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Edward (long live the king) 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 (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secureEdward (long live the king) 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 (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?...

Title : My Lady Jane
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ISBN : 22840421
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Number of Pages : 491 Pages
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My Lady Jane Reviews

  • Emily May
    2019-02-22 06:26

    “My lady,” he said gallantly, “I’m willing to stop whenever you are. Perhaps you’d be better off sticking to more womanly pursuits, like embroidery or music or-“She bashed him in the ribs.4 1/2 stars. This was so much fun. So much fun. Turns out that a good laugh at my country's expense is exactly what I needed right about now.Before you pick up this book, make sure of two things:1) You know what you're about to read. This is a silly, lighthearted historical comedy, full of Monty Python-style jokes, puns and mockery. I also thought the story was very well-executed, but don't be expecting a high-angst drama (beyond the comical variety).2) Be in the mood for it. Like I said, it's a very specific type of book and it won't suit everyone. I usually prefer tension, action and "oh shit, what's going to happen next" books. But I sat down to read this wanting something funny, entertaining and undemanding. That's what I got.If you meet those two requirements, there's really nothing to dislike. This book does exactly what it promises and it does it very well. It's the kind of laugh snort embarrassingly out loud story that will get you some strange looks from other people. I just couldn't stop giggling to myself.“I asked him to change back to talk to me, but he won’t,” Jane said. “It’s disrespectful to remain a horse in the bedchamber, I should think.”This is a Tudor retelling set during the reign of the young Edward VI. In this reimagining, instead of the infamous divide between Protestants and Catholics (fostered by Henry VIII's disregard for the Catholic church), we see a war between Verities and Eðians. The latter have the power to shapeshift into various animals, and the former hate them for it.Mocking sexist attitudes and the ridiculous social graces of the 16th Century upper classes, the story unveils the "true story" about Lady Jane Grey - the one that history has hidden from us.She was a woman who wore pants. She couldn’t be trusted.I've already said that it's very funny, but for such a light, silly book, it is remarkably well-plotted. The story itself, behind the quips and hilarity, is compelling and features all kinds of royal backstabbing, secrets and craziness.It is a warm, lovable, over-the-top rewriting of history and I enjoyed every minute of it. Unlike most funny books, the humour remains constant throughout, never running dry or feeling forced. I only hope this trio of authors continue to write comedy together. Because it dazzles.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-03-12 23:28

    It’s not easy to write a review for a book when said book is tightly held against your chest.My Lady Jane is wonderful and so, so magical I want to keep it close to me for an indefinite amount of time.You might wonder: Three authors… three different point of views… three stories intertwined? How will that play out? Comically, apparently.This key to having a great time with this beautiful piece of fiction is to not take it too seriously.Sometimes absurd, sometimes silly but always charming, My Lady Jane will NOT let you fall into boredom.The chapters are brimming with humour, romance, adventure and absolutely delightful characters!It’s said to be an alternative fantasy story of Lady Jane Grey, and while I am not a fan of historical fiction, I adored this one to bits.As I said earlier, it’s not meant to be taken seriously. Really, it’s all for your entertainment and the many changes that were made to Lady Jane Grey’s real story are so interesting because they’re original and unexpected and definitely diverting.For a book that was written by three different authors, they certainly nailed the point of views. The writing flowed. There is no abrupt change in the writing style; everything is smoothly done.It works. Everything does: the not-so-proper-to-the-century writing style (—the word ‘‘vampire’’ clearly didn’t exist during that era!), the light atmosphere, the shape-shifting element, the many dangers and adventures and awkward yet fun situations the characters are put in.I never read The Princess Bride before (though I am not unfamiliar with the movie adaptation) but knowing they have much in common automatically places it to the top of my TBR pile!One last thought: It’s very rare for me to read five hundred pages this fast, but it's hard not to breeze through My Lady Jane. Even putting it down for a second will not be an easy thing to do.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Katerina
    2019-03-08 23:30

    It was amusing. It was romantic. It was slightly based on medieval history. And it was a gem.I'm dancing like a happy ferret!“You may think you know the story. It goes like this: once upon a time, there was a sixteen-year old girl named Jane Grey, who was forced to marry a complete stranger (Lord Guildford or Gilford or Gifford-something-or-other), and shortly thereafter found herself ruler of a country. She was queen for nine days. Then she quite literally lost her head.”As the authors kindly inform us, that is not the story they narrate us. The original story is flat and a little morbid (unless you're enjoying beheadings-in that case I can recommend you some great TV shows). My Lady Jane though is refreshing. It takes place in a divided England, only religion is not the cause of this division. There are shapeshifters and the ones-who-hate-shapeshifters-and-want-to-burn-them-alive-or-chop-their-heads-whatever-just-kill-them. There is a spoiled king who doesn't want to die before being kissed. There is a feisty girl who loves books better than people (no it's not me in case you're wondering) and a boy that spends his days as a horse and villains who want the throne for themselves and outlaws and everything you could ask for from a historical fiction/ fantasy/ comedic book. That's why I'm still dancing like a happy ferret.The first thing that occured to me as I started reading My Lady Jane was that Jane's books' titles reminded me of The Sims Medieval. The second was that since Jane's mother was Frances Brandon Grey, her grandfather was the first Duke of Suffolk, Charles Brandon. Which means that this was her grandfather.That lucky bitch.After recovering from the shock that I'm reading about Henry Cavill's descendant, I recalled everything I know about british history (knowledge acquired by watching every historical television series and searching Wikipedia for hours) and I realized I didn't mind the changes! In fact, I preferred the changes! The writing trio did a marvelous job, there was not a single moment I wanted to put the book down! The sarcastic and hilarious narration, the conspiracies, the strong-minded female characters and the swoonworthy steed are My Lady Jane's trademarks, and I kept giggling and swooning and thanking the book gods for this creation! Three authors yet you could not possibly tell, their writing was flawless, fluid and utterly enjoyable! Do not expect a thought-provoking, life-altering book, but you'll love it nonetheless!“Through books she could see the world.”Jane, Edward and Gifford (you can call him G, I call him my lord husband). Three different but equally fascinating (and stubborn) characters that will seize your heart from the start! Jane is undoubtedly the main one (you know, My Lady Jane), and you can't help but relate to her, especially when it comes to her precious books! She's the book girl, supporter of the weak, and does not tolerate male authority. Which means she constantly fights with my her husband G, the husband she hated (and unfairly judged) at first but later she couldn't help but fall in love with, because he has that effect. My only problem with her was that she thought she could do everything alone (when she couldn't) and would never listen to the voice of reason when it came to her safety. Obviously it's a trait that every YA heroine shares, regardless the time setting and the circumstances.In My Lady Jane, Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows combine their divine writing powers (a gift from the book gods if you ask me), which result into a story full of humor, romance, magic and adventure that will make you smile and wish that school history books were written in the same fashion!I'm off to dance like a happy ferret!

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-03-21 05:43

    4.5 stars This revisionist retelling of Lady Jane Grey's brief reign and romance shouldn't work--but it does! It's deliriously dotty and clever, with affectionate nods to great absurdist historical comedies like THE PRINCESS BRIDE, Monty Python, and even, I think, Black Adder and LADYHAWKE. The ridiculously punny humor had me giggling from beginning to end.It's also superbly well-crafted, especially considering the three POVs were written by three different authors, and the historical details and context are inserted with just the right touch. Most notably, the strict mores and sexism of the time are observed and acknowledged before they are slyly subverted, particularly in the fantastically endearing and capable women (only one of whom wields a weapon). It's hard to believe a tragic moment in history could be turned into such a delightful confection of joyous alternate history, but The Lady Janies have done it. Review to come. Love it to pieces.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2019-03-14 00:18

    I freaking loved this. I'm making everyone I know read it ASAP! P.S. Video review to come

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2019-02-26 00:13

    If you’re looking for a fluffy YA historical fiction that also included fantasy… this is it! I ended up laughing out loud a few times and definitely recommend it. The way the authors decide to retell - and let’s call it what it is - pretty much completely change history, was a lot of fun! I hope they’ll come out with more!

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-03-18 22:42

    I CANNOT EXPLAIN HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK. I was expecting semi-serious historical fiction, but it's more like the Monty Python version of the drama between Henry VIII's kids.I don't want to ruin any of the plot, so I'll just say this book is hilarious. Basically, the story starts out adding its own twist on history, but then ends up chucking history out the window and rewriting a happier ending for King Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, and Lord Guildford Dudley. All of the familiar faces like Elizabeth I, Bloody Mary, and Mary Queen of Scots are featured. And the new ending could totally still fit in with actual history.There were SO many hilarious references and actual lines pulled straight out of Monty Python and The Princess Bride. And Gifford's character kept coming up with a ton of Shakespeare's future lines. The way everything fit together was so incredibly clever. The romance and action were even well done... I have zero complaints. I would 100% read this kind of story for every executed monarch throughout history. I really want one for Marie Antoinette!

  • Anne
    2019-02-18 23:32

    Definitely not my normal cuppa, but still a cute book!I'm not a history buff (view spoiler)[I'm not actually all that smart-like, if I'm being honest (hide spoiler)] so I had no idea (or at least no recollection) of any Lady Jane, or her short-lived reign as Queen of England.Not that I'd let a thing like that stop me...So it turns out that this was a fictionalized (read: alternate universe) version of that story.But with the added bonus of shapeshifters & a happy ending!Oh, oh! And it's funny!Yeah. So if you are someone who knows about this lady, or even historical stuff in general, I'm betting you'll enjoy this even more than I did.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • emma
    2019-03-18 06:41

    I finished this book last night. So I literally slept on it, and, up to when I finished this review, continued to have no idea what to rate it. (Okay, well, not NO idea. It was between one star and two.)’s the thing. I’ve never had so many problems with a book while not wanting, exactly, to give it one star. Usually I love slapping one star ratings on books when I feel they deserve them. It was hard to decide whether this was that type of book.I did something I’ve never done before with this book: I took review notes in the app on my phone. Why? Because I had so many things to say about it that I couldn’t be tied down to only writing when my notebook was nearby.Let’s start with the characters. The main three, whose perspectives we read from: Jane, Gifford, Edward. Also significant characters: Gracie, Mary, Bess. I’ll air my qualms in the order I just listed them. First, a bit of background info: this book takes the Catholic/Anglican turmoil that exists for, like, over a century of British history and turns it into magical animal shapeshifters versus non-magical animal shapeshifters. (Am I the only one who hates that?) I want this to be spoiler-free-ish, so I’ll just say we meet a lot of these heavenly-blessed-magical-beings (called Edians with a fancy d that I refuse to Google/copy/paste).First: Jane. Jane is naïve, stubborn, pretentious, and, often, without common sense. Her arranged-marriage-husband, Gifford (fifty percent of his personality is that he prefers the nomer G), is an Edian. One of her first interactions with him is her telling him that she knows more about Edians than he does. Cool! Later, when she sees a pack of wolves: “Why were there people with the wolves? It made no sense.” Hm, I don’t know...MAYBE BECAUSE YOU F*CKING LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE MANY PEOPLE HAVE AN ANIMAL ALTER EGO?! Plus, she’s cutesy and I hate her for it. When our heroes are literally putting their lives on the line in mere moments, the darling Jane’s reaction: "She wrinkled her nose. 'Armies aren't very good about carrying libraries with them. I can't imagine why. We'd fight so much less if everyone would just sit down and read." Bleh, bleh, bleh-edy-bleh. Dialogue like that can give you a cavity.Gifford, on the other hand: no empathy, selfish, also dumb. At one point in the book, the husband-and-wife duo encounter a group of villagers whose lives are being ruined by a pack of Edians. He leaves them and forces Jane to leave them. Later, when Jane makes him go back, he just watches her tend to their wounds and pass out food. Not to learn what she’s doing or get a sense of how he can help. Of course not. No, G is watching because she looks hot. Jane is HAUNTED by their marriage, under the impression that he’s an asshole, a womanizer, etc etc. G is aware of these (false) perceptions and does NOTHING to dispel them. Ugh.Edward He’s boring. At the beginning, he wants to marry Jane (his cousin), but gives her up to G because he’s dying. Later, he thinks, “Jane was like a sister to him, that kind of affection between them.” What? It’s like the first part of the book was a sitcom pilot and the rest of the season decides to go in a different direction. (Okay, yes, I’m thinking about The Mindy Project.) He’s also weak, powerless, helpless, synonyms. One point of this book is that Edward’s sexist philosophy is proven wrong...but during the 500 pages he gets help from the women around him COUNTLESS times. It’s exhausting.Okay, smaller characters. Gracie literally APPEARS out of the f*cking English countryside to be Edward’s love interest. Since there are approx. 300 pages to kill, that takes forever for no reason. Beyond Gracie’s glossy black curls, vivid green eyes, kissable mouth and darling brogue, she’s not given many traits. Mary is just a villain, and not even a good one. Bess spends the entire book helping out her brother - WITH NO MOTIVATION TO DO SO. The whole time I was hoping she would betray them or something. She dedicates her time and risks her life for a cause she has no reason to care about. (And her only character trait is “nice.”) (So when the narrators referenced this group of crazy teens as “characters you’ve come to know and love,” I think you’ll understand why I laughed more at that than the supposed jokes.)Now that we’ve covered characters, let’s move on to their relationships. And let’s start with the fact that 500 pages is way too long for constant miscommunications. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE CHARACTERS ARE MARRIED. By the end, I was just hoping they would break up or one of them would fall off a cliff or get mauled by a bear Edian or something. WE GET IT, AUTHORS. LOVE SPRUNG FROM AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE. VERY ORIGINAL.That’s what’s preventing me from giving this more than one star, I think. It’s not original at all. It’s a parade of tropes and clichés smashed into a speculative historical fiction narrative. Magic versus non-magic? Check. Shapeshifting? Check. Dethroned king? Check. Female protagonist obsessed with reading? Check. Narrator that addresses the audience? Check. Multiple perspectives? Check. Journey across medieval England? Check. Love springing where there was none? Check. King falling in love with commoner? Check-ity-check. Big moment of king convincing opposing forces to join him for the fight of the lifetime? Happens-more-than-once check. Offensive philosophy being proven wrong? Took 500 pages but check. I could go on but my wrist is hurting because I type weirdly. Suffice to say it’s nothing new.(view spoiler)[Also, NO CHARACTERS DIE OR EVEN REALLY GET INJURED IN THIS. It’s the unrealistic icing on top of the entirely fantastical cake. (A rare cake I’m not interested in eating. (hide spoiler)]And now…as always in books I don’t’s time for...GENERAL STUPIDITY! Yes, fans of the show know GENERAL STUPIDITY is the category for when authors don’t get their books proofread well enough! It’s the little easy mistakes that truly get under the ol’ skin, no? Let’s get started, and let’s do it fast! 1) In Edward’s impoverished jetset across the British countryside, he suddenly sources 10 sovereigns. 2) This magic is bonkers ill-defined. 3) The idea that France would ally with the RIGHTFUL ENGLISH MONARCH is LAUGHABLE!!! 4) When Edward and G go to fight a “Great White Bear" (already doesn’t fit thematically) it has droppings the size of a horse's, despite being the size of a tree when on all fours - plus that whole encounter was SO anticlimactic. 5) This book takes lines from classics (mostly Shakespeare, which is explained, albeit dumb-ly), steals a scene from The Princess Bride (G vs. Dudley is WAY too similar to Wesley vs. Humperdinck, down to pretend threats of strength and “Drop your sword”), and takes the frying-pan-as-cute-girl’s-weapon idea from Tangled. (If you were still convinced it was fresh and original.)The back of the book is just so misleading. It states, “Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger - and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.” That book sounds interesting. Wish I’d read whatever the synopsis writer thought they were reading. Because that covers just about none of this book. Could’ve read about something so fascinating as Jane actually ruling or being caught up in a plot or various hijinks ensuing. Too bad, I guess.I suppose what it comes down to is: if you’re going to write a book in which you thoroughly change history, make it more interesting than the actual history. Because I found this one a total slog. I much prefer the real story that real events gave to us. History is cool, man!Bottom line: I’m upset, because I think most of you liked this book...but I disliked the characters, found it boring, thought the historic revisions were silly, felt misled by the synopsis, was bugged by stolen ideas, counted clichés, wished death on characters just so the quasi-will-they-won’t-they would end, and wanted to read about the actual, more interesting, real-life story. For those reasons, I have to give it one star.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • ❄️Nani❄️
    2019-03-01 06:36

    DedicationFor everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.Oh, I cannot wait for this.

  • Drew
    2019-03-07 23:24

    Oh my goodness, that was the best thing ever!Is it possible for a book to be sweet, funny, awesome, and led by a cast of amazing narrators? Indeed it is, because that book is My Lady Jane.When I first heard about it, I was skeptical. A comical retelling of Lady Jane Grey, written by three different authors? It sounded like a recipe for disaster. As it turned out, I've never read a better co-authored novel. The writing flowed so I couldn't tell the authors apart and the chapters transitioned smoothly.The plot was absolutely hilarious and witty. The comparisons to The Princess Bride were spot on. I appreciated that the humor wasn't silly or crude (as I was afraid it would be), but clever and sarcastic.Meet Jane. She's about to marry a total stranger since her cousin, Edward VI, is dying, and she's next in line for the throne, but all Jane wants to do is read her books. Meanwhile, Edward has problems of his own to worry about - there are plots to overthrow him, he's slowly dying of "the Affliction," and he's never even kissed a girl!There were ties to the original Jane Grey story, but the world was changed so that the courts raging against each other were "Verities" and "Eðians." Eðians are people who possess the power to shape-shift into animals, but there are those in the court who deem them "beasts" and believe they should be burned at the stake.So. Her husband was a horse.And no one had told her.I loved the slow-burn romance. Jane and Gifford, otherwise known as "G," were total strangers upon their first meeting (at their wedding) and hated each other. Of course, they gradually learned to tolerate one another, though there were too many infuriating almost-kisses in my opinion (The Lady Janies could be so cruel!).In their bedchamber, Jane set a pillow and blanket on the floor next to the bed.“Jane, I cannot allow you to sleep on the floor,” G said gallantly.She smiled. “The pillow and blanket are for you, my lord.”From a book I didn't expect much from, this turned out to be absolutely magical, adventurous, and heartwarming. I don't see how anyone could fail to fall in love with this story and its wonderful characters.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-03 00:18

    “Dedication:For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”Since I read this as an audiobook, I'm at a bit of a loss at to how I'm going to review it. I don't normally listen to audiobooks - they're not really "my thing." (In fact, had I read a physical copy of this, I'd probably would have given it a full five stars.) So just a word of forewarning: this'll probably be a mess. Great. Now that that's out of the way. I loved this book.Oh, where do I even begin? A fantasy re-telling of the Tudor period with shape-shifters and magic? Hell yes. Sign me up. “Dearest Jane, Sorry I made you marry a horse. Your father-in-law is trying to kill me. Send help."If you go into this expecting some dramatic, world-changing story accurately telling the reader facts about English history, you will be sorely disappointed. In order for someone to enjoy this book, do not take it seriously. This book is supposed to be cliche, and cheesy, and ridiculous. This book was so damn cute, and hilarious, and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy. I spent a good half of this book smiling into my hand, and giggling like a twelve-year-old. It was great. “We’d fight so much less if everyone would just sit down and read.”I couldn't agree more, Jane, I couldn't agree more. A round of applause to these three amazing ladies for writing such an adorable book (and I am so sorry this review doesn't do it justice).

  • Jodi Meadows
    2019-02-22 22:33

    I have the final copy and it. is. glorious.Deckled edges. Spot gloss on the cover and spine. It's so pretty! And there's a ferret on the spine, just above the HarperTeen logo.

  • Maureen
    2019-03-18 03:33

    This was so lovely and entertaining! I don't think it was quite at the level of loving and engrossing me, but I enjoyed it a lot!I especially loved the characters and the mixing in of actual history with a fictional book. It was quite well done!I guess this would be labeled a comedy, and it was funny, but I never laughed out loud. A lot of internal laughing happened, though.THE REFERENCES. SO MANY REFERENCES. My life is lived in references to books and tv shows and movies so all the little Easter eggs were right up my ally.Overall really enjoyable kind-of historical fiction with a magical twist!

  • Fables&Wren
    2019-02-18 23:34

    WrensReads Review:Honestly that's not a good start.IF YOU EVER READ THIS BOOK, DON'T. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK FIRST OMGSH PLEASE YES IT IS THE BEST EVER PRAISE GOES TO KATHERINE KELLGREN OMGSH YOU WERE MADE TO READ THIS BOOK TO ALL THE WORLD.I finished two point five incredible books on the same day, so my brain is a little fried from delight. Seriously I have to keep reminding myself to come write this review and stop dancing in the kitchen with the dogs or asking the cats if they are actually from the bloodline of King Henry VIII's.*composes self*I was so giddy about everything in this book. Like seriously so giddy. I was always laughing out-loud which was completely awkward when you are standing in line at the check out, let me tell you.If you are in need of a laugh and a light read, read this book I beg you.If you are in need of a feminist-like book, read this book I beg you.If you are in need of a history lesson, read this book I beg you.Seriously this is about Queen Jane's reign of like, what, nine days? I am not too sure, since I am not an expert on the matter, but these author's are. They did their homework and found out the very (not so) truth of what happened in that time with Queen Jane.Young King Edward is dying. He caught a tragic disease. He's never been kissed and all he has in the world are his two darling sisters, his beautiful cousin Jane and his dog, Pet (how original, I know). Since he doesn't have any children, his throne would go to his sister Mary, unfortunately, until one of his advisers gives him another idea...Jane is the Belle of the story. The girl who just wants to read books (so, you know, all of us) and then read some more books and then HER MOTHER MARRIES HER OFF TO A GUY WHO TURNS INTO A HORSE (That's the beast, if you weren't catching on). She is mortified, humiliated and NOT HAPPY. HE IS A HORSE WHAT IN BLAZES IS SHE SUPPOSE TO DO WITH A HORSE.Said horse, Gifford, can't control that by day he is a steed and by night he is a man. And why does she always have her nose in a book anyway? Is she not pleasant looking? Heaven forbids he marries someone who looks like an animal.Gifford belongs to a group of people called Eðian (eth-y-un). They have two different forms. But they are hated by those who don't. I kind of got the whole Protestants and Catholics feel from the tension between the two groups.And that's all I am going to say to you. You should know the gist of this story (it is history, you know) but a lot of the major details were missed in the history books. You'll have to read this book to know the (not so) truth.So if you fit in any of the categories listed above (needs a laugh, likes equality, history buff) then you should read this book. It was really hilarious.Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  • Steph Sinclair
    2019-03-09 06:15

    Three of my favorite authors writing a book together? WHAT IS THIS WITCHCRAFT? JUST TAKE MY MONEY.

  • Cynthia Hand
    2019-03-15 04:19

    UPDATE 12-13-15The ARCs are here! Please ask the publicity department at HarperTeen, as we do not have very many ourselves to give away! So pretty!UPDATE 10-15-15And WE HAVE A COVER, people. And it is oh-so-beautiful.UPDATE 9-3-15Well, the book is through copy edits, it has a cover (check back for the reveal), a jacket copy, and it is well under way to becoming a real book!It turned out SO GREAT, you guys. It may be the best book, in some respects, that I have ever worked on. Woohoo!

  • Nastassja
    2019-03-04 02:28

    "For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.” So I was sitting here for a while thinking how to describe My Lady Jane's plot with words so you could get the main idea without spoiling anything. I did not find the right solution. Well, I could've given you quite a good summery, or even the one that GR has is okay, but my ultimate goal is to make you want to read this book so much, you'll have no choice but to go grab a copy of it and start right away. After thinking (my brain still hurts) I decided to not overthink (huh, it's a little bit late for that?) and propose you to read a summery the authors have written for this book. Seriously, they've done all the work and I don't get why book sites don't put their annotation on the book's page? Now, the reading of the summary below is strictly mandatory; everyone who will refuse to read it will be hunted and burned at stake (with hay and torches and stuff (have to google what they used for pyres back in the 16th century). Now, stop babbling, Nastassja, and get to action already!The authors' summary (it's actually the book's prologue, but I am sure it can be used as a summery):You may think you know the story. It goes like this: once upon a time, there was a sixteen-year-old girl named Jane Grey, who was forced to marry a complete stranger (Lord Guildford or Gilford or Gifford-something-or-other), and shortly thereafter found herself ruler of a country. She was queen for nine days. Then she quite literally lost her head.Yes, it’s a tragedy, if you consider the disengagement of one’s head from one’s body tragic. (We are merely narrators, and would hate to make assumptions as to what the reader would find tragic.)We have a different tale to tell.Pay attention. We’ve tweaked minor details. We’ve completely rearranged major details. Some names have been changed to protect the innocent (or not-so-innocent, or simply because we thought a name was terrible and we liked another name better). And we’ve added a touch of magic to keep things interesting. So really anything could happen.This is how we think Jane’s story should have gone.It begins in England (or an alternate version of England, since we’re dealing with the manipulation of history), in the middle of the sixteenth century. It was an uneasy time, especially if you were an E∂ian (pronounced eth-ee-uhn for those of you unfamiliar with the term). The E∂ians were blessed (or cursed, depending on your point of view) with the ability to switch between a human form and an animal one. For instance, certain members of the general public could turn themselves into cats, which greatly increased the country’s tuna-fish consumption, but also cut down on England’s rat population. (Then again, other individuals could turn into rats, so nobody really noticed.)There were those who thought that this animal magic was terrific, but others who saw it as an abomination that needed to be eradicated immediately. That second group (known as Verities) believed that human beings had no business being anything other than human beings. And because Verities were largely in charge of everything, E∂ians were persecuted and hunted until most of them died out or went deep into hiding.Which brings us to one fateful afternoon in the royal court of England, when King Henry VIII, during a fit of rage, transformed into a great lion and devoured the court jester, much to the audience’s delight. They clapped enthusiastically, for no one really liked the jester. (Later, the courtiers discovered the incident was not a rehearsed act of artful deception, but indeed an actual lion masticating the jester. When the audience found out the truth they no longer clapped, but they did remark, “That clown had it coming.”)That very night, King Henry, once he’d returned to his human form, decreed that E∂ians weren’t so bad after all, and henceforth should enjoy the same rights and privileges as Verities. The decision to sanction the ancient magic made waves across Europe. The head of the Verity Church was not pleased with King Henry’s decision, but every time Rome sent a missive denouncing the decree, the Lion King ate the messenger.Hence the phrase, Don’t eat the messenger.When Henry died, his only son, Edward, inherited the throne. Our story begins in the middle of tense times, with an increasing animosity brewing between E∂ians and Verities, a teenage king with a tenuous grasp on the throne of England, and a young lord and lady who have no idea their destinies are about to collide.Totally against their will.Finally, you know what the story is about and we can talk business. As you have probably noticed by the summery, this book is going to be hilarious. Every page of the story is filled with humor and irony, which do not border on vulgarity or toilet humor. You want an intelligent humor? You got it! It's the best treat this book has, and, honestly, it's not often I encounter funny books in YA (I can really count such books on my two hands), and, sadly, not every book can portrait real history (with minor changes, or course) and events that weren't so funny, after all, in an ironic way that makes us look at it under a different angle. I can only applaud to the authors and how magnificently they expressed their collected voice in this book.“My lord, I will leave you to properly attire yourself. A carriage is waiting to take us to our honeymoon.” (The word honeymoon was quite new at this point in history, and actually involved a month’s supply of mead for the newlyweds rather than a romantic getaway, but for the sake of delicate sensibilities, we’ll pretend honeymoon meant then what it does now.)Pet was on the other side, snarling and biting at those who would follow (gosh, we love that dog)(Okay, so we told you that anybody could die at any time, and you seem like you’re getting worried, but Pet’s fine. <...> Trust us: we’re not the type of narrators who would kill a dog.)They collapsed into each other, and although it would be indelicate to detail what happened next, these narrators will tell you that a “very special hug” does not begin to describe it.P.S. They totally consummated.Look, how smartly they inserted remarks and clarification on certain events and words that after a while you wait for such remarks to appear and clarify something else for you, because it's simply fun, and you like authors' voice so much, you want more of it: it creates the illusion of watching a play in the theater.Aside from the awesome approach with the history material, this book gave us wonderful characters, which according to history books (you won't find those anywhere in public places, because they are highly encrypted and kept in a far far away lands... but I give you my word: they contain only the truth) invented such things as using a pan to bash someone's head (yup, Disney Rapunzel wasn't the first to think of such useful thing) and invented an arm-stretch move on a young woman and ect. and ect. (I will need hours to count all inventions, really). Such a creative creatures these characters. Here's the cast: a horsea kestrela ferreta foxa skunkI know, I know, I can guess what you are about to say, "What the... animal planet you are showing us?!" But it is the real cast of this book, though I can't tell you who is who: you'll have to read the book to find out. But for one character I can make a disclosure, because his special condition is mentioned in the first chapter, so you will not have to wait long to meet him (look at the beautiful chestnut horse on the first picture). G (his name is Gifford but he - by the obvious reasons - prefers to be called G) has an equestrian situation and literary turns into horse from every sunrise till every sunset. With the perks of being a horse other things apply, such as eating hay (but he prefers apples, really), um, manure and horse rules such as: do not ride the horse, do not tell horse jokes, do not bridle the horse... agh, too many rules for one horse, don't you think? Not an easy life I can assure you. As for our other characters (and we have three main characters as you already guessed: one for every author from our lovely team of ladies), they too have a couple of surprises to show you (and they can't wait for you to start the book) and a very exciting tale to tell.So here's my verdict, folks: if you want a funny (a veryyyyy funny) story to read, and reliable headstrong characters to meet, and to learn the real version of English history - READREADREADREADREADREADREADREADREADREADREADREAD My Lady Jane (the pyre is still burning if you were wondering, no pressure here) and get your dose of fun that will stay with you for a long time after you finish and close the book. P.S. I couldn't leave you without mentioning that the heroine in whose honor this book is named - Jane - is a huge lover of books (she is also a 16 years-old spinster and a redhead and as you can imagine the combination is not a very good one for the 16th century England, but, hey, the girl does really know how to use a pan occasionally). Now I am really off to do... stuff *curtsies and vanishes behind the curtain*

  • Imane
    2019-03-09 23:13

    “DedicationFor everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.” ― Cynthia Hand, My Lady Jane

  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    2019-03-15 00:23

    4.25 I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! It was so fun to read, and I remembered how much I used to like Tudor History, and this book brought back that interest! Also, it turns out that I quite like alternate histories haha I love Jane, she's just amazing, and her and Gifford are just my fave couple atmThe book flows so well, idk how 3 writers managed to write a book together that just flows as well as this one doesI've been hesitant about getting this for ages, but I'm so glad i finally did it! This book was just generally a joy to read

  • Heather 'Bookables'
    2019-03-19 22:34

    LOVED THIS BOOK! Review coming soon!

  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    2019-03-21 04:31

    And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.I am completely in love with this book, the characters, the setting and the humor. One of my top 10 favorites reads of all-time and certainly one of my favorites for 2016. IN LOVE!Can I first mention how beautiful this book is? I love the style on the front, the spine is lovely, it has that buttery texture and just to top-it-off, it has deckled pages. Am I the only one that is obsessed with deckled pages?!?!? This was the first book I owned that had them and ever since I've been all about it. The cover is stunning as well. I'm usually not a huge fan of people on covers but this is so pretty and the cover model looks exactly how I would imagine our heroin looking. Perfect! Ok, yes - this might have been a cover buy originally. Glad it ended up being so much more. My Lady Jane is written by three women and I honestly forgot that more than one person had written this book because it flowed perfectly, there was no difference in the styles that I noticed. I am blown away at how they could meld their voices together so seamlessly. I NEED these women write another book together. In my opinion, they are total geniuses. I am madly in love with this book. I had no problem getting through this one and had a major book hangover when it was over. Not because the book was devastating or particularly intense but because I wanted more from these characters. I wasn't ready to say goodbye. The humor in My Lady Janeis on-point, I laughed out-loud more times than I can count. I can't remember the last time I read a book with this much wit and charm. Jane was a wonderful protagonist. She was independent, strong, introverted and, be still my heart, a reader. These qualities might sound cliche but they were anything but in this instance. Jane's betrothed, Gifford (G) was fantastic. I really don't want to go into this very much because I believe that you should go into this one as blind as possible and just enjoy the ride. I can't remember hating any characters - as least not ones I wasn't supposed to hate. They were all well-written and had played their part in the story. As I mentioned, I loved Jane and G; therefore, I shipped them pretty hard. It breaks my heart I can't read more of their story, they just made me smile the whole time. I loved that it wasn't an insta-love kind of YA romance. The authors took their time to develop these characters and the various feelings they had for each other. It was a total treat. I wish this book had more fangirls so I could buy merch. Finally I want some merch and it has to be for a book that barely has any. FigureObviously I recommend this book. It's silly, fun and and smart. I knew within 100 pages that they would really have to mess up for me not to give this one a five star. Bring me more books like this! It was so refreshing.

  • The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
    2019-02-28 06:38

    4.75 stars!!!Full mini reviewI'm willing to MARRY a horse if it goes by the name of Gifford Dudley. Now this book is about the Tudors which were quite known as England's most notorious dynasty. What I love about this book is its captivating writing style and the charming characters. It was a delightful, exciting, magical, and hilarious book. When I read this book, I became curious on what really happened to lady Jane Grey's reign for nine freaking days! I was also intrigued about her life and her adorable husband's life. I read the true story and I was amazed because the authors managed to recreate the history. They added humor, magic, adventure, and romance which made this book absolutely phenomenal. The authors combined their genius minds and impressive writing skills to come up with a bloody brilliant book.Let's talk about Lady Jane. I like her character because she's headstrong, stubborn, smart, and of course, she's a bookworm. But what really made me fall in love with this book is Gifford Dudley or "G" for short. He's a gentleman. He's also smart, kind, charming, and funny. I also liked this book because the two main characters were kind of falls to the category of "enemies to lovers". Their romantic relationship developed slowly. It was such a tease in a really good way.All in all, this book was romantic, sweet, touching, witty, enchanting, and really incredible. I wasn't expecting to love this book. It surprised the hell out of me. I really can't wait to read the next book.

  • Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
    2019-02-20 05:37

    DNF AT PAGE 266 REVIEW TO COME TODAYI WAS WRITING THE REVIEW AND BLACK OUT WAS SUDDENLY COMING! SHIIIIIIIIITTTT. TODAY IS A FREAKING A BAD DAY.apparently it is not my bad day and the black out only last for minutes and when I opened my computer, I still could continue my review. YAY She delighted in the smell of the ink, the rough feel of the paper between her fingers, the rustle of sweet pages, the shapes of the letters before her eyes. And most of all, she loved the way that books could transport her from her otherwise mundane and stifling life and offer the experiences of a hundred other lives. Through books she could see the world.I was really really excited to read this book because I heard SOOOO many great things about it and I also heard that this book was funny. I often cry while reading but I rarely laugh while reading so when I heard this book was funny, I was really happy because maybe I would find another all time favorite book and LOOK AT THAT COVER! it's so pretty! and I had high expectation before reading it and my expectation was really really high. this was my expression when I started reading this book :this was my expression when I reached around 100 pages and I was like " it's kind of ... boring" this was my expression when I reached page 266 and I was like " okay. I swear I can't do this anymore. I give up. I give up"now I'm going to tell you why I did not finish it and I'm going to review this book just as far as I read this book, which is 266 pages and I don't even know the ending. I didn't skim it when I read it. The Charactersin my opinion all the characters were flat. I didn't hate the characters, I just felt nothing toward all of them and Edward was ... kind of annoying. the most boring POV in this book was Edward's POV I was really bored when I read his POV. all he was thinking about was kissing this girl. I think her name was Gracie. he mentioned 'Kiss' again, again and again until I felt bored and I didn't think he was supposed to think that. He was supposed to think about Jane and his kingdom instead of thinking to kiss. ugh. he was a king after all. but wait ... I don't think we should take this book too seriously because it was a parody, isn't it? but I didn't feel like this was a parody. this is not funny AT ALL. I this was my expression every time he mentioned 'Kiss'oh and he wanted to kiss this Gracie at the first time he saw her. is this even funny? NO NOT AT ALL Still, there she was, her finger against his lips, making him think of putting his lips on her lips. And when his gaze dropped, from her eyes to her lips, a girlish flush spread over her cheeks. Which made him want to kiss her even more. I don't know whether he still thinks about kissing her or not in the next pages or in the end of the book but he probably kisses her in the end. I don't know and I'm not intrested to find it out. I'm no longer intrested in reading this book but if you have read it, you can tell me on the comment section below and mark it as spoiler, so people who haven't read it won't be spoiled :)and Gifford or G ( he doesn't want being called Gifford and I don't know why. I personally think that name is fine. nothing wrong with it *shrugs* ) I don't know why I couldn't imagine how he looked like! it frustrated me because I always can imagine how people look like while reading but when I read this book I just felt like ... I was reading a book and nothing happened inside my head. I think that happened because I just didn't enjoy or like this book and Jane was fine. I didn't have any problem with her. The Romancethe romance was boring and in my opinion the romance between Jane and G was boring. I didn't feel anything about their relationship and it was such a wonder when she had feeling for G because I didn't love or like G. the romance just happened too fast and on the other hand, the romance between Edward and Gracie happened EXTREMLY TOO FAST. He actually wanted to kiss her the first time he saw her. I totally didn't like the romance. I think it was kind of Insta-Love and Insta-Love is one of my bookish pet peeves. the romance is also one of the reasons I can't continue reading it. The Plotit's predictable. My guess about Edward's sickness was right and I heard this book is funny but IT IS NOT FUNNY. maybe I just smiled once or twice but I don't think I ever laughed while reading it because if I laughed then I would remember it. I think this is the first time I read Historical Fiction book and maybe that genre is not my cup of tea. I don't know what is wrong with me. I just don't find this book funny and I always slept every time I started reading it so I was only able to read just few pages before I found myself sleeping.thank you guys for reading this review and liking it. I really appreciate it and I hope you all have a great weekend! ❤❤❤

  • Khadidja
    2019-03-15 03:37

    "To everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo Dicaprio on that door.And for England. We're really sorry for what we're about to do to your history" I am filled with joy right now, my heart is full, my bookish soul is satisfied.How i wish i could give this book million stars and force it on every book person on this planetMy Lady Janeis a delightful historical fiction that will probably lighten up your whole life, it is a mixture of fantasy, history, comedy i mean COMEDYin bald and a not so little bit enjoyable romance. The story follows 3 characters : ●Edward Tudor: He's the king of England, child of King Henry VIII, who is also a sixteen years old boy with dry sense of humour who fantasies about kissing a girl but he's quite unlucky because he's dying. His one and only nightmare is dying before even kiss a girl.I mean i totally get him, i will likely get disappointed too. But all what our king is doing at the moment is considering who will inherit his crown.....That's what kings do when they are dying, don't they?Which leads us to *drums* : ●Lady Jane Grey: She's a real historical character, as real as Henry VIII and Edward. She is (in real life) The queen who ruled England for nine days and then had her head chopped off. As our narrators said "Sometimes history gets it all wrong" So Jane is Edward's best friend and cousin, whom he has arranged to mary her off to secure the line of succession. (Marry her off to GIFFORD DUDLEY KDBCHZKZJZBD) But Jane is a girl who would rather read books than get married, the woman eats books, breaths books, pet books, protect books (at all costs) and most of all read books. Like A LOT OF BOOKS i envy her.Her jokes will make you wet your pants"There it wasThat noseTruly, it was a great, arching eagle nose that would enter a room five whole seconds before the rest of him did.""Praise all the gods and saints, Lord Gifford Dudley may have had an unfortunate name but he did not have the nose.....It was a miracle. A marvel. A wonder. A relief. After all she would be expected to kiss this man by the end of the ceremony, and the last thing she needed was to lose an eye." LOLAnd then there's my man and husband and precious charming cinnamonroll : ●Lord Gifford Dudley I mean G: (he's quite sensitive when it comes to his name, so call him G)My most precious character is an Ethian (eth-y-un) even with this i still read it Ethbdjziahzg -i never seem to pronounce it right- he is at night a beautiful man and at day...he becomes a beautiful horse (the only difference is the secondary word, nothing serious). "Sweet lady, there are those of us who sleep lying down, and those of us who sleep standing up. I can do both" And his horse condition led us to so many horse jokes -invented by Jane of course- that made me laugh my scarf off "No horse jokes," he said."My lord, i apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book--unharmed!--I will give you carrot.""Was that a horse joke?""Neigh."I love them, my babies....*tears up*For the love of every joke that made you laugh and every cup of hot chocolate that made you warm, read this book.~~~~ Oh My GodI didn’t write a review for this? I DIDNT WRITE A REVIEW FOR MY LADY JANE??How dare i? Off with my head, please. I promise to write a proper review for you, babe, i promise

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2019-02-18 05:31

    What a DELIGHT. This book was such a treat. I already want to read it all over again. Easiest 5 stars I've given all year. Also, pro tip: if you guys want to read this you should definitely consider the audiobook! One of the best I've ever listened to. Everything about this was just SO DAMN GOOD.

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2019-02-26 01:43

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestWhen I was in high school, I would sometimes walk over to my best friend's house and we would sit down and write, and then post, fanfiction. Completely off-the-wall AU fanfiction, of the variety that's often known derisively as "crackfics." It was terrible fanfiction and, yes, it's still up - or was, last time I checked. And no, I'm not going to tell you where it was posted or under what name, because it was bad, and I was fifteen when I wrote it. We had a good time writing it, though - and I think part of the reason we (foolishly) thought it was so great was because we poured a lot of our friendship and humor into the fic, to the point that the experience of writing the fic was greater than the sum of the parts.I feel like that's kind of what happened in MY LADY JANE. These three authors, who I imagine are probably friends, decided to sit down together and compose their own fic - only it wasn't Ranma 1/2 or Inuyasha fic that they were writing about, but history itself. They sat down and they wrote fanfiction about Lady Jane Grey, and decided that Jane shouldn't die, so they turned her tragic ending and short-lived rule into a "spirited" romance, and they decided that Edward wasn't frail and sickly, but being poisoned instead. And they decided that the war between the Catholics and the Protestants would be much better written as a war between the, well, not-shape-shifters and the shape-shifters. And they also decided that shape-shifter was too banal, so they'd call them "edians" with a weird "d." CONFUSED YET? I WAS, TOO.This is Tudor history crackfic, only it doesn't really work for a number of reasons.Number 1) The narrative is condescending AF. The authors have all these constant asides written in parenthesis, which are obviously supposed to come across as adorable and funny and cute, but instead come across as overly precious and hand-holdy. "DID YOU GET MY JOKE? DID YOU?" It's literally the narrative equivalent of a four-year-old child thrusting their macaroni art into your face.Number 2) The premise is stupid. When I got to the first page, I was like, "WTF." And then I got five pages deeper, and I was like, "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" And by the time I got to the end of the book I was like, "HOLY HECK, YOU WEREN'T KIDDING ME." MY LADY JANE aspires to be many things - it wants to be Monty Python (and even rips several lines from it, including "It's just a flesh wound" and "your mother was a hamster, and your father smelled of elderberries"); it wants to be Ladyhawke (or East of the Sun, West of the Moon); it wants to be The Princess Bride; and I think it wants to be Blackadder as well, with all that heavy winking about history, but it fails at all of these because it isn't funny enough to be like Monty Python, it isn't tragic or well-scripted enough to be Ladyhawke, it isn't as romantic or as clever as Princess Bride, and it especially is not as historically astute as Blackadder, which had inside jokes about history down to an art form. This book's jokes about history is to mention anachronisms like Jimi Hendrix or to cheekily suggest that Edward was the inventor of the hover hand (no, I'm not kidding) or that Jane was the inspiration for using "ferret" as a verb instead of just a noun (because, you know, she can turn into a ferret). WTF, book?Number 3) The characters have no depth and their personalities and motivations can LITERALLY be summed up in a single word. Observe. Edward: "Sex." Gifford: "G." Jane: "Books." Gracie: "Scottish." Mary: "Evil." ALL of their interactions and jokes are based around these words. Edward wants to have sex before he dies, and then when he meets a girl, obsesses over her single-mindedly. Gifford hates his name and wants to be called "G." Jane likes books in that annoying way that's typical of heroines, in that it compensates for her utter lack of personality, and panders desperately to us, the readers, who also like books (and is tantamount to a giant neon "PLEASE LIKE HER" sign). Gracie is a Scottish shape-shifter who acts like Merida, and for some reason her being Scottish is a Big Deal. Mary, who I always kind of felt sorry for, is branded as the villain. Because apparently it's not enough that she's got a drink named "Bloody Mary" named after her; she's got to be the cardboard cut-out villain in this book populated with Patricia Wrede rejects. Why not rename her Evil Evilsson?Number 4) The humor is so dumb and lame. For example, Gracie is a fox shifter and Edward thinks she's hot, so the authors make this terrible joke: Yes, Gracie was a fox. No, really. She was. Literally. (We know. It's too good.) (47%). Bad pun, which the authors then feel the need to explain, and then feel the need to congratulate themselves for. The entire narrative is like that, and I found it really grating. Maybe some people will find it charming, but I prefer subtlety to sledgehammers. And here's an example of Jane showing us how much she likes to book her books when she books her booky books:  "Armies aren't very good about carrying libraries with them. I can't imagine why. We'd fight so much less if everyone would just sit down and read" (79%). In case you didn't get it: BOOKS.I bought this because it was on sale for $1.99 at the time and because most of my friends said that they loved it. They loved it. I don't get it (I REALLY DON'T GET IT OKAY), but whatever, I'm glad they enjoyed it (even if I'm now second-guessing all of their recommendations to me). When I wrote that crazy fic with my friends, we had a few(!) readers who would actually egg us on to write more. They even subscribed via their emails so they could get UPDATES(!!!) when we posted. Young me was shocked that we had so few readers to appreciate our brilliance. Older, wiser me is amazed that we had any at all. I'm sure these authors were really proud of their book, and they had a lot of fun writing it, and probably all patted each other on the back for a job well done. And hey, for every naysayer like me, there's like a thousand people who ate this up like it was an ice cream sundae with the works. SO CLEARLY, something here worked for some people. But if you're going into this thinking it's going to be like Monty Python or The Princess Bride like I did, it's not. At all.P.S. F**K YOU, G. YOUR NAME'S NOT A LETTER, YOU ELITIST BUTTMUFFIN.1 star

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    2019-02-22 22:29

    Well this was an absolute delight.All the hype was true! I was a bit worried at first but even at the introduction, I got it. I have to be honest though- I think this is the type of book that will really only appeal to you if this is your type of humor (very much British humor with nods to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and even little references to "The Princess Bride" and "Tangled" - yep, the Disney movie.)Not to mention, the story was absolutely charming. Granted, I wasn't 100% familiar with the real story- but I feel like I am now, even though this stretched the truth by miles (literally... and with humans having the magical ability to turn into animals.) The narrators frequently interject the story providing hilarious tid bits of information on actual history. Even still, it was a super light read and the perfect book if you're in the mood for comedic relief mixed in with a fantasy take on historical fiction. Really, the dedication says it all...“DedicationFor everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.” It follows 3 characters - Jane, Gifford, and Edward - who all have their fun little personalities. I was entertained on every page. Needless to say, though this might have been a little predictable at times- I was still hyped up and rooting for all of them individually. I have to say, Gifford was probably my favorite. His personality was hysterical and he was so precious - though Edward was right behind him.Even with all the humor, some of the legit quotes in here surprised me.."The fool thinks he is wise," G retorted. "But the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” Overall, this gets a standing ovation from me and a glowing recommendation- so long as you are clear on what to expect! Basically what I'm saying is this book is precious and needs to be a movie. Lastly, if you're looking for something similar- check out "These Vicious Masks"! This really reminded me of the humor in that book - both are a fun take on historical fiction with the added bonus of magic and comedic relief. My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy

  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    2019-02-22 06:28

    4.5 starsFirst of all, the most important thing: this is not historical fiction. If you're looking for that or if you get offended by the change in historical events, back away slowly.And now that we addressed the elephant in the room... This. Book. Is. Amazing!This book is like ice cream, and red velvet cake, and pink unicorns farting on a rainbow, and a slumber party with your girlfriends, and everything else that's funny and nice.Ok, breath in, breath out. I'm calm. I think most of us know about the unfortunate Lady Jane Grey who ruled England for exactly 9 days. She succeeded Edward VI, but was thrown in jail and executed for treason, so that Mary I could become queen (as she should have from the start if you ask me).My Lady Jane takes that short period and rewrites it, so that they could all live happily ever after. I very much prefer this version. There is no war between protestants and Catholics. The war is between shapeshifters and regular people. And that's much better in my opinion. Because everything is so much better in a world with magic.We have three main characters and their POVs: Jane (duh!), Gifford (Jane's husband) and Edward (the king).Jane loves books. A lot. For that reason alone, you should read this book. And she's a real kick-arse lady. Let me stress on lady because she doesn't literally kick arse, but she's very brave and willful. And she can use a frying pan very well, even if she cannot actually cook.Oh, and she turns into such a cute little animal.Gifford is our man-horse and Jane's husband. His father forces him to marry Jane so that he could become king of England. But he's a good man (?boy?) and he has a finely-shaped nose (unlike the men in his family). Naturally, he eventually falls in love with our heroine.And he likes apples very much.Then, there's Edward, the boy king. History isn't sure about his cause of death, so our three authors went for poisoning. Only Edward survived. Because YA, and, for once, I'm ok with it. So he embarks on a quest to regain his throne. And he has Jane and Gifford to help him.Bottom line is you should read this book! It's funny, it's light, and it's extremely entertaining.

  • Tweebs♥️
    2019-03-20 04:27

    Edit:"And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history."Nah, y'all should be apologizing for ruining my life. (╥﹏╥) (╥﹏╥) (╥﹏╥) (╥﹏╥) Alright. My Lady Jane, had an engaging plot, intriguing world, delightful characters, and A+++++++++ comedy.It is written by three lovely authors: Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, and Cynthia Hand.To be frank, it feels like one person wrote it. I keep forgetting the fact that three people had written this. I bet you $100 to spot the distinction and claim which author had written what part because….there is literally no difference in the writing style. It's absolutely perfect, fun and easy to follow. It’s safe to assume that majority of you have at least heard of or came across the names of these historical figures:○Bloody Mary I○Jane Grey○Edward VI○Elizabeth I○Henry VIIIWhat is the point of you mentioning this, you say??? Well, My Lady Jane,revolves around real historical figures. Luckily, you don't need to any additional background info to go into this book. It's pretty basic but if you somehow find yourself lost then I suggest googling researching it then :) Buuuuuuuuuuuut "And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history."(Yeah, I used this quote twice. Sue me!) I literally dived into this book expecting to learn some facts about history and I don’t know have my life changed or something but then BAAMMM!!People were turning into animals left and right. Guys, I had nooooooo clue what WAS going on. This book is about real historical figures but here's the thing. Everything is different.. The authors decided to add a fantasy twist. You see, these individuals are called Eðian. They have the ability to switch between two different forms: human and animal.They are pretty much shape-shifters. In this fictional world, Eðians are hated and looked down upon. Gifford (he prefers to go by G) is one of the main MC’s and well…..he’s a horse. He is the Duke’s son and ends up in an arranged marriage with Jane, another of our main MC’s. Jane, is literally ME. All she wants to do isjust read and read and read and YOU GUESSED IT?? REAAAAAD.Also, I'm pretty sure everyone will no doubt connect with Jane because reading is her passion (Cough Cough, what a surprise, so is mine!)and her ability to never stop promoting everyone to read is entertaining. For example: “Armies aren't very good about carrying libraries with them. I can't imagine why. We'd fight so much less if everyone would just sit down and read” In other words: Choose the book life. Then, we have Edward VI, the king and our last main MC. He suffers from this dreadful disease which is killing him. Like the poor guy never reached first base with anyone. He’s never been able to go out and do things a normal teenage boy would do. Also, he's Jane's cousin.Anyway.I loved Jane and G. They are OTP. I shipped them a little bit too hard but who can blame me??? They are just so cute *squeals*Now guys, the reason why I loved them so much is because of the banter between Jane and G or more like her horse jokes. Obviously, I have to share it. How else am I suppose to convince you to read this???“No horse jokes," he said."My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book---unharmed!---I will give you a carrot."He brandished the book at her. "Was that a horse joke?""Neigh.""Was that a horse joke?”OR“Very funny, my lady. And that reminds me"---he pointed a finger at her---"no horse jokes."He was making it too easy. "Ah, my lord, why the long face?""That's it!” OKAY, ONE MORE!!“I’m so hungry I could eat a horse. Oh. Sorry, G. Not you, of course.”*knee slap* If you didn’t laugh, chuckled or at least smiled then buddy what’s wrong with your sense of humor?? C’mon, it was hilarious. Admit it. There's no shame. Alright.Although, there’s a lot of things going on and I want to address them BUT I don’t want to spoil it. This is all I’m going to leave you off with. Also, I advise you to not open this book in a public place. You will have a difficult time containing your laughter. Trust me, I embarrassed the crap out of myself countless times in the subway. I recommend this book to anyone who just needs a good laugh and a funny cheesy plot to read. If this is something you'd dig then this book is practically calling you. Pick it up!! You can find this review and my other reviews at Booksprens