This is a nice read.I will confess I had hoped for 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 books in this series if I come across them in a sale. Rating 2.5 5Another book in the austen inspired fiction world I absolutely wanted to lovebut didn t Don t get me wrong it was on the witty side, but I hated the way the author portrayed Austen Yes, she s a vampire and has been for a couple hundred years, but in all that time she s done nothing with herself except pine away after Lord Byron and open a book shop and has learned nothing about herself or the world so she has to rely on Byron to teach her and thus abuse her and manipulate her and so on She s much too timid and not the way I would ever imagine Jane Austen But the thing that really clenched it for me was the author throwing in Charlotte Bronte into the mix She s also a vampire and now is a crazy lunatic that hates Austen and wants to destroy her I love my Charlotte as well as I love my Austen so to make them both to unlike what they really were is just abhorrent to me. 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 OwnTo Make Matters Worse, The Manuscript She Finished Just Before Being Turned Into A Vampire Has Been Rejected By Publishers 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 Entertaining light read I can believe Jane Austen as a vampire, but running a financially successful bookstore in a small town Meeting a nice, extremely eligible, well adjusted, gentlemanly carpenter renovator who knows how to cook in the same small town That s a little hard to believe. 3.5 starsIt s current day Jane Austen now known as Jane Fairfax is a vampire and is running a small bookstore in a town in New York State She has written a novel and has been trying for a long time to get it published, but she has been rejected 116 times She is friends with Lucy, the woman who works for her, and is fighting possible romantic feelings for a local man who is interested in her, Walter I really enjoyed this It s just a light, enjoyable read and I enjoyed the literary characters Funny thing yes, it s a vampire novel so obviously unbelievable to start with there were a few little things I found unbelievable, though they were little things It s the first book in a series or trilogy and I do plan to continue. I won this book through First Reads and am glad I gave it a shot This is a light read about Jane Austen as a vampire running a small bookstore in a small New York town We follow Jane as she tries to maneuver around men who are interested in her, getting a novel published and a rival who wants to destroy her Ford pokes fun at the current Austen craze, the current vampire craze, and fandom in this charming, doesn t take itself too serious tale.The pacing was pretty good, with enough tension in each chapter to make me want to continue reading In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. In which it turns out that Jane Austen is not, in fact, dead, but is instead a vampire bookstore owner living in upstate New York Okay, this seemed promising for about the first chapter, in which Jane is forced to deal with the author of one of the many, many books like this one cashing in on Austenmania she grits her fangs until she just can t take it any, then helps herself to a little snack Funny Of course, chapter two reveals that Jane did not in fact kill the snotty author, and also she s the type of vampire that s unaffected by sunlight typical wuss out stuff like that I suppose we should be grateful she doesn t sparkle Anyway, things get worse when the book tries to develop a plot, with the last novel Jane wrote before she was turned finally receiving attention from an editor, which results in what seems to be the most unrealistic experience of getting published that I ve ever seen It doesn t help that the excerpts from this supposed Jane Austen novel one written at the time of her death, mind, not almost two centuries later could not read less like Jane Austen, except perhaps if Dan Brown penned it And then there are several deeply embarrassing if not outright insulting appearances by Charlotte Bronte, and the deeply unsexy and unrealistic RPF pairing of Jane Austen Lord Byron Oh, and the funny s totally left the building by this point, too Bleck.Well, once again I fell for it the potentially crackishly entertaining premise and the amusing first chapter both At least this means I can issue a warning to others do not make the same foolish choices they ll come back and bite you in the ass. Unlike the sea monsters and zombie and Darcy Vampyre books, I found entertainment in this cash in on Austen, and evidence that the author was at least familiar with Austen s period and writing, even if the supposed lost Austen novel showed no hint of either period flavor or Austen s style or wit Maybe it was supposed to be leaden and cliche, which is why it had been rejected over a hundred times Not quite sure where the writer was going there, unless a commentary on the bad taste of the popular reading public.But no real discussion is possible when the book hasn t come out yet, so I will confine myself to this Jane Austen is a vampire She s living in modern times, and owns a book store She s also trying to market her first novel in centuries.Many surprises await Jane, not all of them in the publishing world Looks like the book sets up for a sequel Wise idea, as I m certain with Jane Austen as a character, plus vampires, this will be an instant best seller.The best cash in to my taste, by a thousand miles, is still James Fairfax, but this one is fun And hey, maybe some of the people reading these cash ins will be lured to read Jane. Really Really The premise was good, which is why I fooled myself into thinking that I would enjoy this, despite the fact that I usually avoid Austen knock offs Now I remember why, and vow to hold to that rule in the future.This was not fractionally as clever as it thinks it is It was predictable, full of cliches, and if the descriptions and satire of the Austen knock off industry were sometimes spot on, Ford seems to genuinely believe that the satire doesn t apply to him because he s making fun of it all Additionally, in case all of that weren t enough, Ford s writing is sloppy There are time gaps and plot holes which come across as Ford didn t want to write the hard bits Ford s guesses as to what Jane might be like in the modern world vampire or not aren t better than any of the others I ve had the misfortune to read If anything, they re even less credible Jane needs to be taught life lessons by a 20 something The handful of other literary giants tossed into the story smacked of Forest Gump too pat, too predictable I will definitely not bother to read the second one. Jane Austen gets naked with Lord Byron on page 19 of this opus, which tells you everything you need to know about its verisimilitude And, yes, I know that my mentioning lack of realism in a novel where the lead character is the vampirized icon of 19th century chick lit made anyone reading this snort soda out of their nose, but just because you re an author brilliantly cashing in on two of the biggest fads to hit publishing in the last ten years doesn t mean you can t take a minute to honor your source material Or, you know, effect a little internal consistency in your plot Instead we have an unconscionably rude and, what s worse, unwitty Jane doing things like worry if finding a fresh corpse in her hotel room is going to impact her shopping time A running gag about the author of Pride Prejudice being unable to get a book published in the current market should be hysterical but falls flat due to poor handling, and the romance well, it s hardly something you d see Colin Firth signing on to play All in all, Michael Thomas Ford manages to make an excellent argument for why men should never attempt to write in Austen s voice It ll be a miracle if Austen does not, in fact, rise from her grave to prevent the proposed sequel, Jane Goes Batty.