QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
Don't get me wrong. I still very much enjoyed this book. But truthfully, it wasn't author Molly Harper at her best.
The narration was great. Amanda Ronconi, "gets" Molly Harper's dry humor and works it with true perfection.
Still, I found this story to be lacking in some ways. The mystery /adventure just didn't do it for me.
That being said : Would I buy it again? Sure. Because even when Ms. Harper isn't at her best, she is still twenty times ber than most of the writers out ther
Let me start by saying that I am a huge Molly Harper fan. When I purchased this book I thought it was going to be a continuation of “Driving Mr. Dead” and her antics with Collin Sutherland. I wish it had been.
I love Molly’s books because I can escape from reality and laugh out loud. I kinda, sorta did that with this book but it was not as funny as her others. It did have the mixture of funny situations, bossy vampire and feisty female, annoying teenager and had me laughing but not out loud like her former books.
The love story between Cal & Iris got a little too much like a “gothic romance” during some of the love scenes. Molly went a little overboard in that department this time. I kept wondering, “What is Molly reading that is influencing her”? Along these same lines the lead vampire, Cal, is rude. I guess that goes with the whole gothic scene? Fortunately, Iris is a modern day gal that does not put up with rude.
Several times Cal grazes Iris’ neck/veins. I didn’t think that vampires just stopped there. Who knew and it was not explained.
There was some action in the book in the form of a mystery and Molly did keep me wondering. The book was an escape and funny but not as belly laughing as usual. This was just not up to her former books.
Plain and simple I Love to Read! Books take me places and make me feel the world...
Sexy, Fantastic, Addicting!
I love it all!
I loved cal in this book!
Cals relationship with GG!
I Love all of Molly's books!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
This was a fun, witty and lighthearted romance. I really enjoyed her writing and the narrator was fantastic! I can't believe it took me this long to discover this author.
Speculative Fiction Book Review Blogger
This is the 4th Molly Harper title that I have read and it's official, I'm a fan! I will definitely be checking out her Nice Girls series sooner than later. That being said, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is a feel-good-read that's sure to put a smile on your face. Amanda Ronconi's narration is cheerful and bouncy, the how-to tips at the beginning of each chapter are giggle-worthy and Harper's writing is injected with some good ol' fashion Southern charm. If you're in need of a pick-me up or just a good laugh then try The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires.
The main plot is pretty straight forward, which is one of the many reasons why I love Molly's books so much. The story is detailed enough to keep readers entertained but still simple enough to allow other literary elements to shine through, such as her phenomenal characters and top notch wit. Several peeps from her Nice Girls series make cameo appearances which I'm sure only adds to the overall experience for long time fans. For my part, I have no clue who these characters are but can't wait to make their acquaintance when I tackle her Jane Jameson books.
When I first started listening to this audiobook I was mildly confused on a few things that I feel are worth bringing up. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is the first full length installment in the Half Moon Hollow series. Driving Mr. Dead is a novella, which explains why it's only 160 pages and why the main characters are different. I struggled with Miranda vs. Iris' points of view. Plus, the fact that these two heroines have similar personalities and are read by the same narrator made it all the more confusing. Once I had all of my ducks in a row the story made a lot more sense. Unfortunately, I didn't realize my mistake until the end. That'll teach me to rely on GoodReads' accuracy!
I really enjoyed Amanda Ronconi's narration; she's perfectly suited for the voice of Iris. You can hear the smile in her tone as she reads the story and she delivers Harper's jokes with ease. The combination of Ronconi's narration and Molly's writing transforms this audio book into pure bliss.
It's nice to take a walk on the lighter side of Paranormal fiction from time to time. Molly Harper is a seasoned pro at writing chick lit with fangs. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires is full of silly characters, slapstick humour and sex. What's not to love? I challenge you to read this book without cracking a smile!
This was a very enjoyable listen. The short quips and jests that the main characters traded with one another were quite amusing and made me smile and at times laugh out loud. It has a cute love story and I would probably listen to it again when I feel the need for a little light-hearted romance.
Quirky, funny and relatable.
As with all of the series, it is the strong female lead with a funny/quirky personality that draws me in.
Pronunciation. English is not my first language, so I enjoy the performance of a professional native speaker.
Her voice. I find her voice strangely therapeutic, I often re-listen to the stories just to hear her voice.
The way she 'makes voices' for the different characters, it feels natural and helps keep the narrative clutter-free, as I can tell which character is 'speaking' from the way Amanda reads them.
The bit where Jane uses her special skill to include Iris in her social circle.
The Half-moon hollow and the 'original' Jane Jameson series is a guilty pleasure that I keep coming back for more of.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
This book has everything all rolled into one very entertaining story. Even though it's a romantic mystery with vampires involved, I found myself laughing out loud several times at things that were said (mainly by Gigi). The female narrator does a great job of actually making Cal, the male vampire, sound sexy. If Ms. Harper writes a sequel, I would definitely read it!
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
I am so in love with Molly Harper's books and the way Amanda Ronconi brings her characters to life. Molly Harper is an auto download for me.
Harper has a new book out in a different series, not out on audio yet, but I already downloaded e book. Give it a try - its called "My Bluegrass Baby". I am really hoping Ronconi will get to narrate if this goes to audio.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
What can I say, but thank you Ms. Harper for another wonderful listen. You and the estimable Ms. Ronconi are a force. This was a truly enjoyable story, rife with action, a lil intrigue and some laughs. Thank you