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"Christmas won't be Christmas without any corpses."

The dear, sweet March sisters are back, and Marmee has told them to be good little women. Good little vampire women, that is. That's right: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy have grown up since you last read their tale, and now they have (much) longer lives and (much) more ravenous appetites.

Marmee has taught them well, and so they l
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Paperback, 317 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by HarperTeen
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Mindi Beal
Nov 07, 2014 Mindi Beal rated it it was ok
Another selection I only read because my good friend Stacey asked me to for her podcast, Got Lit Radio: http://gotlitradio.com/020-little-vam.... Holy crap, I'm glad I had someone to vent to when I was finished with it.

To Lynn Messina’s credit, she’s a good writer. The footnotes on vampire history books and her sense of storytelling are as imaginative as the confines allowed. I blame society and book publishers craving/peddling a genre to the coffin bed and back more than her.

I love the Alcott
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Claudia Joy
Jun 25, 2011 Claudia Joy rated it did not like it
I am always amazed when an author have to cut and paste an original work that belongs to another writer, you see much of this with Jane Austin redo's and now I guess with Louisa Alcott it is plain to me that readers cannot get enough of her and I certainly understand why; she was brilliant and wonderful all in one breath, but I have to say this book is just another book from a writer trying to capitalize on an idea they didn't create! I would not recommend this book!
Annarae
I have to give this author probs, he turned a book that I despinsed into a book I enjoyed.
Claire
Jan 22, 2011 Claire rated it it was ok
I wanted so badly to like this book! But I went into it expecting something that it did not deliver. Had I dropped expectations I would have enjoyed it so much more. However, when I picked this up to read, I was expecting the Little Women story with a few vampires thrown in. I was not given this. I was given a story about the March sisters that LOO SLY followed the Lousia May Alcott story. And I'm using the word loosely as a generous description. This story was all over the place! Characters wer ...more
James Perkins
Mar 13, 2016 James Perkins rated it did not like it
What is it with modern readers that they can't read anything any more without monsters added to make it "interesting"? The same treatment has been given to several classic works of fiction in recent years, including Android Karenina, Henry VIII, Wolfman, and Grave Expectations, to name but three. I'd previously read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the only reason I gave this one a chance was that although the Jane Austen rip-off finished rather flat, it started reasonably well, and I though ...more
Gmr
May 22, 2010 Gmr rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young adult readers, and classic fans
You know for the bad rap that the mashup books tend to get, I actually enjoyed this YA one. Though the story is stagnant in some places, overall the vampire aspect of the book does not read like a "re-do"...it reads as if this was the way the story was always suppose to be. Certainly recommend for a read through whether you've read the original story or not....you'll gain a new perspective on a classic novel and still have some fangish fun along the way. Happy reading!
Gemma Newey
Apr 08, 2012 Gemma Newey rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire
I did enjoy this book. I found the wording and language used was very fitting with the style of the original version of 'Little Women'. I am so glad that I read this book - it was tragic, funny and a pleasure. I am so glad that I read this book - very interesting take on the original book!
Angela
Oct 08, 2014 Angela rated it did not like it
This. Was. AWFUL.

I hated every minute. If you love and respect the original, just read the original. Don't waste your time!

This rewrite really dumbed down the original text. Frustratingly so. Many historical points were wholly inaccurate, and the characters of the girls were changed almost entirely. Things were pointed out in a blatant straightforward way (I notice this a lot in American literature,) and inference is taken away from the reader. The sentence structure was not always very sound, a
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Mel
Jan 03, 2015 Mel rated it liked it
For 2015 Challenge -

This was 1. The book I own but haven't read.

Was easy and silly - just what I needed over the Christmas/New Year time!
Marianne
Jul 25, 2010 Marianne rated it did not like it
This book had all the elements of the worst vampire movies. The author didn't know Alcott very well, but she also didn't know vampires.
Sarah Crawford
Feb 26, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is, of course, a parody of the Little Women book by Louisa May Alcott. Both books have the same sistesr, Mag (16), Jo (15), Beth (13), and Amy (youngest). Much of the text in this book is word-for-word from Little Women.


The main difference is that these four sisters are all vampires. Humans and vampires live in the same areas, and the sisters and their mothers have sworn off taking blood from humans. There is a League of Defenders, vampires who work against the various slayers that come alo
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Jenna Baldwin
Jan 06, 2015 Jenna Baldwin rated it really liked it
I know a lot of people didn't like this book , mainly fans of the original . I must admit I really didn't like the original much at all. As I said in my review I just didn't get it , the way women were portrayed back then in my opinion was awful , at the start they all had their creative hobbies which of course did t go anywhere as they all got married and had babies , except poor Beth who died and wasn't really mourned much , in this novel it's dark humour and twist of telling the story is just ...more
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Gods. Will this trend ever end!?!?!?!?
Roger Almendarez-jiménez
Mar 15, 2016 Roger Almendarez-jiménez rated it really liked it
Like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," Messina offers a fun re-envisioning of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women." Messina does a great job of retaining the message--of female independence and equality among the sexes--while introducing the vampire arc to explain the drama in Little Women--particularly as the causes of the illnesses in the original. Messina does a great job of introducing her twists of phrase that reveal her own fine skill as a writer. If nothing else, reading this book is a fun ...more
Misfit
Aug 17, 2012 Misfit marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: monster-mash
Will it never end?
Kelley
Apr 27, 2016 Kelley rated it it was ok
Since Little Women is one of my favorite books, I like to read it every couple of years to keep it fresh in my memory. This year I decided to read Little Vampire Women and Little Women and Werewolves at the same time. Unlike a lot of these reviews, I didn’t immediately hate them because I love the book, and I didn’t like them immediately because I didn’t like the original. To me, these monster mash books need to be successful in two different ways: they need to stay true to the original, while, ...more
Lexie
As a young girl I read a lot of the 'classics'. All of Jane Austen, most of the Bronte sisters and a fair deal of Louisa May Alcott. Little Women wasn't my favorite Alcott book, Jo's Boys was, but I did read the unabridged version several times. The sisterly warmth and support was something I sought at the time, being the oldest in my family. For me Little Vampire Women, one of the new mash-ups of classics with paranormal bent, failed in that regard. There is something more than a little disturb ...more
Ron Arden
Aug 23, 2011 Ron Arden rated it really liked it
This is the first vampire book I've read of a literary classic and it was hilarious. If you have read Little Women, you should enjoy it.

This is the same story, but with a few twists. Of course all the Marches are vampires, but true to the original, they are humanitarians. They don't feed on humans. Only on animals. I was wondering how the author was planning to get sickness and death into the story, since vampires can only be killed by beheading and driving a stake through their hearts.

The fun
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Tami
Nov 17, 2011 Tami rated it really liked it
Yay, so excited! I haven't received the book yet, just received notice I had won. 10/17/11
Received last night, and already I just love the cover! Have a few to read before I can get to it, but woo-hoo. so excited! 10/27/11
Started yesterday 11/13/11
Finished 11/16/11

Christmas won't be Christmas without any corpses."

The dear, sweet March sisters are back, and Marmee has told them to be good little women. Good little vampire women, that is. That's right: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy have grown up since y
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Danielle Klassen
Apr 29, 2012 Danielle Klassen rated it did not like it
I have to come right out and say that this is one book I just couldn't get into enough to finish it. I don't normally give up on what I'm reading but I'm also the kind of person who approaches reading as a stress-free, escapist sort of activity so I have little patience for books I don't enjoy and this is one I didn't enjoy much. To be completely on the fair side, however, I don't know how much I would really enjoy the real Little Women and I have a funny feeling that the issues I had with this ...more
Moody Claire
Jan 30, 2011 Moody Claire rated it it was ok
I loved the original novel of Louisa May Alcott so when I got this last Christmas and read in the back of the book that it would be hilarious, I expected it to humor me so I read it immediately with excitement leaving the other book I was reading behind. But it let me down.

I expected it would be a rather fun story more so than "Little Women" because I really had fun reading the original version but as I said, it wasn't at all what I had in mind before I read it.

In short, I loved the original ve
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Angie
Aug 15, 2010 Angie rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Honestly, the whole vampire thing was tied up pretty well in this story. There were a couple of parts I didn't like, but on the whole it would have been OK.

It just feels like such a copycat. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the first title to mix classic with ... what would you call it? Pop horror? Anyway. It was funny and a great idea. At first. Too many people try to do it and it loses it's punch.



"It was the height of rudeness to dine on your guests, particularly if they were your social eq
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Joseph Harris
Jun 06, 2012 Joseph Harris rated it liked it
Shelves:
"Christmas wont be Christmas without any corpses." The dear, sweet March sisters are back, and Marmee has told them to be good little women. Good little vampire women, that is. That's right: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy have grown up since you last read their tale, and now they have (much) longer lives and (much) more ravenous appetites. Marmee has taught them well, and so they live by an unprecedented moral code of abstinence . . . from human blood. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy must learn to get along with ...more
Barbara
Jun 26, 2016 Barbara rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, ya, paranormal, audio
"Christmas won't be Christmas without any corpses."

I love Little Women and this horrible modification of my favorite opening line set me off on the wrong foot to start and it never improved. The vampires aren't vampires, and the short is simply ... creepy.

The book is a waste of paper, more important, time.
Linda Sirvio
Jan 24, 2016 Linda Sirvio rated it liked it
Not having read 'Little Women' (or at least not remembering having read it) I was curious to see how the vampires fit in. I read it on my Kindle and am not sorry I did, but I am not sure I would have picked it up to read in traditional book form. It seemed like the story line was most likely similar to the original story.
Rebecca Buerkett
Feb 07, 2014 Rebecca Buerkett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I love these spoof titles of classic novels, and having just re-read Little Women, I couldn't resist this one. It didn't disappoint, although it included a little less of the original narrative than some of the other books I've read of this genre (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, etc.). It was fun to see how the author interpreted these classic characters. Just a fun read, especially for fans of the original.
Brandi Bette
“‘Christmas won't be Christmas without any corpses,' grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.” Alcott's classic receives the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies treatment—and it's surprisingly effective. The original March family was characterized by their poverty, independence, and firm morals in the face of wealthy neighbors and decadent temptations. The vampire version has the equally poor Marches resisting the urge to dine on humans, instead drinking the blood of rats, beavers, and in Beth's case, her bel ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Basically the same story, with some differences here and there and has vampires. I did like it but isn't a favorite. Still, the story of the March sisters is good. If you like books with a supernatural twist such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies then you'll like this and the book Little Women.
Alyssa (The Shady Glade)
Meh...

I'll admit it, I've never actually read Little Women all the way through. Terrible, I know. But I thought the idea of this one sounded interesting, so I gave it a try. It wasn't terrible, but I didn't enjoy it much either. I must not be a monster mashup kind of reader, as I still have not read one I liked yet. It just seemed like adding the vampire aspect made things so awkward.

Recommended for those who do like monster mashups, as you will probably enjoy this more than I did!
Jess
Feb 23, 2016 Jess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I did expect this to be pretty bad, but I thought it would be bad haha, not bad "oh god when will this be over why won't it stop why is this so awful" bad. It was most definitely the latter.

Walk away. Or force someone you hate to read it.
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Lynn Messina is author of ten novels, including the best-selling Fashionistas, which has been translated into sixteen languages, and a series of Regency romance novels. Her essays have appeared in Self, American Baby and the New York Times Modern Love column, and she’s a regular contributor to the Times Motherlode blog. She lives in New York City with her husband and sons.
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