Cynthia Hand , Brodi Ashton My Lady Jane

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Inhaltsangabe zu „My Lady Jane“ von Cynthia Hand

Hilariously funny

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Frohsinn, Magie und eine gesunde Portion Liebe. Ein leichtherziges und unterhaltsames Buch, das Geschichte auf eine bessere Weise schreibt

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  • A hilarious, (not) entirely true historical retelling

    My Lady Jane
    thebookhubble

    thebookhubble

    08. May 2017 um 18:56

    The Story This book is about the (not entirely true) story of Lady Jane Grey and how she became the Queen of England for nine days. Jane, who definitely likes books better than people, is the cousin and best friend of Edward Tudor, King of England, who’s very, very sick. When it becomes clear that he hasn’t got much longer to live and neither of his sisters would be suitable to inherit the throne, he arranges for Jane to marry Gifford Dudley (call him G), his advisor’s son, in order to produce an heir and secure the line of succession. Jane agrees only because she loves and wants to help her cousin, however, there’s a small, insignificant problem: Gifford is a horse. He’s a so-called Eðian, a human able to shape-shift into an animal. In his case, the change is controlled by some mysterious curse so he is stuck in his equestrian form during the day and only becomes a man when the sun sets. As Jane has to deal with the problems of her new husband, there’s also the country on the brink of a civil war between Eðians and Verities, the non-shape-shifting people who are none too pleased with the wicked powers taking over their homeland. Writing, Plot & Characters This is obviously what made the book so great. The writing is so incredibly witty and so consistently funny throughout the whole book that I had to laugh out loud many, many times. Judging from my experience, it’s very rare to find a story that is able to keep up the humor from start to finish. You definitely have to know what you’re getting into before starting to read this. You have to be in the right mood for it because it’s not supposed to be taken seriously and it makes fun of history pretty much all the time, so if you’re not someone who can enjoy something like that, you should probably skip this. I am so impressed with what the authors made of the story. I personally had never heard of Lady Jane Grey before but I sure looked her up before starting the novel. I recommend you do the same if you consider reading it because it made me appreciate the plot and all the slightly twisted accounts of history so much more. The story is told in third person but each chapter switches perspectives between Jane, Gifford and Edward. I love all three of them because they’re all so funny in their own unique way and because they still play well together. Although the main focus lies on the humor, there was still character development. They all had certain traits that distinguished them from others and their own smaller plot lines within the overarching plot. Jane is pretty much me, just a lot braver. She kind of likes books a lot better than people, is sassy, snarky and totally up for a challenge. Gifford and Edward are more of the “adorable idiot” type while Jane is painted to be the strong and smart female that actually has to save them instead of playing the damsel in distress. Seeing that in this historical context made me really happy. Favorite Quote “I asked him to change back to talk to me, but he won’t”, Jane said. “It’s disrespectful to remain a horse in the bedchamber, I should think.” The Round-Up If you’re looking for something really funny with adorable characters and an action packed story that you don’t have to take too seriously and you like historical re-tellings, this is the right book for you. I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed My Lady Jane that I was also very excited to find out that there will be two more books in the Lady Janies series, one about Jane Eyre and one about Calamity Jane! They basically already scream for me to read them.

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  • What If

    My Lady Jane
    Nicks

    Nicks

    27. December 2016 um 10:14

    If only. MLJ paints the sweetest, most wanted picture of history ever. If only it could work that way. Trust me on one thing: you won´t ever again find history boring after reading this book. Anyway, the trio of educated females managed to write a book that´ll certainly leave you hopelessly in love with it for reading MLJ means to constantly smile, constantly sigh, constantly laugh and constantly wonder about What Ifs. It means catching yourself redoing history and wondering whether the bird staring at you really is a bird. It means fully sinking into a story and simply enjoying it. CharactersEdward isn´t fit for ruling a kingdom. Obviously he´s got a kind, good heart, but he has no idea of life and living. But he´s an adorable character, dorky in an endearing way and so cutely not-understanding real problems. Lady Jane is the jewel of the book. Her Granger-ish obsession with books is absolutely relatable, although it shows us again that real life can´t be lived by the rules of books. Too much always gets in the way. But Jane is gloriously witty, has a strong sense of right and wrong and knows herself good enough to concede when she´s outmatched. Of course you´ll fall for Gifford, the lovely, yet clumsy swordsman who can form simple words into bouquets of beauty which would melt every girl´s heart. He clearly doens´t impress with his excelling bravery, but with a healthy amount of self confidence, literary skills and the necessary self irony. Handsomeness helps, too. PlotOnce you figure out the whole magical details and the tune of the story, it won´t hold many surprises for you. Knowing the curse of history you´ll also quickly see the end coming. it won´t leave you disappointed, though. Just as with watching a Disney movie, you´ll settle down for light and lovely entertainment with the inevitable swoon-sigh at the end, when all the pieces fall into their right places. I guarantee full entertainment if you allow the book to be what it is. A rare pot of smiles, fun and love. 

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  • „For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.“

    My Lady Jane
    Laralarry

    Laralarry

    09. November 2016 um 15:01

    Inhalt: The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind 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 is about to become the Queen of England Rezension: My Lady Jane ist ein YA-Roman, auf den ich mich 2016 sehr gefreut habe und wird überall mit The Princess Bride verglichen. Ich habe zwar noch nicht das Buch gelesen, aber der Film hat mir gut gefallen, weshalb ich mich umso mehr auf My Lady Jane gefreut habe. Ich finde die ganze Geschichte um den englischen Tudorkönig Henry VIII sehr interessant, nur habe ich über Lady Jane Grey sehr wenig gehört. Man benötigt zum Lesen kaum Vorwissen, aber ich finde, dass man ohne jegliche Ahnung des geschichtlichen Hintergrundes die Witzigkeit und die Raffinesse der Autoren nicht verstehen kann.Dieser Roman vereint Geschichte, Fantasy, Romantik und Komödie, nun also zu dem Negativen, um die drei Sterne zu erläutern. Ja, das Buch ist lustig und nimmt sich selbst nicht zur ernst, aber ich musste kein einziges Mal laut loslachen. Weiterhin hat mich die Einfachheit der Geschichte etwas enttäuscht, denn es fehlt an Spannung und etwas mehr Komplexität. Letztens sind die Charaktere zwar alle sehr liebenswürdig, haben aber auch keine Ecken und Kanten, weshalb sie schnell in Vergessenheit geraten,.

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