Friday, May 18, 2012

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

Title: Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
Author: Molly Harper
Series: Jane Jameson (#1)
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: March 31, 2009

Summary (as quoted from Amazon):

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?

I loved the first book so uber much. I connected to the main character right away; she has a strong love of books that I adore. That right away should tell you it's a must read. The main character, Jane, is loveable, quirky, humorous and an avid book reader. This book contains many references to Jane Austin books. Although a warning to those of you under 18, this is an adult novel. Jane is a twenty six year old Librarian...well an ex librarian. This has a story line to love and easy to follow, very humorous too. There is a vampire named Dick Cheney, who’s the bad guy in the nicest sense. He wears slogan type tee shirts that have double standard, and always has a funny/sexual line. In my book he would be the suave guy who can get into any girls pants, and probably has, with the exception of Jane. Gabriel Nightengale, yes that's really his name, is Jane's sire. He's sexy, funny and, smart. What more could you want? Jane and Gabriel get off to a rocky start. I love, love, love the way this book progresses.

During this book Jane just can't seem to catch a break! From the way she dies to the many attempts at her life after. This book has many twists and turns and ups and down. It keeps a person's attention the whole way through. Jane's family is like any other family. She has an overbearing, over protective mother. She has an amazing father with a love of history and a younger sister who in their mother’s eyes is perfect. I have a friend I mention in almost every review that reminds me of one character or another in this book he reminds me of Dick. In no way do I mean to imply he is a bad person. It's the opposite in fact he's very sweet but he does have the minor devious qualities about him. As much as I love this book there are a few issues I have with it. There is a bit Jane says in the book and the repeats it almost word for word a few chapters later.

It also is a tad confusing in the beginning where she goes ahead in time next chapter she's explaining things drunk then goes back in time for a fuller picture to how she lost her job. Then present time through the rest of the book. Beyond those two things the book is amazing! I immediately started Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men (which is also amazing). After, I finished Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs.

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