Release date: February 15th, 2012
Reviewed by: AmyG (big sis)
This modern Gothic remake of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, and nod to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series, will leave you in stitches--literally.
Seattle Washington, and the Russo family, 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! Follow Claire's hilarious journey on her first summer adventure away from home, where she learns everything isn't what it seems, and in some instances, reality is way better than anything she'd ever find in a book.
What a great idea for a cute, little contemporary novel! Several years back when Baby Sister Britt finally talked me into reading Twilight, you might say I did a few, sort of crazy things, per say. Apparently, everytime I saw saw a silver volvo cruising around town, I would speed up and peer inside in hopes of the possiblity that Edward Cullen might be driving that car! My memory is a little hazy from this time period, I protest, but there is a slight chance that I do remember doing this! Is there a chance that this happens often and not just looking for Edward Cullen? Yes, I would say probably so! Which is why I completely adored Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. I can completely relate to Catherine Morland! How many times do I not heed Jane Austen's warning and completely blur the lines between fantasy and reality? Isn't the world just a little bit more fun if there is a chance that your vampire soul mate is living in the Northwest just waiting for you to stumble into his life, or that there is a Shadowhunter somewhere in New York or Victorian England not even realizing what he's missing? If you find yourself saying "YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES!" then this is the book for you, and you will be kicking yourself that you didn't think of this idea first!
Northanger Alibi is an adorable, quick, feel good read that will leave you laughing and in hopes for another Jenni James novel! It's the perfect read if you are looking for something light and different from the YA paranormal world. If you are a fan of Jane Austen and Twilight then you will be delighted by this twist on these 2 popular novels. The boys are definetly swoon-worthy, the dialogue is side-tickling and trouble Claire finds herself in keeps you coming back for more! You can also feel safe to let even your middle grader read this! I have Pride and Popularity also by Jenni James coming up on my list soon, so stay tuned for a review of that one also! I think we will be seeing a lot more of Jenni James in the future!
That's when it hit me--spinning 500 feet in the Washington Sky--and everything clicked into place.
Anthony Russo was a vampire." (ARC, p. 39)
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Lastly, I want to say a big THANK YOU to Inkberry for the review ARC!