review: my lady jane, by jodi meadows, brodi ashton, and cynthia hand

authors: cynthia hand, brodi ashton, jodi meadows
genre: historical fiction, fantasy, YA, retellings
pub date: june 7, 2016
publisher: harperteen
pages: 491
source: purchased

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’d like to give a special shoutout to these wonderful authors for 1) writing a beautiful historical fiction novel that i adored, and 2) HAVING THE MAIN CHARACTER BE A REDHEAD. #gingerpride

going into this book, i was a little unsure about whether or not i was gonna like it. i’m not huge on the historical fiction genre. after hearing other bloggers rave about how good this was, i decided to pick it up and try it. well, whaddaya know? my lady jane ended up being one of my all time favorite books. lesson learned: TRY NEW THINGS.

obviously, there are a ton of things i loved about this book, but most of all, the characters. jane, edward, gifford, ALL OF THEM. they each had such unique traits that i couldn’t help but love. jane is a massive bookworm, edward is a little cinnamon roll who just wants to experience his first kiss before he dies, and gifford is a horse. you’ll understand when you’ve read the book.

the thing that really piqued my interest was the fact that some of the characters were edians, also known as people who can take on their human form as well as an animal form. BUT you had to learn to control it so that you didn’t just go switching forms every 10 minutes. because, you know. that’d be awkward. in many books i read, it seems like the characters can perfect their abilities within seconds, and that doesn’t seem lifelike. it isn’t as if i could pick up a tennis racket and be as good as serena williams the next day. these characters (not gonna say who bc spoilers) had to try and try and try again to control their edian form, and i appreciated the realistic situation they were put into! plus, edians are cool. i wanna be one! 

as you can tell by my ranting/fangirling review of this book so far, there are SO MANY things i loved about it. here’s another: the king (royalty ofc) wasn’t a snob. sometimes authors purposely make the royalty snobbish and spoiled, but edward is everything but that. like i said earlier, he is a sweet little cinnamon roll that deserves a happy life. 2016 has been the year for books about kings and queens, but my lady jane is by far my favorite.

THE HUMOR IN THIS BOOK. THE HORSE JOKES. “was that a horse joke?” “neigh.” i kid you not, if a book and its characters have any sort of humor within them, i am immediately in love with it/him/her. who doesn’t love doing that stupid blow-air-out-of-your-nose-instead-of-actually-laughing thing when you read something funny? and don’t act like you don’t know what i’m talking about. we all do it.

different POVs are another thing i really enjoy in books. it is nice to be able to see situations from everyone’s POV, and not just the POV of the main character. in MLJ, we get to read from edward, jane, and gifford’s POV. there are things some characters know that others don’t. the suspense! this way, the puzzle pieces don’t all come together at once. it slowly unravels as the story goes on.

this wraps up my review for my lady jane! i give it 10/5 stars, because 5 isn’t enough. i only have one question for you: if you were an edian, what animal form would you take? i would be an owl!


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