Review: I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas (Half-Moon Hollow #2.7) by Molly Harper

November 23, 2015 1.5 Stars, 2015 DNF Graveyard Challenge, 2015 Review Challenge, Audiobook, Book Review, Boring Main Characters, insta-lust, Mary Sue Alert, Meh, novella, Romance, Romantic Comedy, self published, series, short story/Vignette, slice of life, Small Town Romance, TSTL heroine, vampires, weres 0 ★½

Review: I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas (Half-Moon Hollow #2.7) by Molly Harper one-half-stars
I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #2.7
Published by Audible Audio on December 5, 2013
Genres: PNR, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 3 hours 43 minutes
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
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It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety.

Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow. And then there's the small matter of the handsome, frustrating vampire who keeps appearing in Gigi's peripheral vision, then disappearing before she can talk to him.

Can the Scanlon sisters negotiate romantic problems, vampire politics, and Christmas cookie disasters and enjoy a relatively normal holiday?

This is the second book I’ve read in the Half-Moon Hollow series. Just my luck that this book is #2.7 and the book I read was book #1, dealing with the same characters. I was guessing that I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas would take up where The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires left off. I was both right and wrong in this guess.

I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas is a novella starring Gigi, the little sister of Iris from The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, and takes place a few years after The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. Gigi is now finishing up her final years in college and is about to embark on her adult life.

I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas is NOT a Romance novel, it’s more of a “slice of life” story than anything else. In I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas, Gigi talks about her life thus far. She reminds us she’s an adult and that she can make her own decisions. She also reminds us that she’s about as smart as a load of bricks.

Guess what is not in I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas? Romance. The only “romance” that takes place is the updates on the romances between previous Half-Moon Hollow characters. During I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas Gigi whines a lot, has stupid conversations about safety and vigilance with Cal (from The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires), whines a whole lot, has a job interview, whines some more, gets kissed by a stranger vampire who she never speaks with or knows his name, whines depressingly, breaks up with her boyfriend, whines even more, the end.

Seriously. That’s the story. Oh, wait. I forgot that Gigi also watches some TV with her family, goes shopping and cooks badly. Yeah. I thought I was getting a romance and I got this randomness. WTF. I started reading I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas while on a road trip and I was repeatedly kicking myself for listening to this on said road trip. I felt it was a bad idea to try to change books while driving at 70 MPH so I read the entirety of I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas. To my dismay.

My friend Becky has a GREAT review of I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas here. She covers basically everything I felt about this novella…except the sweet potatoes. OMFG. I have taken umbrage on behalf of all Southerners and sweet potato lovers around the globe! The unnecessary horrible commentary about the sweet potato was uncalled for, slightly insulting, physically impossible and all the way false. Sweet potatoes are wonderful vegetables that are extremely versatile for both sweet and savory dishes, excellent as a substitute for white potatoes (either for personal preference or allergy reasons) and just all around delicious. I’m going to have to assume that Molly Harper has never tasted a fresh, well cooked sweet potato.

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