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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Sheila has read 6 books toward her goal of 90 books.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Review of Northanger Alibi,by Jenni James, and A Look At Her New Book Trailer Video!

Product Details:
Title: Northanger Alibi (Jane Austen Diaries)
Author:  Jenni James
Publisher: Walnut Springs
Release Date: February 3, 2012
ISBN: 978-0983829317
Paperback: 243 pages
Genre: Young Adult Romance

Book Description:

The Jane Austen Diaries
Pride & Popularity
Northanger Alibi
Mansfield Ranch
Sensible & Sensational
Sometimes a guy is even better than you imagined...

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 Northanger Abbey, follow Claire's hilarious journey on her first summer adventure away from home, where she learns everything isn't what is seems, and that in some instances, reality is way better than anything she'd ever find in a book.

My Review:
Northanger Alibi (A retelling of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey,) is such a fun book! Following in the same footsteps of it's predecessor, Pride and Popularity(Book 1), this book will be loved by tweens and teens. I loved it because of the many references to the Twilight series, written by Stephenie Meyer.  Having read the Twilight series, this helped me in understanding a lot of the humor found in this book. Main character, Claire Hart, is obsessed with The Twilight Series. She loves hot vampires and is excited to visit Washington state during the Summer. Claire is hoping to find her own vampire while she is there. This premise is what brings about the funniest happenings in the book. Right off she meets Tony Russo, who she thinks for sure is a real vampire. Then she meets Jaden, who she is sure is a werewolf. 

There is a lot of romance, with eye-batting, flirting and kissing...all mild of course. The slight love triangle does not wear on your nerves, like some do. Claire is cute and likable. Tony is a handsome hunk, that I wanted more of in the book. 

I can't wait for my daughter to read this book. I know that she will like it as much as me. I am happy to recommend this book to my daughter, her friends, and my blog reader's daughters. Northanger Alibi is a clean romance, with many  "giggle" moments, and the wittiness and appeal of Jane Austen's novels, but with a fun modern twist.
 Here is a new video book trailer of the first two books in The Jane Austen Diaries. Very cute!!

 About the Author: 
I love the way that Jenni describes how she fell in love with the writing of Jane Austen, and I wanted to share that with you. I hope that you will enjoy reading this and getting to know Jenni James.
"I never knew what I was missing when my mom first gave me a collection of Jane Austen's works for Christmas. I believe I was fourteen at the time. One glance at the title Pride and Prejudice and I vowed I would never read the book. But, to be nice I placed it on my 'favorites' shelf; and there it sat for approximately two and a half years. Every month or so Mom would ask me if I had read it yet, and guiltily I would reply, "No. One day I will."

Then low and behold, the summer I was sixteen I had completely exhausted EVERY book I owned and almost all of my siblings' books, as well. (There were 5 siblings--not an easy feat I tell you!) With a desperate case of boredom and hair-pulling-cabin-fever anxiety, I finally, grudgingly brought down the book. I went ahead and started with Pride and Prejudice, just to prove to myself it wasn't worth the time.

One and a half days later, I finished. Sleep deprived, hungry and exhausted, but I finished! It was officially the first book I couldn't put down! It was SO amazing! Afterwards, I devoured every one of Jane Austen's novels, and I haven't stopped since.
Now, as my own daughter gets closer to this wonderfully draining attempt at teenhood, I wanted to share the same stories with her, but in a way she can relate to. I began to rewrite (More like channel) Pride & Popularity in the middle of March and was finished in just 6 weeks! All 25 chapters. It was such an amazing experience. Before I had even begun the long editing process new characters started to talk to me and hound me into writing their stories too.

I'm married to a totally hot, redheaded Air Force Recruiter. Together we have 7 kiddos. We have just moved back to the States after living 9 awesome years in the Azores Islands of Portugal and England! Our kids are really experiencing America for the first time, and I think they're sold."

To contact Jenni or learn more about her books and her free online writing classes, go to these sites...

To purchase Northanger Alibi go to Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

***I want to thank Walnut Springs Press for the review copy of Northanger Alibi. In no way did this influence the honest review that was given.***


  1. Yay! thank you for leaving such a great review! You are wonderful and I'm so glad you loved it. *sigh* I love tony. eeep. Now, just wait until Persuaded! :D


  2. I also loved Tony! I am so happy that I was able to review such a fun book. Now you are just teasing me about Persuaded! I read the teaser at the back of Northanger Alibi and it sounds so good! Can't wait!!