I love this series of instructional paranormal books. A number of Molly Harper's stories connect to one another in subtle and not so subtle ways. Like in "Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires" Harper starts each chapter with a quote from the "Handbook." ( which was purchased in Jane Jamison's occult bookstore) Our witch moves from Ireland to the back woods to discover her neighbor is HOT, and not quite human. Harper's characters are quirky and witty and generally kind. A sexy and fun read.
I believe if you can pull off an accent than don't try it. Other than that I still love the spunk Amanda brings to the characters.
I like the idea of this story but in the end I lost interest and didn't even finish it. As for a follow up book I don't think Id buy it.
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Listened for Fun/Read for Review(Audible/Edelweiss)
Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 4.50
First Thought When Finished: My favorite so far in the spin off series.
Story Thoughts: OMG this freaking cracked me up. Nola (the leading lady) had a quest that just made me grin. As a person who had two very strong-willed grandmothers, I could just imagine one of them handing me something like that while making me promise to follow through. Poor Nola found out that it was going to be quite the task and not easy at all. She tackled it like a trooper and gave me some great big laughs along the way. I am a big fan of when Jane and her crazy mama make appearances in the spin off series so that was just icing on the cake.
Character Thoughts: Nola was a great addition to the Half Moon Hollow bunch. She is smart, witty, a little witchy, and can hold her own in the smart ass department. Really I think the strong female characters of the Hollows are just fantastic and since most of them made an appearance in this book, I was thrilled! Then there was hot-stuff Jed! Jed made me swoon and even with a crazy family, I would have snatched him up in a heartbeat. Swoon-worthy leading men are always a good reason to read a book but when they are hot-blooded shifters–it is a MUST!
Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Amanda hit it out of the park again. I admit that at first I thought she was dropping accents but then I was reminded that Nola was trying to hide her Irish behind a Boston accent. I don’t know how many narrators could pull that off but Amanda did! Seriously this is just a fun series to listen to on audio.
Final Thoughts: Fun Series and a MUST READ for me!
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This book is a great addition to her Half Moon Hollow series. In fact I enjoy the spin off better than I did the Nice Girls series. There are quite a few laugh out loud moments, this is a very light hearted and fun book. There was lots of characters that made a comeback in this story from previous books. This should not be the first book to read since a lot of references are made from Nice Girls and the other Half Moon Hollow books. I love Amanda Ronconi but it took a while to get used to her British/Irish accent, especially since she would drop it often.
Predictable, childish and what is with the narrators accent? I usually love books of this genre as pure escapism but this book left me cold.
It's the same light and humorous storytelling that I've come to depend on Molly Harper for. I'm really looking forward to a sequel.
At the beginning of the audio book, I kept wondering what accent the narrator was going for, thinking it was a terrible attempt at anything recognizable(Was it supposed to be English or American?). But finding out that the main character had lived between Boston and Ireland, I went from being annoyed with the narrator to being amazed at her ability to capture the main components of either accent and to maintain them *almost* consistently throughout the book. Almost.
I love Amanda Ronconi....WHY did they make her read this with an accent. Unbearable.
The comedy was laugh out loud funny
Great, animated, consistent
I enjoyed Molly harpers new approach to the paranormal world
I laughed so hard during this book that I think I scared my office mates. I got some really interesting looks while listening to this book.
I loved the enteraction of the new characters with the series veterans, it even picked up on the novellas characters too...it felt like adding a couple more members to a large dysfunctional family.
**Spoiler** I loved the scene where Nola figured out what was truly going on with Beau...not a curse just funky genetics
I started this book in the afternoon, and I had serious issues with turning it off so I could sleep. But it kept me alert for my commute.
I loved how the narrator used a different tone of voice for each character, I have gotten several where I cannot listen to the book because its like listening to stereo instructions read aloud. That is definitely not a problem with this book or narrator.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
I felt this book was the same plot line as Care and feeding stray vampires. Just exchange names and creature of origins and you got the same story twice. I had the story completely figured very early on and I was not surprise one bit. I even rolled my eyes when Nola was (trying) to confront her evil mother by calling her "mean and selfish"... Really? My elementary school kids can do better then that. I think my favorite parts in the two books was the reference to pepperoni and pineapple pizza...which I love and is my favorite and everyone thinks I'm weird because of it....and the bit about men having World of Warcraft addictions (AKA my husband).
What I look for in my paranormal romance books is the mystery of the occurring paranormal event and the strong intense/ emotional attraction of the main characters. I felt like this author turned a paranormal town into an average mundane event, there was nothing special or exciting about having vampires, witches and shifters around. You might as well be sitting at the bar at Cheers waiting for Norm to walk through the bar ( just as predicted) so everyone can yell "Hey, Norm". Predictable is not exciting for me.
I would say pass on the credit cause it really was nothing special.