Jane Goes Batty

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Jane Goes Batty

Jane Fairfax has gone from an unknown yet undead bookstore owner to a famous author literally overnight. Her novel, Constance, is well-loved by the public and is currently being made into a Hollywood movie, which has brought a huge film production company to Jane's hometown. Jane's personal life, on the other hand, is in turmoil. Her loving boyfriend, Walter, is ready to take their relationship to the next level and that means introducing Jane to his Jewish mother. Walter is unaware that Jane is a vampire and the last thing that Jane wants to do is to convert to Judaism.

Besides dealing with eccentric movie stars, a Jewish future mother-in-law and obsessive fans, Jane has to deal with an overbearing new editor that is demanding another novel while mysterious occurrences seem to happening around Jane and her friends. Hopefully, everything will come together before anyone finds out that Jane Fairfax is actually Jane Austen and she has been a vampire for the last two hundred years. This is just another typical day in the life for Jane.

I haven't read the first novel in this series so I wasn't sure what to expect from this author. Jane Austen being a vampire all these years was a great idea and I wasn't disappointed from this novel. The book starts out a little slow but immediately picks up once the film crew makes an appearance in Jane's hometown. This book is hilarious, especially the scenes between Jane and Byron, who just happens to be the Lord Byron who turned Jane into a vampire so many years ago. Jane is dealing with the possibility of actually having a relationship with her boyfriend, Walter, but is concerned that she will watch him grow old and then die while she stays young just like she did with the rest of her family. Another problem is Walter's cranky mother who just happens to be a vampire hunter and knows exactly what Jane is. She is set to destroy Jane and her kind and there is no way that she will let Jane marry her only son. I understand that there will be a third novel in the series so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next between Jane, Walter and the rest of her friends.

Book Blurb for Jane Goes Batty

After two hundred years undead, Jane Austen still has bite. But will her most recent literary success be her last?

Life was a lot easier for Jane when she was just an unknown, undead bookstore owner in a sleepy hamlet in upstate New York. But now the world embraces her as Jane Fairfax, author of the bestselling novel Constance—and she’s having a killer time trying to keep her true identity as the Jane Austen a secret. Even the ongoing lessons in How to Be a Vampire, taught by her former lover Lord Byron, don’t seem to be helping much. Jane can barely focus on her boyfriend, Walter, while keeping him in the dark about her more sanguine tastes.

To make matters worse, Walter announces that his mother is coming for a visit—and she’s expecting Jane to be Jewish. Add in a demanding new editor, a convention of romance readers in period costume, a Hollywood camera crew following Jane’s every move, and the constant threat of a certain bloodsucking Brontë sister coming back to finish her off, and it’s enough to make even the most well-mannered heroine go batty!

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 4.50