{Leah Reviews} My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

Posted June 21, 2016 by Leah in Reviews / 6 Comments

{Leah Reviews} My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

by Jodi, Cynthia, Brodi
Pages: 512
Published on June 7th 2016
by HarperTeen
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.
Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

4.5 Stars

Being a fan of Cynthia Hand’s and Brodi Ashton’s works, I was looking forward to seeing this collaboration between them and Jodi Meadows (I still have to read her books), who call themselves the Lady Janies. This book offers something for everyone: it’s an altered historical, fantasy, and romance combined with humorous results. And it is so much fun.

In the Lady Janies’ Tudor England, King Edward has fallen ill and his adviser recommends that his cousin, sixteen-year old Lady Jane Grey, be considered for bearing Edward an heir. This adviser recommends his son, Gifford, to be her husband. Obviously, the idea’s not welcome for either party, and it’s revealed that there’s more to “G” and the marriage than meets the eye.

I have to applaud the authors for the smooth, seamless writing. Usually with collaborations, you can tell which author wrote what scene, but I couldn’t tell with My Lady Jane. From what I understand, one author would write from the point of view of Edward, another Jane, and the other would write G’s, and they’d blend the chapters together. Correct me if I’m wrong, but if that’s true, that’s incredible. I could feel the love of this story with ever word. I was hooked.

The historical details, while skewed in a wink-wink way by the authors, are still given attention. There are the infuriating beliefs that women can’t do much aside from bearing heirs or that their opinions don’t matter, but like I said, this is skewed history, and the authors do skew history in a satisfying way. The fantasy elements are very fascinating and had me smiling from the silliness. If you love animals, especially horses, you will love this book.

I loved all of the characters. Each person was multi-faceted. Edward may be king, but he’s still a boy with hopes. G may be conflicted by his status as a second son and his secret, but he’s passionate and kind. Jane is bookish and knows about the world predominately through what she’s read, but she’s ready for battle and whip smart. Even the secondary characters are well done. I was with them every step of the way. I enjoyed seeing them develop as the story progressed. Fortunately, Jane still loves her books.

The “from hate to love” romance trope is my favorite, and the story uses this one expertly. Jane and G don’t hate each other exactly; they’re more indifferent to one another. As time goes by and they get to know each other, that indifference changes into friendship, that friendship to love. Edward has a slow burn romance that had me wondering when they were going to kiss. Both of these romances were touching and had me smiling while wiping away tears.

MY LADY JANE is one of my favorite reads of 2016. I recommend it wholeheartedly.



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6 responses to “{Leah Reviews} My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

    • Leah

      The writing is so fun, and I was amazed that the different authors could blend their ideas together. The pop culture references were well done, too.

      I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  1. Wow. This sounds like a great read. I love it when historical things are interwoven into stories because they always make me think what if this is the truth and not fiction.

    • Leah

      This one, in my opinion, is one of the best of 2016. 😀 It definitely makes you wonder what’s real and what’s imagined, aside from the fantasy elements.

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