Mid-Week Mini Reviews

Mid-Week Mini Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

Many bloggers I know received this book either from Uppercase Box, OwlCrate, or both, and I can honestly say I don’t think there’s a single person I follow that didn’t enjoy this true delight of a novel. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet…well, what are you waiting for? Go on over to your nearest library, settle down with a cup of Lady Grey tea, and jump right into the fray.

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.

For anyone who is less than thrilled with the way history went for Lady Jane, well, do I have a story for you. Hilarity ensues when you put three fantastic authors together and let them reimagine the fate of the English monarchy, with new additions including a man who spends his days as a horse who still manages to woo his lady ferret, making for a lovely second wedding (it sounds confusing, but trust me, it is worth every minute.) Weaved in between a fantastical plotline and historical scene-stealers is hilarious commentary from the creative “narrators” of the story, whether to untangle the dialogue or provide background to characters in action. Even with this – or more accurately, especially with this addition – the story bounds along at a wonderful and gripping pace, complete with quotes from Monty Python and the Disney movie Tangled (“Frying pans. Who knew?”) snuck into the minds of each protagonist. All in all, this book was clever, witty, and an immediate favorite in young adult literature this year.

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