Typically I am not into the vampire books, but I was looking for something different and grabbed this because it was on sale. I was quite pleasantly surprised by Harper's writing style. Her infusion of humor into her stories makes them a fun read and after reading this I am going to read the rest of the Sleepy Hollow series. For better or worse, I am one of those readers that must read/listen to all the characters stories once I get into a series. While vampire stories still don't rate high on my list overall, Harper's books and the equally fun narrator are the exception and will be part of my library.
I only listen to Molly Harper books with Amanda Ronconi to bring it to life.
Amanda always makes the humor, roll on the floor laughing!
Snort or guffaw out loud at work.
Short, Funny, Interesting
I don't have a favorite. I enjoyed all equally!
I have not, but would love to listen to more of her performances.
When she found out about the ring, and had her break down.... I teared up.
I shouldn't have bought this. Thought it might be a little more than a background for a budding romance.
Sorry, no, just not my genre.
Depends on the book.
Interest at first, ennui by the end.
Don't be put off by this review if you like light listening with quite likeable characters. This book had rave reviews so my reaction reflects my listening tastes rather than the quality of the writing and narrating.
I have read several reviews of Molly Harper so I bought this one on a Bogo. I knew the series was well loved and folks thought the works funny. I think I expected something I already found funny or had some experience anticipating the shape and direction of the writing. This was a surprise. A very competent writer has anchored the ordinary, unexpected and the imagined in a delicious mix. It was fun and not really what I expected. The narrator was perfect. Thanks to all the reviewers who gave me the confidence to make this choice.
The narrator was very good. She really conveyed the humor in the story.
I really enjoyed the series.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
My one complaint about this is that is isn't a full length novel. Its great. Miranda is fun, Colin is fun, their adventure is great.
for easy, light listening, yes. Always a good laugh...
I have listened to several of Molly Harper's and enjoyed them all.
She does a great job bringing the characters to life.
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.