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

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By: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided to me in consideration of an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
Oh man. This book. I saw SO many 5 star reviews and so much praise I was thrilled when a copy landed on my door. I hadn’t originally planned to read it only because I wasn’t overly thrilled with the author’s previous work nor did the idea of a comedy intrigue me. As my husband so happily reminds me, I have a very limited sense of humor. It is very rare for things to get me to laugh. After hearing how amazing this book was and that comparison to The Princess Bride I thought- I’ll have to love this.

Sadly, this was not the case. I could see what the authors were going for and I respect the effort. I easily saw where things were supposed to cause the reader to laugh but it all fell rather flat for me. I felt the pacing was uneven and sections really dragged. I fully felt the girth of this novel and multiple times I considered DNFing but I kept hoping I’d start to love it. There were moments I thought I’d be able to really connect to the characters and story but it never happened.

I think the writing style was to blame for my complete disconnect. I always felt at arms length. I never really cared about the character’s outcome nor did I ever like Edward. I really wanted to but nope. I also never shipped the romances. Man, this review is seeming so harsh. The thing is I didn’t hate it at all it just wasn’t something I would read again or own. I do appreciate the creativity of doing something different and approaching history with what could/should have been.

I could easily see the attempt to add that Princess Bride feel and I think the book succeeded in that for the most part but it lacked heart for me personally. I did find the addition of humans turning to animals a fun twist though I couldn’t help but compare the divide with the historical religious divide between Catholic and Protestant.

I was impressed with how well the authors work all flowed together and I wasn’t able to see where one work ended and the other began. I couldn’t tell you if they all wrote each character or if they each took one. Their styles and work were seamless.

Final Thoughts:
I am so sad that this book didn’t work for me. The humor, characters and pacing all were a miss for me though I appreciate the idea behind the book and a comical approach to historical fiction.

 

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Stacking the Shelves

I feel like lately SO MANY amazing books have been releasing and my mail has been really spectacular. I am such a happy reader. I immediately had to start reading Caraval and A Shadow Bright and Burning. I’m not far in ASBaB but I’m more than half way through Caraval. It has been one of my favorite books I’ve read. Period. I’ll be starting The Sleeping Prince very soon. I’m so excited.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

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I purchased The Rose and the Dagger and The Star Touched Queen and the rest were sent to me by publishers for review consideration. Thank you Flatiron, Scholastic, Random House and Harper!

You might know that I’m showcasing my convention haul from TLA a bit different by taking an individual shot of each picture. I will be using a hashtag over on Instagram for each of these pictures: #mfafTLA16bookhaul. You can find me here.

I’ve shared these books so far:

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This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott
Gifted by HA Swain
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin
The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson
The Reader by Traci Chee
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

How was your week? Get any great mail?

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

This is for about two week’s worth of books. I went to Becky Wallace’s The Skylighter event at Barnes and Noble and it was a lot of fun. I was thrilled to get my arc signed and add a signed hardcover to my collection. I already read Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake and loved it! I highly recommend it.

The Books

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I was shocked to get The Raven King. I totally didn’t expect Scholastic to send it early- I’ve not read Blue Lily Lily Blue yet so I immediately started it so I can dive into the final book of the series.

This coming week I’ll be attending my first ever conference! The Texas Library Association conference. I’m so excited (and nervous) since I don’t really know what to expect. I do know I’ll have a wonderful time.

What did you get last week?