This is my first review, and after reading every single review for this book and the last, I decided to throw in my two cents. Glad to know that the hardcover is over $20, because that is waaaay too much money for these tiny books. I read the last two books in one afternoon. Unfortunately, most of the(mediocre)reviews are exactly right; this character started out witty and sharp, with a hilarious and charming take-no-crap attitude, but with a sense of deep caring for her friends. She has turned into a selfish, childish, moron who stomps around telling her closest friends to "F-off" and "shut up" and various other insults, for what appears to be absolutely no reason. It's almost as if there was some sort of back-story or filler information that got edited out at the last minute, and kind of leaves you going, "Huh?" The storyline is scattered and at times makes no sense. Betsy has a bitchy sense of entitlement that is NOT endearing at all, and whereas she once cared very much about Jessica spending money on her, she now seems to feel that she's owed and makes no attempt to take care of herself. Gone is the strong, independent woman who paid her own way. In her place is a child who is solely dependent on everyone for everything. The one thing that really irked me the most was her whining to Sinclair that she wanted his baby, even after it's been established that is not possible, and then there's no follow-through, just a quiet response from Sinclair that he cannot give her one, which leaves the reader thinking, "Why are you with this stupid, stupid little girl?" You almost wish he would find someone that is his equal, like she was in the first few books. This chick is definitely not a queen of anything. At this point, Betsy has developed into a weak, sniveling, whining, helpless twit who has continually had to have everyone around her save her life. Everyone sneaks around and tells secrets behind her back now, which is one example among many that is a testament to what seems to be the author's purposeful de-evolution of Betsy's personality. Maybe it's the constant reminder to her that she's "very young" that has caused her to turn into a hormonal teenager instead of a 30 year old woman. I mean, now we've got her babysitting, whining about her boyfriend, and sticking chewed gum to the banister of the mansion? What is that all about? I feel like I'm back in elementary school reading Babysitter's Club books, only with the f-word CONSTANTLY spewing out of her mouth. Classy. In the first books, her use of bad language could often evoke a laugh-out-loud moment, because in moderation, it is hilarious. Unfortunately, it's overuse in the last couple of books is getting to be like listening to a truck-stop waitress in a bad mood. In addition, it seems that the other characters care less and less about what happens to her. The intensity of the concern over the attacks on her life seems to be gone from previous books. The story line about Jon Delk is downright asinine, from start to finish, culminating in a scene in which we are inspired to hate his guts for trying to kill Betsy, only to have her whining once again, "You guuuuys, don't kill him, he's my frieeeeeeeeend." Ugh. She has become Chrissy from Three's Company. And just when you're cheering for Sinclair for finally nailing an extremely unlikable character, she up and flips out on everyone for hurting her wittle fwiend Jon. Stupid. Add to that the irritating scene (possibly in the last book?) in which she discovers Jessica is ill and literally throws herself on the kitchen floor, whining "I can't believe this is happening to meeeeee." It's just getting to be too much for this reader. I will not buy the next book, but I will give it a shot, as I'm hoping the author will redeem this character and plot, such as it is, by tying up loose ends (*zombie* cough cough) in the next one or two books. I love MJD's sense of humor, I really like her other series about the Wyndham werewolves, and so I'm not throwing out the baby with the bathwater. I would recommend that MJD maybe go back and re-read her own work from start to finish, and remind herself of the endearing, funny, and wonderful character(s) she started this series with. It's not too late! One last item: the use of repetitive words and phrases throughout the whole series, such as "snark" or "snarky," "mojo," and "what fresh hell is this" is SERIOUSLY annoying and tells me there is a really bad editor behind it all.