Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Book Review: Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

Review: Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs
Series: Jane Jameson – Book 1
Author: Molly Harper
No of Pages: 355
Release Date: 31 March 2009


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-coloured 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 favourite 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 favourite 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?

My Thoughts:

Jane Jameson is probably one of the funniest protagonists I have ever read.

Jane has just been fired from her beloved library, so she does what any despairing bookworm would do – she goes out, gets completely hammered and strikes up a conversation with the guy next to her.

If becoming a vampire isn’t enough within her first few weeks Jane is accused of murdering another vampire by setting him on fire which lands her in deep trouble with the vampire council.

Jane is one of the funniest heroines I have ever read I think, her mannerisms are so relatable (well to me anyway) and she is an all-round genuinely good person. Her biggest issues in her life are trying to keep her mum off her back for living alone and not being married, and of course, overdue library books.

Her antics as a newly turned vampire are hilarious. It’s not often that I find a book that has that new vampire smell, they are always old and powerful and rich. Jane is young, poor and has a tendency to cling to ceilings.

Harpers’ writing is absolutely incredible; everything is completely seamless from Jane’s transition to vampire and keeping a consistent running dialogue in her head full of funny quips and witty observations. Harper wasn’t at all jerky or awkward and amazingly she pulled off being absolutely hilarious and putting Jane in completely ridiculous situations and just carrying on as if the reader isn’t rolling around laughing.

The plethora of secondary characters only complemented the hilarity of the situation. Gabriel the vampire sire whom Jane had a simple – non eternally committing – relationship with, her mother who is the perfect incarnation of many over-bearing, controlling mothers, Zeb the cute best-friend who helps Jane test out her abilities by convincing her to jump off her two storey roof and Dick Cheney (not the real one) put in for purely comedic relief and occasional information was the perfect complement to Jane.

Jane’s story was simple, at first I didn’t know where it was going, how can you make a story out of a new vampire? (I hadn’t read the back of the book at the time) And even with the vampire investigation going on as well as Jane trying to adjust to her best friend occasionally trying to kill her to test out her new abilities nothing was too over the top. You don’t have an incessant need to get to the end to find out whodunit but rather you just enjoy the story each time you delve into its pages. Jane’s story is a journey, not an ending, and even the ending is simple and short lived.

I absolutely loved Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, it was funny, simple and well written and I can’t wait to get my hands on Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men.

Also in this series:
Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men
Nice Girls Don't Live Forever


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