Written by: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Pages: 512, hardcover
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Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC!
For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.
Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.
Oh lord what to say about a book that you finished and almost flipped to the front to just instantly restart? What to say about a book that you instantly told your mother she had to drop everything to read? What to say about a book that you told your best friend to just preorder it and tell you thanks later? What to say about a book that you pre-ordered without even finishing half of it?
To say that I loved My Lady Jane is such an understatement I don’t know how to even properly put it into words. This book was everything. I laughed my head off, I freaked out and panicked, I fell in love with these dumb characters. I rooted for them to be happy, I strove to see the best in all of them. I shipped and cried and just everything was packed into this standalone book that held my ideal book.
My only real letdown for this entire book is that it ended. That there isn’t more in this world, that the authors aren’t writing more of these wonderful books in this wonderful style.
“Hey Sondra,” I said to myself, over a year ago, “How about you include a what didn’t work section in your reviews so you’re forced to talk about bad things in books?”
“Jolly good idea, I do say!” I answered. Not yet thinking of the ramifications of those absolutely perfect books the ones that make you want to run out and buy fifteen copies to shove into friends hands.
Chapter One – Nearly Two Years Later
“Wow that book was basically the best book I’ve ever read,” I said closing my Kindle after finishing My Lady Jane, “Wait, how am I going to REVIEW THIS?”
I sat at my computer staring at the screen hoping that words would come to me, that I would be able to see past the gorgeous eyes of this book that undid my soul. That I would be able to find that one flaw, that one chink in the armor that proved this book wasn’t perfect.
“Well, hell,” I muttered, “It might as well be Brooding Ya Hero. It’s so perfect. How can I do anything but love this book forever?” I slowly took my Kindle back out of my bag, settling in with my blankets and tea, “Perhaps a second time I’ll find a problem. Yes. Rereading will help.”
And so the bookworm fell in love with the book.
The writing in this book is probably the one thing that I talk about more than anything else. The authors often break into the story itself and bring up points, or just their own opinions, sometimes it’s things that just freak you out, often times it’s just to make you laugh. It was such a great way of writing this book that I couldn’t get enough of it. Then there was just the quite simple way the facts of the story was presented to the reader. It was brought with wit and humor and a lightness that perfectly balanced the harsh and often scary moments of this book.
The characters are the second thing, even though the narration around them is super light and humorous, the characters feel so real. They have actual problems, and they have actual ways of dealing with them. I loved seeing the romance between Jane and G. I wasn’t sure I would ship them at all at the start of the book, but by the end oh lord was I rooting for them.
I feel like I could go on forever with this book, but because it was just so vast and wonderful and amazing and beautiful I feel like you need to experience this book for yourself. I just cannot get over it. I don’t know that I’ll ever get over it. I want so much more from these three ladies together, and I’m so glad that I was told to pick it up, and that I threw out my entire TBR to read it as soon as I got it.
As if this entire review wasn’t basically me answering this question: YES. YES DO IT.