Undead and Unpopular (Undead, #5)
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Undead and Unpopular (Undead #5)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  12,833 ratings  ·  381 reviews
This New York Times bestselling author's Undead series is more popular than ever!

With her birthday coming up, Betsy isn't in the best frame of mind to face the powerful European vampires who have finally come to pay their respects. Playing politics is not her strong suit, especially when she finds out her best friend Jessica may have a life-threatening illness. Sure Bets...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 3rd 2006 by Piatkus Books (first published June 1st 2006)
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“This place drives me nuts sometimes: nutty vampires, a bitchy werewolf, a zombie, a grumpy billionaire, and a vampire on a hunger strike.”

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Well, sadly, the book isn’t that thunderous and comical as you may think from the quote above.
Yes, all of the aforementioned creatures are in the story, and more. Let’s see what we have:

The zombie. Totally pointless. As if he just accidentally took the wrong attic.

The “bitchy werewolf”. That’s Antonia, who doesn’t want to be called...more
Yet one more Betsy adventure & I'm afraid it is getting old. There wasn't anything particularly memorable about this book either. The world didn't grow much & the most interesting conundrum pretty much flopped, IMO. While I might pick up with book 6 as an audio again some time in the future, I'm pretty much burned out for now. The humor is getting stale & that's really about all the series has to recommend it.
Lisa Smith
And the errors and typo hit just keep coming. The first few chapters have you confused because of what happened between books four and five. The author introduces new characters with no explanation what so ever as how they joined the plot line. However, this books is fun mindless read like the rest of the series.
Maybe it's because I'm not ready yet to read another Betsy story.
Maybe it's because there is not enough Betsy-Sinclair romance in this book.
Maybe it's because there are too many characters dropping in and out of chapters even Betsy herself is confused.
Maybe it's because Betsy can't stop whining throughout the book without solving anything until the end.
Hell, maybe it's because the book is too thin (more value for money, please!). I don't know.
All I know is, I don't enjoy this book as much as Und...more
Namratha Kumar
Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor is back with a bang and on the verge of a ginormous breakdown!!! Her fast-approaching thirty-first birthday and her impending nuptials have got her knickers in a twist!...add to that a few other pesky details: best friend Jessica seems more cranky than usual, one of her loyal subjects seeks permission to “turn” her mortal lover over to the dark side, a delegation of smarmy European vampires have finally come to pay their respects to the new monarchs AND there’s a rotti...more
I have finally been cured of any lingering desire to read Mary Janice Davidson's books ever again. The Undead series has been getting worse with each book... and they seem to have hit rock bottom with #5. (What frightens me is that there's more of them after this... have they reached the outer circles of hell yet, I wonder?)

The characters have magically seemed to lose any depth they may have gained in previous books, there's no plot, and... yeah, that's about it. No characters, no plot. But ther...more
Oct 31, 2007 Net rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Girls who like vampires and shoes
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As with all books in this series the tongue remains firmly in check. This particular installment was desperately light in plot with a few lose ends left waving. It was more "aday in the life." I am willing to forgive the all over the place plot though because it is a series and this could simply be a book setting up a larger plot down the road.
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Book 5, Undead and Unpopular in MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series will not be a disappointment. Book 5 takes place just a short time after book four. Betsy Taylor (Queen of the vampires) is about to celebrate her 31st birthday, her birthday also just happens to be the date of her death, thus she's been a vampire for one year. Betsy is juggling wedding plans, a living human tradition she wants to participate in with her sexy consort/king a...more
This book was much better than the previous book in the series. I read it in one sitting and didn't want to put it down until I was done.

My only complaint was the surprise in the attic. Betsy makes a big deal of how she should have listened to the warnings about it and when she finally had to deal with her "surprise" it only lasted a few pages and had no real impact on the book. I did wonder if the "surprise" would turn out to be Betsy's father since he hasn't been seen for a while, but that wa...more
At first this book confused me as I thought I'd missed something in book before as there seemed to be another Antonia who was going out with Garrett yet who just suddenly appeared. It seems I wasn't aware (neither where others it seems) that there is a short novella between Undead and Unreturnable and this book. This book seemed completely rushed and I didn't really see the whole point of the European vampires, they didn't really offer much in ways of a story, apart from they where meant to be t...more
This book was an easy read. It's comical and pretty light without being fluffy. What kept me invested wasn't the plot, although it wasn't bad, but the characters. Betsy is the vampire queen, who has a potty mouth and sounds like a teenager, but her edginess is actually kind of refreshing. Her fiance Sinclair is the vampire king, and he is endearing if a little high-handed at times. Add to this a cranky step-mother, a baby brother, a few well-intentioned human roomates, and some murderous vamps a...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
This is the 5th book in the Undead series about the vampire queen Betsy Taylor and her vampire followers and her human friends.

This one is not as good as the previous books, there was not that much of story to it. It is more just day to day life which in itself is okay. I would like to see more interaction between her and her king Eric Sinclair. She is still planning her wedding that Eric seems to be reluctant about and she is getting ready to celebrate her 30th birthday. I have to admit that so...more
Uzuri Wilkerson
I think I'm about done with this series. It was fun while it lasted. I have one more in my possession I may pick up between books, I don't know. The dialogue is funny but I didn't get--or worse, didn't care about--Jessica's illness. I didn't appreciate finding out I should've found a companion book between three and four. That was annoying. The zombie was so random and I didn't understand the connection with Betsy acknowledging her royal role. And Jon or Delk or whatever his name was and his boo...more
Robin K
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Betsy's always good for a chuckle. She got on my nerves a little bit in this one (maybe it was her no-blood irritability). This one felt light, even for a Queen Betsy book. But it was a perfectly acceptable entertainment for a rainy, lazy Saturday.
Fun! Love Betsy. Love that their is a character that knits - in this series and that he is a vampire fiend that lives in the basement. I just love so many things about this series.

This was more like it. Enjoyed this book better than others 4.5 stars for me. More action. More humor. Less romance kept me turned it and I just breezed thru book 5.
Brandi ;)
Any time I need a good dose of humor mixed with some paranormal lore and fun romance/sex I read a Queen Betsy book and get my fill. She never fails to make me laugh and Sebastion never fails to make me sigh. Damn he is a sexy brooding vamp. Yum. He's aggresive and knows what he wants with just the right amount of gentleman wrapped in. Yum again.
I love these books. They can get a little silly sometimes and at least once or twice during a book I want to yell at Betsy to shut her trap, but nobody...more
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I learned my lesson that I shouldn't read other people's reviews even of books I have already read. I am re-reading the first 6 Betsy books so that I can just finish up the series. And while I'm on a vampire kick, I will probably re-read all of the Sookie books as well. That being said, I never noticed how many editing errors there were in the Betsy books until someone else mentioned it in a review & now I feel like I should go thru the Betsy books with a darn red pen! Ridiculous!!! So while...more
Type: {Beach Read: fluffy, mindless, easy to read}
Rating: {Me Likey: Enjoyable! Particularly for fans of this genre}

Why You’re Reading It:

Humor, chick-lit, romance, and paranormal all mixed together are your bag
You like quick reads that don’t take a lot of brain power
You have a thing for vampires
The Queen Betsy series is one of your faves
You’re looking for a new, fun series
What I Thought:

The fifth book in MaryJanice Davidson’s Queen Betsy series is just as quick a read as all the others. Maintai...more
I think this is my favorite Queen Betsy book so far. The mysterious European vampires – are they friend or foe? What’s wrong with Jessica? Is there really a Zombie in the attic? And if so, what’s he doing there? Along with appearances from some of our favorite guest stars, Sophie and Liam and Garrett and Antonia (the werewolf, not the stepmom…although, the stepmom makes an appearance as well). Betsy herself actually seemed a little bit brighter, as well, which is nice, because the one thing I la...more
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Judy (Geeky Reading)
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I don’t seem to have too much to say whenever I read a volume of this series. It’s usually just pretty good, not amazing, not bad. I go through the volume rather quickly and then want to read the next one right away.

There was a lot of the same stuff in this book, much like all the others. I like Davidson’s writing, I like the characters, and I usually like the humor, but sometimes it’s a little too much. I wouldn’t mind some serious time, and sometimes the jokes...more
Betsy Taylor has had quite a year. After a disastrous thirtieth birthday which entailed in her being laid off from her job, getting ran over by a Pontiac Aztec, dying and then waking up to find out that she's now a Vampire; she's ready to start her new year off on a good note. What better way to do that then plan her own thirty-first birthday surprise party. Of course, it's not like she's wanting a party but if her family and friends insist on throwing one then they better know all of personal p...more
This book was quite boring compared to the others in this series so far. I was looking forward to more drama between Betsy and Sinclair and even another killer on the loose coming after Betsy. However, the drama was almost nonexistent. Lots of things happened in this book, but nothing that made me read it all in one sitting, like the others have done.

Betsy has clearly stated that she does not want anyone to throw a surprise party for her. She decides to come up with her own guest list anyway. Sh...more
I enjoyed Undead and Unpopular as I have the previous Queen Betsy books, even though Betsy was a bit more childish than usual because of the mounting problems in her life. Or is that unlife? (And I loved Eric's "Darling, you are my soul and my life, but this is not even remotely about you.") I know some readers found Betsy's behavior intolerable, but I've just accepted that her self-centered overreactions are how she shows she cares—in the same way that my grandmother expresses love by nagging a...more
I was so damn confused when I started reading this book. I was thinking to myself, 'WTF is this?' and 'When the hell did George the fiend become a dude named Garret that's shacking up with a psychic werewolf?'. Apparently, there was a short story that dealt with George the fiend in another book. I was a bit pissed because I was ready to jump into another Betsy book and now I was missing a chunk of the story. I reserved it at the library and then because I'm mega impatient, I just decided to find...more
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MaryJanice Davidson is an American author who writes mostly paranormal romance, but also young adult and non-fiction. She is the creator of the popular Undead series. She is both a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. She won a 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award and was nominated for the same award in 2005.

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“You may stay. But Jessica, please watch what you say and do. Don't look them in the eyes for long. Speak only when spoken to. Yes, sir; yes, ma'am."

"Sit up. Arf," I teased.

"What about her?" Jessica cried, pointing in my general direction. "She's more in need of an etiquette lesson than I am."

"Yeah," I said, "but I'm the Queen. With a capital fucking Q. Hey, you're looking me in the eyes for too long! Eric, make her stop!”
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