Format: Audio | Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Published February 19th 2010 by Audible, Inc. (first published March 31st 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-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?
Ever since the Sookie Stackhouse series became overrated (around series # 4 or 5), I vowed to buy only second hand copy of her books. Alright, so that maybe a lame attempt at rebellion. But whatever. So I went to a second hand bookstore and (because I am lazy at foraging) asked the sales lady about it. She was not familiar with the Sookie Stackhouse series so I ended up describing it, Umm... Southern-theme, vampire book? And to my pleasant surprise, she handed me Molly Harper's Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs.
Thank you, mistaken identity!
After a couple of months, I saw this on Audible and got myself an audio copy of the book. Best. Decision. Ever. Like Ever. Seriously.
Molly Harper, just like Wichita's Bill Murray, has a direct line to my funny bone! Molly's pen spits out humor on every single page that she writes.
I laugh easily. What can I say? I am a girl of uncomplicated humor. But this book... This book is not just LOL but a snort-your-drink-back-in-your-glass kind of laughter! Jane Jameson is hilarious and she is not afraid to snark even herself. When she was turned into a vamp, I thought she had gained the super snark ability! But of course, we settled for mind reading instead. Oh well.
The plot is really entertaining. I'm not sure if handing out a gift certificate to a bar as a severance pay is even legal. But hey! It makes a total lot of sense especially if they replaced you (who has Masters Degree in Library Science) with a fire-starting, part-time employee.
"She starts fires!" I hissed. "Books tend to be kind of flammable!"
And to add insult to injury, Jane was mistaken for a deer and got shot by a drunk truck driver. I was like, "ARE YOU SERIOUS?" That was simply the funniest (not to mention, the meanest) story of getting turned. I tell you, if that doesn't intrigue you enough to read the book, I'm not sure what will.
True to Jane's character, her fan-worship for Jane Austen is very evident on the story. And that is something I can definitely relate to!
The rest of the characters are very lovable and cute in their own special way. Zeb's the kind of male best friend that most girls can only dream about. Aunt Jettie's hauntings were the scenes that I look forward to. It was quite funny when she hid Jane's keys just for the laughs. And speaking of familial ties, Jane's family made me appreciate my own family even more. Let's just say her mother can be overbearing at times, and don't even get me started on her black widow of a grandmother!
“My grandma Ruthie, Jettie's sister, had been married four times, so many times I started calling every old man I saw at the grocery store Grandpa.”
Gabriel is kind of an OK character, I didn't dislike him. But man, did he fall into the stereotypical brooding, overprotective boyfriend category! That was a bit of a downer. On the other hand, the vampire named Dick Cheney was certainly interesting.
The audiobook narrator Amanda Ronconi channeled Jane's character perfectly! In fact, she narrated all of the characters perfectly it started to get a tad creepy. Especially Grandma Ruthie's. Ugh! So perfect I remember chills running up my arms. Amanda Ronconi's comedic timing was... well, perfect. Annddddd I think I said perfect too many times. Huh.
If you're going to listen or read the book, my advise would be to avoid public places or transportation. You don't want to be the lunatic who cackles all by her/himself. Trust me on this.