26 May 2010

REVIEW: Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

Author Name: Molly Harper
ISBN #: 978-1-4165-8942-6
Publisher Name: Pocket Books
Date Released: April 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book Format: Print


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-alter-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?


I've always been a glass-half-full kid of girl.

The irritated look from Gary, the barrel-chested bartender at Shenanigans, told me that, one, I'd said that out loud, and two, he just didn't care. But at that point, I was the only person sitting at the pseudo-sports bar on a Wednesday afternoon, and I didn't have the cognitive control required to stop talking. So he had no choice but to listen.


NICE GIRLS DON'T HAVE FANGS was a witty, engaging story with interesting characters. I enjoyed reading NICE GIRLS DON'T HAVE FANGS, and laughed out loud several times. It really is funny. If you're looking for a light, fun paranormal read, NICE GIRLS DON'T HAVE FANGS is it. However, having stated that, NICE GIRLS DON'T HAVE FANGS is a perfect example of why I don't read a lot of paranormal romance anymore.


Have I stated that I read romance novels since I could basically read my ABC's? Seriously, I have. And I've read them religiously since that time. I learned vocabulary from romance novels, not school. Seriously, I learned that corpulent meant fat by reading DANIELS BRIDE by Linda Lael Miller years and years and years ago not from school (GREAT BOOK BY THE WAY, ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE ROMANCE NOVELS NEXT TO MORNING GLORY BY LAVRYLE SPENCER). So having read romance novels all my life, I've read a lot of books.

I also read a lot of paranormal romance novels from back in the day, including Linda Leal Miller's vampire series back when no one was writing paranormal romances except Ann Rice. I got hooked on Sherrilyn Kenyon when the only books she had out was Kyrian's and Julian's. I've read Christine Feehan's Carpathian series when only the first couple were out too. There were a couple years when I read paranormal romances almost exclusively. And now because of Twilight and the end of Harry Potter, everyone started reading paranormal romances just at the time when they're becoming predictable to me.


My only problem with NICE GIRLS DON'T HAVE FANGS is that while reading it, I couldn't help but feel that I read this story before. A light, humorous romance where a girl is trying to cope with her newfound vampirism, it felt like I was reading a mix of Mary Janice Davidson's Betsy series, Charlaine Harris's Sookie series, with a dash of Stephanie Plum thrown in for good measure. Really, I couldn't shake that feeling. Every time something happened or a new vampire lore was revealed, I had a 'oh, I've seen that before, or oh, that's a mix of this book and this book.' Seriously the heroine felt like a mix of Sookie and Betsy and the hero reminded me strongly of Sinclair. Of course, all this could just be me. As everyone knows by now I'm very orney (hey another word, I picked up from reading romance novels).

Plot Stuff:
Umm, it's pretty much like the back cover blurb actually, thrown in with what you'd imagine Stephanie Plum's family would be if Stephanie was a vampire instead of a bounty hunter. Although I must say the climax of the novel had a kinda 'that's it' feel to it for me.

I'm snarking a little bit. I apologize. Once again, I enjoyed NICE GIRLS DONT HAVE FANGS. It was funny and witty. I just think what hampered my enjoyment and my failure to give it a stronger rating is I wish the author had a fresh take vampires and vampire lore. That really bothered me.

Now, having said all this, because I had the second book sitting in my mound of books in my bedroom, I went and started it right after I finished the first. So feel free to call me out on my B.S. at any time. I know I'm a hypocrite. But if it helps, I did stop reading after the first 70 pages and moved on to something else.

In the end. I really loved the writing and the characters, but this series is not something I would pay money for. It's something I'd look to see if my library had and request it if they had it but would not call and harass them to order it (like I do with a lot of books) if they didn't. It's also something that I wouldn't just say screw it and buy it (if I couldn't get the book in a timely manner, like I did with one of Lauren Dane earlier novels when I was tired of never getting to check it out because someone else had always beat me to it and the hold list was too long for me to wait).

But that's just me. You could be different and it really was a witty story!


Borrowed from the local library because I won the sequel in a  Twitter contest and wanted to read the first book before I went on to the second one.


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7 people posted their 2 cents:

Diana (Book of Secrets) said...

I agree with your C rating. I read this one right after reading several of the Sookie Stackhouse books. I thought that there were too many similarities and just not as interesting. I also remember that a lot of the "humor" came from bickering between characters, which I really don't like. And where was the romance? (Wasn't it marketed as a PR?) I liked Dick Cheney's character better than the "hero." I haven't picked up book two yet. RT Book Reviews has given all books in this series very high marks. I thought maybe it was just me!!

Lynette said...

@Diana LOL. Thank Goodness. I'm tired of being the only person who doesn't like a book that everyone raves about!

Leontine said...

Quote review: it felt like I was reading a mix of Mary Janice Davidson's Betsy series, Charlaine Harris's Sookie series

No No No No Nooooooo! Two authors I have tried and thought; Bleh, this isn't for me :( And I have this one on the shelves *eek*

*goes off to check it if I'm not turning myself in a liar*

Okay, I iz Pinocchio...I'm confused this book with Chloe Neill's Some Girls Bite LOL I should delete the comment but have invested 3,6 minutes of my time in it so to hell with it...I'm going to make this comment LOL

Lynette said...

If it makes you feel better, I have Some Girls Bite too. I need to read it soon because it's due back to the library. So I'll probably read it next week!

Smokinhotbooks said...

This is one of my favorite series, Harper does humor really well. I also read the books back to back, which I think helped in keeping my momentum going for this series.

P.S. Dick is my favorite character a part of me wishes he and Jane should have gotten together.

P.P.S. You crack me up --->I learned vocabulary from romance novels, not school

Patti said...

I love this series but trust me, there are some very popular series out there that just leave me scratching my head, so I see where you're coming from. Nice review though, and I love that you admitted you've started reading the 2nd book!

I left an award for you at my place:

Marq said...

I started reading this book 2 months ago and I'm still at the halfway mark. It does absolutely nothing for me. You compared it to the Sookie Stackhouse series - and that may be the reason why I can't get into it. I'm not a fan of the Sookie books. I downloaded all three books without having read the first. Stupid, stupid, stupid! So I guess I'll have to finish the first book and read the next two eventually but I am not in any kind of rush to do so.

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