Ahoy there me mateys! This young adult novel caught me eye because many many crew members wouldn’t stop talking about how funny it was. I was informed it was a young adult historical fiction that veers off from the historical and into the hysterical.
In these rough seas of the past couple months, I felt I could use some laughter so I picked up a copy. And I did mostly enjoy it. Jane of course is the highlight with her book obsession, sassy wits, and intelligence. It was worth reading this book just so I could get to know this version of Lady Jane Grey. Also I loved King Edward VI and Gifford. The relationships of these three characters were sweet and charming. However even the secondary characters were fun and integral to the plot which is always nice to see.
The first part of the novel mostly takes the correct history and then twists it. Adds magic. Woohoo! This part was my favorite. In fact I loved the whole section up until Jane’s marriage. Then the book lagged for me until it was time for the group to storm and retake the castle. It’s not to say that I hated the middle of the book but it was slow and there was a lot of waiting around and wandering in the woods (a bit of a pet peeve).
I don’t think I loved the book enough to read any more of this series but it certainly was a quick, light, and entertaining read. I am impressed at how smooth the storytelling and character voices were even though three authors worked on this book. But don’t just listen to me take on the novel . . .
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Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
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.
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