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Jane and the Damned (Immortal Jane Austen #1)

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  462 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Jane Austen
Novelist . . . gentlewoman . . .Damned, Fanged, and Dangerous to know.

Aspiring writer Jane Austen knows that respectable young ladies like herself are supposed to shun the Damned—the beautiful, fashionable, exquisitely seductive vampires who are all the rage in Georgian England in 1797. So when an innocent (she believes) flirtation results in her being turned—b
Paperback, 292 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by HarperCollins Canada / Fiction (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mary Gramlich
Jane Austen with a bite!

In the fall of 1797 the Austen family is preparing for the winter and making the final rounds of social events still trying to procure a proper match for Jane. But at one such event Jane encounters a man that turns out to be everything she should fear and no one she should associate with. Before the end of the evening Jane has found herself turned into one of the feared vampires called The Damned and the quiet, modest life Jane led is over and choices she makes from here
From the title, and the cute black-and-pink cameo cover, one might assume that this is yet another Austen-rip-off. However, from the very first chapter, it's clear that Mullany knows her Austen and the period in which she wrote. From her muslin-choices to her religion, Jane Austen is written in a way that fits perfectly with what we know of her life. But her Britain is not precisely like ours. Vampires exist, and humanity not only knows about them, they even accept them at the fringe of Society ...more
Oct 29, 2010 Staci rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: TLC Book Tour
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Why I wanted to read this book:

* I love all things Austen and wanted to see if I could believe this story about Jane becoming a vampire.

What worked/and didn't work for me:

* To be frank...not much. I just couldn't buy into the whole Jane is a damned vampire idea. I had a hard time envisioning her with blood dripping down her face. The story was slow and very uninspiring.

* I'm sure this was supposed to be a 'tongue in cheek' variation, but I found myself not being able to give a darn about anyo
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
While attending the Basingstoke Assembly with her dear sister Cassandra and good friend Catherine Bigg, Jane Austen encounters a fascinating and mysterious group of men and women from London. These people are impeccably dressed and exceedingly attractive, yet do not possess a reflection. Jane discerns that these guests are members of The Damned. One of these mysterious strangers, Mr. Smith a.k.a William, dances with Jane and after engaging in an energetic debate with her about vampires and immor ...more
Maybe I've read too many vampire themed books, but this book was underwhelming. Everything in the book felt forced and underdeveloped. I felt Jane being a vampire was not the central theme, there should have been more of Jane as vampire and how she copes and less of the family. Plus, maybe I do not know enough about Jane Austen and her personal life, but Jane in the book didn't really develop she's whiny in the beginning and a bore and she stayed like that the entire story. I understand she's su ...more
Meh. It was OK. The first 1/2 of the book was dull and the ending was one of those wrap it all up in the last 20 pages type. Meh.
Both Jane Austen inspired books and vampire themed books could be considered an oversaturated genre but Jane and the Damned makes it mark and stands out among the competition. I found the overall premise of Jane Austen, pre-author fame, being turned into a vampire novel (no pun intended) and refreshingly original. This Jane is humorous and witty but she also has a bloodlust - - she is certainly no chaste Cullen vampire.

Author Janet Mullany created wonderful conflict within the pages of this exc
I enjoy reading the fictional works by Jane Austen as well as fiction and nonfiction about Jane Austen, so I was intrigued when I received an ARC of Blood Persuasion by Janet Mullany. Of course since that is the second book in the Immortal Jane Austen series by this author I purchased and read the first in this series Jane and the Damned. I had previously read and enjoyed the "Jane Fairfax" series by Michael Thomas Ford, but that series was set in modern times and Ms. Mullany's series is set dur ...more
Jennifer Rayment
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
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I loved Jane and the Damned. I've never been much interested in Jane Austen's personal life, but Jane Austen as a vampire was one of the most enthralling things I've read.

Jane is turned into a vampire and promptly abandoned by her maker. Her father, a minister, is sure that she must take the life-threatening cure as it is the only chance to save her immortal soul. Strong-willed, apparently rather patriot Jane has other ideas. She would rather use her new abilities to fight the invading French.

I was lucky enough to get to read an advance copy of this unusual and unique take on Jane Austen's life. Bitten and created a vampire (in an England where those types of occurrences are known and commonplace), Jane finds her world a far cry from the one she knew. I'm a Jane Austen fan, but this was suspending reality just a bit more than is comfortable for me. It seems more and more and more authors are jumping on the vampire novel bandwagon in the wake of Stephanie Meyer's wildly popular and be ...more
What happens if Jane Austen became a vampire, would her story change? Um- yes and no.
Jane is turned into a vampire against her wishes and her father, Rev. Austen takes the family to Bath to seek out a possible cure. The story takes a dramatic turn when the French invade and Jane turns to the Damned for help. The kind of welcome they offer, especially after the way Jane was 'turned', is not what she was expecting. Will it have a happy ending?...[
As a Jane Austen nut I did not mind the vampire asp
Ryan G
Since I'm not a Jane Austen purist, and I know that there are a lot of you out there, I'm not all that shy from straying into territory that some may find a little horrifying. I'm a big fan of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, so I figured why not try a novel that takes the author herself and turns her into one of the undead. The premise sounded promising and I figured if nothing else it would be a fun read. Unfortunately for me, while it was fun at times, the ending left me so cold, I could ...more
I'd read "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," so I thought I should give this a try. Disappointed, burgeoning author Jane Austen is turned into a vampire. She can drink the waters of Bath for a cure, or she can remain a vampire. It's kind of silly and funny in an off beat way. Definitely not for purists.
Vampires and Frenchmen and Princes, Oh My

Jane Austen is attending a dance with her sister and friends when she meets... not Mr. Darcy but a vampire. This sets off a chain of events that leads to a very alternative history of England, including a French invasion of Bath. Despite the fantasy involved, this is very well written and I enjoyed it. Although I think the Jane Austen purists might object to the paranormal aspects and romance which is a bit more bitting (literally) . Very nice is that mos
What dribble! First off I was angered by the author's ignorance of Jane Austen calling Edward her Royal Navy brother. Any Janeite worth their salt knows Francis or Charles were her naval brothers! In her fictional invasion by the French of England she has the troops calling out the name Bonaparte. In 1796 Bonaparte hadn't even made himself first Consul much less Emperor and as France was still under rule of the Directorate the French would not have been rallying under his name. Arthur Wellesley ...more
Better than Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, tolerable vampire fiction that doesn't take itself too seriously, with some okay alternate history.
What was the point of having Jane Austen in this book? To sucker me in to reading it? It worked in that regard but then after a mildly engaging opening chapter or two fell into a total snoozefest.

The entire book felt like a list of actions and consequences, none of which were that interesting. Other things were never explained. Such as Jane having to move away from her family. Or 'falling in love'. You know, just 'cause. I was never invested in the romance. It was cardboard from the start with
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Technically, Janet Mullany’s writing is everything one has come to expect from her books. For those who haven’t read Janey Mullany before, her writing is best described as understated without being simplistic. Mullany is straightforward but manages to capture the essence of the Regency period. Her books are not filled with flowery prose; paragraph upon paragraph of detail; but just enough to give the reader a picture of the scene in her mind, and allow her to become engrossed in the relationship ...more
I am more than a tiny bit alarmed by how much I loved Jane and the Damned. I almost certainly would not have read it, had it not come up on a randomly generated list created precisely for the purpose of directing me towards books I might otherwise not read. I cannot remember how it ended up on my to be read list in the beginning.

All that aside, I really enjoyed this book. It was better than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in that it was more than just the insertion of a set of key phrases into a
I was a little apprehensive to read JANE AND THE DAMNED after my failed attempt at EMMA AND THE VAMPIRES. One, I hadn't read the blurb in a while so I was under the impression that it was a JANE EYRE remake and two, I haven't been thrilled with the writing style of books set in this era so it was setting itself up to fail for me. It ultimately didn't and I enjoyed the plot but it had its faults and a lot of that hinged on the writing itself.

I didn't know why this story was about Jane Austen. You
It is 1797, and twenty-one year old Jane Austen’s first attempt at publication, First Impressions, has been “Declined by Return of Post”. Disheartened, but not dejected, she attends the Bassingstoke Assembly with her sister Cassandra. One would think that “to be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love,” not to be turned into one of the Damned! What started as an innocent flirtation with one of the bon ton (but dangerous) vampires, changes Jane’s life forever. Carelessly turned ...more
It is 1797, and twenty-one year old Jane Austen’s first attempt at publication, First Impressions, has been “Declined by Return of Post”. Disheartened, but not dejected, she attends the Bassingstoke Assembly with her sister Cassandra. One would think that “to be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love,” not to be turned into one of the Damned! What started as an innocent flirtation with one of the bon ton (but dangerous) vampires, changes Jane’s life forever. Carelessly turned ...more
The year is 1797 and in one flirtatious moment Jane Austen goes from being mortal to becoming one of the "Damned" when she is bitten by a stranger, a Mr Smith. The only cure to her condition is to drink the miraculous waters in Bath, so Jane and her family head off to cure her of her "vampirism". However before Jane can take the cure she meets a vampire, a Mr Luke Venning, who convinces her to feed on him, as she won't be able to take the cure if she is weak. Before she can continue with her ini ...more
These days, centering a plot around Jane Austen as a vampire is as common as pre-packed sliced cheese, and so I approached Jane and the Damned from a jaundiced point of view. I must make a confession, however. I have been addicted to vampire novels and films about these bloodsuckers since my early 20's, starting with Bram Stoker's Dracula; Ann Rice's Vampire Lestat series; Gary Oldman as the ancient bloodsucker; the cheeky tv series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and more recently True Blood and to ...more
I'm such a huge Jane Austen Fan but I have avoided the parodies and mash-ups so far, in fear I may be disappointed. I felt that Death Comes to Pemberley was beautifully handled and I admired the way the Austenesque universe was sustained in Pemberley and was really well handled.

I'm also a huge vampire fan. So I thought I would chance reading Jane and the Damned. I believe I should not have read this so soon after reading Death Comes to Pemberley. I have waited a while to do this review, as I did
Dec 14, 2012 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Regency buffs, lovers of wit
This is NOT my genre, I never read vampire books and almost never read Regency romances, even though I am a fan of historical mysteries.
Janet Mullany and I were friends years ago when she was disguised as an arts administrator and I was a secretary-volunteer manager-facilitator of sorts, so I couldn't resist reading her book, and it brought back all sorts of memories of Janet as a vampire, en sanglant when confronted with George...nooooooooo, just joking, Janet!
Seriously, I enjoyed this. Janet
Jane Austen is a 21-year-old gentlewoman living with her father, mother and sister, and she has just had her first manuscript rejected. She decides to go to a dance with her sister Cassandra to put her book out of her mind and meets a Mr. Smith, who promptly turns her. Into a vampire, that is. Her father takes the family from their country house to Bath where Jane may partake in the waters, the only thing that will cure her illness from damnation. While they are there, the French are invading En ...more
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Janet Mullany was raised in England by half of an amateur string quartet and now lives near Washington, DC. Persecuted from an early age for reading too long in the bathroom, she still loves books and is an avid and eclectic reader. She has worked as an archaeologist, classical music radio announcer, arts publicist, and for a small press.

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