Welcome to our third My Lady Jane readalong discussion! And I hope that all of you have been enjoying this next portion of the book as much as I have. I’m still upset with myself for waiting so long to read this, but am at the same time quite happy to be reading and discussing it with all of you! If this is the first time you’re hearing about this readalong, you can read the announcement and sign-up post here! I was accepting new participants up to this point, and welcome to all of you who may have joined us since the first discussion! I guess I could accept participants for the next discussions as well? I mean, if you read quick, or are sure that you can catch up, you are welcome to join in and even add to the previous discussions! Just be sure to sign up so that I can keep track of everyone!
– The Readalong Book –
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows!
Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Genre: YA, Historical, Fantasy, Romance
Date published: June 7, 2016 (hardcover)
May 9, 2017 (paperback)
Page Count: 494
Synopsis: Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…
Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…
Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.
The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?
– Chapters 16-23 Discussion Questions –
Note: those of you who have not yet read My Lady Jane and still intend to read it, don’t read this post beyond this point (including the comments)! But if you like spoilers go right ahead.
To participants: It’s not mandatory that you answer these questions! This is not school, haha. These are mainly meant to generate conversations in case some of our read-a-long-ers are having a hard time picking something to talk about. Feel free to mention and discuss anything which I may not have thought of in the questions below! Please, also keep in mind that we are discussing chapters 16-23 at this point only, and that if you have read ahead, you be conscious about not sharing spoilers. We want to keep this fun for everyone! Please be considerate.
- What are your favourite parts in this section of the book?!
- Did you expect Edward and Gracie to make it to Edward’s grandmother’s at all?
- How bad did you feel for Jane and Gifford when they were locked up and thinking they were going to die in the morning, and never see each other again?
- Did you expect Jane to be and Edian and change into a ferret?
- Do you think that Jane and Gifford’s “curses” are good for their relationship? Or are the “curses” damaging their relationship?
- Now that Pet is back, who do you think will end up with Edward? Pet or Gracie? And who do you want Edward to end up with (if anyone…he is quite sexist after all, haha)?
- Do you think that the mystical white bear is real and that our group of heroines and heroes is in actual danger from it?
– My Answers –
- So many! I stopped writing them down though so that I could get to the end of the section before today, haha. But from what I remember, I liked when Edward pretended to stop because Gracie needed a rest, rather than him needing a rest. Silly, proud boy.
- I’m not sure! I think I felt that there would be a lot more obstacles in the way. But realistically, I think that Edward would have died if they didn’t make it to his grandmother’s when they did!
- I felt pretty bad! I was mad at Jane for taking too long to get away from Mary before the sun went down and revealed Gifford as an Edian….but at the same time, I know that this was all necessary for Jane to discover her Edian form, and for her and G to bond even more. Being burned alive terrifies me, so I kind of felt worse for G than Jane. But I think that watching a loved one burn to death can’t be too fun either.
- Actually, I did. And it’s not because I’ve suddenly developed the skill to figure out what these authors are doing with the plot of the book, but rather because I think…last year, I was researching this book, and came across this piece of fanart by Irena Freitas on Tumblr. Sigh. I really wish I could have been surprised by this plot twist, but oh well.
- I think that the curses are definitely causing more of a yearning between Jane and G, and they’ll likely explode and fall into bed the moment their curses are broken (haha). But at the same time, it’s bad that they can’t communicate because of the assumptions G has about Jane and Edward! Also, I want to add that I think it’s awesome that G is insecure, because you don’t really see much of that in male characters, without them somehow becoming less masculine. I’m not sure how to explain, but do you guys get what I mean?
- I want Edward with Gracie, and I think he’ll end up with Gracie! I just don’t know how they’ll get over the obstacle of him being King and her being a common girl…UNLESS she’s the daughter of Mary Queen of Scotts somehow? But doubt it.
- I’m not sure what to expect from this book anymore really, haha. So I’ll just buckle myself in and enjoy the rest of this fun ride! (I’ll also be quite sad when this is over and will experience a mega book hangover! No lie.)
– Readalong Schedule –
|Date||Chapter Discussions||Discussion Location|
|August 1, 2017||Start reading!||N/A|
|August 9, 2017||1 – 8||Located Here|
|August 16, 2017||9 – 15||Located Here|
|August 23, 2017||16 – 23||This post!|
|August 30, 2017||24 – 30||Flavia the Bibliophile|
THANK YOU FOR READING AND THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU PARTICIPATING IN THIS READ-A-LONG! PLEASE GIVE ME ANY FEEDBACK REGARDING READ-A-LONGS YOU’VE HOSTED OR PARTICIPATED IN THE PAST (AND YOUR PREFERENCES), IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ALL OF YOUR THOUGHTS, AND HAPPY READING!