Thursday, May 10, 2012

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs" by Molly Harper

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
(Jane Jameson #1)

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance--Vampires
Pocket Star/Audible--2009/2010
Audiobook, 8 hours and 49 minutes


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?

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs is the first book in Molly Harper's lighthearted paranormal series starring Jane Jameson, the vampire librarian.  I do not remember laughing out loud this much reading a book in a long time.  Everything about this book and its audio version worked for me from the wonderful heroine, the sexy potential love interest, the ragtag cast of side characters, and tons of interesting plot twists. 

Jane Jameson has had one of the worst days ever!  She was fired from her job as a children's librarian, got completely hammered at a local bar, was mistaken for a deer and shot by a drunk, and has just woken three days later with a strange craving for blood.  From these early antics, I knew I would love Jane as a narrator.  She is completely original with her bookworm quirks, Southern drawl, and an unfortunate tendency to get into a multitude of scrapes. 

Most of this book follows her adjustment to life as a new vampire from the act of buying blood at a local store to telling her friends and family about her new undead status.  While this could seem boring, I will tell you that, with Jane's narrative voice and Amanda Ronconi's performance, these seemingly mundane tasks take on new life.  I think I giggled through about 80% of this book!

There are many side characters that Jane meets or has to confront with the truth throughout Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs.  I loved her mysterious, and sexy, sire/lover, Gabriel Nightingale.  He was not an overbearing alpha vampire, but his protective nature does come into play fairly often.  Readers also meet Jane's best friend, Zeb, who shows that girls and boys really can have platonic friendships with each other, and the hilariously named Richard "Dick" Cheney, a raunchy bad boy vampire who helps introduce Jane to some of the more illegal sides of Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky.

And, of course, no good Southern comedy would be complete without the main character's family popping in at the most inopportune times.  For the most part, the Jamesons were annoying, over the top, and yet completely realistic.  I especially enjoyed her recently departed Great Aunt Jetty who appears to vampire Jane as a UK basketball loving ghost.  I look forward to seeing how Jane's parents and sister react to her coming out as vampire in later installments.

All in all, this was a great introduction into a fascinating vampire society and a collection of characters that seem to have enough drama to keep me entertained for many books.  The audio version was perfect for this type of story and the narrator did a fabulous job with the different voices and Harper's slightly absurd brand of comedy.  I recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance who don't mind a little laughter with their vampires.

Rating: 5 Stars

Jane Jameson

1. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
2. Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men
3. Nice Girls Don't Live Forever
3.5. Nice Girls Don't Sign a Lease Without a Wedding Ring
4. Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you loved this!! This series just gets better and better! I love the characters - and I'm so sad that I have finished it :( (I need to read the spin-offs!!) Molly Harper is one of my favorites, for sure!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books


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