Undead and Unsure by Mary Janice Davidson. Book 11 in the Undead Queen Betsy series.
Yes I am Unsure about how to review Undead and Unsure. I
love Queen Betsy, I really do. Along with her yummy man Sinclair. I
think the author is witty, talented and has a great agent. Of all the
series written by MJD I appreciate the werewolf books and can't stand
her mermaid books, love Betsy books.
In preparation of this
release I re-read all ten Betsy books. The read didn't take long. MJD is
funny, snarky and great with internal monologue. The reading is fast
and fun, light and enjoyable. Her books are not plot heavy. The stories
have a simple plot and are filled in with Betsy's unique view and
Undead and Unwed
is the introduction to the Betsy series. On her 30th birthday Betsy
Taylor loses her job, her party plans are spoiled, gets hit by a car and
is killed. She wakes up in the morgue, realizes she is a vampire, tries
to kill herself, rescues someone else from killing themselves and goes
Her mother and best friend are elated, the local vampire
population - not so much. But vampires Eric Sinclair and Tina believe
she is the foretold vampire queen because she isn't burned by a cross
and can go to church. They want Betsy to put an end to the reign of
Vampire King Nostro, read kill, and rule.
Betsy isn't having any
of it but of course that is exactly what ends up happening. Oh and now
Sinclair is her consort for the next 1000 years. Fun.
And book 2 Undead and Unemployed
continues the fun. Betsy gets a job selling shoes at the mall. Someone
tries to kill her. Sinclair rushes to the rescue because he loves her
and Betsy lives on because she is the all-powerful vampire queen.
But her last release, Undead and Unstable
used a terrible 'trope of going back in time and changing the past so
the future is what it is, or was. I didn't and don't care for this
storyline arc. Undead and Unsure started
off (after the now familiar pages of acknowledgements where the author
mainly pats herself on the back and add a few pages to the book) with
Sinclair talking baby talk -terrible, yucky baby talk- to puppies. Not
in character and repellent, that is not our familiar sexy hero.
in some of the other books another character jumps in and tells the
story for a chapter or so. That irritates me. In this case the character
is Sinclair which is good and bad if you can get past the earlier baby
If I was not a fan I would have stopped reading. The
first half of the book is unnecessary internal dialogue to turn a short
story into a book. After reading above you may wonder why you should
read the book. If you are a fan, plow through because the last 1/3 or
1/4 of the book is worthwhile.
If you haven't read the books, this is not the place to start. Start with Undead and Unwed and enjoy! The first two books can stand on their own. But don't jump on the Undead series trolley in the middle of the series.
I love Queen Betsy and the series but don't start here, this is a bit
of challenge to wade through to get to the good stuff even for a fan.
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