Saturday, September 23, 2017

Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Year Published: 2016


Genre: YA historical fiction
Pages: 491
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2017 Google Reading map)UK

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review


Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Edward 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 is Edward's cousin, and far more interested in books than in 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 is a horse. That is, he's an Edian (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 Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the future 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?

Review: Oh my goodness. I haven't read a book since August 15. That's 5 weeks of not reading! It has felt so strange and boy does it feel good to have read a book. I am hoping that means my book reading mojo is back.

This is a really fun book to read, all 491 pages of it. It is sarcastic, flip, funny, light-hearted, somewhat historically accurate (well, little bits of it are including the characters and general idea behind the plot), and a good read. I liked the characters, especially the strength of Jane and Gracie, the vulnerability of Edward and Gifford, and the quirkiness of Granny and Bess (yes, Queen Elizabeth I). 

The story is based in the 1550s when King Henry VIII has died (as had so many of his wives), and England was in need of a strong monarch. The battle for the crown between Edward, Bess, and Mary is woven among stories of people who can transform into animals (and normally I don't like this kind of stuff, but it fits the book really well) and various bad guys to keep the reader on his/her toes.

If you are in the mood for a quick, fun semi-historically based read, I definitely recommend this one.

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