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Friday, July 16, 2010

Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany: Book Review

Jane and the Damned

by Janet Mullany
Avon: Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-06-195830-4
Release: October 2010

Description: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies generated instant buzz, immediately hitting the New York Times bestseller list, and the trend has held strong with follow-up Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, as well as other takes including Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. Sharp and witty author Janet Mullany takes the legendary Austen on a wild, fabulous, and tongue-in-cheek ride readers are sure to love.

In 1797, when aspiring novelist Jane Austen becomes one of the Damned, the beautiful, fashionable, sexy vampires of Georgian England, her family insists she takes the waters at Bath, the only known cure. But the city becomes a blood bath when the French invade and the Damned are the only ones who can overthrow the French and save England.

Jane now regards her creation as a vampire as a gift. She rejects the cure and discovers a world of freedom, love, and adventure as a vampire. But as an immortal, she loses her ability to write and must sever ties with her beloved sister Cassandra and the rest of her family. Under the shadow of the guillotine, Jane will have to decide whether eternal life and love are too high a price to pay for the loss of what means most to her as a mortal

The Good Stuff
  • Jane Austen style but quirky, fun and not so polite and dry (To me anyway)
  • Could have been awkwardly written but so wasn't
  • Great storyline kept you interested (and kept me from going to bed as it was so delightful)
  • Never was a fan of reading Austen's works as they were always overly polite (Yes I know that is how people spoke in those times, but I am not from those times and it was difficult to read for someone who isn't overly polite and flowery) Loved watching the movies though
  • The vampires didn't have the typical aversions to sunlight, garlic etc
  • Lively and fun and delightfully quirky
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Kept me up reading it because I wanted to know what happened
  • Didn't "love" the ending but it was a good ending
  • Cover is dull
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I assure you my reputation will not suffer. If anything, it is you who will be talked about and speculated upon for a good many days, but as you are a visitor to the neighborhood, that would happen anyway."

"You may be one of the Damned, but you are still my daughter." He blew his nose and gave her a brave smile. "Not a word to your mother."

"How she longed for an etiquette book for the damned."

"Good God, you females need no encouragement whatsoever not to fight like gentlemen."
What I Learned
  • I would have gone completely insane in the 1700's with all the politeness and lack of interesting things for women to do. That and I wouldn't do to well with the whole women weren't equal thing
  • Vampires are hot -- ok that is so not new, I've had a thing for Vampires since I was in Grade 3 and was introduced to Dracula
  • I may now be willing to try and read Austen again -- no never mind off to the video store to rent Persuasion with Ciaran Hinds
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Die hard Austen fans may be upset or irritated by this whole concept
  • Those who need things historically accurate may also be offended by the alternative reality of late 1700 England
  • Other than that I think there is something for everyone
4 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in return for an honest review -- no money changed hands and no bribes were offered (unfortunately).


  1. Great review, I hadn't heard of this one before. I'll add it to my list! =)

  2. Thanks for the great review, but I must disagree on the cover--I LOVE it (but then I'm biased... and maybe you haven't seen the final version?).

  3. Anytime Janet, I really enjoyed it. I am glad you like the cover, I understand the author really has no input so that You like it is great. I took a look at the final cover on the web and I agree it does look better - I still don't love it -- but it really does go with the story. Looking forward to reading more by you