Title: My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1)
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Published: June 7, 2016 by HarperTeen
Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Reading Period: July 1-5, 2017
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.
This is not your typical YA contemporary, retelling book. This is different, totally different. It got me in Prologue! This is so much fun!
It set in Tudor era where there are arguments, debates and war between Eδian and Verity.
Lady Jane Grey is King Edward Tudor’s cousin. She’s smart, fearless and loves to read books. She’s fascinated with Eδian. She marries Gifford and became a Queen for nine days because Mary’s (Edward’s sister) against it. Mary launches an army, dethrone and execute both Lady Jane and Gifford.
Edward became a king as early as nine when his father died. Before that, they discovered that King Henry’s an Eδian (a lion) & amend the law that favors both Eδian and Verity. King Edward caught “the Affliction”. Before he “dies”, Lord Dudley made him sign a decree that appointing Lady Jane Grey as the new Queen.
Gifford is Lord Dudley’s second son. He is in Eδian (a horse) form from sun rise to sunset. Gifford’s fascinated with poetry and fiction that he spend most of his night with performing but misunderstood that he’s spending it with his women. Together with The Pack, help from France and Scotland, he helps Lady Jane and Edward to fight to retrieve the throne against Mary.
What I like in this book is the fusion or integration of fantasy into history. I usually read classic fiction fantasy retellings, but I haven’t read any historical fantasy retellings. I super love how the authors come up with this. Instead of retaining what’s in the history they dared to include magic in the history. Plus, I’m delighted how they insert from time to time their explanations why they write things in that way. It gives their readers clearer understanding on what they are reading and won’t leave them confuses.
I super love the humorous characters and their unique personalities. I find Edward funny because of his wish to kiss a girl before he “dies” and after he met Gracie (an Eδian fox). Especially Edward’s hilarious when he found that he’s an Eδian (a kestrel). I like the chemistry of Edward and Gracie in this book but what really made me laugh is Gifford’s jealousy towards Edward (because Edward and Jane has very close relationship that they even crossed to their minds to marry each other). Oh also Jane and Gifford’s affection to each other, and how they argue are entertaining.
Most twists in this book are unforeseeable and unpredictable. What really fascinates me in this book is how Edward becomes a kestrel, Jane’s a ferret and that they can control their gifts.
Urghhhh for all those ALMOST kissing moments but didn’t work out because someone will pop up! Thwart kissing moments!
Again, this book is unique. It has different approach in writing and narrating the story. It really got me hooked.
“Desperate to console her, he almost considered shouting, Quick, someone, get her a book! Any book! But he wasn’t sure if she was the stubborn Jane of the “I have servants for that” variety, or the Jane he’d almost kissed earlier, and he didn’t want to be humiliated in court by having his attempts to help his wife rebuked.”– this makes me laugh out loud! It’s very funny. Hilarious book!
“Just because we’re girls doesn’t mean you have to coddle us, the truth is, you need us.”
“…cowards die many times before their deaths”
“The fool thinks he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
I highly recommend this wonderful, hilarious book!