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This was a ridiculously funny story, with so many parodies, like the foul mouth Angel named Ophra, a vampire named Paris Hilton, a fairy who acted like the Terminator but had questionable fashion sense, and other well know characters.
After Astrid is turned into a vampire, she receives training from her "guardian" angel and the bu-- kicking fairy and with all this divine intervention, she soon becomes one of the most powerful vampires. But when she meets Ethan, WOW the sparks fly! He was hot, sexy, charming and the attractions between them was instant and steamy.
I had fun listening to this story, it reminded of a good parody movie and had me laughing out loud. The attraction between Ethan and Astrid was steamy but funny as well.
Jessica Almasy performance was awesome and I thought she did a great job portraying Astrid's personality. Each character had their own voice, and she used the right amount of inflection throughout the story. Astrid and Ethan were my favorite characters.
The story does end on a cliffhanger but I didn't mind because I had already planned on getting book 2.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
I first heard about Robyn Peterman’s books from a recommendation on Molly Harper’s facebook page. Robyn’s work sounded like something I would enjoy but she didn’t have any books available in Audio format. Until now!
Astrid is a chain smoking, Prada loving, 20 something year old woman who teaches art classes at the senior center. After her beloved nana dies she makes a bet with her bestie that she can quit smoking. She feels like she’s tried everything and it isn’t working so she decides to see if hypnotism will work. Without spoiling the details of how it happens, she wakes up as a vampire. Astrid has a quirky guardian angel who has a bad potty mouth, a fairy who trains her how to fight and a best friend that sticks with her through anything and isn’t freaked out by all the supernatural beings that show up.
After meeting other vampires that Astrid likes, she decides to join them and pledge allegiance to their vampire prince. While waiting for the ceremony to start, she runs in to a vampire that she distrusts but has serious attraction to.
When I started this book, I really didn’t think I was going to like it. For some reason, it didn’t grab my attention in the very beginning, I think it was all of the mention of smoking and the Prada, but it didn’t take long for me to be completely hooked. This is a funny story with a lot of entertaining characters and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments. I love the chemistry between Ethan and Astrid. Even before finishing the book, I knew I’d read the next book.
There is an event at the end of the book that is an opening for the next book, but it doesn’t feel like a typical cliff hanger to me. It doesn’t leave you disappointed or frustrated, just curious about what comes next.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
This book has a bit of everything in it would highly recommend. If your looking for a romantic paranormal comedy this book is definitely you.
great fun to listen too. Fab story. Have listened multiple times but still enjoy it.
Fun wit brings to life characters in a story with many unpredictable twists and turns. The dark side of this well told story is softened by humour creating a very enjoyable listen.
What would have made Fashionably Dead better?
Even for a vampire story, I found it a little over the top, bit too crass and loud for my taste. I prefer more sass and snark like the Molly Harper books.
What will your next listen be?
Back to some police procedurals.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jessica Almasy?
Not sure but I found her reading of some characters a little too over the top
Any additional comments?
No doubt would appeal to some but just not my cup of tea.