Today I’m starting a super fun buddy read of My Plain Jane by the lovely Janies Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton with my sweet friend Katherine over at Smada’s Book Smack!
If you haven’t had a chance to read My Lady Jane than you’re definitely missing out! Check out my review below! I hope it’ll convince you to read this adorably unique YA Historical Fantasy!
About My Lady Jane
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?
This book is so adorable. The story of Jane Gray with a different outcome than the usual be-heading and people who turn into animals? Sing me up! I enjoyed listening to this book from start to finish. Unfortunately the narrator passed away last year so we won’t be graced with her amazing English and Scottish accents for My Plain Jane but I’ll forever love her as the narrator of this hysterical YA Historical fiction!
We get multiple POV’s in this funtastic YA novel and getting to know each and every one of them was a fun ride!
Edward is the King of England and has been since he was 9 years old but now that he’s in his teens and dying. The only thing he wants to do is spend his days with his cousin, and best friend, the Lady Jane Gray. When he marries her off to a horse of a man (he’s literally a horse…well…at least half of the time) and while she is on her honeymoon he is faced with the truth behind his sickness and is now fleeing for his life. His journey begins on the ledge of his balcony with his sister beckoning him to figure out how to save himself. With the help of a sly Scottish fox he goes in search of his crazy grandmother who may be the only person who can help him get his kingdom back.
Jane. Oh Jane! She’s a fierce girl who has been wed to a man who no one has warned her turns into a horse from sun up to sun down. Let’s just say she is less than thrilled but when she’s told Edward has died and she is to be queen she finds herself leaning on her him because he’s the only person she feels she can trust…but can she? His father is the Kingmaker and when things don’t seem to be what they seem she starts to question the motives of her new husband.
About the Authors
Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and the upcoming novel THE HOW AND THE WHY (Fall 2019). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with a husband who’s addicted to typewriters, two kids, two cats, one crazy dog, and a entourage of imaginary friends.
Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the Incarnate Trilogy, The Orphan Queen duology, and The Fallen Isles trilogy (harpercollins/katherine tegen), and a coauthor of My Lady Jane (Harperteen). Visit her at her website: www.JodiMeadows.com
Brodi Ashton – Because of two parents who were Greek myth geeks, I grew up thinking the latest fashion trends were inspired by Aphrodite, and a good conversational opener was, “So, which mythological character do you most resemble?” Despite these social shortcomings, I found a great husband who’s always my first reader. We live in Utah with our two young boys, who still have no idea why I’m at the computer all the time.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.