Jun 15, 2016

Ten Things You probably didn't know about Lady Jane Grey ( Blog Tour + Giveaway )


Hi guys!

Today, I am so excited to be inviting you all to my stop of the blog tour of My Lady Jane! This highly anticipated historical fantasy retelling by the amazing Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton sounds so exciting and intriguing, and I am so glad that I am able to do something to promote the book!

( Also a huge shout out to the wonderful Alexa who is hosting the tour! :))

I haven't read the book yet, but it's high on my TBR, because 
1. The authors
2. A historical retelling
3. The premise
4. Tudor England???? Sign me up!

But mostly, I am really excited for the book because it retells the story of- or rather offer a fantasy spin on the story - one of the most fierce and tragic figures of English History. I've always been fascinated with the life of Lady Jane Grey - I am a huge history geek, don't mind me - so today, I'll be sharing ten facts about the lady who inspired the book, that you might not have known before!


Lady Jane Grey was a huge bookworm

Just like in the YA rendition, Jane was a huge bookworm. She preferred reading and books to the other more popular leisure time activities of that time, and was considered one of the most learned women of the century.

She is known as the "Nine Days' Queen"

Jane was the queen of England for nine days. She was initially reluctant, and never wanted to be the ruler of the country, but was rather made to accept the role because of the political tension of her time. However , her reign was overthrown by the council in nine days.

The ending of her short life is really sad

Jane just lived for 16 years. In those 16 years, she had an unhappy childhood, a forced betrothal, a marriage of convenience, became the ruler of England for more than a week, got swept into a rebellion and then executed. Her life is tragic, and the injustice she had to face is rather sad.

She opposed the stereotypical gender roles of women

Jane valued her education and her brain. She got frustrated with the feminine virtues and studies she's supposed to adapt, and despised her strict upbringing. She was a young little rebel at that time for sure!

There's a movie about her which came out in 1986

This pretty underrated movie starred Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Jane - who's adorable in that role - and it featured the love story between Jane and her husband, Lord Guildford Dudley and their really short romance before their execution.

Jane had a really close relationship with her tutor

She adored her tutor John Aylmer. There was mutual affection, respect and admiration between them. Some historians even believe that they were in love, after reading the letters they wrote to each other.

She was handed over the English throne by Prince Edward the sixth.

Edward was really sick and was in his deathbed, when he made Jane his successor. He was 15 at that time, and was Jane's cousin and a close friend. This is also the same Edward who switches places with Tom Canty in Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper.

Jane didn't have a good relationship with her in laws.

Her marriage was no love match, but it is believed that at least Lord Guildford and Jane tolerated each other, whereas she straight up hated his parents. She refused to bend to their will, despite their hopes that they can use her as a pawn in their political ambition, and even went ahead and refused to make her husband the "King".

She's strong willed and was firm in her beliefs

Even when it became her downfall, she never wavered in her beliefs and faith. Even when she was put to death, she didn't let her pride down, but rather met her fate with great dignity and courage rather than to bow down and change her beliefs and way of thinking.

She's viewed as a popular "Victorian romantic" figure.

Because of her fierce personality and tragic end, Jane is considered as a popular fictional figure and has been featured in many movies, TV series and fiction. There are not much stories about her life, which makes it more interesting to retell and interpret her life story!

Lady Jane Grey was one admirable lady wasn't she? I have so much respect for this girl who faced a lot in her short life but stood so strong! I believe that My Lady Jane offers a lighter rendition of her life, and I can't wait to read the book and read all about it!!!!


Title : My Lady Jane
Authors : Cynthia Hand
               Jodi Meadows
               Brodi Ashton
Release Date : June 7th 2016
Publisher : Harper Teen
Synopsis :

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 gets to be Queen of England.

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About the Authors



We're the authors of the upcoming young adult novel, MY LADY JANE, which will be out with HarperTeen on June 7, 2016. Our group is made up of Brodi Ashton (author of the EVERNEATH series and DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY), Cynthia Hand (New York Times bestselling author of the UNEARTHLY series and THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE), and Jodi Meadows (author of the INCARNATE and the ORPHAN QUEEN series). Between the three of us we've written thirteen novels, a bunch of novellas, a handful of short stories, and a couple of really bad poems, but this is the first time we've taken a stab at writing a book together. We're friends. We're writers. We're fixing history by rewriting one sad story at a time.




Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for three (3) copies of My Lady Jane for three lucky winners! The giveaway will be open internationally, as long as Book Depository ships to them.


I hope you guys enjoyed my tour stop!!! Make sure you get yourself a copy of this amazing book, and don't forget to check out the rest of the tour stops!

June 6: 
Angie @ Lady Knight Reads and Sarah @ The YA Book Traveler

June 7: 
Sarah @ What Sarah Read and Lauren @ Love is Not a Triangle

June 8: 
Lauren @ Bookmark Lit and Stephanie @ A Dream Within a Dream

June 9: 

June 10: 
Bonnie @ A Backwards Story and Gail @ Ticket to Anywhere

June 13: 

June 14: 

June 15: 
Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales and Sarah @ Aphonic Sarah

June 16: 
Jessica @ Step Into Fiction and Jen @ The Starry-Eyed Revue

June 17: 
Kassiah @ Swoony Boys Podcast and Lisa @ Lost in Literature


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