Thursday, August 7, 2014

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs.

Title/Author: Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper. (Jane Jameson #1).

Narration: Amanda Ronconi.

Genre:  Paranormal Romance.

Publisher: Brilliance Audio.

Source: Won from Felicia at The Geeky Blogger's Book Blog.

Synopsis: Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood. Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?

Midnyte Musings:  This is a very funny book.  Very. 

Some books have humor going on throughout and they can't maintain it.  It gets tiring and in turn, I get tired of always trying to find the funny.  However, this is not the case with this story.  The humor is natural and it is relevant.  Things that run through your mind all day are said aloud by main character Jane,.  Wry observations and sarcastic remarks.  And through it all Jane still remains adorable and cute.  She never really annoyed me and is very likeable.  Her love interest, Gabriel, who also is her sire, is a good character too, but he doesn't stand out as much as some of the others.  I didn't really swoon over him, but that's okay.  I didn't dislike him either.

What I also thought was interesting was the way the existence of vampires was set up.  I don't want to give too much away, but I thought it was done well and it made the emphasis on Jane herself not on vampires, although of course, the story is about her dealing with suddenly being one.   However, Jane is also dealing with her overbearing mother and her conniving sister.  She adores her dad and I loved this relationship, but she has trouble telling her parents about her vampirism.  The book is also about Jane's newfound confidence.  She faces problems that she has to deal with and take a pro-active stance.  The other characters in the book are fun as well.  Dick, one of the other vampires in town who is the "bad boy" and yet very endearing as well as the cast of the Vampire Council and others as well.  I don't have a ton to say about this book, it was a pretty straightforward story, and although I predicted who was behind most of Jane's problems I still enjoyed listening to this book.  It's a light read (I mean listen) and entertaining. 

Narration:  Loved, loved, loved the narration.  Amanda Ronconi has a very sweet voice with a beautiful southern accent that was not too over the top.  In fact, I wold love to hang out with her just to hear her talk.  I didn't really care for the way Gabriel was portrayed.  He sounded a bit too young and schoolboyish instead of a mature and worldy vampire. 

Starstruck Over:  The humor that had me laughing out loud. 


Mantan Calaveras said...

I guess it's a comedy, but I think there are problems with casting vampirism as the catalyst for a character empowerment story.

People seem to have forgotten how monsters are supposed to work.

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

YAY!! Molly Harper is one of my favorite writers, and I guarantee all of the audios are deliciously funny and sexy (and all are narrated by Ronconi).

Karen said...

I've read a few Molly Harper books and they're always so much fun. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Karen @ For What It's Worth

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