by Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket Star
Released: March 31st 2009
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Urban Fantasy
How I got it: Sent by Publisher
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?
Review: This was fun, witty, and surprisingly action packed. It even had a little romance mixed in. From page one I was hooked. I fell for Jane's witty and rather sarcastic sense of humor. In the beginning I felt bad for Jane, losing her job, gets drunk, she gets mistaken for a deer and shot. Seriously not the way most people want to go. Then she's found and changed by a hunky vampire. Well he's seen her at her lowest right. Gabriel is the vampire who changes Jane. They have a weird love/ hate relationship going on. Yet they have a great chemistry. Add in Jane's quirky and kind of dysfunctional family. I loved her Aunt Jettie, who's a ghost. Jane's best friend Zeb, who's rather quirky. Then there's Dick the playboy vamp, who I liked for his verging on lewd sense of humor.
While Jane is adjusting to her new lifestyle, there is a mystery of who is spreading rumors, harassing, and even framing her for murder. I was kind of surprised at who was doing all this, but then maybe I shouldn't have been. The plot moved along fast and with the colorful characters and humor, this was a fun quick read.