Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on June 7th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Historical Fantasy, Retellings, Historical Fiction, Alternate History, YA
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Reading Challenges: 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge
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.
Rating: 5 stars
Guess who’s reformatting everything about her book reviews? Oh hey, it’s me! Once again, I have no idea if I’m going to stick to this system, but I’m certainly going to give it a try! Now, let’s talk about My Lady Jane, because this is one of the greatest books ever, and I want you to love it just as much as I do.
First up is getting to know our characters through out of context quote graphics. Because out of context quotes are awesome, and are totally how you should learn about this cast of characters. And also all characters. But anyway, here they are:
So there’s what you need to know about our four main characters- they’re awesome! and hilarious!
Next up is The Good, The Bad, and The GIF!
The Good- There is SO MUCH GOOD in this book! It’s a Historical Fantasy/Retelling that has Discourse on real issues by making them into magic, the characters are relatable, and the tone is hilarious and light while dealing with a story that, ultimately, wasn’t such a great outcome the first time around. Basically, everything is perfect.
The Bad- I’m trying so so hard to try and think of something constructive to say here, but really all I have is that I wish there were a whole series about these characters. Already published, ready and waiting for me on my Kindle.
Pretty covers get me every time. They’re almost always why I pick up (or click on) a book, because pretty things are things that I need. Obviously. So now, I’m going to go ahead and rate all the books I read on how aesthetically pleasing their covers are. And My Lady Jane scores pretty well.
The coloring is really pretty, and the fonts work well together. But my favorite part is the little asides with idioms and arrows. They really tie everything together, and it’s a great way of showing that it’s not quite going to stick to what actually happened. Also, it’s just really pretty. 9/10.
For more historical fantasy with badass female characters, read And I Darken by Kiersten White.
For a lighthearted and wacky comedy, read Going Bovine by Libba Bray.
For Tudor Era historical fiction, read Maids of Honor by Jennifer McGowen.
Here’s the fun part! Today I’ll be sorting Jane. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, be sure to look at Sorting Hat Chats over on tumblr. They have all the information you need to understand what I’m
geeking out over talking about!
Jane is, I think, a Gryffindor Primary/Ravenclaw Secondary. I think if you asked her to choose just one house, she would probably pick Ravenclaw (if she knew what you were talking about). Her why, her motivation is that she is always trying to do what’s right, which is why I think she’d be a Gryffindor Prime. Her how is how she does things, which is more of a gather information and then use it a la Ravenclaw.
“The Other Stuff” is everything that I talk about sometimes, but not all the time. It’s a mixture of world building, plot originality, genre love, ships, feels, and anything else that should be talked about that doesn’t have its own category.
Today, I want to talk about world building, plot, and genre love, because My Lady Jane has all of those in abundance and I want everyone to love this book as much as I do!
The world building in this book seems like there wouldn’t be a lot to do- after all, it’s basically just switching religion for magic and changing a few historical events around. But the repercussions of those changes make this book unforgettable. Now the plot of this book is so out there that it almost doesn’t seem like you’d be able to do it- but they did it! They had this crazy idea and made it work, and I can’t wait to read the other books they’re working on.
Ah, genre love. My Lady Jane is categorized as Historical Fantasy, which I didn’t realize existed until a few weeks ago. Now that I do know, however, I can say without a doubt that it is my most favorite genre. Getting to know something familiar while also trying to figure out how the magic of it all changes the history- that’s like my favorite thing. So My Lady Jane scores high on this one- 10/10.
Have you read My Lady Jane yet? Did you love it as much as I did? If you haven’t read it (yet), what is your favorite historical fantasy book, series, or setting? (If you’re not sure if you’ve read any, I suggest taking a look at Book Riot’s recent post here to check)
Well Wishes & Candy Fishes,