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MY LADY JANE - Review

January 16, 2018

 

 

My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

How I Got It: eBook Purchase

Publication Date: June 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Point of View: 3rd Person alternate

Genre: Historical Fantasy Comedy

 

 

 

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Finally getting back to book reviews with this particularly lovely story. And I can honestly say I have NEVER read anything quite like My Lady Jane.

 

WHAT I LOVED

 

Um . . . basically everything?

 

I am a bit of an English History nerd (my mother used to write historical romance novels set in England, so I picked up some things as a kid), so I was familiar with the story of Lady Jane Gray before picking up this book. Which is why, when I heard this was not only a fantasy but also a comedy, my reaction was, “Say whaaaat?”

 

But yeah. This is a seriously funny, funny book. The dialogue. The inner monologues. The inserted viewpoint of the three narrators. The whole thing—hilarious!

 

Plus the dynamic between Jane and Gifford is utterly adorable. Their verbal sparring is some of the best I’ve ever seen, and there were some amazing “JUST KISS ALREADY!!!” scenes that my romantic heart thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Also, this is a fantasy, so there is magic. Which definitely shakes up how the whole historical story plays out and . . . I don’t want to give anything away, but this was just a delightful book, you guys.

 

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE SO MUCH

 

Well, if I’m honest . . . the story kind of wandered for a while after the middle climax. (That whole bit with the GWB? Really? I just don’t see how it added anything.) I found myself getting a little bit impatient, ready for the climax and resolution to come ON already. It felt as though the authors HAD to make a certain word count, so they padded the story unnecessarily.

 

But you know what? I still loved the book. Seriously loved it. In fact . . .

 

I loved it so much that I am giving away a paperback copy to one lucky winner! If you would like an opportunity to win, simply subscribe to my mailing list. If you’d like an extra shot at winning, leave a comment below about the best book you’ve read so far in 2018. I’ll be picking a winner at the end of the week, and those who are subscribed AND comment will have a double chance at winning!

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