Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Harper Teens
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
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.
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.”
― Cynthia Hand
I wasn’t planning to read this book initially and I am so glad I did! This book is so hilarious and super fast to read.
The story is loosely based on Jane Grey and King Edward Tudor VI. What the synopsis doesn’t mention is the magic in this book! This historical fiction has shapeshifters. They are called Eðians (pronounced as eth-y-uns) and they shapeshift into animals that coincide with an individual’s characteristics. They are also generally oppressed by those who can’t shapeshift. What I loved about this book is how beautifully the authors took real historical elements and integrated them into their magical world.
The pace was a little out of it sometimes yet it didn’t deter me from reading. What I didn’t like in the beginning but loved by the end was how the authors broke the fifth wall and often spoke directly to me.
I absolutely loved all the characters in this book! Don’t expect to make deep connections with the characters because that is not what the book is meant for. Instead be ready to find the characters charming, funny, and adorable. I especially loved Jane – she is bookish, smart and a strong willed girl. The book also covers female empowerment and I loved that too.
Overall, I was surprised I loved this book so much. This is something you should read when you want a good laugh. This is a perfect summer book – light and enjoyable.
Do I recommend this book? Hell yeah!
Plot : 4/5
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