Original Title: My Lady Jane
Year Published: 2016
Published by: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 494
First Sentence: “You may think you know the story.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…
Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…
Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.
The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?
I’m a huge history nerd and the fate of Lady Jane Grey has definitely interested me since I first heard about her. Seeing that a sort of parody book was to be written about her I got so excited. Seeing the authors writing it, had me even more excited. What always troubled me when it comes to the real story is that it didn’t have a very happy ending (very common throughout history, it is a rough world). This is the comical version of events and you do get a happy ending. Absolutely perfect.
All the characters were so much fun. We had three characters sharing the burden of being the main character, Jane, G and Edward. They were all so much fun and interesting to read about. I loved that the authors developed them around the events from actual history, but also managed to make them their own characters. Jane was relatable because she was a bookworm but also a teenage girl who wasn’t that happy that her mother was ruling her life. G was the young lad whom everyone expected to be the playboy but who wanted more from life than that. Edward, our poor sickly king, who just wanted to live a normal life. They all had characteristics that we as readers can relate to, but they were all fun and witty, which made them so much fun to read about.
The plot was hilarious. It is based around the actual historical events but does take some (a lot) of liberty with it. Which is super fun the real story is kind of tragic, so this version is definitely better. The writing was so witty and this book overall was just so much fun to read.
Do I recommend it?
Yes! Although, if you are one of those that can’t handle incorrect historic references then maybe stay clear.