Publisher: HarperTeen (June 7th 2016)
Paperback: 512 pages
Source: ARC from Epic Reads
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
I don’t typically read novels that are written by more than one author, but I absolutely adored everything about My Lady Jane. I was surprised how smoothly the story flowed together. Sometimes you can tell if a novel is “messy” when authors collaborate, but I was impressed that with My Lady Jane it seemed as though it was written by one author and not three. But anyways, what did I love about My Lady Jane the most? It was hands down, no questions asked, the humor. I don’t think I ever laughed out loud so much as when I did with this book. It’s hard to explain the humor that’s in this book. It’s not the sarcastic subtle humor that I see in a handful of YA novels these days (you know the snark and the sass kind), but I felt that this humor was pretty blunt and straight to the point. It was amusing and I found myself grinning stupidly at whatever antics that Edward, Jane, and Gifford (or who wants to be called G because of his unfortunate name) were up to (seriously, guys, it was hard to stifle the laughter in). There was weird animal shifting magic that reminded me of Harry Potter, but aside from that I fell in love with the characters and their quirks. Despite them being royalty and having weird supernatural Edian powers, it was easy to relate to them though there were times I did think Jane was a bit snobby.
However, Jane is our resident bookworm and I really enjoyed how Edward and G goes to her for information because they just assume that she’s read about it in one of her books (like with the bear situation) (doesn’t that remind you of Hermione Granger?).
“Good. Now, I’ve saved all my bear knowledge for when you’re human so you’ll remember easier. Firstly, bears are always hungry. So when you encounter the bear, don’t act like food.”
“I read it in a book last summer, called – ”
G held up a hand. “Don’t tell me the name! No time.” (ARC, p384).
All the characters in this book were lovable and because of this I didn’t know whose POV I enjoyed more. There were some small pop culture references, but they fitted the novel well that you can’t tell if it’s a pop culture reference or not. At least for the ones that I spotted. One other thing that made this book even more enjoyable was that there was no love triangle. There were characters in the book that misunderstood the relationship between Jane and Edward, but they were on the platonic family love level. I really liked seeing Jane and G slowly caring for one another.
Overall, it was such a fun read that I was sad when the book finally ended. I really wish these three authors would collaborate on another book together in the near future because I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to read another book by them.