Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Published by HarperTeen on June 7th 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
Source: Book Subscription Box
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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 is about to become the Queen of England.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows was the book in my June Uppercase Box, and also the June OwlCrate. I was disappointed about the duplication, but this book turned out to be delightful! I found myself laughing and just being totally charmed by the characters. This isn’t usually the type of book that I would select, but the humor turned out to be exactly my kind of thing. This is a perfect example of why I love my book subscription boxes! It continuously reminded me of The Princess Bride (as promised in the synopsis), and I couldn’t help giggling at all the famous quotes that were incorrectly attributed to Gifford. There were (sorta) daring sword-fights, far-off places, and yes, this is one of those kissing books.
I loved that the authors took events in history that had a very unhappy ending, and turned them on their head. They made them into something light, magical (people turning into animals!), romantic, and fun. I would absolutely read another book like this, should they decide to take on other historical events. The story is told from three different perspectives: Jane, Edward, and G. Each one of the three authors writes one voice (I’m not familiar enough with these authors to be able to recognize who wrote each character), and while I enjoyed them all, Jane was my favorite. She was smart, tough, and was passionate about books – what’s not to love?
My only complaint was that a couple of things felt rushed toward the end of the book. The first half was definitely stronger, but I enjoyed the whole story. I’m not sure about the re-readability factor of this book, but I would definitely recommend it for anyone who loves humor, history, and magic.