Published by: HarperTeen on June 7, 2016
Genres: Historical, Humor, Paranormal
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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 is about to become the Queen of England.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: Unearthly, Everneath, Evertrue
One Line: One of my favorite reads this year.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
I knew going into this that it would be good. I mean, come on! You’ve got Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows working together, it’ll be pure genius and that is exactly what My Lady Jane was. From start o finish, this book was awesome. It was funny, entertaining, and kept me interested in the story and invested in the characters. I adored Jane, G, and Edward. And I happened to listen to this via audiobook, which I think , was even better. The narrator was hilarious!
I don’t know anything at all about European history, but I loved how the authors spun Jane’s story. I liked the paranormal aspect of it, having the characters live in a world where people can shape shift into animals. It was interesting to see how the country would take this kind of thing, being how prim and proper people were back in the day. Aside from that though, I loved getting to know the characters. Jane is so down to earth and relatable, I just loved her. She has a strong will and doesn’t like to conform with how society thinks women should behave. I love characters like that. She also has a fierce love of books and it comes into play quite a few times in hilarious ways. Edward is the king and Jane’s cousin. He’s your typical spoiled monarch, but he’s also nice and compassionate, and I especially loved his relationship with Jane. They have a pretty solid friendship and it was one of the highlights of the book. His story had the drama and suspense for most of the book and I really grew to care for him, as well as Jane and G. As for G, his real name is Gifford, I liked him, but I felt like his character wasn’t as developed or delved into as much as the other two. He had his moments and I love his relationship with Jane, but he felt more like a secondary character. It wasn’t a bad thing, just thought I should mention that.
You might not be into historical fiction or paranormal and even less interested when those two genres are mixed, but I strongly encourage you to get your hands on this book right now and start reading. You won’t be able to stop because it’s just that entertaining. I had so much fun listening to this book and I’m thrilled that the authors inked a deal for two more books about other “Janes” of historical significance. I’m pretty sure I’ll be listening to those, too, but I can’t wait for more.