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Undead and Unfinished [Hardcover]

MaryJanice Davidson
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July 6 2010 Undead
Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor returns in the ninth novel in the New York Times bestselling series.

Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor is having a tough time getting through the Book of the Dead-until the Devil strikes a bargain. She offers Betsy a chance to finish the cursed (literally!) thing, and finally discover all its mysteries. There's just one catch...

Betsy and her half-sister Laura have to go to Hell long enough for Laura to embrace her dark heritage (after a rebellious youth of charity work) and finally make nice with her mother, aka Lucifer. That means interacting with their family's past. In doing so, they're impacting the future in ways they never anticipated. Of course that's what Mother wanted all along. Damn her.


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MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trip through time April 30 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"I should have realized that an innocent quest for fine leather footwear would have ended up with me in hell and the Antichrist freaking out..."

As usual, Betsy Taylor's life is a mishmash of disasters, especially since her sister happens to be the Antichrist. But unfortunately everything explodes in a big splattery boom in "Undead and Unfinished," which seems to be half "Christmas Carol" and half chick-lit version of Dante's "Inferno" -- and Davidson seems to have changed her mind halfway through the book about what she was writing.

Betsy has her usual array of problems -- Sinclair is being moody, Satan is dropping in uninvited, and Laura is having bizarre pains and blackouts (she ends up naked "on the spoon"). It turns out that Laura is sort of suffering from withdrawal from Hell, and the only remedy is to take a tour of Satan's domain and exercise some of her demonic powers.

Of course, Betsy comes along for the ride -- and soon she and Laura are going on a wild careening trip through time and space. Specifically, stuff that will shape the life of the Vampire Queen, her family and friends, taking her to 1600s Salem, the 1920s, and the start of the series... as well as a terrifying glimpse into what is to come.

Simply put, "Undead and Unfinished" has some truly awesome moments, and Davidson even fills in some backstory gaps that have never really been dealt with, such as Sinclair's history. And it has the usual pop culture references and deliciously fluffy humor (such as Betsy sacrificing something precious to her in order to summon the devil, instead of the usual virgin).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 15 2011
By TL
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a huge fan of Mary Janice Davidson's Betsy series I have to say this book let me down. I look to this author, and this character, to make me laugh and bring me out of a funk when I'm down. All this book gave me was some serious Betsy whining, which is a trademark of hers, but this was to the extreme and just made me more annoyed with the character than amused. As well, the story took a very dark and awkward turn near the end that was neither entertaining or enjoyable. All the characters I love from these books have been turned on their heads (which I realize was the point) in a confusing and odd way. I'll continue to read this series but I'm not actually looking forward to the next book. The witty word-play, sacastic banter and crazy antics were lost and I'm not sure if they'll be back if this book is any indication of what's to come. I'm sad!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad, the Ug...ok not so much Feb. 23 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Good : the background stories for Eric Sinclair and Tina were great but what I really enjoyed was the future. I like Queen Betsy novels more than, say, Anita Blake and that is one of the reasons why. This serie, even after 9 books, has a core story (a purpose for the heroine) that justifies the serie to spawn on so many books. To the other serie's defense, it's a really really tough feat to accomplish.
For the lovers of Queen Betsy first hilarious and lofty novels like me, I understand that you would feel dismayed at the rising body count and tragedies. However, I think it is a logical turn of events.
You can't have a marriage last forever and a vampire monarchy being about bunnies and daisies all the time.
Not if you want to keep your audience awake and faithful anyway.

The Bad : the storyline. It's bad because it's confusing and the last 3 or so novels take a lot of time and unnecessary painful blabla and unsignificant events before FINALLY getting down to business. I used to laugh to Betsy's blabla.
Not in the last 3 or so novels though.
Maybe the plan is to make us move from loving the human and then young vampire Betsy to appreciate the future Queen Betsy ? The pratical and old and cruelly unemotional Queen Betsy ?
Because it is working.
Queen Betsy the emotionally devoid felt like fresh air in the end.

The Ug... : I think what I dislike the most since starting this new wave of Queen Betsy novels is how the end is this rushed mismatch of events trying to answer enough questions to save the day. Or book rather.
It's not outright ugly because for me it does save the book. By the skin if its teeth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books in the series! Aug. 5 2010
By Dabbler
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book. It fills in a lot of the back story and mythology of the series and, best of all, focuses squarely on Betsy. No more dancing from one corner of the world to the next and jumping back and forth between narratives, it'a all Betsy all the time!

If you're a fan of the series from the start then you'll love how this book tells the origin of Betsy and her becoming the Queen of the Vampire. It doesn't explain everything but it's deeply focused on the mythology of the series and everything feels relevant and fun (whereas the previous book felt irrelevant and more of an annoying side story).

However, like other reviewers have noted, the ending is quite a twist and sets up several things for the next series of books. It is a bit of a downer but I'm confident MaryJanice will set things right in later books.

Overall one of the best books in the series and a HIGHLY recommended read. Just don't be too let down by the ending I know good things are coming in the future.
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