Title: My Lady Jane
Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (Follow the authors by clicking the Twitter handles attached!)
Series: The Lady Janies (Book 1)
Published: June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen
Genres: YA Historical Fiction
Pages: Hardcover, 512
Formats I own: Audible, Physical
AR Info: AR Quiz No. 182429 AR BL: 5.3
AR Pts: 18.0
Reviewed by: Tracie
Date Started: November 30, 2016
Date Finished: December 1, 2016
I received this book from an OwlCrate Box Subscription.
Overall Rating ★★★★★
“My Lady Jane”
• New York Times Bestseller
• Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Book of 2016
• Bustle Best Young Adult Book of 2016
• YALSA 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults
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.
My Thoughts on……
First I would like to say, if you are looking for a legit spot on with history read because you are a history buff, you have chosen the wrong book! This book since the moment I started it on my audible app, ( I have a habit of going from audible to book back to audible, sometimes both at the same time depending on what is going on, shhh just another way I can not put my book down.) Anyways from the first moment those narrators started with the dedication which reads, “For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door. And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.” It had grabbed my attention from the beginning. The way they had their outlandish accents for each character makes me recommend getting the audible version to anyone who has grabbed this book, it makes it that much more funny. Even though I put partial spoilers, I hate spoiling good things for people, so I will not for you.
- King Edward:
The Tudor king who is sick and now dying and who marries his cousin off to G even despite knowing he turns into a horse and doesn’t let Jane know..He is a wimp and in my opinion really boring, I enjoyed reading about Jane and G a lot more.
- Lady Jane:
Is someone who I can relate too, she is a take charge person who also only wants to spend her time reading. Who has no problem speaking her mind or fighting for what she believes in, and not easily manipulated or pushed around. She is quick witted with a great sense of humor, and has a huge heart.
- Gifford or G:
Jane’s husband who she hears is a “skirt chaser” by night but is actually “cursed” with being a horse by day. He may not be as interesting as Jane but I still found him a much more likable character than Edward. I enjoyed watching his interaction with Jane and their budding romance.
Now the Story, which is a Tudor retelling: So everyone knows about Lady Jane Grey (or I hope you have seen enough shows and read enough books to know about the Tudors and round about with their history and learned something in History class, even though maybe she isn’t as widely known. ) This story is about her, it starts with a note from the authors (you get those throughout the book, little side notes along with prologues and monologues) But the book starts with King Edward Tudor finding out he is dying…and Lord Dudley wants him to prepare for his future and his kingdom’s future and to marry his son off to someone with royal lineage…sounds legit right?
What I thought too, but the way these authors have woven this tale and changed it and made it their own and in such outlandish ways, and created a whole new world that I wanted to even be apart of made it silly and the made up reasons instead of being about Religion that is tearing the kingdom apart (like in real history) they made it so that you have the Eðian (pronounced eth-y-un, but is a race of humans that sometimes knowingly and unknowingly change into some random animal in high emotional stress) and the Veritas (those humans who are mundane and boring). It made the take on history (that did not happen this way) that much more interesting and made it into a read I could NOT put down. Anyways Edward decides to marry his cousin off, one whom he has fantasized about marrying but ewww right? and forces her into a marriage with someone she has never met and whom she fears that he has the “Dudley nose” that as described reminds me of Pinocchio (they may have gotten inspired by him :D, among the many other inspirations in the book) but get this …. her husband… turns into a horse! During the Day!
Now this fascinates her but angers so much so she charges back to her cousin the King only to not be seen. Turns out he finds out he is poisoned and they try to kill him, and he escapes by turning into a bird. Now Jane is rushed off to be queen and quarrels with her husband… by throwing pillows, (I should remember this the next fight I have with mine) and they slam doors and grow apart in the 9 days she is queen, until he overhears a plot to overthrow his wife and he runs back to warn her and tells her everything that the fight had been about and they don’t escape. Mary overthrows Jane and takes the crown easily and sentences Jane to be beheaded (like in actual story books) unless she denounces her husband, whom changes into a horse who is now sentenced to be burned to death… Tragic really. But she doesn’t. For someone she seems to not like up until this point – due to lack of communication and misunderstandings – she stands by her man. They are locked up in separate towers, and she finds she can also turn into …. can you guess? … No? Ok … A Ferret!!
Guess what happens?! They escape! The little ferret somehow saves the horsey husband from the other tower by stealing keys, and then takes a horse to find the King who is visiting his Gram – who is a skunk – and also getting the poison out of his system thanks to some help from Gracie – a fox – whom he is smitten with. I will actually stop here because for those who have not read it I will not give away the ending!
The book moved at a pace I found enjoyable and simply couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the writing, one of the authors are already favorites of mine, such as Cynthia Hand (her Unearthly series). Jodi Meadows I had only heard of when I got this book, but soon after I picked up her The Orphan Queen series which I haven’t gotten to read just yet, and I am eagerly waiting for Before she Ignites.
Why Should you Read/Not Read this Book?
The journey this book takes you on is filled with well-rounded characters, lots of plot twists and turns and a lot of laughs, giggles, and smiles. It is a hilariously silly outtake on a ‘what if history got it wrong’ and is filled with awesome notes throughout the book the authors write to encourage you to not know what happens. It is a well recommended read, full of secrets, wittiness, craziness, backstabbing from who else? None other, but from the people closest to you, they also have actual lines from various movies, and plays with hilarious side notes about how certain things haven’t come along yet. I honestly can’t believe it took me so long to pick it up and read it..