Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.
Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?
Love in vein: bite into more of Jane Jameson's paranormal exploits.
©2009 Molly Harper White (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"Hysterical laughs are the hallmark of this enchanting paranormal debut....Harper keeps the quips coming without overdoing the sarcasm, and her take on vampire lore will intrigue and entertain even the most jaded paranormal fan." (Publishers Weekly)
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I am not at all sure that I would want to listen to another book from the Jane Jameson books.It is kind of entertaining and I do not think it is bad. I just feel like I am listening to a sit com about a newly made vampire, her sire, her best friend ext. the thing is I find myself waiting for a laugh track. there are some funny moments but there are lots of times I feel the author is trying too hard and is missing the mark. I seriously could see this as a TV series and some people would like it a lot. I am very picky about sit- coms I would compare "Nice Girls Don't have fangs" to "New Girl" as a vampire
I've given this book 4 stars. This means I really liked the book and will read more from this author. If the author proves true to herself and her work future ranks will be higher. I simply like to compare authors to their own work and their progression and ability to keep their characters moving and interesting. I have no interest in comparing, I want each book to stand on it's own merits.
I don't like to compare books, authors or performers. I don't even like to write reviews. However, for the sake of this review I would have to ask why this is being compared to Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series? Perhaps we need to break paranormal genre into many, many sub-genres if we are going to do comparisons. I would have to put this book in the Vamp/romance/Humor sub-genre. And if I were going to compare authors it would have to be with Mary Janice Davidson's Queen Betsy series. I'm sure there are others out there, but I haven't read them. I only became enthralled with the paranormal genre a couple years ago when I was looking for my own genre to write in (my hobby). I love the freedom of this genre to create characters that are of a different nature. I hate when reviewers make comments about what a vamp or shifter can or cannot do. It's fiction, these creatures/beings are figments of our imaginations, there are no rules or guidelines that must be adhered to.
So, after all of my blathering, I would have to say I enjoyed Harper over Davidson because the humor was of a nature that anyone could understand and laugh with the character. She dealt with things mostly in the way any intelligent, level-headed and caring woman would...overwhelmed, accepted she needed to deal with her new life and hilarious in her thought process while dealing with chaos.
Queen Betsy on the other hand was just as true in her character...I suppose for me I wouldn't have had her as a human friend, whereas Jane and I could have been great friends. Betsy is OCD over silly things, loud, and abrasive.
Amanda Ronconi performed very well. Characters were clear and distinguishable without going too far overboard. My criteria for a good performer is that they don't have a constant whiny voice, especially for main characters or overly gruff voices for the males.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it gave me exactly what I needed at the time I read it. I believe I listened to it between book 3 and 4 of the Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin. Definitely needed a little humorous reading at that point. ???
The narration was very good, and I give Ms. Ronconi props for being able to get the range of voices out there.
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The ending, which I will not spoil, but the main character and her father share a moment.
A light, quick moving tale of vamps and werewolves, overlaid with snarky southern wit and charm. The performance was excellent, lending the proper southern twang without making me want to strangle her. Unless she was doing a character that needed to be strangled, of course!
It was cute, but predictable. I understand it's the first in a series, so it leaves you hanging.
It was a bit childish, except for the sex.
the author has an original perspective on a vampires life.
Nice twist on the world of vampires. No better place than a southern state to have the protagonist deliver the frank description of
I enjoyed listening to "Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs" so much that I went on to purchase the rest of the audiobooks in this series. I love the charaters, and Jane is just great fun.
This light read is strong on humor and characterization. Jane is extremely likable and engaging.
This story is a bit like the Sookie Stackhouse series, but it's funnier and lighter.
I was hooked from the scene at the bar where Jane is drowning her sorrows in electric blue lemonades.
It definitely made me laugh.
This book is great fun!
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
Love this series. I've always liked vampire books but really this is the best ever. It's different in so many ways. It has everything. She covers the southern ways in such a way that it almost seems like home. The family dynamics are so funny.
Yes it was very different and enjoyable.
when she spoke to her Aunt.
She is really good with the different voices.
Her getting fired.
"Very enjoyable, light, humorous, vamp romance"
I picked this book out more or less at random as something light to listen to. I've been having difficulty reading actual text and I've turned to audiobooks to "read" more. I am particularly glad I picked this one.
Jane is a librarian who suddenly discovers herself to be unemployed, gets drunk at a bar, gets shot (mistaken for a deer), and has the choice of being dead, or undead. A few days later she wakes up a vampire. She has a best friend who is almost as dotty as she is, and an overbearing mother. But now that she's undead she has her favourite (dead) relative to keep her company and a suave, attractive sire who she fancies something rotten, but he did turn her into a vampire. On top of that, someone seems to have it in for her, and she needs a new job.
At least she lives in a world which knows vampires exist. The setting is wonderfully cynical; just my kind of concept. The existance of vampires was revealed as part of a disability lawsuit. Each chapter begins with a quote from the "Guide for the Newly Undead," and the local vampire community holds meet-and-greet parties for newbie vampires, hosted by a vampire property agent (how could anyone tell the difference).
The narration on this one is good. Amanda Ronconi pulls off the accents, even an English one, nicely and it felt like she enjoyed reading the story even as I laughed my way through it.
I'll be putting the second in the series on my wishlist.
"Fun and funny characters"
I just love this series of books! The interplay between the characters is very funny and the books just zip along. The narration by Amanda Ronconi is spot on and the story is very engaging.
As a 40 something truck driver who usually listens to Sci-Fi when travelling up and down the country you might not think that these books are aimed at me but I'm glad I gave them a try.
"Very funny modern twist on vampire tale"
If you like Charlaine Harris then you will like this. Molly Harper writes with a funny, dry wit. Her tale of Jane Jameson's turning and life with her family, friends and boyfriend/sire is very engaging and had me laughing out loud while listening.
I really loved this book. I just love Jane, she's so funny and so is her Great Aunt Jettie! I also loved Gabriel, Dick, Andrea, Jeb and Jolene! I enjoyed the story and Jane's initial adjustment to Vampire life although she still has to earn acceptance in the undead community. Poor Jane was the subject of a hate campaign in the story with some unknown targeting her to try and drive her out of the community or kill her.
She also has to deal with a nightmare family, well her dad's understanding and supportive, but her mum is high strung and very interfering, constantly trying to change Jane. Her sister is also scheming and always trying to put her down, not to mention being jealous that their Aunt Jettie left her house and everything in it to Jane when her sister is quite covetous of the house and the antiques within it.
I look forward to seeing how things go with her family as they have not handled news of her turning very well, well again her Dad is coping well and supportive of Jane but the rest of her living family is not dealing well with the news.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series!
"Well worth a credit"
I really enjoyed this book. The character and story are both well written. Jane's character is great, she's funny, smart and full of sarcasm. Narration wasn't bad. Will definitely be getting the next in the series.
"I really wanted to like thisbook"
Oh, this book was so boring. It started off so well, but then just slowed to treacle and I really lost interest. I liked Jane's self deprecating humour, but there wasn't enough going on to really hold my interest
Did not finish - only got to about a third of the way through.
Performance: Amanda Ronconi narrated well, with distinct characters. I think I'd try her narration again
"A great discovery!"
This author and narrator are both new to me but I was very pleased with this 'discovery'. The writing is witty and light and though not rocket science, it is fun without the usual overdose of sex often found in this genre. Jane, the main character, is feisty.
The narrator does a good job capturing the right 'voice' for this type of fiction and the main character.
I'll be checking out others in the series.
"Love this series"
The combination of author and narrator is magical (no pun inteded) i love the world of half moon hollow and it's occupants. Having listened to the later series first i had a good idea of what was going to happen but this didn't take anything way from the story. I encourGe you to listen to all these books!
"Loved every second."
Everything. It was brilliant. Absolutely hilarious, I mean laugh out loud funny. Amanda Ronconi delivers each character brilliantly and doesn't make them sound fake. She manages to portray male characters well too.
I have two. Dick, and Aunt Jetty.
Highly recommended. I also recommend the other books in the series. They're all excellent.
"Light, funny, easy listening.."
Loved the quirky take on vampires and their way of life: the guide for the newly undead!If I'm honest, I didn't feel that much chemistry between Jane and her 'maker' (sorry I'm a truebie!)
Jane- just the right amount of crazy!
Brilliant as ever!
Of course! Vampires, werewolves, ghosts....what's not to love!
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