My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows is a coauthored book where different chapters are written not just from different viewpoints, but by different authors, yet somehow the whole thing flows incredibly well. If you hadn’t told me that three authors wrote it, I probably never would have noticed. The book is a reimagining of history for King Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, and Lord Guildford Dudley. It contains all of the key characters from the time period, so you never really know how it is going to turn out, which makes the plot move quickly. There are lots of references to Monty Python, The Princess Bride and even Shakespeare that fit in with the humor. Even though this book is at times just laugh out loud funny, it is really well written and clearly well thought out. Instead of Protestants vs Catholics, the story features Verities vs Eðians, who have the power to shape shift into animals. Romance plays a key role, but so does sexism of the time period which adds to the humor because these women are strong and capable.  Don’t go into this book looking for a lot of history, but rather a fun, at times hysterical, read and you will be delighted. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times, especially at the beginning.

Published by Sarah BooksBeforeBandaids