Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Molly Harper does it again, this is the first book in the, Half Moon Bay, series and I think one of her best, she always makes me laugh. Miranda, our main character, has a talent for getting herself into the most unbelievable situations. She takes her continuous mishaps all in stride and just counts on some crazy thing happening in every situation, one of the reasons she always carries $20 and her drivers license in her bra.
Miranda works for a service that transports vampires, hires services for them and just about any other duty that is better done during the day. Miranda's first assignment is to transport a very private, stanch man from his home to Half Moon Bay. The antics that ensue from the very beginning are nothing short of hilarious and unfortunate for her passenger. As time goes by and he see's that Miranda is a jinxed soul he starts to find it entertaining and that she is providing him with some much over do surprises.
Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi go together like peanut butter and jelly, one without the other just isn't the same. Amanda definitely brings the perfect humorous voice to Molly's tongue in cheek, witty writing. One not to miss if you enjoy this genre.
This really just wasn't my cup of tea, apparently. Its possible that I simply don't like vampire stuff. I haven't had any luck with them yet. Maybe its the sexual thing. I'm not into the romance novel direction of things. Sure, love stories, but not "romance" - you know, when porn is basically just described in writing. There's only one scene that's really like that in this book, but it kind of ruined it for me. I didn't pick this to read about sex, you know? I'm far more interested in the horror/fantasy aspect of the vampire idea, but its never done properly enough for me. Also, why aren't they ever more than 400 years old, and why are they almost always British? I think of Vlad the Impaler when I think of vampires. Not that I was expecting that here - actually I was expecting some sort of parody on the whole cliche vampire thing, but it isn't. It just plays into the cliche, like an adult version of Twilight minus the werewolves and plus humor (I don't think Stephanie Meyers knows the definition of the word). I don't mind a bit of cliche, but... well this was just sorta meh.Anyway, about the actual quality:*It isn't horribly written, but not flowtastic either. Its kind of like how I'm writing now. *The characters aren't total stereotypes, but they sort of are at the same time (sorry that's a lame explanation). *The plot had some twists, but nothing was entirely unexpected. *I should have expected the sex scene, but I didn't and it happened, which was a little awkward because I was in the same room as my brother at the time.*There was humor, but not as much as I hoped for.*It wasn't opinionated, but I got a little annoyed about the super cliche conservative guy on the bus that was supposably anti-minority and everything else including, of course, anti-vampire. As most conservatives/libertarians tend to deal with this sort of thing on a daily basis, I can assure you that it isn't worth saying no if everything else about the book sounds good to you - its just a very short scene - but it was one of those eye-roll moments for me.In short, guess I might be too much of an intellectual snob to enjoy something like this. Sure, I am cluttered and accident prone with an occasionally overbearing mother who wanted me to go into something more successful. Still, I had trouble relating to the main character. Probably because I'm not an extrovert, and even in her shoes without my background, I'd have waited quite a while before sleeping with some guy I met a few days prior, no matter how attractive he was.
More intellectual snobbery. Especially from Colin. It was too easy for Miranda, and I wanted more of that kind of entertainment. He was just all over her way too fast. Overall, it just didn't seem like the author put much thought into the details.
I'd avoid it. She's fine with female characters, but Colin's voice annoyed the crap out of me. He sounded almost raspy, when his voice was supposed to be smooth and honeyed.
It wasn't awful. I did laugh a few times, but I didn't realize exactly what I'd purchased. I sort of wish I'd spent my credit on Journey to the Center of the Earth or The Rise and Fall of China. Thankfully, I purchased this with a two-for-one credit offer and got The Picture of Dorian Gray, which I started last night when I was too embarrassed to let this play while my husband was home.
The story was very enjoyable and quite funny. The heroine was quirky and endearing. The vampire was quite funny at first, but gradually morphed into your typical gorgeous, fantasy ideal-male character that is so popular in chick-lit. That's a bit cliche but the fun interactions between the two characters made up for it.
Amanda Ronconi's is an amazing performer. She is definitively a voice actor, not simply someone who read books. She was able to imbue the already vibrant text with inflections and nuances. Her voices and accents are dead on. I was really impressed, and will look for other books she has performed in.
Most definitely. I just wished the book was longer
I recently went back & listened to all of Molly Harpers books with my husband because I knew he would love the humour that she is famous for. This is a novella where we meet Miranda. Miranda is going through a lot of trauma & turmoil in her life and is using her job as an undead chauffeur to clear her head & make some decisions. One thing I can say about Molly's characters is this, my problems always seem petty after getting to laugh at theirs.
Thank you Molly for the comic relief. Always worth the credit or cash. Amanda Ronconi is one of the narrators out there.
I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.
Buy the book, you will enjoy the story. Interesting take on vampires and humans living together. Strong characters.
I freaking loved this book. It was so funny and refreshing. I enjoyed it so much I will now read (listen) to all of Mollys books!! I literally couldnt stop listening.
This was the best narrator ever!! from woman, to man, to vampire, to old lady, to mom, to boyfriend. Wow :)
Even throughout the road trip from hell, the humor was fantastic. I do love the snarky vampire and a sarcastic human combination.
Not much of a plot, characters are likeable and I appreciated the author's sense of humor.
I have already multiple times. This story is so hilarious, I love hearing all the trouble that happens to both the characters and how the two of them start to trust then love each other.
One of the most memorable moments for me was when Collin, trying to help, attempts to get gas for Miranda, can't figure out how to open the gas tank and just rips off the gas tank cover. Then he remembers he has no wallet with him and goes back to wait until Miranda wakes up.
I really liked Amanda's narration of this story, her inflections and tonal changes are right on with how I imagine the characters would be responding
When Miranda and Collin are in the cellar of the farm house.
Great audible book all around.
All of Molly Harper's books are smile worthy, but this book, no matter how many times I listen I laugh out loud. I can't help it, there are just some parts of this book that are so funny that you can't stop yourself from laughing hysterically. My advice to you is to book mark the passage because because if you laugh as hard as I think you will it will be hard to explain and you will just have to let someone else listen to that part. The story is great and a little hard to let go. I listen whenever I need a laugh and I'm never disappointed. I love this book and you will too. Amanda Ronconi is awesome when it comes to expressing sarcasm and dry wit and Molly Harper is and expert at writing it. I love this duo. You can never go wrong when you buy them.