My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Published June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen
Kindle Edition, 512 pages
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.
I’m so torn about what to say about My Lady Jane. I loved this concept – I loved how these authors turned history on its head and gave Lady Jane Grey a happier story. I actually liked Jane mostly – I always love a heroine bookworm! But at the same time this book made me a bit crazy as I was reading. I wasn’t expecting magic! The magic was fun, it just threw me for a loop! This book was really funny at times and yet so silly I couldn’t take it at others. The romance between Jane and Gifford was just too cheesy for me, too fast and I wanted to slap Gifford every time I read “Call me G.”
Bottom line, this book was crazy inventive and a really fun idea. The snark, the feminism – all great! I am very curious to see if the Lady Janies put their heads together again and if so, what chapter of history will they revise? I’d definitely read another book from them, but My Lady Jane I don’t need to read again. Again, I’m finding myself a black sheep on this book so if you like the concept definitely give My Lady Jane a try. While it is a long book at 500 pgs it flew to read. I have to say as a teen I think I’d have loved this – maybe I’m getting too old for YA? Don’t answer that!
Have you read My Lady Jane? Did you swoon over G? Is there a time we get too old for YA? I weep at the thought!
Thank you HarperTeen and Edelweiss for this advance copy in exchange for an honest review!