Hand, Cyntha; Ashton, Brodi; Meadows, Jodi My Lady Jane, 491 pgs. HarperTeen, 2016. $17.99. Language PG; Mature Content PG; Violence PG.
At sixteen, young King Edward is dying of ‘the Affliction’ and must find someone to inherit to inherit his crown. His cousin Jane seems like a wise choice and her mother is only too happy to marry her off since Jane’s idea of a good time is reading anything in print, or quill, which is a big turn-off in this not-so-merry-old England. Unbeknownst to Jane, her court selected betrothed has the unfortunate condition of turning into a horse when the sun is up. There is plenty of intrigue in the kingdom and Lady Jane’s history would imply that perhaps, the throne may not be the safest place for her.
If you love English Tudor History, you may or may not love this book. The authors take the story of Lady Jane Grey and turn it on its ear, creating an alternate history that includes a goodly portion of the populace who can turn into animals. Think Animorphs in corsets . There is plenty of action and the dialogue is incredibly witty. The characters are delightful and the turning into animals thing really works. The PG rating comes from the referrals to a “very special hug” that happens after marriage and consummation. Plus, clothes don’t morph, so there is that awkward nakedness before and after a change. I wanted to give this book an essential because it is so fun, but at almost 500 pages, this book was 100 pages too long and the plot was beginning to drag.
MS/HS - ADVISABLE. Michelle in the Middle