Title: Big Vamp on Campus
Author: Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Audiobook Length: 2 hours, 36 minutes
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Origins: Mine. All mine.
Release Date: 6 June 2016
“In Molly Harper’s newest paranormal romantic comedy set in her beloved Half Moon Hollow, a vampire princess must learn how to navigate life as a college student – including living with her messy, annoying, frustrating new roommate.
Ophelia Lambert, 400-year-old vampire princess and college freshman, suddenly finds herself domesticated by humans and forced to suffer the indignities of dorm rooms, communal bathrooms, and a roommate with sticky fingers.
As one of the hundreds of undead venturing into postsecondary education, Ophelia has a lot more to learn than just “undead studies” – she has to learn to get along with her fellow vampire classmates and, worst of all, her human ones, along with getting back into the good graces of the World Council for the Equal Treatment of the Undead.
Can this once all-powerful vampire princess balance classes and campus life with romance, human and vampire relations, and not sinking her teeth into her annoying roommate?”
Thoughts on the Novel: Set on the University of Kentucky campus, Big Vamp on Campus is a cute little side story about one of the more mystery vampires of the Half Moon Hollow supernatural set. Ophelia has been busted back to into the public domain as her punishment from the World Council for the Equal Treatment of the Undead. Of course, since she has been in existence for over 400 years, hijinks ensue. Given the length, there is no time for an overly complicated plot, but there is time for character development. Ms. Harper also gives readers a potential hint about future troubles.
Big Vamp on Campus is one of those books that is purely for those who have been with the series for a long time and is a nice little diversion while fans wait for the next installment of the series. It is nice to learn more about Ophelia and get to know the girl behind the fangs. Some of her issues are amusing, but the whole story is a little more subdued than usual. This is in part due to the brevity of the story and in part because Ophelia is the main character – someone who is not known for her witty repartee and gaffes. Still, it is enjoyable and whets the appetite.
Thoughts on the Audiobook: At this point in time, I am inclined to believe that Ms. Ronconi could read a grocery list, and I would enjoy it. Still, there is something about her Half Moon Hollow narrations that totally relax me in a way very few books can. With Big Vamp on Campus, I enjoyed her snotty Ophelia voice and especially the matter-of-fact manner in which she would threaten physical torture and other cruelties without batting an eye. Ms. Ronconi makes the entire series believable and fun.
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