“I’m a huge fan of Gena Showalter and her Lords of the Underworld series. When I learned about Dating the Undead, I attempted to pre-order it for my Kindle, only to discover to my shock and horror that it would only be available in print. I have nothing against printed books, but I prefer to read on my Kindle- something about instant gratification. However, once I got my copy of Dating the Undead, I realized why it’s unsuitable for e-book form.
Hyped as the first and only guide devoting to loving the immortal man, female humans are referred to as Living Girls or LG, for short. Complete with tips on how to manscape your immortal with skin and hair products aimed for immortals, workouts for LGs and their immortal men, and recipes, readers will find themselves immersed into a fictional world. It’s essentially Cosmopolitan Magazine for the Paranormal.
The humor of the authors, Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe, shines throughout the guide.
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If y'all have been reading my reviews, you know that I rarely award a book 5 stars. But I loved this "book" from cover to cover. Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe have created a masterpiece with their magazine stylized book devoted to the world of Dating the Undead.
After checking out the cover, I turned to page one and was rewarded with an ad for Coffin Klein and I knew I was in for quite a ride. All the ads had me rolling. I mean, who came up with mythmatch.com, GoDieVa or Jimmy Chew? It's pure genius.
On to the articles... they covered everything you'd find in a regular magazine but with an awesome twist. There were recipes, an advice column, fashion stories and so on. The authors equally tackle advice on how to date vampires, werewolves, dragons, zombies, angels and demons. And to top it off, the photos are awesome. Hot guys abound.
Included in this magazine is a sneak peak at Gena Showalter's upcoming release, The Darkest Seduction (*squee*), and a wonderful photo album of her Lords of the Underworld. I'll admit that I hadn't pictured the Lords like this, but I will from now on.
This really is a must read for paranormal fans. And I dare you to not crack a smile at least once as you read. Now excuse me while I go re-take that quiz on whether or not I have what it takes to date an immortal.
“Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Every girl’s guide to relationships with those oh so yummy paranormal men.
My first impression when I opened the box and showed it to my husband was: “It looks like a Cosmo but for us girls who wish vamps/dragons/werewolves etc. were real.” (you guys should of seen the look I got in return) And it seems this impression was a lasting one.
Dating the Undead is a magazine-like book (and yes, Ms. Showalter’s site says it “is absolutely a book”) chock full of information for that girl who finds ordinary human males to be a bit too, well, ordinary, and wants to find that perfect immortal. Or for that super unlucky girl who already found an immortal match, and now just can’t wait to get rid of him. (unimaginable!) Or best yet an incredibly lucky girl who wants to wine, dine, surprise and satisfy her current partner of the un-human variety. (jealous!)
Also like any good chick rag, there is a ton of beautiful men (and some ladies) to take a gander at. Check out “Real-Life Lords of the Underworld Bare All!” Twelve of the hottest men you have ever seen and they’re mortal. Who would have thought you could be this delicious without immortality.
Also included is an excerpt from not one but two…TWO…Lords of the Underworld series. Maddox’s book, The Darkest Night, book 1, and Paris’s book, The Darkest Seduction, book 9. So sidle up ladies to some great reading, some definitely THFW. (TOO HAWT FOR WORK)
In the “Couple Cravings Quiz” I found out I am perfectly suited for a relationship with an otherworlder, (I knew it!!) and “Your Otherwordly Astrologer” informs me that a Dragon or Vampire might just be the right species for me. I will admit, I have always been partial to tasty vampire morsels, but then again who can resist a hot guy who can fly?
One of my favorite parts was “Is It Hot in This Dungeon-or Is It YOU?—Immortal Icebreakers Sure to Turn His Undead Head.” Specifically the line “I think I have a little Demon in me—at least I hope to by the end of the night.” But just one question? Wouldn’t a guy normally find this a bit insulting—little Demon?!?!? *giggle*
Also in this feature, “Manscaping Your Manly Immortal,” witness the most amazing manscape makeover ever. You wouldn’t see a greater transformation if you used pictures of two completely different models. *snort*
The only thing it seems to be lacking is those annoying, headache inducing perfume ads, which is awesome. But, also disappointing, because I want to know what scent would work best around that vamp who will be mine someday. But again, most books don’t come with perfume either.
All in all, Dating the Undead had me laughing out loud the whole time, from its cover featuring a sexy undead model, to the Dead Bull ad at the end. It even garnered some secretive extra glances in the waiting room. I think I spied someone looking for a copy of their own on another table. So sorry, girlfriend, paranormal lovers only!
Well my friends, I am off to find my immortal true love. I promise to be thinking of you when I am on my way to Atlantis for the vacation trip I booked on Traveloddity. I wonder if I remembered to pack my Jimmy Chews and favorite Devlon lipstick in Abra Cadaver Pink, not to mention my very sexy Vladimir’s Secret number.
FTC Advisory: Harlequin provided me with a copy of Dating the Undead. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my 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).
Review originally posted on my blog, Bitten Books: http://www.bittenbooks.com/2012/02/paranormal-valentines-day-review-dating.html”
“Very funny :) Love the faux ads”ManaChelle wrote this review Wednesday, February 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dating the Undead
by Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe
Read by Francesca & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog:
Top 10 reasons why every paranormal romance reader HAS TO BUY this book:
If you think the cover is hot then you better wear a bib while reading this, there will be major drooling going on. Hunks galore!
It's not all about the eye candy. What Living Girl doesn't want tips for catching her own immortal man? This book has that and so much more fun with articles and quizzes!
The excerpts are perfect for a LOTU virgin or an obsessed fan. Maddox and Paris steam up the pages with sneak peaks into their books.
Speaking of LOTU, amazing casting of the Lords. I'm not even kidding, those demons are perfect. Only complaint... Cameo's pic.
The spoof ads. I was literally cracking up with all the immortal style marketing pages included. Not to be missed. Maybe my favorite part.
This felt just like reading a Cosmopolitan at all times, with the added benefit that the topic was the immortal man. Excellent job by both authors at doing something so different but 100% well put together.
The reader letters. Funny as hell and with some really good answers back. Because sometimes people just want to know if horn size is relative to... other things.
Ever wonder what to cook for your immortal man? Have a party and don't know what they'll drink? Well there's food and drink recipes that will be sure to make their mouth water!
Horn condoms come in different sizes and flavors! LMAO You will find some of the funniest comments and ideas.
Last but not least. I left this laying around a few times and my boyfriend would look at it and start laughing over some of the ads or lines, even the icebreakers. And he can care less about all my other books, so you if you can manage that then know you've got a hit!
So what are you waiting for? You HAVE to buy this. Every PNR household should own a copy!
* ARC provided by author ”