Book ReviewYoung Adult

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 491

Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★☆


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 was really great on so many levels! I had heard some great reviews of this book but it took me a long time to finally pick it up – safe to say, I’m really glad I did! My Lady Jane was an enchanting book filled with wonderful dialogue, adorable romance and numerous laugh out loud moments!

Let’s face it, I’m a huge fan of historical fiction. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, having majored in history in university, I love being immersed in important events of the past. Especially when that immersion comes with a reimagining of what could have been. This book was a perfect example of taking a moment in history and transforming it into something that could have happened. It’s nice to escape into a world that could have been – and even more so when the historical event was in a way, extremely sad.

The characters in this book were another HUGE bonus! I loved Jane. I thought she was someone I could relate to on so many levels. She was awkward, loving, loyal, naive and scared of the road that lay ahead. But yet, when faced with difficult situations, she pushed forward and made the best of it. I loved that she was a really strong and brave heroine – it’s important to get these types of female characters out there! Gifford and Edward were both equally as enchanting! They were sweet and loyal, and their care for Jane was one that was so great to watch unfold.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the different perspectives! I sometimes find changing each chapter to a different perspective can be confusing and not enjoyable. But in this book, it worked so well! I found myself so curious to see how each individual story unfolded and then to see how they all intertwined with each other. It was intriguing and extremely refreshing for me!

Combined with magical elements, this book was just a great read. It checked off so many of the things that I love in books: humour (I totally laughed out loud a number of times), great writing, excellent plot, cheesy and swoon-worthy romance and magic! I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t read it. If anything, you’ll find it is a quick and engaging read that is filled with an overwhelming sensation of joy after you’ve finished reading.

I can’t wait for My Plain Jane to come out in the summer! I love that this is a series but that each book is considered a standalone. I for one definitely need more of these authors in my life and cannot wait to get my hands on it when it comes out!

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!


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