My Lady Jane: Review

Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: None
Format: Hardcover, 491 pages
Source: Purchased

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

First of all, if you are going to take this book seriously, put it down. NOW. 

I'm not joking. This is a comical take on actual history that will definitely delight readers, but only if they don't take it seriously. It was magical. I loved the magical element that all three authors brought to the story. Instead of a war between the Catholics and Protestants that took place during the time period in the book, there is a brewing tension between Verities and Eðians. The latter group has a magical ability to change into one animal form. The Verities think it is unnatural and they wish to exterminate the Eðians by whatever means necessary. 

The fact that this was written by three authors worried me at first because how could three POVs and three writing styles work?! Everything flowed seamlessly and I never felt that there was a change in writing style. It all fit so well. 

Plot wise, there are three different stories woven into the book. King Edward's, Lord Gifford's, and of course, Lady Jane Grey. 

I loved every POV because they were all so well written and characterized that I instantly liked them all. When I read a book and I don't like a main character, it can totally kill a book for me. I literally liked every character in this book, with the exception of the evil ones, but you will read about them when you read the story. At the beginning all three of our protagonists are very shallow. They experience so much throughout the book that they begin to grow and open  up. Their character growth was very well done. 

My favorite parts of the book were the little commentary that the authors would throw in after something happened. It honestly made the book even more funny, if that was possible. 

With all of the creative liberties that our authors took, there are still historical details that are left in. We read about the rampant sexism and social issues that plagued this time period. Jane handled herself well. She was stubborn, strong, slightly too fearless, but every bit the heroine that I enjoy. Her and G's relationship was very swoony. 

Prepare yourself, because underneath this hilarious story, there is plenty of court intrigue, magic, treachery, secrets, danger, and swoony romance! 

I dare you to try to read this almost 500 page book slowly, because I could not read it fast enough! Well done ladies! 

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