More Parody Than Paranomal
1st Time Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
2nd Time Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Giveaway Win
Since Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford is my first foray into the world of Jane Austen vampire and zombie mash-ups, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Would it be too gruesome? Too graphic? Too horrific? No, I’m very happy to say it wasn’t! Yes, Jane Austen is a vampire, a member of the “undead,” and must feast on human blood every so often in order to survive, but that is not the focus of this novel.
Jane (Austen) Fairfax lives a quiet life as a bookstore owner in Brakeston, New York with her intelligent yet sometimes impertinent assistant, Lucy; friend/male suitor, Walter Fletcher; her cat, Tom; and Constance, an unpublished manuscript, that has been rejected 116 times. Our dear Jane is despondent and exasperated that she is finding no success publishing her novel while items like Jane Austen finger puppets and The Jane Austen Workout Book are selling like hotcakes in her store. She fully intends to give up on trying to publish her manuscript when one publishing company finally makes her offer! Jane is elated that someone appreciates and loves her work again but now faces the challenge of retaining her anonymity throughout the arduous publishing process. Things get even more complicated when a certain vampire from her past shows up (the one that turned her into a vampire) and threatens to kill or “turn” Jane’s closest friends!