I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
When I read a book, I can only describe the mood by referencing the weather. Jane Eyre was dark, cloudy, and occasionally rainy, as was Wuthering Heights, and when I visited the Bronte parsonage, it made perfect sense. This book bathed in sunlight; which is probably odd for a vampire novel.
Most vampire books these days go for hot and romantic or dark and ominous... so to have a tale of a woman transitioning into the undead giving me the same impression of “weather” as a lite and cheery chick book was a bit of fresh air.
The book itself is light, both in mood and writing (the length is about half what I usually read/listen to) so I went in expecting a good time without the need to pick it apart with a critcal eye/ear. By the time I finished it, I was rushing to download the next two. A fun time, easy plot, and witty commentary left me light hearted and eager to hear more. The book is set in Kentucky, where I am from, and so the hilarity of having an aunt die in a “I bleed blue” tshirt (an avid UK basketball fan just like the other ¾ of the state) was an added bonus. She nailed Kentuckians and had me laughing at some of our quirks.
I found the use of everyday companies, occurances, and names (Mary Kay, Dick Cheney, etc) interesting since most authors skirt real life references for more obscure versions of the real thing. So Jane's comment about "the only thing to do at 2pm" was to "go to Walmart" got me giggling - oh how many times had I done the same thing (and can appreciate the outsider view on this even more having lived in Los Angeles for a time). I loved this aspect of the book.
The narrator did a fine job, though I did find it strange that the love interest and the best friend’s mother sounded like they were from the Simpsons. Still, the whole experience was great and easily earns 5 stars.
I want to start this review off by saying I love Molly Harper's writing. It's witty and sarcastic in just the right places, and deviant enough to make me wish for more. It's light reading, so don't expect too much other than a wonderful ride in a quirky female's perspective.
That said, the main thing missing from the story is depth on the part of the male love interest. Harper's guys tend to be well, for a lack of a better description, Disneyish; the handsome prince (or rather, vampire or werewolf) that shows up, is cute, and immediately falls for the leading lady whether he or she likes it or not. Gabriel the vampire was a bit like this but Nick has it bad - I found myself a little shocked when he pulled the L word out so early.
The book was a bit predictable too, but then, most books like this are. But I couldn't just give this book 3 stars - the wording is just too like my own and had way too much fun listening to someone who actually talks like I do. Its the same issue I had with Jane from "Nice Girls..."
4 stars for this snarky sequel
Bordering on the absurd, you have to look at this second installation of “Nice girls” in the same sunny, light-humored fashion as the first and following novels. This particular book even more so since it is based solely on ridiculous family and friend meddling to the point of non-realistic altitudes most plotlines can’t reach without the audience finally giving up on the shreds of realism left. Fortunately, this is also a book involving vampires, werewolves, and UK-fan ghosts so the height of believability is significantly higher due to the genre.
This is the sequel most fans hope for in a beloved book. A chance to see known and loved characters from a previous work while staying true to the same feelings earned before. Sure, this means the character doesn’t grow in leaps and bounds as normal characters do, but this is also the brilliance of the book. How many Twilight fans would LOVE to get their hands on a fifth book? And for what… a chance to see something new from loved characters. That’s exactly what this book accomplishes so I adored it for what it was – a chance to see Jane bumble through another eight hours of confusion and snarkiness.
5 stars, easily earned for the good time this listener had