ARC I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper – 3 Stars

I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas
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Book #2.7 in the Half Moon Hollow Series: Release date 11/17/14

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

Experience the vampire world for the holidays through the eyes of Gigi Scanlon in this e-novella prequel to The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire from beloved paranormal romance author Molly Harper!

College co-ed Gigi is headed home to Half-Moon Hollow for her first Christmas since her sister, Iris, was turned into a vampire by her beloved undead husband, Cal. Iris is working overtime to make this holiday as normal and special as possible. After all, it’s taken her months of working with Jane Jameson and the Hollow’s vampires to convince herself that she won’t bite her baby sister on sight.

Gigi has her own worries. She’s falling out of love with her high school sweetheart, Ben, and has no idea how to tell him. She’s got a secret job interview with terrifying teen Council official, Ophelia Lambert. And there’s a handsome but cagey vampire following her around town and then disappearing before Gigi can confirm that he’s not, in fact, a figment of her fertile imagination. Holidays with family are complicated. Christmas with an undead family can be downright dangerous.

My Review:

This was a fun little novella addition to a world I thoroughly enjoy by an author who never fails to make me laugh out loud in inappropriate settings.  Would have given it a higher rating, but it just didn’t feel like a complete story to me, so I held back a star.  Still glad I read it, but the story felt more like a refresher for long-standing fans of the series then something that could be read as a stand alone.  If you are not familiar with this world, don’t start here, go back and start with Nice Girls Don’t Have fangs.

As a long-standing fan I needed this book, and you might too.  It feels like forever since I read a title set in Half Moon Hollow and I struggled at times to place the couples and remember how everyone ended up together.  This book delivered the same crazy group of wise-cracking friends that I have grown to love in this series.  We saw many of the couples from former books and got a little taste as to where the series is going in the next book.  I wish there had been more of a story line then besides how to handle boyfriend Ben and the job offer, but by the sounds of it this was needed to set up the next book.

The story was fun and the crazy Christmas high jinks that I’m sure anyone that has lived through any sort of family holiday traditions can appreciate.  There was less laugh out loud humor and more subtle gags that made me smile in this story and I am also wondering who this mysterious tall dark and golden eyed stranger is going to be.

Good read for established fans, newbies start at the beginning this one will only make you wonder what is going on.


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