Monday, 9 July 2018

Jane Bites Back - Book Review

Jane Bites Back (Jane Fairfax #1)
by Michael Thomas Ford

What is it about:
Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is still surrounded by the literature she loves—but now it's because she's the owner of Flyleaf Books in a sleepy college town in Upstate New York. Every day she watches her novels fly off the shelves—along with dozens of unauthorized sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations. Jane may be undead, but her books have taken on a life of their own.

To make matters worse, the manuscript she finished just before being turned into a vampire has been rejected by publishers—116 times. Jane longs to let the world know who she is, but when a sudden twist of fate thrusts her back into the spotlight, she must hide her real identity—and fend off a dark man from her past while juggling two modern suitors. Will the inimitable Jane Austen be able to keep her cool in this comedy of manners, or will she show everyone what a woman with a sharp wit and an even sharper set of fangs can do?

What did I think of it:
This is a nice read.

I will confess I had hoped for more. The vampires in this book are not the kind I enjoy very much. Yes: they have to drink blood once in a while, but they can walk around in daylight, seem to have no vampiric vulnerabilities, and can even eat food.

Then there is the story itself. It's entertaining, but again without real bite (pun intented). Jane has some insecurities, but mostly even when things gets dicey she sails through without too much trouble. I will confess I really liked her employee Lucy, and her publisher Kelly. Especially Lucy is a character I would have loved to see in the lead role of a book instead as the quirky sidekick.

All grumbling aside this is a nice enough read if you're looking for something light and easy. I might read more books in this series if I come across them in a sale.

Why should you read it:
It's about Vampire Jane Austen

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