Review: Jane Vows Vengeance by Michael Thomas Ford

Jane Vows VengeanceThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Michael Thomas Ford’s vampire Jane Austen has provided a light alternative to the thankfully short run of literary mash-ups that cluttered bookstore shelves.  But sometimes a series can stumble through trying too hard.  The final book, Jane Vows Vengeance, is a decent novel, but not quite as good as its predecessors.

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“In sleepy upstate New York, Jane’s wedding preparations have taken on a bloodsucking intensity. So when Walter suggests they ditch it all and combine their marriage and honeymoon with a house tour of Europe, Jane jumps at the chance to flee Lord Byron and the lingering threat of Charlotte Brontë. But to Jane’s chagrin, more than one secret from her past is about to resurface.

From an Agatha Christie–style murder mystery to a wedding interrupted by the ghosts of the Princes in the Tower to a shocking revelation about Walter’s mother, nothing about this trip is less than pure mayhem. And when a chance encounter puts Jane on the trail of a legendary device reputed to restore a vampire’s human soul, will our beloved heroine finally be able to vow her love and devotion—or will a vampire hunter’s vengeance drive a stake through her eternal life?”

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Review: Jane Goes Batty by Michael Thomas Ford

Jane Goes BattyThis book was a personal purchase.

I’ve never been a big fan of the fad for crossing historic characters and/or literary characters with the paranormal genre.  This might be because much of it began with the short-lived sub-genre typified by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  But there have been a few novels that skirt this territory that I’ve enjoyed.  Chief among them is the trilogy by Michael Thomas Ford about a vampiric Jane Austen living in the present day.  The second novel, Jane Goes Batty, follows our intrepid heroine as she copes with the newfound fame of being a bestselling author in the modern world.

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“Life was a lot easier for Jane when she was just an unknown, undead bookstore owner in a sleepy hamlet in upstate New York. But now the world embraces her as Jane Fairfax, author of the bestselling novel Constance—and she’s having a killer time trying to keep her true identity as the Jane Austen a secret. Even the ongoing lessons in How to Be a Vampire, taught by her former lover Lord Byron, don’t seem to be helping much. Jane can barely focus on her boyfriend, Walter, while keeping him in the dark about her more sanguine tastes.

To make matters worse, Walter announces that his mother is coming for a visit—and she’s expecting Jane to be Jewish. Add in a demanding new editor, a convention of romance readers in period costume, a Hollywood camera crew following Jane’s every move, and the constant threat of a certain bloodsucking Brontë sister coming back to finish her off, and it’s enough to make even the most well-mannered heroine go batty!”

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Review: Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford

Jane Bites BackThis book was a personal purchase.

I’ll admit that I haven’t been a fan of the recent surge of “quirk classics”, books that mash up classic literature with vampires and werewolves and their ilk.  Nor have I really been tempted to peruse the rash of books that tell original stories within these classics while adding the aforementioned monsters.  However, I was intrigued by Jane Bites Back, which sounded like it had a lighter touch than most of the others, and upon reading it, I found myself pleasantly surprised.

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“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?”

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