My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane

Book - 2016
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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.

Like that could go wrong.

Publisher: New York, New York : HarperTeen, an imprint HarperCollins Publishers, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780062391742
Characteristics: xi, 491 pages ;,22 cm.


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Feb 02, 2019

Picture this. English history. But better. Three hours dedicated to tackle the story of King Edward, the monarch that lasted a very short time. And they did a phenomenal job. Twisting a little magic in the tale, we are introduced additionally to the fair lady Jane: an avid reader and woman of wisdom. When politics goes downhill in the country, the two must find a way to return the kingdom back to its peaceful state. I definitely recommend to anyone who knows a little about how history "could have" been.
@Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeTiegan Nov 15, 2018

Do you know the story of Lady Jane Grey - the Protestant heir to the throne whom conspirators tried to push after Edward in place of Bloody Mary? Even if you think you know her story, here's a different take, in a world where people have the ability to change into animals.

Aug 02, 2018

This isn't the kind of book I usually read, but I absolutely loved it! Funny and weird and just the way I wanted to spend my weekend.

Library_Jill Nov 08, 2017

I had so much fun reading this light and humorous alternate history, and I think it was largely because I felt like the authors had so much fun writing it. If you like your history with a healthy dose of fantasy, clean romance, and anachronistic tongue-in-cheek references to everything from Disney princesses, to Shakespeare, to "The Princess Bride," to Game of Thrones, to Monty Python, give this one a try. One of my favorite elements was the rash of interrupted kisses, which were funny enough in their own right, but became downright hilarious when the authors were self-conscious enough of this issue to break the fourth wall and address it explicitly, later in the book--pitch perfect!

Sep 21, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Gateway Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 9-12).

An alternate history in which Tudor England is divided not into Anglicans versus Catholics but shapeshifters (Edians) versus non-shapeshifters (Verities). Bookish Lady Jane Grey is rather surprised on her wedding night to discover that her new husband is a horse by day. She is even more surprised a few days later to discover that her cousin, King Edward VI of England has died and named her his successor. And so begins our rather odd but fun novel.

Jane Grey is one of my favorite obscure English monarchs. I remember watching the Cary Elwes/Helena Bonham Carter movie when I was younger. A fun book. At times it was a little too over the top for me.

MelifluousView Jul 29, 2017

Delightful! It was funny and witty. It had characters that annoyed me a little at first, but then drew me in and made me love them. What a fun read!

Jun 20, 2017

A fun book (not bad, I just have a very specific star rating system). I thought it was interesting how the authors took a rather depressing period of history and turned it into a romance, comedy and fantasy all at the same time. You have to be in the right mood to read it though. A light-hearted read with fun, occasionally fourth-wall breaking narration that worked really well with the book (although sometimes there were random feminist comments that seemed pointless). I'd recommend it if you want a light, fun, quick (looks like a big book but I finished it in a day), read with romance.

red_rabbit_806 Mar 15, 2017

Did not like this book! Bad writing, bad plot, bad character relationships... the list goes on and on. Now I know this is supposed to be a comedy not a work of art, but it wasn't funny and some of the relationships were problematic.
First of all I felt there wasn't a memorable plot at all, with the 'edians' (can't do the special character) not even being necessary, except to add some 'funny' scenes. And I honestly don't remember what happened for a good 70% of the book.
Bad! A lot of modern language was used, and at times I found myself bored by the writing. (Maybe this is because there were three writers). But anyway, non-memorably bad. And not funny.
Historical Inaccuracies
While I know this was intended to be 'alternate reality' I have to say there were some things which could not be explained by the fact that it's a different reality. I'm not a history expert so I may be wrong. But there are a few things.. Such as them drinking tea when tea had not spread to England until visitors to China tried it. Also the way Gifford has a nickname is likely incorrect as I don't believe the idea of haveing everyone call you by a name other than your given one was widespread. Also wouldn't it be rude to be so familiar with such a high ranking person?
[SPOILER ALERT] At the end it is revealed that G wrote Shakespeare's works. This is definitely not a plausible theory, and I could give you a long rant about this. But I won't :)
I felt Jane was a stereotypical bookish girl, and also not interesting.
'G' was a really annoying person, and not a filled out character.
The king wasn't at all interesting.
This book was on some feminist booklists, so I assumed the romance would be at least acceptable. But NO. Gifford actually puts Jane in a CAGE. I'm sorry, but someone who puts you in a cage does not deserve your respect. Especially if they are a sexist who wants to 'protect' you. Maybe he had her best interests in mind, but she could make her own decision.
Grace as the kings love interest had no other plot outside of being the 'tough' girl.
So- don't read this. It's just not worth your time.

Feb 18, 2017

This was perhaps the most-voted book during my Book Reaping last year, and countless numbers of reader friends recommended it to me. So I'm glad I only waited this long to read it, and not longer (as I've done with so many others). Friends, you are wise!

My Lady Jane is a fantastical romp through an actual period of history- post-Henry VIII, his sickly son Edward (Katherine Parr's child) had the throne relatively briefly, then changed the line of succession to hand it to his cousin Jane Grey, who had it for all of nine days before Mary (Catherine of Aragon's child) took it, beheaded Jane, and then proceeded on her "Bloody Mary" reign (where she slaughtered non-Catholics like it was going out of style). The authors, inspired by the actual Jane Grey's bookishness, intelligence, and sassiness, wanted to create a happier ending for her. So they turned it into a historical fantasy, with magic as well as actual historical figures and events. I'm not sure I've ever before read a historical fantasy that melded actual history with highly fantastical elements, so that was a fun new thing.

This book is filled with self-aware humor. The authors break the third wall, the characters are glib (although they also show growth and development throughout the book), and the violence and sex themes are ridiculously light considering the actual history (e.g., no one gets beyond kissing and they BARELY get there) so those never overtake the light-heartedness of the book. Given that I like that style of self-aware humor (Eli Brown's Cinnamon and Gunpowder, Bren Tripp's The Accidental Highwayman, anything by Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman, etc.), the writing was right up my alley.

It's also fairly seamless- always a nice thing when the book is co-authored. Each author took a character, so the chapters vary in narrative voice. But the voice is consistent, and there's nothing contradictory in the weaving of all three MCs.

If you enjoy both historical fiction and fantasy (and you like the contemporary themes of feminism, and tongue-in-cheek humor), I recommend this. I think Disney fans would enjoy it as well, overall (Gracie just constantly struck me as Merida or Mulan, Jane struck me as Tiana in many ways). I found it a breath of fresh air in my reading schedule, and had fun playing "spot the pop culture or Shakespeare reference".

Jan 18, 2017

Funny and witty and a tad absurd, I mean one of the characters spends most his time as a horse, but it works! If you loved the Princess Bride this story has the same feel, almost a story within a story. An engrossing story with romance, action, a bit of history and fantasy that will having you laughing along the way.

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