Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.
Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?
When Jane's horrible boss cans her and she goes off on a bender she thinks her life couldn't be more messed up. However when a drunk mistakes her for a deer and she gets changed into a vampire, she realizes how wrong she was. Her world is completely turned upside down with a sexy sire, new daylight restrictions, and her aunt's ghost now haunting her. Then it seems someone is determined to make her un-death a miserable experience when they keep framing her for murders. Meanwhile her family is determined to get a hold of the southern mansion she inherited, and they just won't take no for an answer.. She didn't ask for any of this, but she has to just take one day at a time like a good southern girl, or well, vampire.
This has to be one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. You really never know what is going to come out of Jane's mouth next, and I cannot count the number of times I burst out laughing at a ridiculous thing she said. I can see why her sire, Gabriel was so drawn to her. I highly doubt there is another person quite like her, and vampires do seem to like the unique. It makes sense when you consider their very long lives that they would seek out things or people that have the ability to surprise them, and Jane sure fits that bill.
The characters in this book are really great, all full of depth. From her awesome best friend Zeb, to the crude but amusing vampire, Dick, they all add a lot to the book. The only character that I wish there was a little more of would have been Gabriel. He remained mysterious for most of the book, and that really hindered their relationship from developing well. Sometimes that isn't a problem in other books, but I just don't think that fits the "tone" of this book. Perhaps in the next book their relationship will be more fully fleshed out.
The storyline is simple, but moves along quickly. Even though some of dangers were serious, the book was still very light and fun. I honestly don't think I've read about a more humorous character than Jane. I cannot wait to see what trouble she can get into next. She is extremely unpredictable, but that is what makes her the most fun. Very good book, that is a very fast and light read. I'm really glad I it and got to enjoy a lighter side of the paranormal genre.