My Lady Jane: Charming, cheeky, and delightful! // Book Review

“No horse jokes,” he said.
“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book—unharmed!—I will give you a carrot.”
He brandished the book at her. “Was that a horse joke?”
“Neigh.”
“Was that a horse joke?”

Summary:

King Edward of England is dying and he has arranged for his cousin Jane to marry Gifford to secure the line of succession. Unfortunately, Jane is much too preoccupied with her books whereas Gifford turns into a horse every dawn against his own will, and it is a peculiar match that will test their mettles.

Meanwhile, a political conspiracy is afoot, and this revisionist retelling follows Jane, Gifford, and Edward on their journeys in this perilous romp.

***Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Comedy

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My thoughts:

Ahh, what a lovely read this was! I went in with a fair amount of expectation for this book after reading positive reviews from trusted bloggers, and I emerged not in the least disappointed: My Lady Jane is a fun, light-hearted, and hyperbolic read (in the most delightful sense), and it had me chuckling all the way throughout the story.

Because for one, it is campy to the max. The authors blast all formalities out of the water with modern slang, feminist angles, and cheeky fourth-wall breaking that informed me early on that this was not one to be taken too seriously, and it was delightful how the authors gave no qualms about maintaining temperance nor historical accuracy.

On the other hand, it was impressive how the utter ridiculousness of the premise never overshadowed the plights of these characters. Whether it be Edward’s preoccupation with kissing a girl before he dies, or Gifford’s inability to prevent himself from transforming into a horse, none of these far-fetched plot points stymied these characters from being realistic or compelling to me, and I was wholly invested in them.

Particularly in our two main characters. The amour between Jane and Gifford rivaled that of The Princess Bride (movie) as their dynamic was heartfelt and passionate yet hilariously quirky at the same time, and although I felt the hate-to-love trope was executed just a tad quickly, in the context of an unapologetically campy and linear plot, a rushed romance did not feel as jarring as it ordinarily as it would’ve felt to me.

Bottom line, this a book where if you roll with the punches, you’ll have a great time. It’s not meant to be taken seriously, yet the characters themselves are smart, realistic, and self-aware, and thus the events of this book felt compelling to me in turn: the plot is funny, but you do care about the character journeys in the end.

“Because he was English and that’s what the English do under stress: they drink tea.”


Recommended? Oh yeah.

I’d say this is a perfect book for a reading slump. It never takes itself too seriously, yet there’s a compelling narrative to hold your interest amidst the action-filled romp, and I highly recommend it to those who need a stress-free read that delivers a sincere plot with hilarious characters whom you can be emotionally invested in.

So for ages 13 and up! If you loved A Gentleman’s Guide’s To Vice and Virtue, you will adore this as the humor in both of these books are birds of the same feather.


Bottom line: Sooo much fun!

Now let’s be frank: is this book going to sweep the literary awards? Neigghh. However, I went in understanding that this book was meant to be a somewhat frivolous and entertaining read, and in that regard, this book wholly delivered: it was sassy, comical, and over-the-top, and it was just an absurdly fun ride.

Therefore, I give this book 4.5 stars. It knew what it was trying to be (an unapologetically campy adventure), and I had a blast reading it.

My rating: 4.5 frogs

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40 Comments

  1. I bought this book a while back and am saving it for my summer reads. I read a little bit of it already and chuckled the whole way thought those chapters so far. I love how neatly you summarised this fun read and I can not wait to carry on reading it on summer evenings wrapped in a blanket on my little patio.

    Great review and thumbs up for finding another great book you enjoyed. 😊

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  2. This one really was so much fun! When I first found out about it and saw that it was compared to The Princess Bride, I full on didn’t trust that it would ever live up to that standard, but it provided a good amount of campy fun. I especially loved the quotes that you included. They were fantastic along with your review as always. 😉 Wonderful post! ❤

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      1. I remember seeing it when it first came out (like when they do those little two sentences thing when they first announce that compare them to things), and saw The Princess Bride meets Henry the Eighth and I just had that summary stuck in my head ever since, LOL. But it did really have that feeling to it and as you said – fun and campy. 😀

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  3. Amazing review! I’m really glad you enjoyed this, especially since I’ve been wanting to buy this book for AGES! I see it around all the time, but never seem to get it! 🙈(I’m totally convinced now!) + you mentioning that it’s sorta similar to A Gentleman’s Guide has got me adding it to my cart right now! ❤️

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  4. I saw this book everywhere a while ago but I never knew what it was about, but your review really made me want to pick up the book already, great review! 🤗

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  5. Great review! I’ve been wanting to read this forever! I’ll definitely pick it up sooner, especially after the comparison to Gentlemens Guide!

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  6. Another one you tricked me in! I’ve been seeing this long time and somehow resisted, but if you say it’s so much fun, I’ll give it a try 🙂 Thanks a lot, great great review!

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  7. So agree this was such a lovely book! I thought it was so much fun too 😀 And I loved the cheeky breaking the fourth wall elements too 🙂 And I absolutely loved the characters too. And definitely agree that it’s not to be taken seriously- I think that’s a great way to put it. Fantastic review!

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  8. I already have this one on my ereader and keep hearing that it’s just a really great read!

    I really loved this review and think I’ll take your advice about picking it up if I feel a slump coming along.

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  9. This book is a treasure! I love your review! The “For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.” dedication made me giggle straight away, and I instantly knew it was going to become one of my favorites. 🙂 Have you read My Plain Jane?

    P.S. I stalked over from Gerry’s blog because I love your comments, and now I see we have much book love in common, so I’ll keep stalking hehe. 🙂

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    1. Aww thank you so much! Yes, this book was a delight, wasn’t it? I knew immediately from that dedication that it was going to be a great ride, and it made me smile so much. 😉

      Sadly, I can’t say I’ve read My Plain Jane yet, but it’s for sure on my TBR! Have you read it yourself? What did you think about it? Did it compare to My Lady Jane?

      Also, welcome! I love stalking commenters on blogs I enjoy (Gerry’s awesome hehe) so I’m happy you found your way here! Do stalk away anytime. 😊 ❤

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      1. I know, exactly, it was such an unexpected, amazing read. 🙂 I bought the version with the illustrated cover, I hope they publish all of them in the same manner, it’s really cute and comical. 😀

        Yep! Read it a while ago, I’m so late on the review but I’ll post it soon. 🙂 It’s really different than My Lady Jane, but it has that same type of humor, popular references etc. It was also a 5 star read for me, without comparison, but comparing it to the first one I’d give it 4.5. I kind of tried to experience it as a standalone. 🙂

        Hehe thanks! Me too, that’s usually how I find people with similar tastes, by stalking. 😀 Will do, I have a lot to catch up on because I was on a hiatus, but you have so many posts of books I’ve read or want to read, so I’ll go through all. 🙂 ❤

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        1. The illustrated version is really cute! I actually only knew it by its real-life girl cover when I bought it (which I did strangely enough like considering I don’t like real people on covers), but I just may swap it out for the illustrated one. 😉 And it’s great to hear that My Plain Jane is in the same ball park! I have it on my shelf, so I can’t wait to start reading it. 😊

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          1. Haha, I don’t like people on covers either! I love anything illustrated so this was an amazing grab, I’ll wait for the second one to come out the same way and I’ll buy it then. 🙂 Yay, hope you love it, it’s a real adventure, and I love the characters! 🙂

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