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)
I really like reading all of the Vampire novels over the past 5 years. I have a long commute to work and so I thought I would listen to books as I drive. I happen on Molly Harper's series of books and started listening. It was fun and easy to follow. I have the next one queued up on my iPhone to listen to.
I grew up in the area that the book takes place, Kentucky-Indiana, and so I had a great time relating to Jane's mother and imposing good manners with other people. I totally related!!
When Jane could finally she her dead Aunt's ghost.
After Jane found out she had been turned into a Vampire and wanted to protect her parents.
For anyone that loves Vampire novels, enjoys family time, and plain good fun, this is a great book to listen to on Audible.
Having recently listened to Molly Harper''s 'Naked Werewolf' series, I thought I'd give the Jane Jameson books a try. I'm glad I did. There are already plenty of reviews for this book/series, so I'll keep it short (well, for me, anyway).
The story: 3 stars --- There isn't much of a plot; Girl is about to die (one of the funniest deaths ever & totally NOT expected) & is turned into a vampire to save her life. The rest of the story is her coming to grips with her new "undead" status. There is No great mystery (what little there is, is easily figured out); There is no great romance; and there is no intricate, unique world-building /mythology that draws you into this world that Jane & her family & friends reside . What there IS, however, is a lot of laughs.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a light, fun read (or listen). Also, I would warn that the humor in this book is of the 'snarky banter/quips' variety. If this brand of humor is not your cup of tea, then I would pass on this. Think Christopher Moore's Blood Sucking Fiends series... the nearly non-stop humor and sometimes absurd situations/characters reminded me a little of that. (The humor is like what you find in Harper's 'Naked Werewolf' series though amped up considerably and as stated before, with less story/plot.)
Narration --- 4 stars
Overall --- 3.5 to 4 stars.
(I'll likely purchase the next 2 books in the series.)
I love to read but circumstances prevented that for two years and my sister set me up with audiobooks through AUDIBLE. The narrators make i
Yes, it's a humorous and quick moving story with vampires, werewolves, humans, etc trying to survive love, murder, betrayal and all the other stuff that makes life worthwhile.
It doesn't get you wound around the supernatural axle and presents characters that could just be real (if there really was vampires and werewolves) and the narrator makes the funny even funnier.
Her interpretation of the voices is fantastic, I love her Dick Cheney. Her Jane Jameson voice is even better than I imagined Jane when I read the book in paperback.
Great voice actor, narrator or whatever you call the reader.
This book, is hilarious. The author twines the ordinary life style of a small town with vampires who are trying very hard to fit in. This is a laugh out loud book as our newly
I downloaded this book based on all the other positive recommendations, and I was not disappointed! Just plain fun. Very well-written and narrated.
(Spoiler alert!) Unlike many others, I am truly struck by how much Jane is like Sookie Stackhouse! They both live in the south in big, old, historic homes just outside of town that they inherited from beloved, older, women relatives. Neither of them have dated in a long time before they are both pursued by a couple of different vampires—one bad, and one good (and the good one is from the Civil War area). Jane and Sookie are both good friends with men who are seriously dating women werewolves. Both books mention Elvis sightings. Even the name “Hadley” comes up in both series.
I disagree that it was funnier than other books I've read like the “Sookie Stackhouse" series. That said, Jane’s sense of humor is definitely more *sarcastic* than Sookie’s. To me, wit and sarcasm are not synonymous. As someone who laughs a LOT and laughs louder than is probably appropriate in many situations (hehe!), I had expected to laugh at this book. If dry sarcasm is your sense of humor, you may love this book. Since it is very much not mine, I didn’t laugh at all.
Overall, I was a little bored reading this. I felt like I kind of just went through the motions to get to the end.
This author confuses me, although I keep coming back to her books and the reader. They are light listening that I always think, “ugh”. Then I think about them, enjoy the thoughts, and buy another book. I guess that I am just learning to appreciate this type of comedy. I LIKE her books!
Reminiscent of True Blood. Easy to get in to and just enough action to keep me interested.
Enjoyed the main character, her name escapes me. She was just ignorant and sweet enough to be funny.
If she's the narrator, she adds humor :)
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
The narrator is perfect. The book is funny. I really like the female characters - definitely people I would like to spend time with. I am enjoying the series so far (almost done with book 2).
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