars :((( I have been waiting for what feels like CENTURIES for this book to be published. Seeing as My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane, the two other books in the series, are two of my favorites of all time I expected this would be no different! But sadly that was not the case. It seems like everything that made me love the first two books so much was indeed present in this installment, but it just didn’t work as well. The It pains me so much to give anything written by the Lady Janies less than five stars :((( I have been waiting for what feels like CENTURIES for this book to be published. Seeing as My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane, the two other books in the series, are two of my favorites of all time I expected this would be no different! But sadly that was not the case. It seems like everything that made me love the first two books so much was indeed present in this installment, but it just didn’t work as well. The allusions and pop culture references that I loved so much in the previous two books felt way more forced in this installment. While I was for sure hooked, I felt nowhere near as much attachment to these characters as I did in the other two books in the series. (Although, as a theatre kid, I did ever so appreciate the “Oklahoma”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, and “Chicago” references.) These characters and the book overall was just not as lovable or charming as the other two in the series, and I just felt a disconnect to them while reading. I also was less pleased with the fantastical element of this story. Werewolves in the Wild West sounded like a fun time to me, but the lore and adventure side of this book was also kind of lackluster. The story got a but convoluted at times and really dragged at parts, where these books are usually so fast-paced and captivating. Now, I obviously didn’t hate this book by any means, as it was a pretty enjoyable read. I just had such high hopes for it, and was more than a little let down.

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