(Book #14 of Half-Moon Hollow Series)
By Molly Harper
Published by Simon and Schuster/Imprint Pocket Star
E-Book 304 pages
July 24, 2017
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
In Molly Harper’s newest paranormal romantic comedy, Ben, Gigi’s old boyfriend, must find a way to save his new love after a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident. But will she want to live after she finds out how Ben had to save her?
In this exciting addition to Molly Harper’s beloved Half-Moon Hollow series, the focus is on Gigi’s ex-boyfriend Ben. When his new girlfriend is killed in a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident, he’s determined to save her, no matter the cost, even if it means bringing her into the darkness of vampire life!
Recently, seemingly, clean-cut, Kentuckian, and ready-to-date, new adults taking up the banner for Harper’s Half-Moon Hollow series. Perhaps most of the older adults in the area have already had their chance at being vampires. When I say clean-cut in this book, I really mean Ben; he’s the more conventional of the two. He’s not quite “Up With People,” or Lawrence Welk, clean-cut but he feels pretty shiny. Meagan has some darkness inside, or, at least some cynicism which is expressed with a lot of snark, and she is understandably fatalistic.
By this time in the book-production timeline I would like the blurb to have progressed a little bit further past the point when Harper submitted the story idea. Here Meagan doesn’t have a name, and events described don;t really reflect the first few pages, even. This is unusual because I read part of this tale at the end of the last book. So it could have been a little better described.
I was surprised by several of the events in the book. There are some real game changers; with the Gothically frightening Ophelia, and some aspects of vampirism, for example. The relationship between Ben and Meagan develops slowly and despite an early animosity seems to be on a good course.
There were references to many of the other characters from other books in the series. Only Jane’s sister and mother do not show up. I had to stop to try and figure out who was who. This is a common issue for me with series; eventually the number of characters, the time between book in a series and the sheer number of book I read in a year combine and I lose track of who did what where and to whom. Fortunately, Harper’s website offers a list of characters: http://mollyharper.com/half-moon-hollow-cast-of-characters/ .
I always feel good when I read a book by Molly Harper; she makes being a vampire seem not so bad, and offers laughs and poignancy while making the undead feel like the people next door.
At time of post the book is available for pre-order.