Hey book friends! It's time again for another round of 3 Reasons! I picked My Lady Jane for January mostly because we both had bought it on sale and it's been all a buzz in the book world.
The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.
1. Historical Fiction with a Comedic Twist
I always enjoy a book loosely based on history. I think it stems back to my Little House on the Prairie Days. The authors do a great job of keeping the story super silly and entertaining. I found some of the jokes to be laugh out loud funny and very mocking of culture of the time. My favorite quote was "She was a woman who wears pants. She couldn't be trusted".
This was definitely the book to read for a fun, lighthearted take on history. Despite it being set in the time of queens and kings, it felt pretty feminist and fun. The ladies were totally in charge in this one, wearing pants and kicking ass.
I'm also a sucker for magic and fairy tales. This story definitely has a bit of a Princess Bride feel to it. There's some wicked curses running about. Jealous sibling hierarchy. Royal Backstabbing. Poisonings. It was the perfect recipe for kick ass fairy tale.
It was so interesting to have there be a struggle with magic and what it means for the world in this book. I loved that people were turning into animals left and right, there was betrayal and intrigue and lots of royal shenanigans. Definitely everything you want in a fun royal romp through (revised) history.
3. Book Loving Heroine
Jen Says: I absolutely loved Jane. I loved how much she valued books. I love how she completely ignored her social standing and always made reading a priority. She was definitely a feminist before her time. I also enjoyed her character arc and watching her finally develop feelings for her husband, which was a result of an arranged marriage. I'm always a sucker for a happy ending.
Jane was a total Hermione, always reading and having the answer to any obscure questions. One of my favorite parts of this book were the titles of the books Jane was reading like The Unabridged History of Beets in England: Volume 5. Seeing what book Jane was reading next was fun, and any girl who takes so many books on vacation they take up valuable seat space is my kind of book heroine.