Author: Molly Harper
First Published: April 2009
No. of Pages: 355
Synopsis (Courtesy of B&N): “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?”
Comments and Critique: Look! It’s a book review! It has been far too long since I finished a book, and Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs is exactly what was needed to break that streak.
Jane is extremely charming. Her bookishness and gaucheness definitely reminds me of me. I adored the literary references, and I could really see myself being friends with her. A book is definitely more enjoyable when you can relate to the main character and enjoy every time she appears on the page (which is all the time).
The entire book stays relatively close to the traditional vampire mythology with only the slightest of tweaks to it. Ms. Harper’s vampires have fangs, they cannot expose themselves to the sun, they are sensitive to garlic. However, Ms. Harper’s vampires have the benefit of fake blood, a la True Blood, have super powers and have an amazing infrastructure and set of rules to help them co-exist in society. Still, its charm lies in the fact that it makes fun of itself.
As with other lighter, more popular contemporary fiction these days, Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs is not going to win any awards for outstanding literature. The writing is trite with very little in the way of detailed descriptions of the backdrop. This novel is character-driven with a subsequent focus on dialogue.
However, these negatives are more than offset by its sly mocking of the fantasy and romance genres. This is not a torrid romance, as one might expect. Even better, becoming a vampire does not solve all of Jane’s problems. This is a very refreshing viewpoint, even if Ms. Harper still glorifies the perks of vampirism.
Overall, I found this a great read. The murder mystery is engaging and definitely kept me reading to determine if I had figured out the responsible party. The fact that Ms. Harper continually mocks at the idea of a murder mystery for those who are already dead and winks at the irony of the entire situation. The reader cannot help but laugh along with Jane and the situations she faces. If you are looking for a fun, quick, charming, and relatively easy paranormal novel, I would highly recommend checking out Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs.
Has anyone else read this? What did you think?
This book fits my 100+ Reading Challenge, Read ‘n Review Challenge, and the Thriller and Suspense Challenge. For those at the FTC who might be reading this, I did purchase this book on my own.
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