Friday, September 2, 2011
Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever.
Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. is Caissie St. Onge's first novel, and a YA one at that!
Jane Jones is a vampire - but she totally sucks at it. (Pun not intended.) First of all, she's not gorgeous and magnetic. She's not filthy rich and living in a magnificent mansion. She doesn't have a hot boyfriend. And she sure as hell can't drink blood.
That's right. Jane Jones is a glasses-wearing, average-looking, middle-class, blood-intolerant nerdy vampire. Awesome, right? Sooooo not. She got turned before she could fully, ahem, "grow" and she has no friends - she can't fit in with humans, and she can't fit in with the other high school vampires.
And she's set to continue this delightful life for, oh yeah, FOREVER.
But then all of a sudden the truly smoldering, extremely attractive vampire Timothy seems to be noticing her AND her American History paper partner Eli, who's geeky but sweet, seems to have a hard time talking to her - as though he's nervous - and Jane can hardly believe it! Two boys interested in HER, a pathetic, sickly (for lack of blood), never-been-kissed vampire dork?
Yet before she gets a chance to really revel in this happy turn of events, her History teacher starts to act alarming... and Jane wonders if she can ever just have a trouble-free life?
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!! Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. is an absolutely hilarious, awesome, superlative, original take on vampirism! Who ever heard of a geek vampire? Well, we've got her in Jane Jones! The world's first relatable vampire!
Jane is fun and likable - plus super sympathetic. She's allergic to blood, for goodness sake! She's stuck going to high school over and over and never getting a chance to go to college, for fear of attracting too much attention. Plus, despite her advanced age, she still have an overprotective Mom that insists on going over a safety checklist before leaving the house and remains concerned about walking around after dark - even though Jane's immortality kinda trumps some thug at a street corner.
I was entertained from start to finish! You've got possible romance, laugh-out-loud characterizations, fantastic dialogue and first-person narration, an amazing, supportive, so-not-threatening vampire family, and an entirely unique YA novel! Then, you get some surprisingly shocking (and even sad) twists nearer the end that I wasn't expecting - which brought Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. to a whole new level of awesomeness! You start to get suspense that ups the ante even more and makes the plot deeper! Wowza!!!
If you were to read Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. with the likes of Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris and Sucks to be Me (and it's sequel Still Sucks to be Me) by Kimberley Pauley, you would be absolutely delighted and happy for days on end!
Oh, how I want a sequel to Jane Jones! This is a super fun, fast-paced, endearing, and hysterical YA novel that should be read again and again! Check it out you hungry bibliophiles!!!
Here we are in the last week of August (good-bye, summer! Hello autumn!) and I just want to give all of you awesome readers a head's up: the Bibliophile Support Group will be back to only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday reviews starting on September 6th. This will continue for the foreseeable future. Still a ton of books to read and talk about - but let's give ourselves a bit more time to talk about each one! I encourage you all to comment and read as often as you can - this blog is here for us all to support each other in what is, in the end, quite an addictive lifestyle after all! ;)