I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Lady Jane by The Lady Janies
Published by HarperCollins on 2016-06-07
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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.
(Get a taste of this novel by reading the prologue!)
I’m so excited to be on this blog tour!!! Ever since I heard about this book I was both excited and nervous. I was excited because I love all of the authors on this book. I’ve read and enjoyed books from each of them previous to this and that made me very excited for this one. But I was also nervous. For one, I still get worried that I won’t love new books from authors whose previous books I’ve LOVED. I always get nervous about this. Even if the authors are on my must-buy lists, I still worry that because I loved a book from them so much there’s no way another one could live up to it. And also, I was a little worried that three authors writing together would just be too much and it wouldn’t work. I think we’ve all read books by more than one author that has turned out not so great. Oftentimes, the writing just doesn’t flow together. But I have to say, after reading this book, all of my worries were for nothing. This book is so much fun! And the writing is fun and addicting and cohesive and wonderful and the authors worked together so well, I shouldn’t have wasted time being worried at all!
My absolute most favorite thing about this book was just how much fun it was. I’m all for serious books but I also want to have fun while I’m reading. And so sometimes, I just want something fun. And this book delivers on that 100%! I also loved that while it was fun, it wasn’t ridiculous in any way. No over the top, stupid jokes or dumb scenes, it was just full of fun characters and witty dialogue in a world with magic. It was exactly the kind of fun that I love.
The other part of this book that made it so well done and addicting was the characters. And this is where the three authors come into play and their collaboration really works well. There are three main characters whose points of view we get and each author took one. And it worked so well I think this might even be the way that it should be done from now on. The voices were all unique and separate but had a very cohesive theme that kept the story connected and flowing as just one, not a separate book for each thrown together. I think this was a perfect way to have multiple POVs in one book. Espeically because I’m pretty sure we’ve also all read books with mulitple POVs that all sound the same. This was not one of those and still all three MCs quickly became some of my favorite characters that I’ve read. Not only because they were fun but also because they had heart and worked together and were friends. Even though they might not have started out that way, in the end, they came together when they needed to and worked really well together. I love when I can read books with characters who truly grow to care about each other. I can’t wait to read about these characters again and if there were going to be a sequel, which I highly doubt because the book is a stand-alone with a fully closed ending, I would pick that one up in a heartbeat! (Also, I’d most definitely buy anything else that these authors wrote together!)
I loved this book! (In case that was already evident.) And I highly recommend it if you are looking for something fun. It has just the right amount of romance and magic so that it doesn’t overpower the book. There’s also an historical fiction aspect to the book but don’t let that scare you away if you aren’t a fan of that genre. I typically do not pick up that genre because I find they can sometimes be a little too heavy on the historical facts, but this one, like the description says, basically only takes the characters and a few key moments from history and works around them, adding in many, many made-up events and magical moments to make it fun and not at all like a history lesson.
I don’t know that I’ve really done this book justice here but I hope that if you take anything away from these words you remember that this book is lots of fun with fantastic characters. It was super addicting, so don’t be scared by its length or by its genres. I could not stop reading it! And even when I was finished, I wanted more! I hope you guys will give this book a try. And, since I’m lucky enough to be on the blog tour for this book, there’s a giveaway down below! You can enter for a chance to win your own copy!
There will be a tour-wide giveaway for three (3) copies of My Lady Jane for three lucky winners! The giveaway will be open internationally, as long as Book Depository ships to them.