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June 6, 2016

A Shot of YA: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Yound Adult | Historical | Fantasy

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.




Think Robin Hood Men in Tights, or Princess Bride (haven't read this so I can't compare) and you'll have a clue as to how funny and silly MY LADY JANE is by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. The book is based in part by the real Jane Grey, the 9-day Queen of England who preceded Bloody Mary until she got beheaded for treason. While MY LADY JANE isn't as dark, it is rife with political intrigue and lots of farces and satires poking fun at the religious conflicts that steered England's kingdom during this time. Presumably the Catholics are Verity group while the Edians, a hereditary ability to shape shift into a random animal, are the Protestants. 

MY LADY JANE is written in 3 POV's, Jane Grey, King Edward, and Gifford, Jane's Edian husband. 

Jodi Meadows as Lady Jane Grey: I love Jane, difficult not to as she's portrayed as an avid bookworm. Jane is fond of textbooks ranging from history, DIY, to self-help titles, all with rather long and silly titles (which reminds me of those Harry Potter textbooks). Jane is outspoken, non-political, very loyal, and quite cunning for a timid girl. I also love her quips and snarky comebacks, a know-it-all but in the most endearing way.

Cynthia Hand as King Edward: CHand, IMHO, was great in capturing the voice of a dying young king. Edward is every bit a teenage boy, fantasizing about his first kiss and other trivial pursuits and is not entirely involved in running his country. He leaves it to his advisors and Privy Council. Edward can also be a brat, but all this business about Jane ascending the throne and Mary taking it back gave Edward a much needed wake-up call. The trio did this cool twist somewhere in the middle that had Edward fending for himself with the help of a foxy Scottish girl.

Brodi Ashton as Gifford: An Edian who turns into a rather dazzling stallion during the day, and a rogue tavern poet at night. He really is Jane's perfect match as both are more content in academic pursuits than getting involved in some political intrigue. Gifford is such an adorable character, very simple yet charming. 

Jane: [Edward] My Husband is a horse.
Edward: Sorry I made you marry a horse. 

MY LADY JANE overall is such a funny and entertaining story. The authors shattered the fourth wall and took a LOT of creative license in retelling Jane Grey's story, giving it a positive and hopeful ending versus the dark and cruel death the real Jane Grey suffered all those centuries ago. Before you start this, relax and put yourself in a mindset of someone about to watch a stand-up comedy. I enjoyed taking off my "critiquing" cap and allowed Hand, Ashton, and Meadows to tickle me into giggle-snorting fits as Jane, Edward, and Gifford try to survive and make sense of their very odd situation. 










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31 comments:

  1. an all-star cast! Much has been said about how hilarious and refreshing this book is. So it's not going to take much more convincing than that. Dying to read this!

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    1. Don't expect a literary masterpiece, it's meant for pure entertainment. Silly, silly novel

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  2. I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book and I am really curious about it. I think it might be a book that I would enjoy with the historical aspect, political intrigue and the lighthearted tone. And I enjoy books with multiple point of views usually.
    jane sounds like a great main character, it's usually easy to relate to a character who is a bookworm too. And that sounds fun how each author wrote another point of view. I am adding this one to my to-read list. Great review!

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    1. She reminds me of Hermione Granger who is a bit of a know-it-all, can have photographic memory of things she read that came in handy in her... Err... Survival

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  3. Wasn't this just nonsensical fun? Great review and so happy you liked this too!

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    1. OH yes it is! I was expecting the opposite given the author trio, very surprised at how funny it all turned out

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  4. I've heard this is quite funny. I have it on my pile but I'm not sure when I'll ever get to it.

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    1. If you do manage to squeeze it in know that it'll be a quick read. Also be in the right mood for it like if you want something light and entertaininh

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  5. I love this time period and love stories about Lady Jane. And this one...this one sounds fantastically hilarious! I'll make sure to pick it up. :D

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    1. Your daughter will enjoy this too. It's pure comedy

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  6. This one sounds wildly imaginative, and I’m so glad you liked it. Can’t wait to read this one!! Great review :D

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! It's a great Summer read

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  7. I don't know about the original sotry but it sounds like a lot of fun there! It's great to see the authors had so many ideas!

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    1. They totally deviated from how Lady Jane was in the end and they even provided an explanation for their alternative outcome. So funny!

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  8. I read ALL rave reviews for this at first and then not so rave the next week lol

    I love humor so I think I'm going to give it a try.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Not to criticize my fellow "critics" but the not so good reviews took the story too seriously. Like they were expecting something literary when this is for pure enjoyment like a joke.

      That said, I also think you should be in the right mindset to enjoy this. We are always dissecting storylines that we forget to read just to read. This is a great pleasure read IMO.

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  9. I will have to mention this one to my GodDaughter---I think she would LURVE it! :)

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    1. I hope she does, this made me LOL a few times

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  10. This sounds like a hoot, I'm sharing will all my YA lover friends. Thanks Braine!

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  11. This sounds so fun! And a great way to sample authors all in one story!!

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  12. I haven't heard of this one before, but you had me at Robin Hood Men in Tights and Princess Bride!

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  13. Loving the cover on this one, glad you had such a good time with it!!

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  14. Huh, now that's unique to me to see the authors all taking a character and I love that they had fun with a real historical figure. Thanks, Braine!

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  15. I've seen so much love for this one! I'm excited to read it! :)

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  16. hahaha I think this should be fun. Indeed, I'm usually the type who likes light-heartened books but with somewhat of a seriousness inside them, but if it's just meant to be silly and enjoyed as a mindless read, then I have no problem with that!! nice review :D

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  17. OMG- I LOVE Robin Hood: Men in Tights! I'm so glad you loved this! I subscribe to the Epic Reads email list and they've made the first 5 chapters available for free. I've only read the first one, from Edward's POV, and I'm hooked! I'm not surprised Cynthia Hand wrote his chapters; I thought I sensed her humor in there, lol. I definitely need to read this soon.

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  18. I think this sounds totally crazy and a bit weird...but it makes me want to grab it and read it! I love Tudor books and Lady Jane fascinates me so I think I must read this as it is so different from the normal story!

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  19. OHMYGOSH, I didn't know each author took up one character's point of view? That's so awesome! Everything about this book was amazing - from the dialogue to the characters to the way the authors rearranged history. At first I thought it was going to be quite gruesome, given the original story, but I love the light-hearted way it was carried out.

    Awesome review!

    - Aila Happy Indulgence

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