My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane

Book - 2016
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This comical, fantastical, romantical, New York Times bestselling, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey is "an uproarious historical fantasy that's not to be missed" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind YA 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.

New York Times Bestseller * Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Book of the Year * Bustle Best Young Adult Book of the Year * YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults

And don't miss the authors' next fun read, My Plain Jane!

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

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1234ravenmore
Nov 04, 2020

My Lady Jane
By Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane, is a humorous story about the actual figure, who was queen for 9 days. It is a very light, fun read, with just a small bit of fantasy, and is a good escape from intense reads. It had a fresh sense of humor, and surprised me by how much I really liked it.

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penelopegomez
Sep 04, 2019

I'm giving this book a thumbs wayyyy up! I absolutely adored this history re-imagined story of the real life Lady Jane Grey. To be honest I have no idea who that is, but whatever you learned in history class I'm sure this version of events is much, MUCH better! After King Edward arranges a marriage between his cousin Jane and a man named Gifford. Jane finds herself married to a HORSE! I don't want to go into a lot of detail, but just watching these two characters try to navigate their new marriage alignment... with the added stress of one of them being a horse, has made for a very hilarious plot line. Give this book a try, it is a thoroughly entertaining and quick read.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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.
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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.

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Leeannsmyth
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!

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booknrrd
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!

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Reyna_Avila_Grace
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.
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Plot
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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.
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Writing/Language
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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.
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Historical Inaccuracies
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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 :)
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Characters
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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.
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Relationships
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SPOILER ALERT
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.
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So- don't read this. It's just not worth your time.

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