Audio Review | Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper

August 26, 2013 Reviews 0

Audio Review | Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly HarperNice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Jane Jameson #1
Published by Audible Inc., Simon and Schuster on February 19, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
Length: 9 hours 24 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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three-stars

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 $25 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?

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My Initial Reaction…

I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by how funny the story was. This was a purely fun read that had me literally laughing out loud every few minutes.

The Narration…
I bought this book on an audible $4.99 sale more because I love Amanda Ronconi’s reading than because of the book’s description. I’d never read Molly Harper, but the plot sounding promising. I was not disappointed! Ronconi’s witty reading style only improved on an already fun, witty writing style. The characters are great and  Ronconi’s reading brings them to life, complete with Southern charm (or lack there of where appropriate).

The Characters…
I love the way Harper writes her characters – particularly Jane Jameson. Jane is so relatable and funny. Jane’s a bit nerdy and insecure – perhaps amplified by her being fired from her job at her small town’s library. She’s super witty and, since she has absolutely no filter on her thoughts, every other word is hilarious.

I particularly love Jane’s Aunt Jeti, who shares a lot of Jane’s personality traits. Jane’s interactions with her family are, in general, some of the greatest moments of the book. Her sire, Gabriel, is an interesting character that we’re just starting to get to know and he seems sweet, if a bit too protective and secretive. Her best friend Zeb is just as funny as Jane and his adjustment to Jane’s transformation was possibly the second funniest moment (beaten only by her transformation itself).  There’s a lot of side characters and they are all pretty hilarious (whether they mean to be or not).

The Story…
The basic premise of the story circles around Jane, a librarian who gets laid off and goes out to drown her sorrows in electric lemonades and mudslides – a decision that changes her life forever as an accident forces Jane to become a vampire. This has to be the funniest vampire transformation I’ve ever read – I promise you will be laughing out loud and not just for a brief moment, but over and over. In fact, this book – which is mostly about Jane’s transformation to that new life and some of the trouble she lands herself into in the process – handles all the traditional (and not-so-traditional) transition moments with hilarity.

This is, however, a character driven story. The plot is not going to keep you guessing nor make you anxious. Hell, you may not even really see the mystery because it’s just so damn obvious you didn’t realize you were supposed to be perplexed. But, even Jane’s shock at the very obvious revelation is another of those really funny moments that drive the story forward.

Concluding Sentiments…
I gave Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs 3 stars, because as I much as I enjoyed the book and will certainly be reading the next, there is nothing earth shattering or shocking about it to push it into incredible or even great territory. Just a truly fun read.

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About Molly Harper

My mother remembers an 8-year-old me setting up my “writing office” in our living room by putting her old manual typewriter on the couch next to a toy phone. And I (very slowly) pecked out the story of my third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city.

I had a dark sense of humor, even then.

In high school, when other girls my age were writing poems about dying unicorns and bleeding roses, I was writing essays about having political arguments with my dad at the dinner table. (Whoever made the other person laugh at their own political party won the argument.) I knew I wanted to write when I grew up, but I also knew there was very little chance I could make a living writing books, so I went for the next best thing – newspaper writing.

I majored in print journalism at Western Kentucky University and used my shiny new degree to get a job at my hometown newspaper. I married my high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. And for six years, I wrote about school board meetings, quilt shows, a man “losing” the fully grown bear he kept as a pet in his basement, and a guy who faked his death by shark attack in Florida and ended up tossing pies at a local pizzeria.

I loved my job at the paper. I loved meeting new people every day and never knowing where I would end up. But somehow, the ever-shifting schedules of a police officer and a reporter did not equal “family friendly.” One of us needed to take a normal job for the sake of our young daughter. I took a secretarial position at a local church office, which left me with dependably free evenings for the first time in my adult life. David was working the night shift that summer and I was losing.my.mind. We were living in “The Apartment of Lost Souls” while building our new home. This was the place where appliances and small electronics went to die. Every night I would tuck our snoozing child into bed and wait for the washing machine to start smoking or the computer to suddenly flash the “blue screen of death.” Then there was the plague of frogs in the bathroom that put our daughter of potty-training for about six months.

Normally, when things get tough, I can take solace in reading. But I surveyed my packing box of favorite books with the apathetic air of someone who stands in front of the open refrigerator for 10 minutes and can’t find anything. Nothing sounded good. So I just sat down and started writing something I would want to read.

Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you’d have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She’s single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This “triple whammy of worry” has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she’s mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire.

And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born.

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