Hi Everyone! It’s Becky, again. I just finished reading My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I have to admit I didn’t love this book as much as others in the series. Here are my thoughts:
Title: My Calamity Jane
Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Everyone knows the legend of Calamity Jane, the superstar of Wild West but no one knows the real story. Jane was a star of an Old West traveling show with Frank Butler, and Annie Oakley, everyone knows that. What everyone doesn’t know is that the Wild West was overrun with garous (werewolves) and Jane and her costars are world-class garou hunters but their lives change when a new alpha comes into town. Jane, Frank, and Annie find themselves in the middle of a battle between good versus evil as they travel to Deadwood to try to rid the world of garous. Can this traveling band of entertainers defeat the big bad of the Wild West while putting an amazing show?
Review: I’ve had a mixed reaction to The Lady Janies series. I genuinely loved My Lady Jane which I thought was hilarious but My Plain Jane had moments that were more boring than funny. Unfortunately, My Calamity Jane was more like Plain than Lady. This time we are following Calamity Jane as she traverses the Wild West and helps hunt garous (werewolves). This book should have been an amazing adventure through the Old West with Annie Oakley, Frank Butler, and Wild Bill but I never really felt like there was an adventure. Instead, the story felt contrived to play on western tropes and puns that weren’t particularly funny. I got more than a little tired of all the “Annie Get Your Gun” references. However, that would have been forgivable if we were given great characters but that never happened. We don’t really get anything more from Jane, Annie, Frank, or Bill than what the average person knows about the historical figures with even the setting of Deadwood never really coming to life. Plus, the mystery felt like an afterthought, and its resolution a little obvious. For me, the best part of the book was the asides from the narrators which were too few and too far apart. Fans of this series may enjoy My Calamity Jane but I was a little disappointed.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5