Monday, February 13, 2012

Paranormal Valentine's Day Review: Dating the Undead by Gena Showalter & Jill Monroe

Book: Dating the Undead by Gena Showalter & Jill Monroe
Release Date: 27 Dec 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Humor
Summary: They're drop-dead handsome— and we're not kidding!
Welcome to the first and only guide devoted to loving the immortal man in all of his furry, feathery, fiery glory. Here is a forbidden-fruit salad of features, fiction, fashion, and more, including:
—Lipstick on His Collar
Is your immortal just a little bit…immoral?
—Angel in the Kitchen
Heavenly dishes that don' take an eternity to prepare
—A Kiss is not just a Kiss
Immortals we crave divulge their lip-smacking turn-ons
—Undead & Well-Read
What's hot between the covers this month
—A View from a Guy
Zombie Jack's turn
—Immorstrology
Our indispensable guide to heavenly bodies
Buy It: Paperback
Source: Please note that I received this book for free from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive monetary compensation for my review and receiving this book in no way affected my opinion or how it was expressed in my review.


Review: If you're in the mood for something you can laugh your ass off at while ogling pretty immortals, Dating the Undead is definitely for you. The articles, ads, quizzes, recipes... every single page had so much thought put into it making Dating the Undead work like an actual magazine; a magazine that was supernaturally clever. I've picked up hundreds of magazines in my lifetime and usually I just skip to the parts I enjoy, I was amazed that all of the little things I typically ignore (like fan letters and horoscopes) were included and that they were just as fun and amusing as the longer pieces. Reading Dating the Undead became an experience because of this.

The continuity and world immersion of Dating the Undead was perfectly done and so much fun. I loved reading a joke or about a product on one page and then seeing it crop up again several pages later. One of my favorites was the Coffin Klein brand. There's an ad for it in the very beginning and if you look closely enough at some of the pictures that have low riding jeans, you'll see the paranormal label again. Very sneaky and clever... and delicious.

One of my favorite articles included the pick up lines one, soo funny. "The moon isn't full tonight, but I bet I can make you howl." I also enjoyed the possible celebrity immortals article; some of the possibilities had me wondering why hadn't I thought of that before. Gerard Butler as a werewolf? Totally plausible and hot. Many of the articles poked fun at other paranormal books (sparkling vampires, check) as well as the overused cliches in the genre (mortal male best friend that ends up causing a love triangle when he really never stands a chance-this one got a while article on how to keep him in the friend zone).

6. You've touched your Dragon date without permission-a big-time no-no. He whisks you away to his lair, planning to make you his love slave. You...


Rating: 4 Bites (Really enjoyed it)

Be sure to come back tomorrow for part two of Paranormal Valentine's Day which includes a guest post from Gena and Jill as well as a giveaway!

19 comments:

  1. WOW... this book looks awesome. I love how it's formatted to be a dating "guide" for immortal creatures. Definitely want to check it out :)

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    1. When I got it for review, I had no idea what to expect. It's really cool though and definitely one of a kind.

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  2. I have always loved Gene Showalters novels and from your awesome review this one sounds right up my ally. :) I SO need to read this one soon.

    - Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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    1. This was my first Showalter book * embarrassed face*. I really need to read more from her though because I really enjoyed this one and SO many people enjoy her books.

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  3. I enjoyed your review about the concept of the magazine. It sounds like a fun and enjoyable read.

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    1. It was a lot of fun to read, very different. I'm not a magazine reader but I think those who are will enjoy it even more.

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  4. I adore magazines much to my mailmans displeasure..lol..he or she gets a gr8 tip for Xmas every year, to make up for the future back problems lugging my weekly & monthly mags is sure to give them.

    I think, no, know, I will LOVE LOVE this.

    Heres hopin I win, if not i will buy it :)

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    1. I'm the exact opposite! I just can't allow myself to buy magazines because I read maybe 1/4 of it before tossing it. I still get People and EW though, no way am I missing out on those.

      Sorry you didn't win! :( Getting a winner for this giveaway was a pain. I pulled 4 names before getting someone who followed what I thought were beyond simple instructions. I felt like such a jerk.

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  5. Haven't heard of this before but it looks awesome :D
    I just read my first Showalters book recently ;]

    I haven't gotten into a magazine in a long time so
    this definitely intrigues me!

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    1. I hadn't heard of it either until I was asked to review. So glad I was asked though, really enjoyed it.

      This was actually my first taste of both Gena and Jill but it certainly won't be the last. They're hilarious together.

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