ARC Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

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Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retelling
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date:  June 7th, 2014
Pages: 512 pages
My Rating: 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.

My Lady Jane is so different from what I imagined it would be. Truthfully, I didn't think that I would like this book when I read the first few chapters. The narrators didn't merely narrate the story in this book; they actually talk to the readers. For those of you who watch the TV series Jane the Virgin, you know that there's a narrator that talks to the watchers, and it's the same case in this book. I found it weird at first, how these narrators would just pop out out of nowhere and talk to me, the reader. However, as I read on, I became used to it, and at some point I actually found it quite amusing and entertaining.

I was also wary at first how three writers would be able to write together coherently, but it turns out that I was worried for nothing. The story flowed seamlessly, the plot is cohesive, and the pacing is good. I haven't read a book written by any one of these authors yet, but I think after this I should. I also think that these three should work together to write another book because they're just so good at it! I know that this book ended nicely, but I kind of wish that it's part of a series, just to read another book written by these three again.

My Lady Jane went beyond my expectations! I thought it would just be an imaginative historical retelling which weaves magic into the history of England, but it's so much more than that. It's also about family, betrayal, allies, strategy, companionship, self-discovery and love. I think the most unexpected thing of all from this is the feels, because I usually don't expect feels from historical retellings. And oh my gosh, the feels just made me feel so giddy!

My Lady Jane is somewhat of a serious book because of the main story arc. However, the authors were able to manage to make this one light as well because of how some of the characters interacted with each other. Jane and Gifford often argued with each other, while Edward and Gracie often teased each other. I really liked how this book is not all serious, how the authors managed to put some fun into it too. Actually, there were a few times when I laughed out loud, which is something only a few books can accomplish.

I have so much love for the main characters in this book! They're all either kind, or clever, or badass, or all three. I was fascinated by historical fictions back when I was younger, but I thought that I had outgrown them because the last few historical fictions books I read were not-so-good ones. My Lady Jane has restored my faith in historical fiction books! I just didn't expect to love this one so much!

Overall, I just really enjoyed this book in a way that I never thought I would. I love the story, the magic and the characters, and any day these three authors decide to write another book together, I would buy it without reading the synopsis!

5 i-love-it-i-love-it! stars

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8 thoughts

  1. I am already excited for this book, but seeing as you loved it, it made me all the excited for its release. Great review!

    1. Yay for excitement over a book! I hope you get to read it soon and that you enjoy it as much as I did! :)

  2. I hadn't been particularly interested in this book when I looked it up, but I have to say your review may have convinced me to read it!

    I haven't always had the best run with historical fiction, but it seems like this one is a bit of a special book in that genre.

    Having three authors seems like quite a lot for one book, and I probably would have wondered if everything would have come together nicely, so it;s great that it was seamless!

    I rarely laugh in books, either, so I always get really excited when a book manages to make me laugh XD

    I hope these three authors team up again so you can read another book like this one!

    1. Aw, yay! The best thing about sharing reviews is if I can actually convince people to read books I love, so this really means a lot.

      Yes, I just can't imagine what their writing process was like! That' actually something I'm really curious about.

      Thanks, Chiara! :)

  3. I'm so excited about this one! I read books by both Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows and I loved them, so I know they're good writers. Moreover, it's so clear the three of them are such good friends, they took a trip together to the UK last year and they seemed so close. I'm a history nerd and I don't know much about Jane Grey, so I'm also looking forward to that. I've seen almost nothing but glowing reviews about this one! Great review, Kim! :)

    1. I really need to read their individual books soon, if that's the case! Aw, really? I'm really curious about their writing process, but if they're really good friends I imagine that it was really fun for them! Thanks, Lucie! :)

  4. I really want to read this book. The actually story of the real Lady Jane has always been fascinating to me, so I am interested to see this fantastical take on the story. Definitely going to have pick this one up.

  5. I'm so excited for this book, but can't find anywhere to order the US edition, so I'll have to wait until September for the UK edition to be published. Great review, I've always loved the Tudor era of British history, and this sounds like a great mix of fantastical and truth.

    Sophie @ Sophie Reads YA


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