Okay, in sports movies there is always that "darkest moment" where everything seems hopeless just before the feel-good end. The last book, "Undead and Unappreciated" could have been that, which explains why this one was so lackluster- It seems to be the end of the series (but it won't be. And I'm not so sure that's a good thing.)
Betsy, Queen of the Undead, rides again. But where was Tina the snarky? Where was Jessica the snarky? Where was Marc the snarky? In this one these funny characters basically chew the scenery, except there is a very tiny subplot where Jessica gets laid.
Queen Betsy and her sister Laura, daughter of the devil, spend all their free time together in this one, making it boringly wholesome for the most part. Or, that is, all the time she has when Bets isn't having, well, surprisingly boring sex with King Eric. And given what we know of him, how could it be boring? Yet, it is.
Even the Ant is relegated to nothing in this book that seems...well, flat. Nothing really happens.
Bets can see ghosts and goes on errands, helping them talk to their loved ones. Jon, of the Blade Warriors from book 2, moves in and does a biography on Betsy that turns into a book...named "Undead and Unwed". Gee, how...original.
Betsy tells Eric a deep dark secret and this time, it's he is who is afraid of her. But now the honeymoon is over, and they seem like an old married couple, and about as interesting. Yet Eric remains very fleshed out and matures well in this book, grudgingly I admit Betsy is still as dumb as ever but more patient.
Laura loses her temper and it seems...could the prophecy be true? Will she take over the world? Unknown, as it's not explored as well as it could be; a good plot left to trail off. George becomes more human-like and learns a new stitch, but that's about all.
Oh, a serial killer is running around Minneapolis and his last victim is the only funny, snarky character in the book, following Bets around. But that plot fizzles as it only really crops up in the last 50 pages and is resolved instantly, tying into the bare bones "is Laura evil?" plot (that will surely be all that drives book 5.)
It's nowhere near as funny as the last 3 and the plot just doesn't grab me. If you haven't read this "Undead' series yet, skip it. For a funny heroine that always keeps going, I would say get hooked on the Stephanie Plum novels of Janet Evanovich. If you're a fellow long-time fan, well, all we can do is hope the next one is a little better.
Don't blow 20 some odd bucks on this. Wait for the paperback version, just head to the library or bookstore and read this if you can't wait.
And P.S. - hope this gets back to Ms, Davidson. Please stop using the word "rape" so callously, I, like many others, find it offensive. You use it too lightly and it undermines what a horrible crime it really is.