First Impression Friday: “My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

I blame all of this one Shanah, and she’s probably perfectly happy with that.

Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of surveys online and getting some decent Amazon gift cards out of the deal, so I’ve been buying a ton of books on Amazon. (In the past few weeks, I’ve bought this book and three Redwall books, plus a few more things aside from books.)

Last week I talked about how I liked reading about the Holocaust when I was younger. Well, my sophomore year of college I found the Tudor Dynasty, and proceeded to read all of Margaret George’s books (or most of them, at least) on this particular British family: Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Mary Queen of Scots. I hadn’t heard of Lady Jane Grey at all, but the fact that she’s known as the Nine Day Queen (and that she died at only 16/17), really intrigued me, and I ordered a copy right away. I was a little worried because I’ve heard some things about how the humor isn’t for everyone, but if I don’t like it, I guess I’ll live.

From GoodReads:

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?

Image result for my lady janeWell, from the get-go, I knew this was going to be an interesting ride. Shapeshifters. There’s shapeshifters. I went into this without even reading the blurb (probably should have done that, right?), and so I was woefully unprepared for what I was reading.

I’ve only read the first chapter (I got partway into the second chapter, but then I got distracted by…something?), but I’m enjoying it. The authors are unapologetic about the way they’re rewriting history, and I enjoy it. I will admit the whole shapeshifter thing is a bit odd of a decision to inject into Tudor history, but hey, I’ll take it.

So far, the characters seem to have a relatively good grip on reality. Edward VI is not as spoiled as I would have assumed he would be, and he seems like your normal 16-year-old boy, albeit one who is currently the King of England (under a regent, that is) and who has never kissed a girl. Oh, and he’s dying. Jane appears to be a girl after my own heart, and I’m really hoping that she turns out to be just as badass as I want her to be in this particular novel.

I have no idea where this is going to go, or how close they’ll stick to the timeline of actual history (which, if you haven’t read all of the Wikipedia pages on Henry VIII and his family, you should probably go do so, because it’s fascinating). Suffice to say, I’m pleased with what I’ve read so far and I’m looking forward to seeing how the authors pull this off.

I normally try and stay away from super popular books when they burst onto the scene, and I’ve been seeing this one around a lot lately. However, the cover is so interesting (and I know I’m going to collect the series, so bring out the second in paperback STAT! And please don’t change the covers…) and the subject matter is interesting as well. I can’t wait to finish this! Let me know what you think, too.

And as always, keep reading.

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