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