Jennifer the Damned When a sixteen year old orphan vampire adopted by an order of nuns matures into her immortal blood sucking glory all hell literally breaks loose Yet with every rapturous taste of blood Jennifer Car

  • Title: Jennifer the Damned
  • Author: Karen Ullo
  • ISBN: 9780692303030
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a sixteen year old orphan vampire adopted by an order of nuns matures into her immortal, blood sucking glory, all hell literally breaks loose Yet with every rapturous taste of blood, Jennifer Carshaw cannot help but long for something even exquisite the capacity to experience true love As she struggles to balance her murderous secret life with homework, cross When a sixteen year old orphan vampire adopted by an order of nuns matures into her immortal, blood sucking glory, all hell literally breaks loose Yet with every rapturous taste of blood, Jennifer Carshaw cannot help but long for something even exquisite the capacity to experience true love As she struggles to balance her murderous secret life with homework, cross country practice, and her first boyfriend, Jennifer delves into the terrifying questions surrounding her inhuman existence, driven by the unexpectedly human need to understand why she is doomed by a life she never chose.Bridging the gap between the literary tradition of Bram Stoker s Dracula and the modern teen vampire romance made popular by the Twilight series, Jennifer the Damned reexamines the legendary monster as a conflicted and complex being Jennifer is at once the quintessential vampire, embodying an unholy union of life and death yet she is also a sympathetic young woman full of spiritual anxieties, gifted with a limitless sense of ironic humor, and possessed of a beautifully persistent hope in the love she yearns for.

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      Published :2019-03-20T00:18:58+00:00

    About "Karen Ullo"

    1. Karen Ullo

      Karen Ullo is the author of two novels, Jennifer the Damned and Cinder Allia She is the managing editor of Dappled Things literary journal and also writes recipes for Catholicmom She holds an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California She is also a classically trained soprano who works as the music director at a church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she lives with her husband and two young sons.

    712 thoughts on “Jennifer the Damned”

    1. I can't recall how this book got on my radar but it immediately piqued my interest. A teenage vampire, adopted by nuns, who goes to Catholic school, and yearns for the chance to take Communion with many reviews at praising it as "literature, rich with vampire lore and intertwined with Catholic doctrine." I was thrilled when the author offered me a review copy.Sixteen year old Jennifer Carshaw, isn't living in a world where vampires are taken as a matter of fact. The nuns had no idea why their [...]


    2. Mixing religion and fiction is extremely tricky. Karen Ullo shows she (almost always) has the deft hand needed to pull it off. This is horror the way the genre was meant to be: the genre of the sacred, viewed via its negative. (In much the same way, crime fiction is the genre of morality.)In most other stories of this genre, Catholicism becomes a mere decoration to the horror--a crucifix here, a creepy Gothic church there. Ullo follows the Catholicism-vampire nexus to its logical conclusions. Ye [...]


    3. Not only is this book beautifully written, in terms of language and style, but the story is a wonderful blend of the occult and the sacred. I loved the way the author address theology and doctrine through the lens of the damned and mythical. LOVED IT!


    4. I don't read stuff like this. The truth is, I would have never have picked up Jennifer the Damned if someone from my church had gotten not hold of an advanced copy and asked me to check it out. Holy Crap! Am I glad I did.Forget what you know about old-school Dracula and those sparkly, sex-crazed teenage vampires of late. First-time author Karen Ullo is about to set the vampire world on it's head. Jennifer Carshaw is a sixteen-year-old who has gone to Catholic school all her life. In fact, for th [...]


    5. Jennifer the Damned ReviewA lot of supernatural fiction is about good and evil, alienation and despair, and an elusive hope. When and if that hope is acted upon, there is a sort of redemption. So, the title of this book is telling.Karen Ullo’s, “Jennifer the Damned,” is the story of a teenaged vampire, who is raised by an order of loving nuns, and as a result, the girl recognizes good and evil. Jennifer does not want to be a vampire. What she wants is to be accepted as a normal teenager— [...]


    6. This is the first book that I've had the privilege of reading before its publication date and what a book to have as my first! I am no stranger to vampire books (yes, I'm ashamed to admit that some of those books involved vampires of the sparkly persuasion) but Jennifer the Damned is different. Maybe it is Jennifer's youth, maybe it is because she is raised by nuns (yes, nuns), maybe it is her humanity, her need to love and be loved, maybe it is because despite how many times I might despise Jen [...]


    7. This is not your average vampire tale. Refreshingly, there are no sparkly vampires here! At an early age, Jennifer is placed in a Catholic school. This has profound, unexpected consequences throughout Jennifer’s life. The nuns instill a system of morals and values that put Jennifer at constant odds with herself. Her struggle for redemption is deeply felt, and you really want her to succeed. Despite some of Jennifer’s decisions, you can empathize with her character. Some of the scenes are tru [...]


    8. I literally read this book in one sitting straight through, not kidding. I could not put it down. I wanted to know, no, needed to know what happened next. It was that engrossing. Well written, well thought out, character driven Who would have thought that a vampire cared about their soul, let alone whether or not they could be saved.The publisher does this book a disservice by comparing it to Twilight. Twilight is awfully written rubbish. Jennifer the Damned, if I may, has a Soul. Craftily maste [...]


    9. It is not often, more accurately never, that I stay up until 3AM because I just can't put a book down. Jennifer the Damned not only turned me nocturnal, but it really moved my Holy Spirit. Beautifully written by Ullo, she shares her ministry through the twisted words of this fiction. Crossing my fingers for a sequel.


    10. This was a Catholic vampire novel. How could I not? Jennifer the Damned was hilarious. I was losing my mind over everything that happened regarding vampires and transubstantiation ahahaha. I heard Karen Ullo speak at the Catholic Writers Guild online conference and her topic was Horror: the Genre of the Sacred. Her talk was incredible. In writing monsters, we stretch the limits of our empathy, and can love better, and be better Christians. Her talk is the the reason I read this book. And I also [...]


    11. Review posted to my blog >> randianderson/karen-ulFINALLY.(Like seriously, I should not have finished this book before the holidays -- but I COULDN'T STOP MYSELF.)


    12. A book about four nuns who adopt an orphaned, teenage vampire? A strange enough combination that I naturally had to try it. I full expected it to be Twilight for Catholics – lighthearted romance, humorous, without substance, and (hopefully) without supernatural creatures that sparkle. I was very much mistaken. If Twilight had been written by Flannery O’Connor, the result probably would’ve been something like Jennifer the Damned. This is not your typical young adult vampire romance with a C [...]


    13. Karen! That ending! It should have had a warning on the cover or something! (Full disclosure: I know the author. ) So, this is a book about a teen-age vampire. Karen has done her vampire homework and has put a nice spin on the legend. There are a few things I wish had been a little different but overall it was a good read.Edited to add a quote that me stop and laugh, because so, so true:"I should have known better. Catholics rarely do anything without celebrating Mass. You can be baptized or get [...]



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