My Lady Jane

Hardcover | June 7, 2016

byCynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

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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 gets to be Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong.

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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 t...

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EDWARD is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown. . . . JANE is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than in romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to sec...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.53 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062391747

ISBN - 13:9780062391742

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly written! I had my doubts about this book, but I'm so glad that I decided to pick it up and read it. Not only did it thoroughly surprise me, it also exceeded my expectations and left me clutching my sides in tearful laughter. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking an epic story with a sweet romance and some of the best comedy I've seen yet in YA fiction.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly written! I had my doubts about this book, but I'm so glad that I decided to pick it up and read it. Not only did it thoroughly surprise me, it also exceeded my expectations and left me clutching my sides in tearful laughter. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking an epic story with a sweet romance and some of the best comedy I've seen yet in YA fiction.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super quirky and unique! I laughed so much while reading this, especially with all of their modern references that I wish I could say but I don’t want to spoil for anyone. This book was such a perfect read if you’re looking for something fun, full of humor and full of action. If you expect one thing to happen, expect something different. I loved it.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique twist on history. I don't have much to say other than I really enjoyed this story! It's full of action, magic, romance, adventure, female empowerment, and some sweet guys! I loved Jane, Gracie, and Pet. I think they were my favourite characters for sure! And I felt that there was some good character development for Edward and Gifford. I loved them as well.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshingly Funny Before reading this one I finished a very dense fantasy novel. When I started this one I couldn`t believe how funny it was. I found myself laughing at pretty much every page. I got two copies of this book (one from owlcrate and one from uppercase) I gave one to a friend and we have been buddy reading it. It is a GREAT book to buddy read! This book is funny and awesome. The authors do an amazing job writing this book, it doesn`t feel as though there are three people writing it since it flows so smoothly. If you want a strictly historical book, then don`t read this one. There is magic mixed in! I would definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Silly But Great I kept seeing this book floating around Instagram and thought "Oh why not, it sounds kinda cute"! I found myself giggling while reading this book, who even giggles anymore! It was fun, light, funny and just a nice easy read. The book is written in different POVs, Edward, Gifford (G) & Jane. Each character had their own voice and I think having 3 different authors really helped that aspect! The one downfall for me was the flow of the writing. I did find it choppy in the 3rd part of the book. Not sure what happened but it felt rushed to me and I thought if they had removed some parts of part 2 and extended part 3 it would've worked better for me personally. However! Not something to dwell on this book was a great read! If you're a fan of The Princess Bride, Austen, and Shakespeare I really think you'll enjoy this one! There were quite a few references to all 3 and my favourite Shakespeare quote was the inspiration behind a sentence in the book that made me super giddy as it described Jane perfectly!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looooooved it! I read this while on holiday and it was the best thing ever. It's light, funny, witty, clever with a perfect touch of romance and so well written. You would never guess that it was written by three authors. I just couldn't put it down I was completely addicted! It feels like an Austen book mixed with magic and all the good stuff!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 491 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 2.5 I have always been fascinated by Tudor England. The Tudor era is one of the reasons I want to see the Tower of London so badly. But when I heard about My Lady Jane, strangely, I didn’t want to read it. Here was a YA book set in one of my favorite time periods, and I had no desire to read it. It wasn’t just that I prefer reading about Mary and Elizabeth to reading about Edward and Jane, I simply felt deep down that I was not going to enjoy it. Then, a reviewer with whom I have shared similar opinions in the past, posted a review of it on Goodreads calling hilarious, and I thought that I should maybe give it a shot. My Lady Jane was hilarious… during the first half of the book (Just to clarify, the authors split the book into two parts, but when I say first half, I mean that if you split the book in half, the half that comes first is the first half, so a portion of part 1 is in the second half).  It was lighthearted, funny, and the authors managed to dodge mentioning religion completely by making it a fantasy book (I mean this whole ordeal only took place because of religion, but why even mention it? (I’m being sarcastic here) Turns out the removal of religion doesn’t work later on in the story anyway.). It was a happy book after a long list of depressing Fantasy and Historical Fiction books. I then made it to the second half of the book, around where Mary comes to power, and I started to enjoy it less and less. The humour that could have made that part less depressing was gone, and it felt like the plot slowed. Jokes fell flat, references had me stop reading to research them, and all I wanted to do was finish it. In the second half, the rules the authors put in place didn’t apply, things that are supposed to be factually accurate aren’t, mistakes are made, and boredom set in. By the second half I was annoyed that it was more of a children’s fairy tale than a historical fiction novel. The biggest thing that angered me, however, was that the two groups of warring people basically don’t exist, because of a reveal near the end. It made everything that happened in the book pointless and it wasn’t even mildly amusing. The characters were all either bland, or horribly annoying. Edward was so whinny that I wanted to open his mouth and poison him (successfully this time) myself. I have no idea why any of the other characters were even remotely kind to him, let alone why they liked him, but I guess his complaining was more interesting that being left alone with their dreadfully boring selves. The characters weren’t completely boring, however, since they often “went out of character”. It was interesting to see if the next sentence would be consistent or out of place. My wish for the death of Edward brings me to another point: no one dies. I guess it tells you something about me that I’m upset about this, but it felt rather condescending to me. It felt as though they were protecting me from being scared by the death of a character. On top of that, they called sex “a very special hug” and explained things as though I have no idea how to spell my own name (though to be fair, most people can’t pronounce and/or spell my name (Moira) specifically) Overall, My Lady Jane started out amusing, but ended up being boring, condescending, and inconsistent. It has therefore earned it 2.5 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! This book is hilarious.
Date published: 2016-06-12

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“Adventure, intrigue, humor, and romance abound. A great choice for those who enjoy lighthearted, alternative history adventures.”