Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 3

September 30, 2016 Just a Few Books I Read, Reviews 8

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 🙂

I’m so glad I picked this series for our Can you read a series in a month? Challenge! I had such a great time with each and every book. And now I’m current 🙂 Here’s the final 3 reviews!

Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 3The Single Undead Moms Club by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #4
Published by Brilliance Audio, Pocket Star on October 27, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

In the next book in Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Libby (a widow-turned-vampire) struggles with her transition, and finds out it sucks to be the only vampire member of the PTA…

Widow Libby Stratton arranged to be turned into a vampire after she was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. It wasn’t the best idea she’s ever had, but she was desperate—she’s not about to leave her seven-year-old son to be raised by her rigid, overbearing in-laws.

On top of post-turning transition issues, like being ignored at PTA meetings and other mothers rejecting her son’s invitations for sleepovers, Libby must deal with her father-in-law’s attempts to declare her an unfit mother, her growing feelings for Wade—a tattooed redneck single dad she met while hiding in a closet at Back to School Night—and the return of her sire, who hasn’t stopped thinking about brave, snarky Libby since he turned her.

With the help of her new vampire circle, Libby negotiates this unfamiliar quagmire of legal troubles, parental duties, relationships, and, as always in Harper’s distinct, comedic novels, “characters you can’t help but fall in love with” (RT Book Reviews).

The Single Undead Moms Club is easily in my top two of the series. I’m torn between it and Driving Mr. Dead. While Driving Mr. Dead made me laugh my ass off, The Single Undead Moms Club tugged hard on the heart strings, while still making me laugh of course. Libby is a mom who hired a vampire to change her (not the smartest way to go about it – she posted an ad) because she’s desperate to stay alive for her son and she’s dying of cancer. *sigh* Love her already, right? Well, I only grew to love her more. And the love interest – Wade – is single dad hotness. I have a thing for guys that are responsible fathers… so he’s that much hotter in my book. Her struggle with discrimination for being a vampire, the fight to care for her son, and the general kid cuteness (her son’s a first grader and I’m a kinder teacher, so you know that got me, right?) – it all just combined in the Molly Harper’s amazing ability to weave a story and Amanda Ronconi’s ability to narrate the heck out of it and left me loving every minute.

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 3Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #5
Published by Brilliance Audio, Pocket Star on July 26, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 304
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Winthrop's job description. You know what isn't? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow...while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.

Fortunately, Anna's dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she's stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner-or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they're not out of the woods yet...

Where Wild Things Bite didn’t really do it for me, in comparison to the others. I still really enjoyed it, but Flinn Palmeroy was already on my bad side from The Single Undead Moms Club and he definitely still had his bad guy side going on. Ultimately I think he’s a good guy at heart, but he grates on me. That beings said, I loved Anna and the shape shifter drama ended up being absolutely hilarious. And the Inn in the middle of no-where! Creeptastic! Although not a favorite, Where the Wild Things Bite definitely had it’s moments!
3.5 stars pretty good

Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 3Big Vamp on Campus by Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #5.5
Published by Brilliance Audio, Pocket Star on June 6, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 96
Length: 2 hours 36 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

In Molly Harper's newest paranormal romantic comedy set in her beloved Half Moon Hollow, a vampire princess must learn how to navigate life as a college student - including living with her messy, annoying, frustrating new roommate.

Ophelia Lambert, 400-year-old vampire princess and college freshman, suddenly finds herself domesticated by humans and forced to suffer the indignities of dorm rooms, communal bathrooms, and a roommate with sticky fingers.

As one of the hundreds of undead venturing into postsecondary education, Ophelia has a lot more to learn than just "undead studies" - she has to learn to get along with her fellow vampire classmates and, worst of all, her human ones, along with getting back into the good graces of the World Council for the Equal Treatment of the Undead.

Can this once all-powerful vampire princess balance classes and campus life with romance, human and vampire relations, and not sinking her teeth into her annoying roommate?

Yippee! I’ve wanted to know Ophelia better since I met her in Jane Jameson’s series and especially to try and understand her and Jamie’s relationship. So you know I loved Big Vamp on Campus. What surprised me, was how much I liked Ophelia – I mean, I knew I liked her ruthless evilness. I didn’t expect to like her because of the good I saw in her. I guess I should have known that was the part that would help me understand her and Jamie’s relationship. I do also, though, think part of why I liked her so much in this is the way spending time with humans starts removing some of that evil – or redirecting it to better causes. I hope to see a lot more of her, now that I know her even better. I just need more of her sister now!

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!

8 Responses to “Just a few Half-Moon Hollow books I read | Part 3”

    • Berls

      I adored Single Undead Mom’s Club! Technically you could read it as a stand alone and be fine. But I think you’ll appreciate all the nuances and characters best having read everything in order. I hope you finish soon – especially since you’re doing audio so much more 🙂

    • Berls

      They really are! If you haven’t listened to Amanda Ronconi you really must, she’s one of my top narrators. But her abs Harper together are golden 🙂

    • Berls

      Thanks! I’m excited to see where Harper will taken us next – everything she does is fun!

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