Thursday, October 28, 2010

'Jane and the Damned' by Janet Mullany TLC Book Stop

Genre: Jane Austen spinoff Fiction

About:(From TLC) In 1797, when aspiring novelist Jane Austen becomes one of the Damned, the beautiful, fashionable, sexy vampires of Georgian England. more

Why I wanted to read this book:

  • I love all things Austen and wanted to see if I could believe this story about Jane becoming a vampire.
What worked/and didn't work for me:
  • To be frank...not much. I just couldn't buy into the whole Jane is a damned vampire idea. I had a hard time envisioning her with blood dripping down her face. The story was slow and very uninspiring.
  • I'm sure this was supposed to be a 'tongue in cheek' variation, but I found myself not being able to give a darn about anyone in the story..least of all my beloved Jane.
  • The final was over!
Recommend? Not to my friends, but I might recommend this one to the YA crowd out there. Especially if they know next to nothing about Jane Austen.

My Rating: 2.5/5 Make sure you check out the other tour stops so that you may read more opinions than just mine about Jane and the Damned.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours. for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review.
My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.
They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

About Janet Mullany

Janet Mullany was reared in England on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and now lives near Washington, D.C. She has worked as an archaeologist, waitress, draftsperson, radio announcer, performing arts administrator, proofreader, and bookseller.
Connect with Janet:
• On her website
• On Twitter: @Janet_Mullany
• On Facebook

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  1. Very very funny review, even though I'm sorry you didn't like the book! :--)

  2. I have yet to read any of the books that rework classics into paranormal reads. It really goes against my reading sensibilities. Obviously, this one proves that I am best served by my decision. Loved the "Whew it was over" line.

  3. Sorry this one didn't work for you. I can see your point, but I kind of took the book at face value. It's not one of my favorites...I can tell you that much.

  4. Sad that it wasn't that good....sounds like it might have had potential! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  5. Great review, even though you did not like the book.

  6. I saw this book at the library and thought, nope, just can't do it.

  7. Ehhh, I am not sure, I guess I would just have to see for me own, but this is more a library book for me now

  8. I just don't like the whole vampire thing. On top of that I don't like people messing with Jane Austen. I'll pass.

  9. Yeah, I don't think this would be for me either.

  10. I don't think I would warm to the whole Jane as a vampire thing either!

  11. I am yet to read one of these re-tellings even though I'd like to step out of my comfort zone but I don't think I'll be doing it with this one. Even though you didn't enjoy it, I enjoyed your review ;)

  12. Do you think the vampire trend will end anytime soon? I don't want to think about Jane Austin becoming a vampire - that's just wrong! :)

    I'm just not as open to this type of creativity in storytelling (my issue).

  13. I loved jane as a vampire, couldn't stand her when she was human and never did understand the ending.

  14. I probably wouldn't have picked this one up anyway, but I appreciate your review. Now I definitely won't pick it up. :)

  15. Even though I haven't read a single one of these new Jane Austin mash-ups, I am starting to get tired of just hearing about them! There are SOOOOO many.

  16. I also find it hard to think of Jane Austen as a vampire!

  17. I'm sorry this wasn't a good fit for you but kudos for giving it a shot, especially since it was out of your reading comfort zone!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour. :)

  18. I don't think I could picture Jane as a vampire either.


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