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My Lady Jane

My Lady Jane


My Lady Jane

valutazioni:
4.5/5 (290 valutazioni)
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13 ore
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Pubblicato:
Jun 7, 2016
ISBN:
9780062468123
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Audiolibro

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This comical, fantastical, romantical, New York Times bestselling, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey is “an uproarious historical fantasy that’s not to be missed” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind YA fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong.

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Pubblicato:
Jun 7, 2016
ISBN:
9780062468123
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Informazioni sull'autore

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the Unearthly trilogy, the contemporary novel The Last Time We Say Goodbye, and the historical comedy My Lady Jane. Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction, and earned both an MFA and a PhD in fiction writing. Cynthia currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with two kids, two cats, and a mountain of books. Find out more at www.cynthiahandbooks.com.

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  • (5/5)
    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I had such a fun time reading this book. It was sweet and charming and funny. Absolutely adorable in every aspect. It reads very fast so don't let the size scare you. One of my favorite books that I've read this year!
  • (4/5)
    An alternate fantasy retelling of Lady Jane Grey‘s life. King Edward and Jane’s husband Gifford flesh out the 2 other POV. The book is incredibly entertaining and playful with shades of Monty Python. Instead of Protestants and Catholics, the kingdom is divided between E∂ians (who shape shift into animals) and Verities (who hate them). It’s fun and silly, but definitely could’ve been edited down. A book like this should never drag and it did it parts. It’s great on audio.
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely loved this novel. It’s along the lines of The Princess Bride (a book and movie from before most of you were born; stream it--it’s iconic).Edward, the King of England, is dying. It is truly not fair because he’s only sixteen. He feels quite sorry for himself. His advisor wants to discuss the line of succession and suggests Edward’s cousin Lady Jane Grey. Her future son can then be king because women can’t rule a country. How absurd! He has two sisters, so they would be skipped over because they are female, which seems unfair as he has selected Jane, a female.Jane is shocked when she discovers that her cousin Edward, whom she adores, has arranged a marriage for her. She’s not too worried because the previous engagements never came to fruition. Oh, the wedding is this week! Yikes, this may actually happen. Upon visiting Edward, Jane learns that he is dying and has secured the throne through her children. She knows that she cannot refuse and this wedding will definitely take place. It does. Her husband, however, has a reputation and there is something off about him…..Gifford, call him G, must marry according to his father. He is to marry Lady Jane Grey. He’s heard no one knows what she looks like because a book is always in front of her face. He doesn’t particularly want to marry, but what choice does he have? I don’t know how many students will “get” the book because you are all so young. I think it’s for older students, although there is absolutely nothing inappropriate. It’s fun and so worth one’s time. I highly recommend listening to it instead of reading it because the performance is outstanding! I’m not sure reading it would have the same effect. For older students and faculty, run, don’t walk, to this book.
  • (4/5)
    This was a fun, lighthearted variation on Tudor history, with a little bit of paranormal and a lot of modern sass thrown in. That sounds weird, and it was, but I really enjoyed it, and looked forward to my daily installments on B&N Readouts.
  • (3/5)
    This was an ambitious story intended for purely fun and whimsical purposes. In real life, Lady Jane Grey became queen for a very short time after her cousin died then she was killed off. But in this story she lives and on top of that there are magical elements added to make for a fun adventure.I wanted to like this book but honestly, it was too long and I wasn't a fan of each main character. King Edward was hilarious but kind of whiny. Gifford was the best character of them all but I found Jane to be an insufferable know-it-all and there was no G without Jane so.... It almost felt like the story dragged too much and when it finally got to the good bits I lost interest. The romances were cute though but it wasn't enough for me to like the whole book.
  • (4/5)
    This work of historical fiction flat out revels in the fact that it is completely made up.  This version of the story of Lady Jane Grey, a.k.a. the Nine Day Queen, has the boy King Edward being manipulated and slowly poisoned by his adviser Lord Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. Edward designates his favorite cousin Jane to be his heir and has her married to Dudley's son Guildford. So far, similar to reality, but sillier.  In this alternate history, some people are Effians, that is having the ability to change into an animal.  Swiftly, Jane inherits the the throne when Edward is declared dead, and then she and Guildford are forced to flee when Mary in turn claims the throne.  Jane, Guildford, and Edward (spoiler: he's not dead) all have adventures, discover new powers, and meet interesting people along the way to a happier ending than reality.  The book is riotously funny both in the dialogue and the authors asides.  The audio book is excellently performed by Katherine Kellgren.
  • (3/5)
    I'm not sure if I hated it or loved it. The story and characters themselves were charming and delightful and I liked spending time with them, but the "clever" winks and homages and "borrowing" from other works occasionally got in the way. Look, I adore The Princess Bride--both book and movie--as much as anyone, but there are ways to honor a work without feeling like you're trying too hard to be the work. And there were other works referenced (or "borrowed" from), including much Shakespeare (explained at the end of the novel) and Ladyhawke and the tales of Robin Hood (most notably the Disney animated version) and gods know how many others. It got in the way of me enjoying the story, and I'm sure there are references I missed. But, in between these references is a clever, enjoyable re-telling of the story of Lady Jane Grey and Cary Elwes Lord Guildford/Guilford/Gifford/G Dudley, complete with a happily ever after for the young couple. So, I'm torn. The story, without all the blatant references to other works, would be a four-star book, but my annoyance level would have made it a two. Thus, I'm compromising and giving it three.
  • (5/5)
    This is my kind of historical fiction! The authors translate the Protestant/Catholic conflict in England to a fantastical shape-shifter vs. non-shape-shifter conflict, which probably resonates more with modern readers. They also turn history on its head when it comes to all the tragic parts of the Edward-Jane-Mary-Elizabeth kingly power plays. The tone of the book is just plain friendly fun. I loved all the narrator asides. Lovely book!
  • (5/5)
    Really enjoyed this funny smart romp back to an alternate history of Lady Jane Grey and Edward Tudor. Throw in some shape shifting magic and it was a load of fun to listen to. The narrater was fabulous, highly recommended.
  • (3/5)
    That was cute!! I enjoyed the witty banter, and the recreation of a world so rich with intriguing characters & shady situations. I appreciated the nod to Monty Python via snippets of dialogue, but their imitation of breaking down the 4th wall via narration felt clunky. Loved Bess most of all.
  • (4/5)
    I finished this novel last night and I truly enjoyed it! It's written with such wit and humor that I had several laugh out loud moments while reading it (much to the irritation of my sleeping husband, lol!). Also, I fell in love with the characters - both human and animal form, especially Jane, Edward and let's call him G. I prefer this fictional version of Lady Jane Grey's fate because in my opinion she deserved a better ending. Kudos to the Lady Janies who collaborated to give us this charming story. You ladies are awesome. Magnificent. Wonderful.
  • (5/5)
    I'm very, very happy with this book. It's the kind of book that is a pleasure to read all the way through. I loved all the characters and the romance and the adventure. The references to history and famous lines of poetry. It's all so much fun. Add in the pleasant size and weight of the book itself and it's an absolute charm.Really, the only thing I find myself annoyed with is that the summary made it sound like G's daily transformation into a horse was an oddity - a unique experience. But then on the very first page it is revealed that plenty of people can turn into animals. I had to revise my expectations of the novel, which was mildly disappointing at the time. I don't mind that lots of people are Edians, I just wish the book summary hadn't led me to believe otherwise.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book, it was a very well written young adult novel, full of character definition and development. The use of actual historical events, mixed with intrigue, drama, and a bit of magic, kept it intriguing and entertaining. I really enjoyed the breaks as the narrator infused humor and perceptions that made me laugh out loud. Will definitely recommend.
  • (5/5)
    LOVED this book! Not so much a retelling of the Jane Grey story, but the way her story could have gone if there had been a touch of Monty Python involved.
  • (5/5)
    I want more! I turned the last page and immediately began thinking," What period of history could these three authors write about next?" because I want more. This book had such a unique blend of historical and fantasy fiction with a good helping of wry humor and lots of adventure. Loved it!
  • (5/5)
    Laugh out loud funny in parts and I loved the asides from the authors breaking the 4th wall now and then. All in all a delightful book, I'm so glad I gave it a go.The bear hunt..Hahahahahaaha
  • (4/5)
    What if Lady Jane Grey managed to escape the Tower of London after her nine days as queen? And what if Edward VI was not actually dead, but had also escaped when he discovered that his illness was actually a plot to poison him? And what if some people could magically turn into animals? As you can see, these authors are not afraid to take a few liberties with British history. Readers who are sticklers for period detail may find themselves thinking things like, "But tea hadn't been introduced in England at that point," or "I don't think personalized wedding vows were a thing back then," or "That's a very feminist attitude for the sixteenth century." On the other hand, if you think of it as pure fantasy that bears a passing structural resemblance to events that once happened in our world, this makes for a cute story (though even then you may feel that the magic system could be better explained). There are references to The Princess Bride, Monty Python, and other elements of geek culture, and if you listen to the audiobook, Katherine Kellgren's narration is delightful. So, if you're the sort of reader who can separate your knowledge of history from your enjoyment of fiction, and you're looking for a light fantasy with some humor and some kissing and a little bit of sword fighting, this is the book for you.
  • (5/5)
    This is the most delightful story, it was poignant and captivating. Simply a must read (or listen). Just an absolute joy, could not stop, and when I had to, I couldn’t wait to hit play again. Would definitely read again!
  • (4/5)
    3.5 stars on this one. I really enjoyed it but some parts were kind of frustrating. It was hilarious and fun and sweet, otherwise.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent book if you want to smile. Great narrator !
  • (4/5)
    If only this were how history went! This was hilarious and unique. The narrator was fantastic.
  • (5/5)
    This was such a fun listen! It was quirky and made me laugh out loud multiple times. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And the narrating was fantastic!
  • (5/5)
    this audiobook was epic i really enjoyed it soo much ?
  • (5/5)
    This is now my favorite audiobook of all time. It’s absolutely hilarious and I guess in a way educational as well. I absolutely recommend this.
  • (3/5)
    Cute story. Predictable at times. Similar to the Princess Bride in its "historical fiction" attitude. Some characterization tropes were overwhelmingly redundant, as was the feminist angst. I'd recommend it for a teenage audience.
  • (4/5)
    a very entertaining and hilarious retelling of what happened to Queen Jane of England.
  • (5/5)
    this book is awesome. its a must listen to. made me legit laugh out loud.
  • (5/5)
    Funny, cheeky, and wonderful to listen to. I love that this book added magic and humor to one of my favorite time periods to get lost in.
  • (5/5)
    I'm not the biggest fan of historical fiction, but this book took such a interesting, funny twist on the time period and world, that I couldn't stop laughing while listening to the book. The only thing I would take of a half star off are the nose jokes. I am uncomtable with jokes about anyone's body. But overall this was a charming, funny love story based in a twisted version on Earth.
  • (5/5)
    One of the best audiobooks out there! Excuse me while I find every book Kellgren narrated and listen to them all.