I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper |Short Review

December 2, 2014 Reviews 15

I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper |Short ReviewI'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #2.7
Published by Audible Studios, Pocket Star on December 5, 2013
Genres: Holiday, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 130
Length: 3 hours 43 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety.

Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow. And then there's the small matter of the handsome, frustrating vampire who keeps appearing in Gigi's peripheral vision, then disappearing before she can talk to him.

Can the Scanlon sisters negotiate romantic problems, vampire politics, and Christmas cookie disasters and enjoy a relatively normal holiday?

My Initial Reaction…

It was so fun to go back to Half-Moon Hallow for I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas. I couldn’t help feeling that I’d missed something though… Just the same, I found myself laughing my ass off, as usual with this series.

The Good…

The humor and the narration! Gah, Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi make an incredible team! The snark and witty humor just never stops coming and the way that Amanda delivers Molly’s writing is spot on. I laughed so hard a few times that my boyfriend came and shut the door. Apparently I was having too much fun πŸ™‚

I just love these characters! I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas is a slight shift, though. We’re not following Jane anymore, now we’re with Gigi. I loved seeing her battle the questions of what she was going to do about her current relationship and her sister’s attempts to make her first Christmas home for the holidays perfect, despite the fact that Iris (her sister) is now a vampire. I think it was even funnier that Iris was trying so hard to deal with being a newly turned vampire while Gigi didn’t care AT ALL. Her family is surrounded by vampires and the occasional werewolf, so what’s one more?

The Bad…

This isn’t the bad so much as the watch out…

So the first thing is that I came into this going, what a minute, who are Gigi and Iris? Guess what? There’s a whole series called Half-Moon Hollow and it is not just another name for the Jane Jameson series. On one side this is great news! I have a lot more of Half-Moon Hollow to read. The bad, I didn’t figure that out until writing this review, so I was a bit lost at times.

The only other thing – and this relates to the book itself… I got left hanging! We get all this mysterious glowing eyes and stuff (like how I’m being non-descriptive? That’s to avoid spoilers… read it, you’ll know what I mean) and then no real explanation. Frustrating!

Concluding Sentiments…

I’m thrilled to know that I now have more of the Half-Moon Hollow world to read! This was hilarious and I can’t wait to go back and pick up with the first book!

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About Molly Harper

My mother remembers an 8-year-old me setting up my β€œwriting 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 β€œlosing” 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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15 Responses to “I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper |Short Review”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad you found out ahead me that there are two series, Berls. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I do think Ronconi does an excellent job with all the snark. And I love the snark! I need to make time for some more Jane…and now, apparently, Half Moon Hollow. πŸ™‚
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  2. Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

    I have to admit, I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas was my first Molly Harper…in audio AND book form. I had heard such wonderful things about her and when it came out in audio last year I thought, hey let’s try it out. I was hooked instantly and then spent all of January listening and reading to the rest of the Half-Moon Hollow and Jane Jameson series. Great review!
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  3. Stormi

    Oh no, you hadn’t read The Care and Feeding of Vampires before you read that..to bad if you had then you would have known who they were. πŸ™‚ I have like read everything..and yes you are left hanging but Harper is coming out with a new Half Moon Hollow book and it is about Gigi and the mystery guy. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read it!!
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  4. Melanie Simmons

    I’ve actually listened to more of Half Moon Hollow than Jane series. I really need to get caught up on both and that is on my to-do list for next year. I’ve listened to first Jane and two of Half Moon. I think these keep slipping off my list because I plan to get from library and I keep pulling from my Audible lists.
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    • Berls

      Ah I have that happen a lot with library picks too. I feel like the order is supposed to be Jane first, based on what I picked up in this novella. But I’m fuzzy on it still. Looking forward to reading them though!

    • Berls

      Right?! Glad I’m not the only one! So happy there’s lots of Dick, I love him – I think you’re confused though. He’s actually MY BOYFRIEND. Nice try though πŸ˜‰

    • Berls

      LOL you and me (or is it I? I always screw that up) both! I don’t even know how many series I have that I need to finish! Scary!

  5. Ramona

    Great review there, Berls. I’ll definitely have to check this one out. Thank you! Have a warmer day πŸ™‚
    Btw, I love this plugging, CommentLuv! Haven’t seen it around much, but looks good.
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    • Berls

      Oh it’s just great! Makes it so much easier for me to visit everyone who’s visited me – I have the paid version, but I started with the free one and it does the same thing, minus the spam and twitter boxes!

      Thanks! I’m trying to stay warm πŸ™‚ Have a great Tuesday!

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