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Undead and Unemployed (Undead #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  28,802 ratings  ·  762 reviews
Nothing can make Betsy Taylor give up her shoe fetish - even dying and rising as the new Queen of the Vampires. Being royally undead isn't all it's cracked up to be - there are still bills to be paid. And Betsy is determined to live as normally as possible, even if it means getting a job. A "feet" she accomplishes with panache, landing her dream job selling designer shoes ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Berkley (first published August 1st 2004)
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Jun 02, 2008 Courtney marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: fans of Buffy, Sookie Stackhouse, and Glory St. Claire
Betsy Taylor, the new queen of the vampires (and a most unwilling queen too, might I add) is back - and in need of a job. (Hey, designer shoes don't grow on trees, you know.) On top of needing to find - and then keep - employment, she also has the small problem of figuring out all the recent vampire murders.

Even though many people call this series a romance series, I just can't see the romance. Yes, Sinclair is head over heels in love with Betsy (though he has an odd way of showing it), and yes
It's really hard to enjoy a book when the main "love interest" (and I use that term very loosely) is a total douche bag. I mean come on. I can take a moody male character to a certain extent. But a character that's a complete ass? And no one is willing to call him out on it except for Betsy? BS.

I am of course talking about Sinclair. I didn't like him much in the first book but his presence really put me off in this one, to the point where I decided I was going to stop reading midway through the
Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads)

I enjoyed this book as much as the first, good reading if you like vampire romance. It was just as funny as the first. I found myself laughing aloud a lot and could not put it down. It was a quick and mindless read for those times you want a light read.
Nurse Lisa in Ohio
I like this series even more after listening to this book! It's truly very funny, well developed & likable characters tossed together with some intriguing mystery and occasional steaminess! Formula is fun indeed! :-)
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
3.5 Stars

I really loved the first book in this series, and although Undead and Unemployed didn't have quite the same impact as Undead and Unwed, I still really enjoyed it.

Undead and Unemployed starts roughly where the first book finished, albeit a couple of months have passed. Betsy is still trying to come to terms with her new status as Vampire Queen and the complete change of lifestyle. She is getting a little frustrated with her new life and wants to put back some sense of normality. So, she
After reading Undead and Unwed, I thought Sinclair was a hero with jerk tendencies. Now after finishing the second book of the series I'm feeling like Sinclair is filtered through Betsy and he's not as much of a jerk as I first thought.

I realize that the reader only sees Sinclair from Betsy's point of view since the whole book is from her perspective, but throughout the whole book I kept feeling like I wasn't getting to know Sinclair at all. The author does a really good job broadcasting Jessic
Fangs for the Fantasy
It's been a couple months since Undead and Unwed. Betsy has still not adjusted to the fact that she is queen of the vampires and that with that title comes responsibilities. Betsy is determined that she will regain some semblance of a life and for her, this means getting a job and paying her own way through life. It should be simple right? Well, it might have been were it not for the fact that someone is killing vampires in St. Paul and as Queen of the Vampires, it's Betsy's responsibility to ke ...more
More like 2.5 stars, but again the reading by Wu was excellent. The story was fun, but not even as filling as a Sookie Stackhouse story. Queen Betsy & all the rest of the characters are more caricatures than 'real' people. The world isn't very complex nor all that imaginative. So it was OK & I'm really only giving it 3 stars because Wu does such a great job. Still, I'm on to listen to the next one.
I LOVE Betsy. She is hilarious! She is so no-nonsense. She says what's on her mind and gets right to the point. Well.. she does keep a few secrets to herself. While she is still getting used to being a vampire, she is still finding out how powerful she is what powers she has.
I laughed out loud so many times reading this book!
"Being a soulless denizen of the undead was really hard sometimes."

I’m sad to say that the second book of the Undead series fell short of my expectations.
The first third of the book is pretty boring: Betsy has financial and termite problems, so she needs a job, and a new place to live.
Then a group of vampire hunters appears, killing vampires all over the city. Betsy is enlightened that as a queen she has certain responsibilities.
“We're getting reports of quite a few staked vampires.”
Quick & Easy read, bad language in it, one way too descriptive and unnecessary scene. I don't think I can recommend it to anyone I know.

It was cute, and I wanted to know what happened after reading just a few pages. But now I want to read Twilight by Stephanie Meyer now, and hopefully that will be much better.

The main character is flawed but in an interesting, I can kind of relate to her way. At the same time, she really irritated me with her pathetic relationships and how her friends/boyfr
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Undead and Unemployed is the second book in the Queen Betsy series. Betsy Taylor (AKA Queen Elizabeth I, Empress of the Undead, Rightful Rule of the Vampires along with her Consort Eric) has decided that it is time to find a job. She's been a vampire now for 4 months, and is tired of having Jessica buy everything for her. She doesn't have a car payment, or a mortgage thanks to Jessica. So, she ends up becoming a shoe salesperson at the Macy's at the Mall of America, which is her perfect job sinc ...more
I found this book to be just as fun as the first, but with a better plot because there was no need to introduce people/world etc. Betsy is definitely growing on me and I liked that she is trying to remain as independent as possible (respect). We did get vampire hunters introduced in this book though, so if it's a new supernatural creature with every book I'm done - but we'll see if a pattern emerges after reading the next one!
Erin Robbins
Cute, mindless vampire trash novel. But still fun and I am finding I am enjoying the series. Betsy returns in Undead and Unemployed to find herself working at the Macy's shoe department and loving it. Only to have her plans dashed by Sinclair, a rogue vampire aiming for her title of queen, a love sick vampire slayer, and a boss that tries to help kill her. Still humerous with no point the books are a lot of laughs.
Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor won't let a little thing like being undead keep her from getting a job. She manages to land the perfect job for her, selling designer shoes at Macy's. She'd be happy if she could just work at Macy's and forget the vampire stuff, but someone is killing off vampires and the other vampires want their Queen to stop the killing. When Betsy herself is targeted, she is able to identify and catch the would-be killers, but even they don't know who their ringleader is. Betsy, he ...more
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So, Betsy still doesn't want to be queen and is avoiding Sinclair and Tina as best as she can. She decides to get a job because she doesn't want to live off of Jessica forever. Next thing she knows, she's hired to work in the shoe department at Macy's and Jessica and Marc find a big new house for them that is haunted by the ghost of a little girl.

The characters remain as snarky as ever, which is why I enjoy these books. A new group of vampire hunting characters are added when Tina and Eric infor
Undead and Unemployed is the 2nd book in Mary Janice Davidson's Queen Betsy Series. Elizabeth Taylor - a.k.a. "Betsy" - a.k.a. Her Majesty, Queen of all Vampires - has had a rough couple of months.

After being killed, (and coming back from the dead, btw) she has had nothing but trouble. In the first book in the series, Undead and Unwed, Betsy was integral in the over-throwing of the old vampire ruler, and in doing so became the de facto "Queen of the Vampires" (whether she likes it or not.) Unfo
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Undead and Unemployed the second installment in MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series is paranormal romance meets chick lit: This book picks up where the first book (Undead and Unwed) leaves off. In the first book we are introduced to Betsy Taylor a sarcastic, funny, designer shoe loving woman who gets laid off from her job as a secretary then is killed in a pedestrian-car wreck. She wakes up in the morgue, dressed in an unflattering suit and cheap k
Heather Holmes
Dec 23, 2011 Heather Holmes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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From the first page to the last, this book was hard to put down. When I first read about this series, i was skeptic about how much I would be interested in it. I mean, a vampire queen that wants to live like a human? Yeah, right. But here I am into my second book, and I'm obsessed. I began this book yesterday, and I've already read it. It was impossible to put down!

The plot is hilarious, but not in the sense that it's unbelievable (no more unbelievable than vampires and ghosts, anyway). The mor
Elizabeth Ferg
Jul 26, 2015 Elizabeth Ferg rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Paranormal Lovers. Vampire Lovers. Comedy Lovers. People looking for light romance.
If you're looking for something fast paced with a lot sarcasm and designer shoe talk, then this may be the book for you~

I'm just utterly obsessed with this series. There's something about Betsy that just makes you want to love her and she's so sarcastic and vain, but she's got loyal friends that stick by her, and she by them, no matter what. Her consort is almost always an asshat, but he loves her (in his own possessive annoying way). I find their relationship hilarious and just everything about
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Very easy read, but also requires a great deal of belief suspension to make it through. The dialogue doesn't always ring true and there was a pretty blatant continuity error I spotted early on.

The plot has the same old "I hate him, no, I love him" romance theme (a la Southern Vampire Mysteries' Sookie and Eric) except it's very poorly done, with not enough time spent developing the relationship between the two lovers. At least in the Southern Vampire Mysteries this kind of omission is explained
Book 2 ….. Queen Betsy comes across as a parody of every other vampire book out. She is a shoe hound and a klutz and she has no clue what she is suppose to do. While she is the Queen, her King is the supposed epitome of the vampire royalty, the problem is he seems to forget himself whenever Betsy is around because he is (I guess) so besotted with her. Everyone seems to forget to tell ‘her majesty’ things that she should know, or needs to know and then she ends up defying all vampire laws anyways ...more
Yet another book of giggles to drive the blues away.

Following Betsy's journey of coming to terms with being the Queen of the Undead and (according to Vampiric Laws) married to her consort Sink Lair (Sinclair) was another hilarious conquest for me. I love Betsy and her witty sense of humour, her 'Blonde' ways, her simple deduction on life (or rather unlife).

This book took us on a couple of different routes, the major route of finding out who was killing the vampires, another route where family
This was so much better that #1 Undead and Unwed that I was very surprised.

Oh yes, we still have Betsy obsessed by shoes and fashion, but we also have more characters, both good and bad, and that seems to mitigate some of the vainglory of Betsy.

We actually see Betsy do the right thing just because it is the right thing and not because she has an agenda. We also see that Eric Sinclair actually does subconsciously love her, though we don't really know why.

And oh to have a friend like Jessica, wit
Sketch MacQuinor
Now "chick book" could label many books like those you'd find in Oprah's book club like "Lovely Bones," or a classic feminine erotic piece like "Lady Chatterly's Lover," but those books are also fine works of literature. This book is just a chick book. It's your formulaic Anita Blake sort of working girl in a supernatural, yet mundane world, which could have great potential as a work of contemporary fantasy if it weren't such a bloody "chick book." I had to stop listening when she got into a ten ...more
Regina Hunter
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Hmm, hab ich bisher auf deutsch oder auf englisch geschrieben?
Egal, heute gibts deutsch.

Böööööööööööses Buch!
Gelesen hab ichs während ner Prüfugnsvorbereitungsphase.
Eigentlich gar keine Zeit, aber, ein Kapitel wird doch gehen, das darf man sich doch erlauben...
Oh, jetzt muss ich das nächste aber auch noch lesen...
Und das danach...
Und das danach...
Verdammt. Halbes Buch weg...
Dann kann ichs jetzt auch zuende lesen.
Soviel zum Thema lernen an dem Tag, aber ich hatte Spass!!!
Weglegen war für mi
Aug 01, 2008 Nadir rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
The first book of this series was all right. I mean, you had to beat you disbelief with an barge pole to get through it, but other than that it was fine.

This book, though... Wow. As in I actually got more pleasure going to the dentist than I did from this book. The plot was pathetic - more so than the first book's. I think the only point of the book was to get Betsy a mansion and a new car. My muse was wailing - the author is palatable, but Undead and Unemployed was a disgrace.

The second book o
Betsy gets a job in the shoe department at Macy’s, which she calls “Heaven,” but unfortunately she misses work a lot because someone’s trying to kill the vampires. I was really hoping it wasn’t Buffy (spoiler alert: it’s not!). Betsy also wears yummy sushi jammies, which has to be a nod to Buffy, because if it isn’t that’s an incredibly improbable coincidence. I still don’t really like Betsy that much because she is kind of vacuous, but I love Tina, Jessica, Marc and the yummy Eric Sinclair, so ...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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“I zoomed in on the shoe department like a blonde homing pigeon. Shoes, shoes everywhere! Ah, sweet shoes. I truly think you can take the measure of a civilization by looking at its footwear.” 16 likes
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