I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.
Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.
A+ Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A- Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+ Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B- Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+ Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C- Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish
updated July 9, 2015
I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas is a lovely holiday novella set in the Half-Moon Hollow series. The story is told from the first person POV of Gigi, sister to Iris, the main character of the first full-length book, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. Gigi is home on holiday break from the University of Kentucky, and it is first time seeing her big sister since Iris became a vampire.
Fans of Ms. Harper’s Half-Moon Hollow series will enjoy this story, and while it can be read as a stand alone, I feel that there are too many side characters with detailed histories for someone new to the series to complete enjoy the novella. I felt that if I hadn't have read the first book in the series, I would have been lost. With that said, those who read the series need to pick up this story because actions that take place are sure to have a major impact on the next book.
I enjoyed seeing what’s become of Gigi, Iris, Cal, and the others since the conclusion of Stray Vampires, and this novella serves as a lovely “catch up.” However, it reads more like a prequel to the upcoming full-length novel, The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire than its own story. Gigi is coming into a transitional point in her life. She’s finishing up college, looking for a job, deciding if her high school sweetheart is the one for her… She’s making some big decisions that will undoubtedly have repercussions on her life and possibly her well-being. While the decisions are made during this novella, their impacts are yet to be discovered.
The novella has many of the traits that I adore in Ms. Harper’s writing: charming setting, crazy characters, and a sense of humor that has me laughing out loud. However, it bothered me that after everything Gigi and Iris have experienced, Gigi was so casual about a potential deadly threat. I was also frustrated that the story itself was left completely open ended.
Overall, I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas is a funny look at the holidays in Half Moon Hollow, and Gigi's story is far from over. Coupling the craziness of the holidays with the zany chapters in this series had me laughing too many times to count. I enjoyed my return to Half Moon Hollow, and it completely whet my appetite for the next story.
My Rating: B, Liked It
Review copy provided by NetGalley