Sunday, October 11, 2009
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket Star Books Paranormal Romance
Copyright Date: 2009
Print Date: April 2009
Series: 1st in the Jane Jameson series
Book Description (from back cover):
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 twenty-five dollars 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?
A book about vampires, with a librarian heroine (as I've schooled for and hope to become — the librarian part not the heroine), and the blurb title "Unemployment Sucks" (which believe me it does)... well this seemed the perfect book for me to read.
It was a fun book. I like Jane. I'm not so organized as her, but maybe if I had actual experience in a library, I could become organized. And the various facts and trivia she knew was fascinating — such as where the word firing (as in, being terminated from your job) came from. I didn't understand how she could go 4 months without buying or checking out more books before finally going through withdrawal, though.
Moving on — the vampire setup (they had a Come Out but werewolves and other beings had not) reminded me a bit of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse background story. But the book had it's own twist on what started the Come Out.
Anyway, I'm certainly looking forward to reading Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men. Maybe I'll use the B&N gift card from my birthday (that I've been hanging onto for over a month due to indecision).