Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi MeadowsMy Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 512
Format: ARC | Source: Author
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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.

Like that could go wrong.

This book was so unexpectedly delightful!!! My Lady Jane KNOWS that it’s twisting history and winks at that, which allowed me to get swept up in the story and the characters without constantly comparing it to actual historical events. Comical, fantastical, romantical really is the best way to describe it, like the blurb says. It was refreshing to know that you had no idea how the story would end and that a happily ever after of some sort might be possible.

I loved the three POV characters, and Jane’s obsession with books in particular! She’s a true book nerd like the rest of us. Edward, Gifford, and Jane were easy to tell apart while reading (I still don’t know which author wrote which POV though!!!), but the chapters are nicely labeled for you just in case.

 

Their stories twist and dovetail in ways I didn’t expect, and even though it’s a meaty book, the pacing is great. You really feel for Edward, and Jane and Gifford have the BEST bantery romance. It feels very Austen-y.

  

All three have strong character traits and personalities, and I also liked getting glimpses of other historical figures such as Edward’s half sisters Elizabeth and Mary.

 

I also loved how the fantasy element was woven into the story! Instead of religious factions, you have magic: shape shifters (Edians) vs non-shifters. Some people can shift into an animal form, while others can’t; furthermore, some can control their shifting, while it only happens to others in moments of emotional distress. It lent an air of absurdity and humor to a serious topic (prejudice), while still staying in the framework of the religious wars that swept across 16th century England.

 

My Lady Jane is very funny, very charming, and has some really excellent romances and action scenes, along with narrator asides (I loved the dry humor). It’s silly in a clever way. I had so much fun reading it! There were also quite a few wink wink pop culture references, including my favorite: “Frying pans, who knew?” :D It really is a book in the spirit of The Princess Bride. And it’s a Tudor book without being a Tudor book. I highly recommend it for fans of history and comedy and smiling while you read :)

 

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Morgan @ Gone with the Words

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24 Responses to “Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows”

  1. Sarah K

    I am so glad you loved it and your gifs are on point! This book has become one of my all time favorites and I will be buying it for EVERYONE for Christmas! Great review!

  2. Nereyda

    I kind of skipped this one when I saw it on EW because I assumed it was a historical YA romance and those aren’t my thing. I’ve seen good reviews on it though and I’ve really liked 2 out of the 3 author’s series. I have been in such a reading funk lately though so I don’t know if this would be the right book to read right now, but I’m glad you really loved it!

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      I did! I think it would be worth a read if you like 2 of the authors! There is definitely romance but I wouldn’t call it a historical romance necessarily. I think there’s a lot more to hold your attention. Hope you like it if you give it a try :)

  3. Eleanor

    I’d never actually heard of this book reading this post but now I really want to read it! I absolutely love history and comedy so it sounds right up my street. This is a great review. Loved the gifs 😀

  4. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    This sounds fantastic! I haven’t come across a book coauthored by three different people, I wouldn’t even know where to begin to collaborate on a project like that. I love the idea that it’s in the same vein as The Princess Bride. I love the movie and the book is just as good. Looking forward to picking this one up. Great review!

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Oh gosh, me either! I’m not sure I’ve read another by 3 authors, but it definitely works in this case. It really did remind me of Princess Bride, I hope you enjoy the book!! Thanks for reading and commenting :)

  5. Danya @ A Tapestry of Words

    I love banter-y romance! Seems like quite the mash-up of elements (shapeshifting + Lady Jane Grey? what?!) I’ve always found the story of the nine-day queen fascinating, and most retellings have quite a tragic, doomed take on it (understandably, given what actually happened historically). But it sounds like this one departs quite a bit from other retellings, and has a good deal of humour in it!

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Bantery romance is the best :D It’s a mega-mashup that shouldn’t work but totally does! Normally I’m a stickler for history but it really is nice to get a happier spin on such a tragic tale. It’s very different but I found that appealing. I hope you love the book if you give it a chance!

  6. stacee @ adventures of a book junkie

    I have been avoiding reading this book because there has been so much hype about it and I’m afraid. Even though I love all three ladies separately and it makes sense they would be awesome joining forces. Your review has made me a little more excited about it.

    Excellent gif choices.

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      I totally understand, hype really gets to me too. I read this back in February so I was relatively free to read. I’m glad I made you more excited for it! If you love the authors, I do think you’ll love the book, whenever you decide to read it :)

      Why thank you!

  7. Alexa S.

    Morgan, I’m so glad that you enjoyed My Lady Jane! It was such a fun read, particularly because it was so witty and had such funny side comments. It was absolutely entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! (P.S. I LOVE YOUR GIF CHOICES.)

  8. tonyalee

    AH, this makes me happy! I know many that have been loving it! :) I wanted to start it this week but maybe later this month! Glad you loved it!

  9. Jessie

    The story of a girl and her horse-boy!!! Thank you thank you for being the guinea pig on this read for me. I was so hesitant about it, but OMG what a fun and funny book. I mean I always felt Jane was screwed, so it’s great to see such a fresh and creative spin on it, no?

    I liked the ships, but Jane and G were def my fave of the two. I would REALLY like to know which author wrote which part but I cannot tell, either! Gah. We must do some investigating on this.

    FRYING PANS reference was my fave, clearly. Eugene and Rapunzel were nodding enthusiastically off somewhere.

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Eeeeep you’re welcome! I felt the same way!! It’s nice to get a happy ending once in awhile, esp when you know the historical one is abysmal. I’m really happy the book is working for other history fans too :)

      Frying paaaaans, I was so excited! Haha. And the Red Wedding reference, lol.

  10. Lyn Kaye

    I am so excited about this one! I picked it up when I was in Florida, and I am seriously so excited to delve into it! It sounds like the perfect book to break up the monotony – all of the books I have been reading as of late have been horribly depressing.

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