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As a huge fan of Molly Harper and of the Half Moon Hollow series I jumped on Rebound the first day it was released. If it weren't for Amanda Ronconi's standard-setting brilliant performance I wouldn't have made it through this one. While Harper's plots are usually wonderfully multi-layered with the main plot surrounded and supported by other well-crafted sub-stories, Rebound barely had anything at all. The 'Gigi + Nick' story felt flat and, as a love story... meh. Their pairing made absolutely no sense and the two of them together seriously lacked the chemistry of the couples in the previous books.
Other reviewers have mentioned the issues of character/personality continuity. Believe them. Incongruent actions and responses stopped me in my tracks every time. The biggest example of character inconsistency is Gigi herself. I didn't like this version of her one bit. She came off as a self-centered spoiled air-head - not the smart, snappy, and independent girl that I couldn't wait to read about. Keeping the characters true to themselves would have created opportunities for a much fuller and more satisfying story.
Throughout the book I couldn't shake the notion that I was reading about an older guy with no redeeming features (except his 'man-parts') preying on an impressionable, emotionally needy, and dim-witted young girl. Not the usual Molly Harper fare.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
*Warning spoilers, but I've tried to keep them vague, if you've ever read a Harper novel you know that you know the general formula anyway ;)!*
I enjoy listening to Harper's books, good easy listening. However the character development in this book was really weak which meant that I didn't really warm to Gigi or Nick's character at all. We didn't really find out anything about them. Gigi's a 20 year old 'computer nerd' with a difficult past and Nicks a Russian vampire who does favours for his friends, that really is pretty much all we know. They fall in love after about 5 meetings as far as I can tell and 2 of those involved him not being himself. Then apparently they are going to spend the rest of their lives together? She's only 20, she hasn't even finished uni yet, and they barely know each other! I know it's a story about vampires and obviously that means that we suspend belief but the whole time I was just thinking well that's all fine and well but you guys have barely ever been in the same room for more than 5 minutes? Also why is this book called 'The dangers of dating a rebound vampire'? Why is he rebound?
Amanda Ronconi is fab as always.
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What did you like most about The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire?
I love the light-hearted style of writing. Often vampire books are violent and aggressive but not the Half Moon Hallow series.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the growing relationship between Gigi and Nicholas
Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have listened to all the Molly Harper books and Amanda has been a good ambassador, quality work.
Any additional comments?
It is the style of book I can put on in the car with my husband on our journey to Scotland without him complaining - it is an entertaining listen.
The only criticism I may have is that Molly Harper tells the backstory from other books on most of the characters first time they appear in this book which is irritating when I have read all the previous books.
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As usual, Molly Harper - Author and Amanda Ronconi - Narrator hit the mark. I love the cast of characters that run through these books and I love the stories.