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Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1 | [MaryJanice Davidson]

Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.
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Publisher's Summary

MaryJanice Davidson's cult hit Undead and Unwed is a delightful mixture of Sex and the City and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

Dying for more? Don't miss the other titles in the Undead series.

©2004 MaryJanice Davidson; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Sexy, steamy, and laugh-out-loud funny, Davidson's chick-lit foray into the paranormal is delightful." (Booklist)

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    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-03-10
    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-03-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun Paranormal Series"

    I took this book with me on vacation last month, and had more than a few laugh-out-loud moments while reading it.

    Life was hard for Betsy Taylor - she couldn't always afford the newest and hottest styles of shoes, and she worked for a boss who neglected to do small things, like pay the taxes on his employee wages. A few months ago, she was attacked by some foul smelling nasties - though at least that led to her meeting a yummy detective. Then she gets hit by a car and dies. Game over. Right?

    Nope. She wakes up, and is powerfully thirsty. Somewhere along the lines, Betsy has become a vampire, and life was hard enough with a pulse.

    Betsy's take on the undead life is a howl, and I promise you won't be let down if you're looking for a light, fun tale peppered with some romance and a lot of laughs. It's like an undead Janet Evanovich novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gil Bert DETROIT, MI, USA 02-10-10
    Gil Bert DETROIT, MI, USA 02-10-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Undead and Unwed"

    I liked the story. I liked the majority of the characters. That's not to say I didn't not like the main character. But she is young and newly undead. With that said, she made it hard to enjoy the storyline with her constant babble, unwillingness to understand her new circumstances, and having to have everything her way. As a teenager, alright; as a new vampire, um, not so much. If I continue this series, it will be to see if she ever learns to shut up and listen and stop making you wish someone would take her head if only to make her be quiet. The narrator was great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 08-10-09
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 08-10-09 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Ridiculous"

    MaryJanice Davidson is fantastic. Her stories are witty and well-constructed, and she has created a wonderful protagonist. Betsy is superbly shallow. This series is a convergence of Sex in the City, the Shopaholic novel series, and paranormal/urban fantasy. Enjoy it. I know I did :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jake Marietta, GA United States 07-30-09
    Jake Marietta, GA United States 07-30-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "Fun, light comedy"

    Reminiscent of Buffy the vampire slayer and Angle, good light hearted fun. Sarcastic characters balanced with some serious characters and pretty good plot. I guess that's why I wasn't disappointed by lack of maturity and substance like some reviewers who may have been in the mood for a more serious or drama like an Anne Rice kind of book. Nancy Wu delivers a great valley girl narration without overdoing it for the main character. Only one or two of the male characters voices were a little annoying but I liked most of male and female character voices she gave them. I agree that this book isn't a deep drama or for kids but I found it funny and entertaining and will be getting the next in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diana West Harrison, NY, USA 06-23-09
    Diana West Harrison, NY, USA 06-23-09
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    "Enjoyable and funny :)"

    Great narrator for me! I really got into to it and really felt that Nancy Wu 'was' Betsy. I loved Betsy's smart mouth, attitude and sassiness. Great cheeky dialouge,(loved it), with lots of giggles. I really enjoyed this and I'm looking forward to Book 2 (which I will be starting tonight). Enjoyable fun light story line - exactly what I was looking for.

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    Sonya 06-09-09
    Sonya 06-09-09
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    "Smart and Sassy"

    If you like smart and sassy heroines, cheeky dialouge with witty comebacks and a smart but easy to follow plot line then you should have a listen. The production of the audio is very good as well - Nancy Wu's voice is crisp and I personally LOVED her reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laiza Boondall, QLD, Australia 04-10-09
    Laiza Boondall, QLD, Australia 04-10-09
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    "A refreshing series"

    I loved this series. I was looking for something fun to listen to and this book made me laugh and was very hard to stop listening to. Even for someone like me that is into more serious vampire books, it was a refreshing and different view. A great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Avon, OH, USA 01-26-09
    Kathleen Avon, OH, USA 01-26-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Light Read That Kept Me Laughing"

    What a fun start to this vampire series. While there is a bit of drama in this one, it's really more of a comedy and a light read. It's fun and entertaining chick lit.

    Betsy is certainly not your typical vampire and she wants to live her death the same way she lived her life. She finds this hard to do since has "special" qualities that set her apart from all the other vampires. This gets her noticed fast and is the basis for the series. Her sarcasim and humor make this a hillarious read.

    Her living friends Jessica and Mark are a great addition and kind balance Betsy out...and Eric Sinclair, her vapiric interest is quite intriging. Sinclair is a bit sarcastic as well and the banter between he and Betsy adds to the fun.

    Nancy Wu does a great job as narrator, particularly with giving Betsy a voice. I will definetly pick up the next installment in this series.

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    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 12-22-08
    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 12-22-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable and Engaging"

    This book was entertaining from begining to end. The story moved on at a good pace without getting predictable. I will definitely be getting all the other books from this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bow Mar, CO, USA 11-19-06
    Robert Bow Mar, CO, USA 11-19-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Delicious"

    Deliciously naughty and funny. Can't wait to listen to additional downloads in this series. Makes me want to join the undead, but only on Betsy's terms.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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