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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany

Jane and the Damned: A Novel
Publisher: Avon A
ISBN: 0061958301
Pages: 304 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Adaptation
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge

Summary from Publisher:

Aspiring writer Jane Austen knows that respectable young ladies like herself are supposed to shun the Damned—the beautiful, fashionable, exquisitely seductive vampires who are all the rage in Georgian England in 1797. So when an innocent (she believes) flirtation results in her being turned—by an absolute cad of a bloodsucker—she acquiesces to her family’s wishes and departs for Bath to take the waters, the only known cure.

But what she encounters there is completely unexpected: perilous jealousies and further betrayals, a new friendship and a possible love. Yet all that must be put aside when the warring French invade unsuspecting Bath—and the streets run red with good English blood. Suddenly only the staunchly British Damned can defend the nation they love . . . with Jane Austen leading the charge at the battle’s forefront.

My Review:
Vampires...I've been borderline obsessed with them for many a year. Ever since I developed an inhuman crush on Spike from Buffy. Then it was Jasper from Twilight and it just got worse from there.  I never thought that Jane Austen as a vampire would be any form of attractive but it was.

I loved Jane (like I always do). She was everything that I had imagined her to be. She was strong and intelligent. As a vampire, she was epic awesome. She was, for lack of a better term, kick ass. I think Mullany captured the Jane that I love so much absolutely perfectly. I have read many books where Jane Austen is the main character but none have captured her as well as in this one.

This was also one of my favorite versions of vampires that I have ever come across. It does get a bit gross at times when Jane describes the taste of each individual's blood (Jane tastes like apricot) but it never gets too graphic. It does get a tad bit violent but I like fictional violence.  I also liked that there was a touch of romance to balance it out.

I did not think that I would ever be convinced of my beloved Jane being a vampire. Ever. She's my Jane. It would take an amazing writer to be able to convince me that Jane Austen could ever be vampire and Mullany must be an amazing writer because I was completely convinced.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.


  1. Nice blog :)

    My 2nd review of this book today, it doesn't sound good for Jane as a vamp, perhaps not the book for me then

  2. @Blodeuedd

    Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by :)

    Jane as a vamp actually worked well for me. I was all prepared to be manic and ragey about it but I liked it. It does make the Jane purist in my brain growl and stomp her foot a little.

  3. Oh I'm so glad you loved this one! It sounds completely over the top but yet still fun. And I love the idea that each person tastes different - it makes complete sense but I'd never considered it before.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!



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