Book: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Date Published: May 3rd, 2016
Date Started: April 18th, 2016
Date Finished: June 6th, 2016
Other Books Reviewed: The Orphan Queen (Meadows)
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.
Okay. I’m going to cut to the chase and get real here. I had a weird time/experience with My Lady Jane. I was desperately wanting to read this book and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. When a friend let me borrow an ARC, I was so excited. I dove into it right away. And then the worst happened. It wasn’t hooking me in.
Hyped Up Sarcastic History. Wait- What?
I had a lot of expectations for this book, especially since I studied Tudor History so much. I expected this to be a witty and sarcastic version of the truth of what happened to Jane Grey. I wasn’t expecting there to be so much fantasy woven into the book. That really got to me and it was really hard for me to accept. So I put it down for a while. But then it kept taunting at me (yes, books do this. Doesn’t it happen to you??) and I decided to just push through and finish it. After I let my expectations go, I found it easy to get into the story and let myself enjoy it. I just wish I hadn’t let the hype get to me and build my expectations up so high.
There was a lot of sarcasm and wit in this book and it definitely had me laughing at times. There were parts that did feel a bit cheesy to me, however.
Long Live the Queen.
As for the characters themselves, and their stories, I did enjoy them. I felt invested enough in them to keep going. Jane herself was a character I really enjoyed, along with G. Their relationship had me laughing and rooting for them at the same time. In the end, I was really curious to see how it would all turn out since the story deviated from history so much.
This was a book I did enjoy, but I think I was looking for something different. I wish the hype hadn’t gotten to me and put so much pressure on me to like this book.