Ever have a terrible day and think to yourself ‘What do I have to do to get myself out of this funk?’
Well, in my case, I tend to head straight to my local bookstore and pick up one (or more) books to chase my blues away.
However, in the case of my bad day on September 9, I have to thank @AphonicSarah on Twitter for pulling my name in her My Lady Jane book giveaway. I was having the worst possible day, and both of us agreed that nothing makes a bookworm feel better than getting new books!
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows had peaked my interest since its publication in June of this year, but for some reason, I was always picking up other books before this alternative historical fiction book.
Did I enjoy the loose interpretation of one of my favourite historical periods? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
Because I honestly don’t feel I can be more creative with a summary than the authors, here is the blurb found on Goodreads:
The comical, fantastical, romantically, (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.
First off, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a better dedication than My Lady Jane. For those without a copy of the book, the dedication reads:
If that’s not a sign of an entertaining read, I don’t know what is.
I’ve said before that I am not usually a fan of fantasy novels because they have a multiple POV narrative style, but for this particular book, I felt that it made the story that much more entertaining, especially because the magic system had several of the characters transforming into animals.
Even though there was a rather large cast of characters, I felt that each of them was able to both shine on their own but also work well together within the narrative of the book.
The romance aspects were tastefully done, given that there are a few characters in the book didn’t either A) have a romance historically or B) have a happy romance historically.
I think the best explanation, without giving too much of the plot away, comes from Cait at ‘A Page With A View‘. In her review, Cait compares My Lady Jane to a Monty Python version of historical events, and I think she hit the nail on the head with that comparison.
Because history can be quite a depressing thing to read about so it was rather enjoyable to read the ‘happily ever after’s’ for some of history’s more tragic figures.
I guess the only reason I didn’t give the book five stars is that, in the end, I am one of those people the narrator says cannot accept the history historians don’t want anyone to know.
While it was certainly a fun read, I do slightly fear that people who go into this believing that the general history woven into the book is fact may make some very upset when they find out the truth.
With that said, I did round my rating up by half a point because of the blatant Tangled reference during the great battle because, “Frying pans. Who knew?’
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.