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7.15.2009

Review: Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

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Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) by Molly Harper
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback (POCKET STAR, 384 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 1416589422
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?

Author Site:
www.mollyharper.com


The 'LOL' Vampire Tale of the Year! (5 stars)

Half Moon Hollow was always a quiet little Kentucky burg, never the sort of place Jane Jameson would expect to be mistaken for a deer by a drunken redneck and shot to death. But that is exactly where she finds herself, except that she's very much alive, or rather... very much undead. Losing her beloved job as the local children's librarian and becoming a vampire all in one week might seem like hell but that's nothing compared to trying to break the news to mama and daddy.

With a ghost keeping her company, a sexy sire and his nemesis vying for her attention and a slew of crimes and rumors being laid at her feet the simple life Jane left is long gone. But like any great paranormal heroine Jane Jameson is not going down without a fight and she'll protect the ones she loves even if that means accepting her new lifestyle—the good parts and the not-so-good.

Oh what can I say? I didn't want to give away ANY spoilers even some of the trivial ones that others might not see as spoilerific. Why? Well... it isn't everyday I pick up a book and fall so in love with it that writing the review makes me nervous!

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs is just the sort of humorous 'fish out of water' fledgling vampire story I think most fans of funny paranormals will enjoy. Jane isn't actually physically described much, this was one small thing that kind of bugged me, but she has a very relatable personality. Most everything about her aside from her being a vampire is far from out-of-the-ordinary and it is through this sudden change that her life becomes too crazy for one small town girl to handle without help. Enter her sire Gabriel. I'll admit he is a tiny bit cliched and didn't really win me over as a fan girl. What made Gabriel likable was primarily the way he and Jane interact with one another in their dialog.

The story's actual arc wasn't obvious from the beginning but is carefully hinted at throughout most of the book. When you realize what all the trouble is about you'll smack your forehead and if you're anything like me mutter something about why you should have seen it coming. I will say it's not the most exciting plotline but this book did very well to establish the characters and setting for what feels like it is going to be a really great "I laughed my ass off" kind of series. I don't think I could have asked for more from the author in that regard.

So who would I recommend this book to? That one is a little tough. For some who like darker, more serious reads this is definitely light and fluffy. For someone who likes lots of steamy love scenes you won't find them in this book. I think this is a great one for anyone who needs a good laugh and like the paranormal romance genre and moreso it would be good for someone new to the genres (paranormal romance and urban fantasy) looking to just dabble a little. While I think it's definitely up to a parent's discretion to decide what language, sexual content and violence is appropriate for their children... this might be an okay read for an older teen pushing past the Twilight phase and looking for something a little more adult.

2 comments:

Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) said...

Loved your review. I tend to be all over the place on what I read in UF, Fantasy & PNR, and the light and fluffy reads are definitely welcome. I'm adding this book to my TBR list. Thanks!

Some books are harder to review, than others, I know what you mean there. The more your involved in a book the details more vivid, kinda hard to pick a place to talk without spoilers. Thought you did well here.

Rhianna said...

Thanks Donna. This one was really tough to review. I stopped and started several times because I had a lot to say but knew I'd spoil a lot if I said much. It wasn't a completely flawless debut novel but it was so enjoyable that I was able to overlook a few flaws and normally I can't do that.

Thanks for commenting!

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