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Northanger Alibi (The Jane Austen Diaries #2)

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The Russo family and Seattle, Washington, are no match for Claire Hart and her savvy knowledge of all things vampire-related. Thanks to her obsession with the Twilight series, if there is anyone who would know a vampire when she saw one, it's Claire. And she's positive totally hot Tony Russo is a vampire - she just has to prove it!

In this modern retelling of Jane Austen's
Paperback, 254 pages
Published January 15th 2012 by Walnut Springs/Inkberry Press (first published June 1st 2010)
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Janeites will not find much Abbey in this Northanger, but Twilight fans will be delighted

What qualifies a story as a retelling of a Jane Austen novel? Reverent adherence to Austen’s plot line? Faithful interpretation of characterization? Emulation of her prose style? I asked myself these questions several times while reading Jenni James’ new novel Northanger Alibi, the first book in her Austen Diaries series of contemporary counterparts to Austen’s six classic novels. At what point does an Auste
Nov 14, 2012 Elisa rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
So far... Not impressed. Being in Claire's head makes me feel like a pre-teen, not sixteen like she's supposed to be( and I actually am). I don't mind Claire so much as I dislike the writing. Jenni tells readers what's happening instead of showing us. And there are random parts that just don't make sense in the context or that should've been edited out. I've never actually read northanger abbey so I don't know how well this sticks to the original but I can't help but think that this book doesn't ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Regina rated it it was amazing
Read the first draft and can't wait to read the final copy of the book! This is a book about a girl named Clair who is totally obsessed with the Twilight series. She even thinks that two guys she met are a vampire and werewolf. The author does an excellent job of how a teenage girl feels, with all the ups and downs of emotions, when it comes to boys, dating, parents, siblings, and life. I would recommend this book to everyone! It will keep you reading and wanting to find out how it ends!
Another light, fun, silly, and clean sequel. I preferred the first one because I liked Chloe and didn't mind being in her head. I also didn't mind getting to know Taylor. In this book, I did not like being in Claire's head. Then again, who would have wanted to be in Catherine Morland's head? Ug--the idea. A modern-day Catherine has to be worse! Especially when this one is obsessed with "Twilight." Double ug--and pain! But that just shows how well James wrote the character--and how gratefully she ...more
Maddie Senator
Mar 26, 2013 Maddie Senator rated it did not like it
This book is an insult to teen readers. I wish LDS authors would stop writing this kind of drivel! I'm LDS, and neither me nor my friends were *anything* like Claire (the main character of this book) when we were in high school. Give me a break. Just because an author wants to avoid vulgarity and sexual content in a YA book, it doesn't mean the book needs to be so horribly trite and sugary sweet that it's nothing like reality. It drives me crazy when middle-aged authors try to sound like teens. ...more
May 25, 2013 Erica rated it did not like it
I know this is intended to be a parody of both Twilight and Northanger Abbey. I haven't read that first one and only part of the second one thanks to my poorly stocked local library. Maybe it's good as a homage. I don't know. But this book cannot stand on its own feet.
So many things don't make sense. When Claire first meets Jaden, he mistakes her for someone named Sadie and kisses her on the spot. So, Sadie's gonna show up, right? She'll bash Claire's face in? Or at least yell at Jaden?
Nope. T
Sep 01, 2016 jgyweniverel marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-book
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh you most definitely have to pick me please. I have been waiting for a year to find out what this book is about! I love it when authors put their own spin on other classic novels! I am about to read 'Pride and Popularity' and winning a copy of this would be like icing on the Darcy's wedding cake!
Love this author she is the greatest. Read about her in the newspaper and was glad I did, because this is how I found out about Northanger Alibi.
Please Please Please pick this Austenite!
Jun 08, 2010 Marlyn rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Claire Hart is a huge fan of the Twilight books, and as a result has always wanted to go to Washington State. She's so thrilled when friends of her parents invite her to spend the summer with them in Seattle that she doesn't even mind when her mother insists that her older sister Cassidy is included.

Claire is so obsessed with Twilight that she's certain there are actually vampires and werewolves in abundance in Washington. When they meet the Halloways' Seattle friends the Russos
Inspired Kathy
Dec 21, 2012 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Northanger Alibi is a quick, fun, light-hearted read I would recommend to Twilight fans and lovers of clean tween/teen fiction. It is an enjoyable, silly escape of a book. I found my self chuckling and rolling my eyes at Claire's antics. Northanger Alibi isn't my favorite of Jane Austen's novels but Jenni did a great job writing a modern day parallel that will hopefully turn some Twilight loving teens and adults into Jane Austen lovers.

The best thing about this series is that I can recommend the
Oct 02, 2016 June rated it it was amazing
Why does everyone keep saying Tony looks familiar? Claire can't believe that she's in Washington for part of the summer. It's her most favorite place ever. A dream come true. And okay, people seem to be a little strange here. A perfect stranger hugs and kisses her and then won't go away. But what's the deal with Tony?

I totally loved Tony! This is a young adult read, but I don't think I'll ever be too old for young adult reads!!! Throw in a vampire and a werewolf and the story was pretty wild!
Sep 23, 2012 Alicia rated it it was ok
This was a fun rewrite of Northanger Abbey. It was hilarious at first to read about Claire's obsession with Twilight and her insistence that vampires were real--very true to the spirit of the original Northanger Abbey--but the original reason Jane Austen wrote the book (to make fun of gothic novels) seemed to get lost by the end. Maybe Jenni James was being tactful and didn't want to be rude to Stephanie Meyer, but I thought that the book was lacking for not emphasizing the absurdity of the ...more
Kathryn Cooper
Jan 28, 2012 Kathryn Cooper rated it really liked it
Another great book in The Jane Austen Diaries! Just reading the summary made me laugh. A book about a girl who loves the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer and gets to go to Washington where she thinks she finds a real vampire sounded hilarious. Yes, it was super fun to read and very funny. I was laughing out loud.

Claire is the younger sister of Chloe from Pride and Popularity. This book takes place a few years later. We didn't get to know Claire very well in the first book so it was fun to lear
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
What a fun read. I should say that I’ve never read the original Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, so I can’t compare the two. I had a vague idea what the story was about and thought the author did a good job recreating the story in a modern setting. Our main character Claire is endearingly naive, especially at the beginning of the book. To say she is a fan of the Twilight series is a huge understatement. I thought it was a fun element to the story though. I liked Tony, he has a few great lines ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Pride and Prejudice retellings have been done to death and the same goes for Sense and Sensibilities, so you can imagine my delight to see a retelling of Northanger Abbey! Granted, Jenni James preceded this story with a retelling of Pride and Prejudice called Pride and Popularity, but you can’t have everything.

Claire Hart is obsessed with the Twilight series and jumps at the chance to take a summer trip with a family friend to Seattle. What better place to find a hot vampire of her very own? She
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
(Note: This review is coming from the perspective of someone who has not yet had the pleasure of reading or watching anything from the Twilight series.) - I know, how shocking, right?

In the second installment in her young adult series, The Jane Austen Diaries, author Jenni James takes up her pen and fashions a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, infused with cellphones, malls, and vampires...

What sixteen year old girl doesn't want adventure and romance? Claire Hart, younger s
I'm sorry. I can't do it. I just can't. The protagonist is too childish for my taste. It has taken me way too long to read this book and, frankly, I just can't do it anymore. Claire acts more like a 12-year-old than a 16-year-old. I cannot possibly suspend disbelief so much as to actually believe that a teenage girl would find herself reasonable (and logical!) in thinking that Tony is a vampire and Jaden (Black *rolleyes*) is a werewolf. Seriously?! Jenni James had me hooked on her writing with ...more
May 03, 2010 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
While I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped, Northanger Alibi was incredibly adorable and delightfully entertaining.

Claire Hart is an exact replica of the standard crazy and young Twilight fan; gullible, obsessed and in love with the idea of vampires and werewolves actually being real. I’ve met real girls like this, as most of you probably have as well, but Jenni James brings it to life in Claire, making her humorous and real at the same time. Needless to say, I was never bored with this stor
Jul 31, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
7/28/15 - Second read and enjoyed it just as much. I'm a huge Twilight fan (the novels of course over the movies) so this was fun. Wished she had been a little older like her sister, like 18, but whatcha goin do?

This was just a light, fun, fluffy read. I thought it had more to do with Twilight than Northanger Abby, but that was ok, because what girl that has read Twilight hasn't had an "meeting Edward fantasy". A quick, clean read.

Moral Note: One guy swears a lot, doesn't say the words,
Nadia  Islam Nitol
More like a re-telling of Twilight, aha!

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Twilight, it's that series that made me interested in this genre and all...minus Bella, so when Claire stated her undoubted affection of Bella saying "She's the best female character ever written", I knew we were going to face difficulties liking each other.

The book is pretty funny and interesting, if you are still in your teens I guess, because I couldn't relate to it that well, because obviously I've outgrown myself.

The one ch
Katie W
Feb 25, 2012 Katie W rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series, Pride and Populrity, and thought, "There is NO way this book could be as good." Boy, was I in for a pleasant surprise! I loved this story!! I love how this author takes a classic story and twists it around to completely modernize it. Very clever; very darling; very fun; and completely clean too!!

Claire and her sister are invited to go to Washington State for the summer with some of her parents friends. This is exactly Claire's dream vacation, since she is a
May 16, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it
After reading Jenni James' Pride and Popularity, I was excited to read Northanger Alibi. I came to realize that a big reason why I enjoyed the first book in The Jane Austen Diaries series is that I had read it right after a somewhat disappointing YA, and it was a cute story that was CLEAN, so it was especially refreshing.

Northanger Alibi's main character is 16, and she is . . . silly. She has barely started dating, and guys are falling at her feet. She has an unhealthy obsession with Twilight, a
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Seriously? The silliness quotient in this book is off the charts.

This is about a 16 year old Twi-hard girl who honestly and determinedly believes that the two hot guys she's met in Seattle are a vampire and a werewolf (a la Edward and Jacob). This is a girl who stamps her foot when she's angry and faints when she's overcome by emotion. I thought a couple of the earlier books in this series were cute YA books, but this one I wouldn't even recommend to my teenager. I'd hand this one to a pre-teen
Oct 25, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
This book was adorable! It follows the idea from Austen's book, where the main character is caught up in the novels of the day and can't keep her real life and the fictitious stories separate. So, the main character in this book is obsessed with the "Twilight" novels. I thought it was so clever and funny. The only thing I didn't like was how caught up in romance this 16 year old girl was. Don't get me wrong, I was 16 once, but they're SO serious, as if they'll be with their high school romance ...more
Tamera Westhoff
Mar 09, 2012 Tamera Westhoff rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Ok, I LOVED this book! It was funny, there was a lot of romance and a surprise! Teen romances crack me up, but I do totally see her as a 14 year old (but glad they have her as 16). The whole Twilight fascination also cracks me up! I have read the books and can safely say I am very happy my husband is not a vampire or werewolf! I can't imagine being so convinced that people around me were mythical creatures. Especially bloodthirsty ones. But, a very interesting take on Northanger Abbey. I will ...more
Yvette (hooked on the nook)
Feb 12, 2012 Yvette (hooked on the nook) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-edition
A wonderful story. It brought me so many happy memories of being 17 and the experience of my first real love. It's the one we never forget. Jenni James captured the feelings so eloquently. I really enjoyed how the author mixed in the twilight series as Claire's favorite reads. How fun that the main character loves to read and gets her sister hooked. What a refreshing and wholesome story. I can't wait to share it with my niece. Off to read pride and popularity.
Oct 27, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
So I read the 3rd book in this series (Persuaded) and absolutely loved it!! So when my sister brought me this one I couldn't wait to read it!

I really enjoyed the overall story of Tony and Claire! I'm not that big of a Twilight fan so it was a little difficult for me to have the main character be a huge fanatic but I survived.

A great book that's super quick to read for those lazy afternoons!
Aug 27, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I thought this was so funny. I loved Jenni James creative modern version of Northanger Abbey with Claire believing her life was the book Twilight, just like Katherine thinking her life was gothic fictional novel. I loved Claire's strong sense of self and how she didn't put up with crap, but was so innocent and naive to think Twilight could actually be her reality. Super cute book. I had fun reading it.
Mar 31, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, janeite, ya-retellings
I can't wait to read the others in this series...although it'll probably be awhile since this copy is an ARC so it hasn't even been published yet and it's the first one.

This retelling was nicely done. I have to admit I was a little afraid when I started to read it but the author modernized it very well.

I'm not a teacher but books like this make me think it'd be cool to have them read the original Jane Austen story and then this book.

May 31, 2014 Megan rated it did not like it
I wanted to give this a chance because I enjoy modern retellings of classics, but, just, no. It was awful. No character development, a lead character who everyone seems to adore, except that they all treat her like she's 5 (of course, she behaves like a child most of the time), completely unrealistic scenarios and character motivations...really, just don't bother.
May 03, 2012 Deborah rated it it was amazing
I love a cute story that makes me smile and laugh! I truly believe most of my ratings are based on what type of mood I am in. I was totally in the mood for this one. I loved it. I am totally loving this author. Sometimes you just want a sweet story that is fun and tention free. One word summary...CUTE!

Thanks for the loan, Kath.

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