Review and Giveaway! "Emma and The Vampires"


"Emma and the Vampires"

by Jane Austen and Wayne Josephson

Source: ARC provided for review by Sourcebooks

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Take Jane Austen's original novel, "Emma", and make all the leading men vampires while Emma and her female companions must decide which vampires and good and which are worth marrying. Emma and Harriett even get to put a few stakes through some undead hearts!

This was my first mash-up novel, Jane Austen or otherwise. I was a little disappointed in this one just because it wasn't what I was expecting. I didn't feel like enough was changed from the original "Emma". Yes, the men were vampires, but the story followed the exact same plot with all of the exact same scenes, only with a few vampires attacking after dinner parties, etc.

However, I read the author's note at the end of the book, and Josephson said that one of his main motives was to make the original "Emma" more accessible to modern readers, especially teens. I appreciate his intentions, and I can see why he wanted to stay so close to the original. I do think he achieved this goal, because if you had never read Emma before, you really would have a great understanding of the original after reading this book. I personally just wanted to see more of story 'inspired by' the original, instead of a re-write.

Mr. Robert Martin is my favorite character in the original "Emma" and I loved the author made lots of mention of the gentle farmer here. Robert Martin, the vampire, even throws a cow over his fence in his frustration over Harriet's marriage refusal! That alone was worth reading the book, in my opinion!!

Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5 (sigh, Mr. Martin...)

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 3/5

Uniqueness: 3/5
Cover: 5/5 (love it!)
Writing: 4/5


Bottom Line: Having read the original novel, this book seemed too much of a rehash with not enough new elements. However, since the original is much unchanged here, maybe new readers unwilling to try the Austen classic would get a chance to read the story here.


GIVEAWAY RULES:
Liz at Sourcebooks
has generously provided a finished paperback of this book for readers of my blog!

All you have to do is follow my blog publicly and leave a comment on this review with your email address!

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30 comments

  1. Please include me in your giveaway. I am a follower.
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  2. I kind of loved this one cos he hadn't changed much. It fitted to well then. I liked it more than PP and zombies, just cos that one was more changed :)

    So are you game for trying more mash-ups?

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  3. I am a follower!
    I Tweeted! http://twitter.com/Tiffanysblogs/status/20822246096
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    I own at least 7 mashup books, some are great (I love love love Jane Slayre) some are not so great (The Undead Land of Oz kind of sucked).
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  4. I am a follower :)

    +2 - I've only read a few mashup books, and while some are endlessly entertaining (Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters), others are sorely lacking because they ruin the originally-loved concepts (Mr. Darcy, Vampyre).

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  5. I haven't read one of these "re-tellings" of a classic yet - it seems wrong to have the original authors name on it. Maybe inspired by would sit better with me. I got Emma at BEA so I'll give it a try & see how I feel after I read it. No need to enter me in the contest...just putting in my two cents!

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    I've never read Emma, but this is one I've recently added to my TBR list, so I am thrilled to enter a giveaway to (hopefully) win a copy :D

    I follow you via Google

    +2 Most of these mash-ups I've really enjoyed! Pride & Prejudice & Zombies has been my fav thus far :) Hope the trend continues!

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  7. This really sounds great since I enjoy everything Austen. Good luck everyone!

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  8. Thanks for the contest, I love unique spins on all things Austen!
    I'm a follower!
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  9. ha ha :) LOL and *smiles*
    I had to laugh at our beloved Mr. Martin tossing a bovine :)

    FAB!

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  10. I'm a follower.

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  11. LOL...sounds like a fun book. Great review!

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    My favorite Mash Up was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter was pretty good too. Sense and Sensibility and SeaMonsters, not so much. I think what makes a good one is integrating the "monsters" into the actual story, rather than having them just exist.

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  14. I just love mash-ups :) I'm with LilMissMolly, my fave so far was Pride and Prejudice with zombies, lol

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  15. Publicly following In the Hammock with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}] -- I enjoyed your review and would love to read Emma and The Vampires :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

    +2 Tweeted the giveaway

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    +2 I haven't read any mash up books yet, so I don't really have an opinion on them.

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  16. Google follower, please count me in!

    +2 Haven't read any mash up books but definitely plan to!

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  17. Neat! I liked the original Emma.

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    +2 Originally I was opposed to them, but now, though I still haven't read any, I really want to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (and Emma and the Vampires, of course!).

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  18. I follow via GFC. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  19. What a lovely give away! I'll be following you in mere seconds. And my email address is abookishwonderland@yahoo.com

    There's a give away on my blog as well if you're interested.

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  20. Great giveaway! I am a follower
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  21. I'm a follower. Please count me in!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

    I have a couple of mash up books, but haven't read them yet. I think they are fun and must be fun to write!

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  22. This looks really good
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    Question :I really like them. I have read pride and pride and Zombies one. It was rather funny

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  24. I'm a public new follower! Please enter me

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  25. Answer: We've reviewed quite a few mash up books on my blog, but I haven't personally read any. So would love to give this a try! vvperesk@gmail.com

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  26. Entry #2 for answer above

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  27. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  28. I read Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and thought it was pretty good. It's a great way to get teens to read the classics.

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  29. I follow!

    +2 I've never read any mash-up books but they sound interesting!

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