Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs is a paranormal-fantasy-romance by Molly Harper. The audiobook, narrated by Amanda Ronconi, was quite amusing. (AudiobooksNice Girls Don't Have Fangs is a paranormal-fantasy-romance by Molly Harper. The audiobook, narrated by Amanda Ronconi, was quite amusing. (Audiobooks seem to be my thing, this year.)
Amanda Ronconi captures the sound of the main character well - her performance added life to Jane, and I found myself laughing aloud on multiple occasions within the first chapter alone. (And then, throughout the first half of the book.) I knew nothing of Molly Harper's work prior to this and I don't know why I chose this book specifically. I came across it by accident, while searching Audible for something new. Usually, I have had poor luck finding novels with vampires that I can stick with, yet I still wanted to give this one a shot. Reviews suggested an amusing main character, Jane Jameson, and the audio sample promised the same. And, after purchase, it did not disappoint on that front.
In chapter two, after Jane is shot dead at the end of the first chapter (which I promise is not a spoiler as it is stated in the blurb on the back of the book,) we have her telling us about vampires. It is an info-dump. I was entirely removed from the action for a significant portion of the chapter. I like the character's voice (both Jane's as written, and the performance by Amanda Ranconi) and the world presented - it's interesting, and necessary, to create a sense of the world Jane is a part of. I just wish it was presented in a more natural way, as it is not yet clear how Jane would know this information. Then again, it's a character reflecting on events, giving back story, and telling her story in an amusing way. It's a little different than what I'm used to, but after the third chapter I found that it worked for me. Being removed from the action wasn't such a big deal, by then, because the character is written in a way that makes her both hilarious and intriguing. She's unusual in that she's our hero, yet also an average librarian. I like her.
I did become concerned when "sensual sparkle" was stated in reference to vampire attractiveness. It made me cringe. Talk of sparkling vampires doesn't hit me as being a good sign. I hoped it wouldn't become a recurring theme. (Thankfully, it did not.)
Jane Jameson has a certain charm to her, and this is obvious right away. It's this character, and the humour brought through her narration, that makes Nice Girls Don't have Fangs a great book. It's great - more than okay, but not a favourite of mine by far. That's not to say the plot is poor, because it's not poor by any means, but it is very predictable. In some places it feels almost like a parody, picking up key points that most vampire novels seem to include, like vampire elders, other paranormal creatures, and synthetic blood. I just wanted something a little more.. something. Some element that was just a little bit different. A plot as different as Jane Jameson. Alas.
I don't know if I'll continue reading this series but, overall, I enjoyed the first book. I think I prefer my Paranormal Fantasy without vampires, though. Which is my preference, and obviously not a fault in the work itself.
Favourite Quotes; "Blood equivalent of Cheese Whiz." "Fitz was the apparent result of a one night stand between a Great Dane and luffa." "I'd rather roll naked over broken glass and dive into a pool full of lemon juice. But thanks." "Remember, you're much more flammable now than you were in life. So live every day as if you're soaked in gasoline."