Recommendation: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows – Review

22840421My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: June 7th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Humor, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Kings and Queens

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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.


It’s not easy to write a review for a book when said book is tightly held against your chest.

My Lady Jane is wonderful and so, so magical I want to keep it close to me for an indefinite amount of time.

You might wonder: Three authors… three different point of views… three stories intertwined? How will that play out?

Comically, apparently.

This key to having a great time with this beautiful piece of fiction is to not take it too seriously.

Sometimes absurd, sometimes silly but always charming, My Lady Jane will NOT let you fall into boredom.

The chapters are brimming with humour, romance, adventure and absolutely delightful characters!

It’s said to be an alternative fantasy story of Lady Jane Grey, and while I am not a fan of historical fiction, I adored this one to bits.

As I said earlier, it’s not meant to be taken seriously. Really, it’s all for your entertainment and the many changes that were made to Lady Jane Grey’s real story are so interesting because they’re original and unexpected and definitely diverting.

For a book that was written by three different authors, they certainly nailed the point of views. The writing flowed. There is no abrupt change in the writing style; everything is smoothly done.

It works. Everything does: the not-so-proper-to-the-century writing style (—the word ‘‘vampire’’ clearly didn’t exist during that era!), the light atmosphere, the shape-shifting element, the many dangers and adventures and awkward yet fun situations the characters are put in.

I never read The Princess Bride before (though I am not unfamiliar with the movie adaptation) but knowing they have much in common automatically places it to the top of my TBR pile!

One last thought: It’s very rare for me to read five hundred pages this fast, but it’s hard not to breeze through My Lady Jane. Even putting it down for a second will not be an easy thing to do.

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18 thoughts on “Recommendation: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows – Review

  1. My first thought was “she read a historical fiction?!?!?” lol close enough! I’m so glad you enjoyed this! The Princess Bride is also on my TBR list. I find it fascinating that 3 different authors were able to collaborate and create a story that flows smoothly! I’m going to add this to my TBR mountain!


  2. I got to read the first few chapters of this online, and I can’t wait to read the whole book. I wasn’t expecting the humor and was pleasantly surprised. I also love Cynthia Hand, so I would’ve ended up reading this eventually anyway, but it’s definitely moved up on my TBR!


  3. Wow, you know it’s a winner when Lola loved it ❤ I've seen this one around and was in two minds whether to take a chance, three big name authors, one book, I'm.surprised it's not completely hyped. It sounds so charming and light hearted that I can't wait to grab a copy now. Wonderful review Lola, really enjoyed it ❤


  4. I’m quite intimidated with this book for some unknown reason. Well, maybe not exactly unknown, because the historical fiction genre just really intimidate me. Now I want to take the risk and buy it, beautiful review!


  5. Yet another book that you convinced we to try! I didnt want to read this because people kept saying that its historical fiction. That genre is way out of my comfort zone and really hard for me to be interested in. However! Comedy should never be turned down and I think I might give it a shot. Thanks!


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