I would recommend this book for ages thirteen and up.
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. (Goodreads)
This book is hard to explain, because it isn’t meant to be taken seriously. I was hesitant to buy My Lady Jane, because I knew that it was written to be a comedy. I went through Goodreads reviews, and while some people said it was their favorite book of the year, others said that rather than being funny, it came off as juvenile. I can see how some people wouldn’t enjoy this type of book, but I loved it. I think the best way to read this is to look at it almost as a contemporary rather than a historical fiction/fantasy. My Lady Jane mirrors the light, fluffy, and funny feel of a contemporary.
The characters in this book were perfect. The authors were able to create versatile characters that fit in scenes that were serious and dramatic but would also fit in during paragraphs of cheesy jokes and comedic dialogue. I’m pretty sure that each author wrote one of the main characters which is impressive considering each character felt like they were written by the same person. It didn’t feel like three separate stories stitched together. My least favorite character was Edward, but not because of his personality. His point of view seemed to drag a little bit more than the other two and I found myself not looking forward to his portion of the story. The other two characters, Jane and Gifford’s storylines were written extremely well and I loved reading about both of them.
My Lady Jane isn’t a completely historically accurate book. The overall outcome of the story is the same as in history but many small things and character arcs are different. The authors would, at times, come into the story as “a narrator” to explain something in the story. At the beginning, it worked very well and added to the humor of the book, but near the end it became slightly annoying. There were multiple scenarios of the authors coming in at the climax of the story and it tended to take me out of the book and it felt weird and choppy. I felt like overall it was a great add in for the story but that it should have been used a little less often. This book did have some fantasy elements, and without spoiling it, I can say that while the magic element worked at times, it felt unnecessary and over used at others.
I enjoyed My Lady Jane much more than I was expecting to and I highly recommend it, especially if you are in a reading slump.
Violence: 1/5 Stars: 4.5/5
Romance: 2/5 Pages: 512
Language: 1/5 Buy Book Here: Amazon