Big Vamp on Campus Audiobook by Molly Harper (REVIEW)

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Review of: Big Vamp on Campus Audiobook
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On June 25, 2016
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Big Vamp on Campus Audiobook

By: Molly Harper

Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi

Published by: Audible Studios 10/27/15

Big Vamp on Campus Audiobook by Molly Harper

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Half-Moon Hollow #4.6

2 hrs and 38 mins

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Big Vamp on Campus Audiobook

4 Hearts

This is the newest book in the Half Moon Hollow series. It is a novella, so it is pretty short at only about two and a half hours long. Authors are going to hate me for this, but if I’m already reading a series, I don’t read the blurbs that are provided. I just don’t. I like to go into a book blind with little idea of what is going to happen. So, going into this book, I thought the book was going to focus mostly on Jamie, since he is the vamp that is college aged. Well, I forgot all about Ophelia’s punishment. This book follows Ophelia and her time on campus. Now, that doesn’t mean that Jamie isn’t in it, of course he is, he just isn’t the focus of the story.

It was interesting seeing Ophelia having to deal with the fact that she isn’t all powerful any more. She had to follow the rules instead of creating them and punishing the ones who don’t. I enjoyed watching her learn how to actually make friends, something she has never done in the past.

The relationship with Jamie grows and she finally learns to be someone without him, which is the problem that got her here in the first place. She learns that she can have a life and he can have his while they both can still move together as a couple. She actually becomes a likable character. I’m interested to see where this relationship goes and where Ophelia goes now that she isn’t in charge of everything.

All in all, a cute, fun story that is everything you would expect from a Half Moon Hollow story and a must listen for all fans of the series. There spoilers in this story for an earlier book in the series, so I wouldn’t tackle this one unless you are up-to-date.

Big Vamp on Campus Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

Amanda Ronconi continues to nail this series. I can’t help but wait for the audios because I feel she really brings out the snark in the stories. Molly Harper’s books are pretty strict audio only for me because of how much I love Ronconi’s narration. If you haven’t tried these books on audio, I highly recommend it.

 

Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you'd have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She's single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This "triple whammy of worry" has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama's prayer list. And despite the fact that's pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she's mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born. It took me almost a year to complete and edit a draft of the book, which I planned as the first in a three-book series. I spent three months using agentquery.com to ruthlessly stalk potential literary agents. (There were a lot of lists involved, I don't want to re-live it.) I was gently rejected by at least half of them. I corresponded with some very nice, very patient people, but ultimately signed with the fabulous Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management. Stephany was willing to take to the time to give me advice on how to imp Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you’d have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She’s single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This “triple whammy of worry” has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she’s mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire.

And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born.

It took me almost a year to complete and edit a draft of the book, which I planned as the first in a three-book series. I spent three months using agentquery.com to ruthlessly stalk potential literary agents. (There were a lot of lists involved, I don’t want to re-live it.) I was gently rejected by at least half of them. I corresponded with some very nice, very patient people, but ultimately signed with the fabulous Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management. Stephany was willing to take to the time to give me advice on how to imp

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Narrator: Amanda Ronconi

I am an actress, narrator and writer who divides my time between New York City and Upstate New York.  I have a BFA from NYU where I studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory.  I have performed in theaters around New York City as well as regionally at The Alley, Capital Rep and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

My Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in The New York Times.  Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001’s Best Dramatic Feature winner), The Understudy, Deadly Sins (ID Discovery), IFC’s Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  My voiceover work encompasses over 70 audiobooks available on Audible.com.

My newest solo show, Kempner, will debut in 2015.

I like to thank Audible Studios for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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  1. I have the ebook but I will probably getting the audio as I really must do audio with these books. I can’t wait as I always thought Ophelia needed to be knocked down a peg so it will be fun to see her come to terms with that.

  2. I need to get caught up on this series. It’s been so long since I read a book in it, but I do enjoy them.

  3. I’m listening to this series now. I absolutely love how these books make me laugh. Amanda Ronconi gets the sarcasm and attitude just right for the characters. I’m a little bit curious now about Ophelia since I haven’t gotten that far yet. I have a few review audios I was going to try and sneak in, but I have to know what happens with Ophelia. I’m going to have to get caught up before I listen to anything else!

  4. I really need to go back to the books of the author, it’s been a while but I used to enjoy them!

  5. It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a vamp series of any kind other than the Passage trilogy which I just finished. I’ll have to keep this in mind for when I’m ready for another one. 😉

  6. I have to agree with your opinion of Amanda Ronconi’s narration. She’s great and she definitely gives the humorous text an extra zing with her performance.

  7. Hey Mel, I’ve seen other books by her and have been tempted. Thanks for tempting me more 🙂

    • Molly Harper’s stuff is so much fun. If you want to try a series that doesn’t have so many books out, you can try her Naked Werewolf series. There are only three books in it. It is just as much fun as this one. 🙂
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    • Exactly, I don’t mind some silliness if there is some substance too. I’m not a big fan of parody books, because it is all silliness, but these books have a story too. I also love these characters.
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    • The audios are amazing the narrator of these books really helps to bring out the humor in the stories. If you are at all willing to listen, then I recommend you pick up the audiobooks, you won’t regret it. 🙂
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  8. I love this author/narrator team. Since my library has the ebook and it’s short I think I’ll read it like I did Dick’s story.
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  9. I’m guilty of not reading the blurb for series I love as well. I did the same thing with this one. It was a cute story, I was a little stressed out during it though that Harper was going to break Ophelia and Jamie up with how far apart it felt like they were drifting in the beginning.
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  10. Hers are so fun! I hate that I’m so horribly behind on them.

    I don’t read blurbs…ever. Ongoing series or a brand new one. They’re all too spoilery on plot and such. I’d rather discover things along with the characters.
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  11. You’ve just reminded me that I still need to read this series. I THOUGHT I had read all of her series, until I read the Xmas short about two years ago (geez it’s been a long time!) and discovered that Half-moon Hollow and Jane Jameson were not synonymous! Oops! So I just glanced over your review, but thanks for the reminder. I’m glad it continues to live up to what i expect from Harper and Ronconi 🙂

    • Half-Moon Hollow is kinda a spinoff. Set in the same town and Jane is in all the stories (I think, but I not 100% sure about some of the earlier ones. It has been so long since I listened to them). These are PNR, so a different couple in each book.
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