My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Aston, Judi Meadows

Wednesday, July 27th 2016


Firstly, this book is simple amazing. As Mel B. says on America’s Got Talent, “You made me not just laugh, but belly laugh”. This books is 491 pages of pure comedy joy, tons of enjoyable REFERENCES! Did I not mention it is severely hilarious? Honestly, I’m not sure how these talented authors took a page, a short page, of history, and transform it into comedy gold! I received this book through the powers of OwlCrate. OwlCrate is box service that sends it’s subscribers amazing bookish treats such as book character theme FUNKO Pop toys, book jewelry, bookmakers, just to name a few examples but also books. Really amazing books. This book came in my June Box, which I have an unboxing video on Instagram.

The thing that makes this book so surprising is that it’s a fantasy novel, that actually includes the short live tale of a Queent hat only lived for 9 days. I really love how the authors were able to recreate history within their own historical novel. My Lady Jane! Oh, how can I describe this book to you. Hmm, it feels like a combination of  Monty Python meets a historical Tudor romance novel. It’s humorous retelling of the infamous short lived Queen Jane Grey, who was beheaded for fear that she was committing treason. Her reign as Queen of England just truly a short few worlds in the history of England’s monarchy, yet this book makes me rethink all I know about my former colonized country’s past. I really wasn’t sure how the author where going to make this:

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, by the French painter Paul Delaroche, 1833

Depressing point of history enjoyable to readers. I mean, let’s face it no matter how much we enjoy hearing the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland scream, Off with her Head, we don’t exactly what to read about a Queen that actually got the deluxe head basket treatment, do we?

Trust me when I saw I believe you are really going to enjoy the characters that are featured in this novel. Edward, G, and Jane are the most hilarious trilogy of adventurous character I ever had the pleasure of reading. The way the were introduced in the book truly set the tone for all the commercial events that were going to happen tot them. First off let me introduce you to King of England, Edward, whose dying, yet had so much plan food his young life at the age sixteen, such as kissing.

 “ “But . . .” There was so much he wanted to do with his life. First off, he wanted to kiss a girl, a pretty girl, the right girl, possibly with tone. He wanted to throw a grand, lavish balls to show off his dancing skills to the nobles. He wanted to finally best the weapons master at swords, because Bash was the only person he knew who forgot to let him win. He wanted to explore his kingdom and travel the world. He wanted to hunt a great best of some sort and mount its head on his wall. He wanted to climb to the top of Scafell Pike, get as high up as a person cold possibly go in England, and look over the lands stretching below him and know that he was king of all he surveyed
But apparently none of that was going to happen.“(2).

Little does King Edward know that is exactly the type of adventure he’s about to have. That is what I love the most about this book, is the fact that the authors literally tell you exactly what events are going to happen to the characters the moment you are introduced to them. What I love most about this book is how very comical all the vents unfold are. If you’re a fan of the BBC Monty Python, then I have no doubt that you are going to love this book. Actually if you ever wanted any type of BBC televisions shows like Are you being Served? or Absolutely Fabulous, I’m sure you going to laugh your way silly reading this novel. I know I did. Actually while reading my poor mate ran to me thinking I was crying because I was said, when in honest I was crying because I couldn’t stop laughing. I really love the characters, the character relationships, as well as how much the characters have grown from the moment the reader first meet them to the very end. There won’t be a moment where you would want to use you’re quitter sick, to hold you’re place int he book. Of course my favorite character is Jane, I guess you can understand why?

“ Jane, as we mentioned earlier, loved books.There was nothing she related more than the weight of a hefty tome in her hands, each beautiful volume of knowledge as rare and wonderful and fascinating as the last. 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 m most of all, she loved the way the books could transport her from her otherwise mundane and stifling life and offer the experiences of a hundred other lives.“(26).

How can we not love Jane? She’s clearly one of us! I’ms sure if Jane where an actually person and not a fictional character she would have a vlog, blog, podcast, or perhaps she would just be an amazing librarian offering her knowledge to all those who are close enough to hear her speak. The dynamic between these characters is refreshing, there is the love of family, as well as the blooming romantic love of lovers. I love how the love between the romantic figures takes it time to develop, however the authors do not automatically grant each and every couple the traditional Happy Every After. I love the fact that the right couple earned their  Happy Ever After, while the other earned a well deserved the ending of Their Happy Together.

Trust me, this is the most fun you ever had with history. That authors really took the framework of history into their own imagination, creating an dynamic experiences for the readers.The best part about this book is the MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF REFERENCES! It’s so funny! There were moments where I was literally laughing so hard I was crying. I haven’t read a book that made me laugh so loudly in a quite room, that I didn’t care if I was the only one that knew the joke. I found myself constantly crying at all the hilarious moments Jane, Edward, and of course G found themselves in. There truly isn’t a moment in this book that was not highly entertaining, thrilling, romantic, heartfelt, and of course sensational. I found the fates of the characters to be original. The relationship between the characters, in correlation to their role in history was really nicely done.  I know I’m not giving you much information about the character G, but let’s just say I want you to read the book and you tell me how much you love him!

I though the three different POV might have been adventurous, but that was a lie. Yo could clearly tell the difference in the writing tone of Edward, longing to be kissed, Jane, bookishly smart as always, and of course G who was truly had more horse-ish expression than man. I never read any of the authors work but I do love how they managed to flow their individual style into a clear native, creating character dynamic development, with stunning character relationships. This book was a much needed belly laugh during the long hours of Uni Work. To these wonderful authors, who were able to create such a creative fantasy world around a 9 Day Queen, I thank you!


About Brodi Ashton

First-time author Brodi Ashton received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. Brodi has an active following on her blog, which can be found at She lives in Utah with her family.

About Cynthia Hand

Cynthia Hand grew up in southeast Idaho, just outside the town of Idaho Falls. From as far back as she can remember, she loved books and reading, and wrote her first short story (about a fairy being born in a tulip) when she was around six years old—pretty much as soon as she could write. Her second grade teacher, Mrs. Widdison, told Cynthia that she’d be an author some day, and Cynthia believed her. She kept writing stories all through grade school, most of them wildly fantastical musings on supernatural beings or creatures, none of which ever won the annual short story competition where the writer got to meet Kenneth Thomasma,the author of one of Cynthia’s favorite books, Naya Nuki. Cynthia learned early on that if you wanted to win the writing contest, you should write stories about that time your parents got their car stuck in the snow on the side of a mountain just before dark. You should not write about a group of unicorns fighting to take over an island from an alien invasion. Cynthia kept writing about unicorns anyway.

About Jodi Meadows

Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.

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