Thursday, May 11, 2017

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

Do you know the story of Lady Jane Grey?  The woman who was Queen of England for 9 days until Mary took it from her and had her beheaded?  (Of course "Bloody" Mary was only queen for a few years before her younger half sister, Elizabeth I, was crowned).  Anyway, this book is all about Jane, her husband G, and her best friend and cousin, King Edward.  But let's just say that the authors told their version of the history, and boy did they have fun with it.

I can only imagine how the idea for this book came about.  I've never read anything by any of these authors, or know anything about them at all really, but I imagine they are really good friends.  Maybe they were on a book tour together, and up late one night, one started telling a story like - 'What if that isn't really what happened way back when in jolly ol'England.  What if it really came down to shapeshifters, and the politics of shapeshifters as a different race/class of people?'.... and it just spiraled from there.

This really is a fun read, full of love, political strategy, back stabbers, shapeshifters, and potential beheadings.  I think I was smiling throughout much of the book, when I wasn't laughing right out loud.  I even loved the way the authors broke the fourth wall to work through some little scene or plot hole or whatever which reminds the reader not to take it too seriously.  Rumor has it that there will be more books like this coming....  and I really hope that is true!

My Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
HarperTeen, 2016
491 pages
Source:  Library


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