Friday, September 25, 2009

Nice Girl's Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

Posted by Simcha 4:20 AM, under | 3 comments

Jane Jameson is satisfied with her quiet life as a children's librarian in Half Moon Hollow, the town where she grew up. OK, it would be nice if Adam, her crush from high school, would notice her or if her mother would stop guilt-tripping her about the fact that she is not yet married with children, like her younger sister. But Jane has a job she loves, a nice house she inherited from her favorite aunt and a loving dog to come home to each day.

But things take a turn for the worse when Jane is suddenly fired from her job and replaced with the head librarian's daughter, who no one else will hire due to her tendency to start fires.

And to add insult to injury, the envelope Jane is handed as she walks out the door does not contain the expected severance check but a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to a bar.

With nothing better to do, Jane decides to make good use of the gift certificate and heads over to the bar in order to drown her sorrows. After becoming satisfyingly drunk Jane gets in her car and carefully makes her way home.

As a final horrific end to one of the worst days of her life, Jane's car breaks down and she is forced make her way home by foot. But after falling down in a ditch by the side of the road, a passing motorist mistakes her for a deer and shoots her.
Luckily for Jane, the handsome man she had chatted with at the bar had been following her at a distance, to make sure she arrived home safely (a task he apparently failed at) and he also happens to be a vampire. So as Jane lies dying, watching her life flashing by and horrified by her ignoble end, Gabriel rushes over and offers her the opportunity to escape death by becoming a vampire.

When Jane wakes she is faced with the task of adjusting to her new undead life and its multitude of challenges. How does one tell their family that they are now dead? how do you get a job when you can't go out during the day? And what exactly is it that vampire do all night? Plus Jane now has to deal with her dead aunt's ghost and her handsome sire, who definitely seems interested in more then just instructing her on her new vampire lifestyle.

Unfortunately, Jane soon discovers that life is no easier once you are dead. When a local vampire is murdered, Jane is the main suspect. And false rumors about Jane's licentious behavior, don't help the situation either.

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs was a fun, lighthearted read similar in style to Mary Janice Davidson's books. It was a funny, irreverent look at vampires and their lifestyle that included vampire welcoming committees and "alternative lifestyle" sections at Walmart. While this is not the kind of book I would usually pick up, I found myself enjoying it as a nice break from some of the darker fantasy books that I have been reading lately. I would certainly recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance as long as you don't mind the fact that its a little light in the plot department


I've been seeing reviews for this book series all over the place but none of them made me want to read the books until yours! Your review was very well-written and interesting, so this book is now on my TBR pile. I also have to say that I completely agree with your post on the importance of leaving comments on other people's blogs, it definitely is encouraging and makes people want to post more, read more, and do more with their blogs. Keep up the good work!

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Great review! I've been wanting to read this series for a while but haven't gotten around to it yet. Thanks for the post!

~Natalie (Mindful Musings)

Thanks for the nice comments Emily and Natalie. If you do read the book, I hope you enjoy it.

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