My Lady Jane by My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
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.
My thoughts: Okay so I got this book in my Owlcrate, and my first reaction was not quite disappointed but almost. I mean, the synopsis just sounded ridiculous, but kind of funny. I trusted the people at Owlcrate and decided to give it a chance. And I’m so so so glad I did.
My Lady Jane was an absolute delight: it’s hilarious, historical (though not super accurate), entertaining, and thrilling in some ways. Yes, it’s ridiculous at times, but the plot is actually pretty good if you learn to just take things as they come. Despite my doubts at the beginning, I learned to love each of our protagonists–Jane, G and Edward–in their own ways, as they’re all so distinct and quirky, and I found myself invested in their futures. Jane was just perfect in her own way from page one (anyone who prefers reading to social situations is a friend of mine) and I was on her team from the get go. Edward kind of annoyed me at times, but I think he was supposed to because he was spoiled royalty and it brought a lot to his character. Gifford was just okay, then there was some point in the middle, I’m not sure where, that I just started to love him. And Jane was the same way. I think my favorite part of the book (though it’s hard to pick) was watching how much all three of them grew and progressed and developed over the book, both with each other and in themselves. The cast of supporting characters just added to the ride.
The plot was rather outrageous at times, and you just have to take it for what it is, but there still was a hint of suspense at trying to figure out who was on what side and who would betray who. The spin on history was the perfect kind, I loved the authors’ commentary as the narrators, and it was fun to connect the dots to what actually happened and what The Lady Janies contrived from history. Despite some predictability and absurdity, the whole thing was endearing and entertaining from beginning to end.
It was just a good, old fashioned, magical comedic historic fairytale that you most definitely have never seen before. A win for the entire kingdom.
Rated 5/5 for being a good, old fashioned, magical comedic historical fairytale that I never knew I needed