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

My Lady JaneTitle: My Lady Jane

Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 512 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062391747 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062391742 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: A cute and funny story that I unfortunately felt a slight disconnect with.

Opening Sentence: You may think you know the story.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Do you recall the story of Lady Jane Grey? She was the queen of England for a total of ten days then she was beheaded shortly after she was removed from the throne. Well that is the story you read in the history books, but is it really what happened? Did Jane actually get a different ending then her head being chopped off?

Lady Jane Grey always has had her nose stuck in a book and she’s not really what you would imagine when you think of a high lady of the court. It’s not that she is improper, it’s more that she just doesn’t care about frivolous things like finding a husband or completing her needle point. But alas Jane was born as a noble and she knows that eventually she will have to get married and it won’t be for love! What she didn’t expect was to marry a man who has the ability to become a horse (but he seems to have quite a problem changing back)! Jane also didn’t expect to be named queen of England shortly after getting married! But you see not everyone wants her to be queen and Jane doesn’t know if she is really cut out to run a kingdom!

I loved Jane. She was such an easy character to relate to and I loved how independent she was. In the time period that she lived women were generally meek and inferior to men but that was not how Jane was. She had no problem speaking her mind or fighting for what she believed in. She was not someone you could push around or manipulate. She also had the biggest heart and quite a great sense of humor. I found her to be a wonderful character and I enjoyed reading her story.

Besides Jane there were two other main characters in the story. First there was Edward, the current king of England who was dying from ‘the Affliction’! I struggled with Edward’s character and always found his part of the story to be on the boring side. It’s not that I disliked him, it was just that I didn’t really care about him or what happened to him. So I guess you could say I was indifferent to his character.

The final character was Gifford, and he was cursed with being a horse from sunrise to sundown! He also happens to be the man who marries Jane. I thought Gifford was funny and sweet but once again, I just didn’t find his part of the story all that interesting. I thought the romance was cute and while I loved his interaction with Jane, I wanted more from his character. While I liked him better then Edward, I was once again pretty indifferent to his character!

My Lady Jane is a cute and fun story that ended up somewhere in the middle for me. It was a struggle for me at the beginning! I felt like it dragged really bad at parts but other parts were paced perfectly. After finishing the book, I found that I did enjoy it, but now that I’m trying to write the review I have come to realize that I disliked more then I thought I did. While the book had some funny moments, I didn’t find myself ever laughing out loud. It also took me a full week to finish this and that is a really long time for me. It’s true that I was very busy at the time, but I also found myself not overly excited to pick this back up. It’s not that it was a bad read! There were parts I loved, but overall, I guess I just didn’t quite connect with it as much as I was hoping. I feel like this review is very negative so let me talk about the positives! I adored some of the characters. I thought the romance was very cute, and I really enjoyed the setting. I struggled with some of the writing style at certain points but at other moments it worked for me. I love how unique the story was and it is very different from anything else I have ever read. Overall, this is going to be a 3 star rating but I am in the minority when it comes to these feelings and some of my very trusted bookish friends loved it, so if you are interested please still give it a try!

Notable Scene:

“Very funny, my lady. And that reminds me “– – he pointed the finger at her – – “no horse jokes. ”

He was making it too easy. “,My Lord, why the long face? ”

“That’s it! ” After a frantic look around the room, he grab the book from the nightstand. The trousers hung dangerously low to one side as he let the book flop open. “I don’t recall you mentioning anything about bending the spine of the book.”

Alarm filled her. “Put down the book.” She wanted to look away, as he seem distracted from holding the treasures in place, but she couldn’t take her eyes off the book. What if you heard it? What if he followed through with his threat?

“No horse jokes, “he said.

“My Lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book – – unharmed! – – I will give you a carrot. ”

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FTC Advisory:  HarperTeen provided me with a copy of My Lady Jane.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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