|Molly Harper “I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas”.
||[Feb. 3rd, 2015|02:40 pm]
I’ve been a fan of Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hollow books ever since I randomly discovered “Nice girls don’t date dead men”. Normally I would never venture near (or be caught dead reading) supernatural romance if I can help it (Nick, my editor at the Gatehouse still remembers my rant after I reviewed a book on steampunk romance haha), but the cover was just so hilariously pink I had to pick it up. Charlotte tried to get me to put it down, but I was already reading the jacket and laughing. When I randomly opened it up and fell upon a quote that had me barking with laughter like a demented hyena, the book, despite protests of my best friend, HAD to come home with me.
After that I read all the other Jane Jameson books (it’s probably a good thing I started with the 2nd one in the series because I wasn’t overly fond of the first one), got my hands on the short “Driving Mr. Dead” and the brilliant (and quite possibly my personal favourite) “The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires”. I was doubtful about “A Witch’ Handbook of Kisses & Curses” so it took me quite a while before I got that, but it’s actually a really good book!
So when “I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas” was announced, I pretty much watched Amazon like the proverbial hawk ‘till it came out and I could snatch it up.
I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas is a short, the predecessor to the upcoming “The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire” (out on March 24, boo!) and for the first time it features the younger of the two Scanlon sisters, Gigi, as the main character. As well as a whole cast of human and supernatural denizens of the Hollow, a small rural town in Kentucky.
It’s Christmas time, Gigi is home from college and has a bunch of issues to work through, which she does (mostly) over the course of the novella, with interludes and appearances of loved characters such as Jane and her friends, and of course Iris and Cal, who were the main cast from The Care & Feeding of Stray Vampires. Even if you’ve not read any Half Moon Hollow books yet, you will be able to follow what’s going on, but it would be best to read The Care & Feeding first so you have a better understanding about the Scanlon family dynamics and Gigi’s past.
Like all other Half Moon Hollow books, this can be read as a stand-alone, but picks into the overall chronology of the series really well. It gives just enough info of what happened in the past for new readers to know what’s going on, but not so much that’s it’s a boring recap for those that have already caught up so to speak.
As always, this is a really fun read, full of ridiculously handsome vampires (I don’t think Molly Harper has ever introduced an unattractive male lead haha) and women wondering what the hell to do with their, often daft, men. Supernatural mishaps and silly situations, that make supernaturals seem only human and that makes you smile, smirk, chuckle and laugh. And wonder why the hell we have to wait so long for The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire to come out! WHY?!
The reason these books are so brilliant is that the situations are a mix of insane yet recognisable. The cast is loveable and they get up to things you can actually envision happening to people in general, or to people dealing with supernaturals.
That and Half Moon Hollow still reminds me of the infamous Stars Hollow, and this mad bunch could have escaped from Gilmore Girls, a show which I dearly loved (and still love).
My only regret was that, even though I read all the books, there’s a bit of a time skip happening between The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires and this one. Even though A Witches’ Handbook of Kisses & Curses happens in between, it’s so separate and unfocussing on vampire affairs that I can’t help but wondering what the hell happened with the vampire clique in those past years. I’m hoping we’ll find out more about those particular details in the next book, which will be much longer and hopefully just as awesome.
I would definitely recommend this one to fans of snarky characters, supernatural romance that doesn’t take itself serious and plain old hilarious reads. It’s one of those books that just makes you feel good reading it.