Undead and Unpopular Paperback – Jun 7 2007
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Undead and Unpopular
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Betsy is furious at Alonzo for committing the deadly deed, even if it was decades before she was born. Betsy gets madder when she realizes that Alonzo could care less about his actions against Sophie, that is, when he could even recall the incident. Sophie wants Betsy to execute Alonzo. Alonzo says he was young and in a type of blood rage, unable to help himself. (Not that he would have even tried to stop from playing with his food had he not been young.) Betsy understands both sides and feels trapped. Betsy loves Sophie, but must play nice to the delegation. And if she does nothing, Sophie will take matters into her own hands.
Other major things are happening as well; Liam, Sophie's [still alive] boyfriend, is about to let Sophie turn him into a vampire. This means that if Liam survives the process with his sanity, he will need to be closely watched for ten years while the blood rage is upon him. Jessica, Betsy's best and oldest friend, has myeloma. Delk's book about Sophie's undead life is about to hit the book stands and Delk does not even recall writing the book, thanks to Eric wiping his mind clean. And that is only the tip of the iceberg.
** This episode comes across as being too stilted.Read more ›
I enjoy Katlyn Stewart, Nora Roberts,and Janet Evanovich as well
The overall story line is not bad but it lacks in depth, of any kind. The humor seems to have faded, inside jokes makes no sense and Betsy is just whiny and bitchy. Compared to the writing skills of writers like Laurell Hamilton, Mary Davidson's written skills don't come close.
The story is entertaining, but I feel like I've outgrown Queen Betsy and her little group.
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Betsy doesn't like certain aspects of being a vampire. After all, the whole live-forever thing is a bit overrated since one has to actually consume blood. So, for her 31st birthday, Betsy has decided to give up drinking blood- although she hasn't yet told Eric this.
Giving up blood makes Betsy a bit cranky, and she is less than thrilled when a contingent of European vampires finally show up to pay their respects to her as the new Queen. Much to her horror, one of the vampires, Alonzo, was responsible for forcibly converting her friend, Dr. Sophie Trudeau, to vampirism. Needless to say, Sophie wants revenge!
Betsy also has to deal with babysitting her baby brother, BabyJon, her best friend, Jessica's, recent diagnosis of blood cancer, and planning her wedding despite Eric's total avoidance of all details associated with it. And don't forget that there is a zombie in the attic!
Readers new to the series will probably wonder what the big deal is all about. The strength of the Undead series relies totally on the characters. Betsy is a sarcastic, sometimes airheaded, fashionista who was transformed into a vampire on her 30th birthday. Since then, she has become the Queen of the Vampires and acquired Eric as her consort. The humorous interaction between Betsy and Eric is always good for a laugh. However, if the reader hasn't been with the series from the beginning, this book will probably appear shallow and rather undeveloped. In addition, one must read the short story "A Fiend in Need" in DEAD AND LOVING IT or Garrett's transformation will make absolutely no sense.
The zombie in the attic is perhaps a bit superfluous but this part provides most of the action of the story. Finally, there is a flash of something besides whining and fashion tips from Betsy. Despite the concerns, however, this reviewer enjoyed the book as it was like a short visit with some old friends. UNDEAD AND UNPOPULAR will appeal to the fan base of MaryJanice Davidson but will probably not attract new fans due to the shallowness of the plot. Regardless, this very short book is still an entertaining read!
COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
If you are a fan of Ms. Davidson's books, you must read this one. If you are new and looking for a good author, well, you've found one - but don't start with this one (you'll just be lost) - pick up the very first one of the series "Undead and Unwed". You'll be hooked if you do! And don't forget those wonderful Wyndom Werewolf books (Antonia is part of that series as well as this one).
All in all, I loved the book. Now, when is the next one coming out???? LoL
This new addition to Betsy's tale easily had the potential to be at least 200+ more pages. For example, where did the zombie come from and why was it in the attic? One would think that since it was mentioned in the opening sentence that it would be a major part of the book (kind of like a thesis for a research paper - ring any bells?). Instead, the zombie incident was more of an afterthought - "Oh yeah, I forogt about that..."
Also, Ms. Davidson could have put more of a twist into Alonzo's murder - was it Jon, going back to his Blade Warrior ways? Or perhaps Sinclair had it in for him out of jealousy. It was rather disappointing to have the convenient phone call confession.
Other plot lines that could have been expanded: more about Antonia & Garrett, Alonzo & Mark, the European vampires, Jon's freak-out and possible take-down (I really think Eric would have iced him, btw), etc. It was extremely TOO SHORT! Waaah! ;)
Ms. Davidson, instead of wrapping things up so quickly to meet deadlines, beef up these dinky 250 page wonders and make them worth the $22.95. Hello? That's the same price as a Stephen King 1000+ page cinder block!
As Betsy tries to clam down Sophie, the raging vampire's human lover Liam wants to convert and to kill Alonzo not in that order. Betsy is a bit cranky as she has given up blood and her visitors don't make it easier on her as they believe she is undeserving to be queen let alone a vampire. Life after death interferes with buying midnight shoes as she plans her wedding, rehearses to act surprised at her surprise birthday bash, calm down Sophie, and let the Europeans know to stuff their opinions on her in the part of the anatomy that does not see sunshine (of course that is the entire body). Now less than one week before she turns one, there is so much to do and so little time to do it.
This is a terrific Taylor tale that starts off zany ("There's a Zombie in my Closet") and never slows down as all hell breaks loose on several fronts. Though often amusing there is a more serious undertone to the fantasy than in previous Undead tales. Besides the Alonzo "crime" that puts quite a spin on cold cases, Betsy best friend human Jessica is ailing with the vampire queen pondering the ethics of bringing her across against her will. As always MaryJanice Davidson provides an amusing entertaining vampiric fantasy.