Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 2

September 23, 2016 Just a Few Books I Read, Reviews 5

Just a few

Sometimes I just can’t pull off a review, but still want to share what I’ve read. When that happens, I’ll share them in this feature 🙂

Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 2A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #2
Published by Brilliance Audio, Pocket Star on March 28, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 370
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

A new comedic paranormal romance featuring a witch who finds love while searching for a magical artifact and set in the same “terrific vamp camp” (Publishers Weekly) world of Half Moon Hollow as the Nice Girls series.

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.

Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor Jed Trudeau keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially since Jed’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard. Can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

While I love Amanda Ronconi and will always sing her praises, I have to say her narration on A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses was EXTRAORDINARY! At first, I was like, “she’s off… this character feels like she has a mix of a Bostonian and Irish accent. How disappointing!” because that just sounded wrong and I was really disappointed. Then, around chapter two that character talks about how being brought up partly in Boston and partly in Ireland has left her with this weird Bostonian-Irish accent! And then I felt like I needed to bow down to the master. Because, seriously, y’all! She NAILED IT!

Amazing narration aside, I had lots of fun with this one. Got to see so many of the characters from Jane Jameson and the other Half-Moon Hollow books in great new ways. And there is one heck of a twist I didn’t see coming.
4 stars Pretty Great

Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 2Undead Sublet by Molly Harper
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #2.5
Published by Tantor Audio, Pocket Star on February 13, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 156
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

A Story from The Undead in My Bed

In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she's unaware that the house comes with a strange man.

Even though Sam Masden's ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared - and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.

Another narration note! I started Undead Sublet and was immediately jarred – Amanda Ronconi wasn’t narrating! But I knew that voice – it was Sophie Eastlake (narrates Chicagoland Vampires). Sophie Eastlake is a narrator I’m okay with, but when you’ve gotten to know these characters with Amanda Ronconi’s voice, it’s kind of sad to have to switch. But I still enjoyed listening. I think they did it this way because (as you may notice from the cover), Undead Sublet is a short story from a collection called The Undead in my Bed and I’m guessing Sophie narrated the whole book.

The story was super fun! I loved the house battles and blood cooking – there’s something I didn’t see coming! It was a sweet romance with really likeable characters.
3.5 stars pretty good

Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 2The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #3
Published by Brilliance Audio, Pocket Star on March 24, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 339
Length: 9 hours 13 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

In the next book in Molly Harper’s beloved Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Gigi starts her first job (at Vampire Headquarters), gets over her first love, and may even fall for her first vampire!

Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she’ll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...

It was nice to have Ronconi back for this one. I really enjoyed The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire, particularly for the way we get to see inside the inner workings of the Vampire Headquarters! I think the one weird thing for me was the amount of time that has passed – Gigi, who is Iris Scandlin’s little sister from book #1. Iris is like a mom to Gigi and we got to know her from that perspective. But now Gigi is all grown up and we’re seeing her from a new adult perspective and well, it was kind of weird. Without the background, I don’t think it would have thrown me at all. But I think it’s always hard to see your kids grow up and start having serious relationships and jobs and such – even if you’re happy and proud. It was kind of like that, in book form. Oh! But really awesome mystery element! I was all twisted and turned!
4 stars Pretty Great

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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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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

5 Responses to “Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 2”

  1. Jen Twimom

    Yea!! My introduction to Molly Harper was with A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses (not audio, however) and I immediately fell in love. What a fun author. I’ve now caught up on this series (mostly via ebook) and Jane’s series (audio), and have her contemporary series on audio, which I’ll listen to soon. yea!
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    • Berls

      I just love Molly Harper. I started with Jane and have officially read all her books except the haunted house one. (I think at least) the contemporary was fun, but I prefer the pnr.

    • Berls

      Oh I hope you enjoy it, I thought it was a lot of fun 🙂 I agree, Ronconi just owns the series!

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