A comical, fantastical and witty re-imagining of the Tudor world, perfect for fans of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 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.
If you asked me to name just one book releasing this year that I have been extremely excited about, I would have to say My Lady Jane, firstly because it's been written by three of the most brilliant and talented minds in YA fiction, secondly because it's historical fiction based on English history (I am a brit, ergo I was very excited for this) and finally because it just sounds amazing and there has been a lot of hype and I am a sheep. I follow the hype. Baa.
So when I went to my local chain bookstore this morning to buy this book (it was released two days ago here in the UK) and found that they didn't have it (HORROR), I got in my car, drove home and ordered it for Kindle, and I devoured it within hours. I started this book at 12:30pm, it is currently five hours after that and I am writing a review. I ate this book.
I do not in the slightest way regret being a sheep. This book is every bit worth the hype. This book deserves an award for having me hysterically laughing and gripped and pulling me out of a slump which I thought I would never escape from. This book is so witty and intelligent, with characters which I really grew to love in every single way. It isn't at all what I expected, but it was absolutely amazing.
Jane was such a strong amazing character but she was not my favorite - Gifford (call me G!) was my fave. Funny, kind, handsome, he's just a stallion of a man with a pony tail. Yes, he was great. Edward also was perfect but nobody will replace G as my new book boyfriend and steed. Yes, G is my new love.
I loved the way this book literally broke every fourth wall, and all of the pop cultre references (I also can't help but feel like at least one of these authors has watched the TV series Reign as well). There was a very strong Princess Bride feel of it all - a ridiculousness which just gave this book timelessness - I can honestly say it's going to be one of my feel good, go to, read again and again books (and that is one of the biggest compliments because I simply don't reread).
I'm not really sure how many people read my reviews, I'd like to think that I have a bit of a reach. Therefore, if you are reading this please please please purchase this book and support these authors so that they can continue defiling British history in the best possible way.
I doubt I will read a better book for a very long time.
And yes - I will be getting my hands on a copy of that print version!
Overall Rating: A++++++++
Released June 7th (US)/September 1st by Hot Key Books
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review