Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Publication Date: June 7th 2016
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
“And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”
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. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
I am completely in love with this book, the characters, the setting and the humor. One of my top 10 favorites reads of all-time and certainly one of my favorites for 2016. IN LOVE!
Can I first mention how beautiful this book is? I love the style on the front, the spine is lovely, it has that buttery texture and just to top-it-off, it has deckled pages. Am I the only one that is obsessed with deckled pages?!?!? This was the first book I owned that had them and ever since I’ve been all about it. The cover is stunning as well. I’m usually not a huge fan of people on covers but this is so pretty and the cover model looks exactly how I would imagine our heroin looking. Perfect! Ok, yes – this might have been a cover buy originally. Glad it ended up being so much more.
My Lady Jane is written by three women and I honestly forgot that more than one person had written this book because it flowed perfectly, there was no difference in the styles that I noticed. I am blown away at how they could meld their voices together so seamlessly. I NEED these women write another book together. In my opinion, they are total geniuses. I am madly in love with this book. I had no problem getting through this one and had a major book hangover when it was over. Not because the book was devastating or particularly intense but because I wanted more from these characters. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. The humor in My Lady Janeis on-point, I laughed out-loud more times than I can count. I can’t remember the last time I read a book with this much wit and charm.
Jane was a wonderful protagonist. She was independent, strong, introverted and, be still my heart, a reader. These qualities might sound cliche but they were anything but in this instance. Jane’s betrothed, Gifford (G) was fantastic. I really don’t want to go into this very much because I believe that you should go into this one as blind as possible and just enjoy the ride. I can’t remember hating any characters – as least not ones I wasn’t supposed to hate. They were all well-written and had played their part in the story.
As I mentioned, I loved Jane and G; therefore, I shipped them pretty hard. It breaks my heart I can’t read more of their story, they just made me smile the whole time. I loved that it wasn’t an insta-love kind of YA romance. The authors took their time to develop these characters and the various feelings they had for each other. It was a total treat. I wish this book had more fangirls so I could buy merch. Finally I want some merch and it has to be for a book that barely has any. Figure
Obviously I recommend this book. It’s silly, fun and and smart. I knew within 100 pages that they would really have to mess up for me not to give this one a five star. Bring me more books like this! It was so refreshing.