In between running her vampire nightclub and hunting down the perfect pair of shoes, Betsy learns her long-lost half-sister Laura is actually the spawn of Satan. Complicating matters, prophesy states that the devil's offspring and the queen of the vampires are destined to rule the world together. Breaking the news of world domination to her newly discovered sibling might be a bit more difficult than Betsy imagined.
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"They've just been around a little longer, can only go out at night, but nevertheless manage to have hot vampire sex." (Publishers Weekly)
"Readers who love the sassy, foul-mouthed Queen of the Undead will enjoy this latest installment." (Booklist)
I liked this series alot. It's fun and shallow, and Betsy has some hilarious lines. The narrator's interpretation of how Sinclair speaks is kind of dumb, but you get used to it. If you enjoyed Southern Vampire Mysteries, you should like this too.
Betsy is starting to get a handle on the whole "queen of the vampires" thing she's been saddled with (it does, after all, tend to come with some great shoes), and then her evil stepmother announces she's pregnant.
Thing is, this leads the sinfully sexy vampire king to tell her that her sister is destined to be favoured by Satan, and Betsy can't make the baby shower because it's during the day.
Filled with the usual fantastic inner monologue of Betsy, this series continues at its frenetic pace, and leaves you laughing all the while. I really applaud Davidson's ability to keep the series light and funny while introducing a few more wonderful secondary characters, and spinning a much wider plot net. I'm curious to see where it all goes. As always, there's the sexy vampire king to be Betsy's annoying (and arousing) counterpoint, and her best friends and mother always chime in with some great lines as well.
This book was just as nutty as the previous two in the series. It has a great cast of characters, from a mouthy BFF to a crazy step-mom. Betsy, the vampire queen, continues to be tragically yet hilariously shallow & dimwitted. The Betsy and Sinclair dynamic is still fun & steamy. Plus Betsy finally gets her head on straight about how great a catch Sinclair is. In this book, Betsy finds out that not only does she have a sister, but said sister is the spawn of Satan. Only MaryJanice Davidson could manage to make that into a funny scenario. I laughed the whole time at Betsy's wild antics, but also found myself wanting to know what happened next. Bear in mind that this book, and the other ones in this series, are purely for fun. Also, Nancy Wu's narration is somewhat lacking. Someone like Amanda Ronconi would have been perfect. But you grow accustomed to Wu's narration style.
This was a really great listen. The narrator does a wonderful job, the charaters are great, and it was building an interesting storyline, then it was done. Boom, just like that mid-story it was over. Nothing was brought to closure, just over. It left me confused.
Now it seems like the books are getting shorter and shorter and no price cut.
The story line is the same - psy girl escapes, meets stranger, is afraid of him and he hates her kind, then he's the love of her life and ready to defy the worlds they know for each other. You know exactly where the story's going before you start the book and the plots aren't changing at all.
The story line is the same - psy girl escapes, meets stranger, is afraid, then he's the love of her life.
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“Blurgh! Death loomed (again), and I was grossed out. It was the worst week ever. Again.” ~Queen Betsy
In Undead and Unappreciated, the third book in MaryJanice Davidson’s QUEEN BETSY series, a lot of stuff happens to Betsy — she reads the Book of the Dead and becomes evil for a little while, she hurts her friends, she learns that her stepmother (who she hates) is pregnant, she negotiates with her unionized employees, she discovers that she has a half-sister who is the daughter of the devil, and she admits her feelings for “sin-in-a-suit” Eric Sinclair.
I’ve been half-heartedly enjoying this silly little paranormal romance up to this point but I’m starting to lose my patience, mostly because of a lack of character development. After all that happens to her, Betsy is still the same old snarky shallow selfish brat that she’s been since the beginning. I can understand Davidson’s reluctance to alter her main character — what she’s been doing has been working so far, but at this point the reader starts to wonder why Betsy isn’t profoundly changed by what she’s been through. Also at this point the relationships between the characters should not feel so shallow and immature. For example, I should understand why Eric loves Betsy (this is completely unfathomable) and why Betsy suddenly decides she loves Eric (just because she’s jealous of another woman as far as I can tell). Also, I’ve never felt the supposedly deep friendship between Betsy and her roommates Jessica and Mark. Nobody has anything in common with anyone else and it seems like the supporting characters are there just to provide diversity to the cast (Jessica is black and Mark is gay) and to bankroll Betsy’s new lifestyle. It’s also hard to believe some of the characters’ actions in Undead and Unappreciated, more so than in the previous novels. They all do stupid things and none of them act their age.
I let all this pass in the first two books because the story was amusing and it was early in the series, but now it’s past time for some depth and development. An author of paranormal romance who has successfully taken a shallow ditzy young woman and turned her into an admirable heroine is Karen Marie Moning. In fact, this sort of character development is exactly what makes her FEVER series so good.
Undead and Unappreciated is still funny — the humor is what’s keeping this story together. If you’ve been perfectly happy with the shallow tone of the series so far, you will probably be happy with this installment, too. There’s something to be said for a short silly book that doesn’t tax the brain or the nerves. However, I find that I’m just not that motivated to continue.
I listened to the audiobook version produced by Recorded Books and read by Nancy Wu. She does a marvelous job with Betsy, but I think she makes Eric (a dangerous vampire king) sound wimpy and stilted. I will probably not continue with QUEEN BETSY unless the next audiobook shows up at my library. I’m not willing to pay for the next book, Undead and Unreturnable.
I liked the first prologue.
Her valley girl voice is perfect for Betsy.
Overall an entertaining light book that is fun to listen to.
The story was ok. I didn't feel cheated until thelast few chapters. This book in the series felt more like an introduction to a few more characters
I've enjoyed the writing. The narrator reads a little too slow for me. I listen at a higher speed to accommodate the slower pace of the narraitors characterization. Every few minutes she would speed up and I would have to slow it down or go back 60 seconds.
Each character has a good voice. I can tell the difference between them with no problem. Again, the slower pace made me feel like some of the characters were too slow.
I believe it does have a follow up and I'll listen because I need to know where it ends. This book abruptly stopped with no real significant conflict.
Nancy, please pick up the pace
I've worn out my discs, and borrowed the originals so I had to buy the book to replace it. I LOVE this series!
What's not to love? There's Betsy's sass and acerbic attitude. The fact that she lisps when her fangs come in. Her lust/hate relationship with Sinclair... "Oof-dah!"
Betsy, of course.
The Reluctant Queen of the Vampires.
Ya gotta listen to these books!
Very fun, a little bit rauchier language than I remember in previous stories, but still entertaining.
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