My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows & Brodi Ashton
Published by: Harper Teen on June 17th, 2016
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Review: I picked up this book because I love reading about anything revolving around the Tudor dynasty and that there was a lot of hype behind this book. It didn’t fully live up to the hype to me as I did not find myself laughing out loud and the constant jumping in of the “narrators” especially near the end kind of bothered me a bit.
The Plot: I found that the plot was quite simple in a way. A lot of the scenes were very short and abrupt. I can recall one scene that happened near the end of the book that I thought was going to make this book need a sequel because the task at hand seemed quite hard but infact was an easy feat and only took 3 pages. It became quite predictable about what was going to happen.
The World: This I enjoyed. I loved how it was historically accurate-ish with “hey let’s make people turn into animals”. That was an interesting twist. One of the characters at the end of the novel that turns into a certain animal actually making me laugh. I kind of predicted that one but it still made me “ha-ha” or “hee-haw” rather.
The Characters: Edward was a little annoying with his obsession with wanting to be kissed. But overall, they were all quite naive and childish. Which makes sense because they are like 16. Nothing too memorable about them has stayed with me. I think I liked the story line about Jane and Gideon the best.
Maybe if I shared the same level of humor as the authors I would have enjoyed this book more but unfortunately it was just okay for me. However, a lot of people definitely enjoyed this book and maybe you will too!