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Undead and Unwelcome (Undead #8)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  9,571 ratings  ·  414 reviews
"Ms. Davidson has her own brand of wit and shocking surprises that make her vampire series on of a kind" (Darque Reviews). And heroine Betsy Taylor has problems that only a suburban vampire-queen housewife could possibly understand, such as...


That's what Betsy is facing when she takes her werewolf friend Antonia's body to Cape Cod, where the
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Berkley Hardcover (first published January 1st 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Well, well, well. Queen Betsy is at it again. Sorry to say there's no shoe shopping in "Undead and Unwelcome", MaryJanice Davidson's latest. However, Betsy and Sinclair DO learn a bit more about werewolves and BabyJon...and Betsy's sister, the daughter of Satan. Sound funny? Oh, the whole series is a side-splitter. Picture a self-absorbed, shoe-loving, fairly normal, not-so-bright, teetering-on-30 woman. She goes out on her birthday, has a horrible time, gets hit by a car, and wakes up a vampire ...more
Kris H.
Once upon a time, there was a paranormal series about an unlikely vampire queen named Betsy. The series was irreverent, clever, sexy, and funny. Somewhere between the first book (Undead and Unwed) and this current entry, something happened. Perhaps Mary Janice Davidson has run out of ideas and this series should have come to an end a couple of books ago? The eighth book in the Queen Betsy series, Undead and Unwelcome, takes characters that I used to love and gives them very little in the way of ...more
This book was funnier than past ones have been, but that by no means says that it was a fabulous book. (I give it a 2.5) It wasn't. There was hardly anything to the book. If this book was spaced like normal books, it probably would only take 100 pages or so. It is a fast read because the font is huge and it is spaced funny.

The first half of the book was a reintroduction to the characters. I realize that accidents happen and people pick up books out of order and such (I know I have done it in th
Way too short to sell as a hardcover novel. Again with the large font, wide spacing and nearly blank pages. Again with the unnecessary re-hashing of earlier events in the series, leaving precious little room for new story.

2.5 stars maybe, since it's better than the previous book. It has a mildly interesting and suspenseful plot. It's not as funny as MJD's usual stuff; the series is getting darker. Her acknowledgments in the beginning are funnier than anything in the novel.

Sinclair has become rea
Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads)

I actually liked this one much better than the previous two. I loved the extra focus on Laura and it looks like her storyline is just starting to get good. It was also a rare pleasure to get into Marc's head a bit.
I know a lot of people have been disappointed in the last couple of books. I am not one of those people. I read this series to laugh and to cheer up. It's nice to read a "silly" book every once in awhile.
It took a little time getting used to, but I eventually loved the story being told from two POVs. We get Betsy's heart-broken "I don't know what to do!" story. We also get Dr. Marc's HILARIOUS commentary on how Laura has LHDM! Yes, the acronyms were a little perplexing at times. But, once I tho
Sara Peterson-davis
I really enjoyed the first five or so books in the Betsy Taylor Vampire Queen Series. Now I'm just slogging through hoping that MaryJanice Davidson wraps this up.

"Undead and Unwelcome" picks up where Davidson's bleak "Undead and Unworthy" left off. Betsy and entourage are taking the body of werewolf Antonia back home to her pack on Cape Cod. In the process, they hope to make things right with their furry counterparts and avoid a vampire/werewolf war.

While that sounds like a plot that would fit
Undead and Unwelcome

I'm happy to say that this book is a much faster and better read than the last few. I really liked this book, I've read all of this series and loved it at the start but found by book 6 I liked it but I wanted something new. This one has parts where it's not just her as the protagonist and speaking from her point of view.

first Betsy has to take the body of her werewolf friend Antonia(who died in protecting Betsy)to Cape Cod where the Wydham werewolves live. It turns out not
Teresa Watson
I have read two other books by Davidson, and they weren't bad, so I decided to give this one a try.

Betsy Taylor, Vampire Queen of the Undead, and her husband Sinclair, are flying to Cape Cod with the body of her friend, Antonia, who died saving Betsy's life (apparently in the previous book, which I have not read). Antonia was part of a werewolf pack who were not comfortable with her presence because she had the gift of premonition, but could not change into a werewolf. The pack wants answers ab
The Flooze
Does anyone else hate these new covers?

Some sad parts, some laugh out loud parts, some interesting new info, but on the whole this one was way too short. I agree with the reviewer that said this felt like a filler short story. It seems as though this was written as a bridge book because I'm not entirely sure where Betsy will be going from here.

The visit with the wolves was wild, and it would be interesting if the vamps had more contact with them in the future. Laura on the crazy train was rushe
OK....this is 2.5 stars. So even though it's better than the last book, it's not as good as earlier installments of the series. I don't think I'm going to read any future Queen Betsy books.
A bit disappointing; more like a "plot device" to move the whole story arc along rather than a full novel. But still fun!
The latest installment in this series finds Betsy, Sinclair, and Jessica traveling to Cape Cod to deliver Antonia's body to her family of werewolves. After realizing that the vampire community is unorganized and weak in comparison to the werewolves, Betsy finds hereself in the position of having to play diplomat. This is done with her usual brand of witty charm, humor, and bitchy honesty.

While the gang is in Cape Cod, life at home is not peaceful. Betsy's half sister, the devil's churchgoing dau
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Wow! This series has become one that annoys me, but for some reason I keep on readin' ...

***8th book in the series --- Series spoilers in review***

In Undead and Unwelcome we find Betsy, Queen of her world, doing what she does best, making everything about her. She often says throughout the book "self-centered? me?" Yeah! Her friends even talk about how "all about me" she can be.

Dr. Mark Spangler stole the show in this one, IMO. His journal entries were hilarious. Mackin' on Sinclair. hehe ;)
I am an MJD fan and will continue to be, just like I will continue to follow the Undead series, even though it seems to be on a downward spiral. So, yes, Undead and Unwelcome is Book 8; surely, by now, I should be used to how Betsy books turn out. I have no issues with MJD's style of writing; the haphazard crazy way of writing is fun and suits Betsy's personality. Wafer-thin plots, I have more of an issue with, but even that I can overlook - I mean, we all know Betsy books aren't exactly literat ...more
Lady Ethereal Butterfly
This series has taken a very mediocre, often annoying turn for me. It isn't horrible or unreadable, but I really don't feel a lot of motivation to keep going with the series. Queen Betsy has had little to no character development since the very early series. Her humorous narcissistic charm has now just become annoying, and I find her grating on my nerves. The side characters aren't strong enough to hold me to the series either. Those that interest me have very minor roles, and those that have mo ...more
I have to whole-heartedly agree with the posters who criticized this book as: (1) too short; (2) too fluffy; (3) unnecessarily spending the first 100 pages rehashing the last 7 books; and (4) having a ridiculous number of spelling and grammatical errors. I truly enjoyed the first several books in this series -- but, boy, was this one terrible. It eventually did advance the plot a little bit, but the advance was so minor, it should have been a short story, rather than an attempt at a full-length ...more
These keep getting sloppier and less this one not only were there several egregious spelling and grammar errors but some plot skips too....if they need a careful editor and proofreader I'd happily do it, otherwise, get it together! One thing that really bugged me is a lot of it felt like "oh, by the way this happened" catch-up summary for people who may not have read the previous books. Really? They take about 2 hours to read on a slow day, so if you haven't read them and for s ...more
Warning: Rant coming. What is going on? Doesn't anyone know how to edit anymore? ARE there no editors? Do authors NOT KNOW HOW to edit themselves? Or are we too afraid to OFFEND people by saying Gee you might want to edit that? I am getting TIRED of seeing good books that could have been great or ok books that could have been much better but they lacked editing. I am saying this because I am seeing a fun series turn into mind numbing drudgery because the author nor the publisher had the guts to ...more
another great book in the series. I was a little lost at the beginning but once I realized what was going on i just got better.. I really love the humor ...
What a waste of my time. Just to sum up what happens.. Betsy introduces herself and all the characters in the book (again), she whines about how people think she's self centered, she has an amazing revelation that makes her feel bad about herself, she verbally spars with Sinclair (after explaining why she calls him Sinclair and not Eric), she then makes a few witty comments about her new shoes, and then continues to whine about anything else she can think of.

I'm pretty much done with this series
Vampires and werewolves, a classic tale. I was prepared for eye rolling here. We met the Wyndam werewolves in the short story "Fiend in Need," and I actually liked them and would love to read their series in the future, but I just wasn't sure how this story was going to play out. It was nice to see that at least some of the people in the clan hadn't totally lost their mind, but there was definitely a lot of it. I'm not going into much detail here because I don't want to spoil the previous book, ...more
What crap......I quit after the 4th chapter!

Queen Betsy NEVER quits her annoying internal mindless I never could tell what was going on with the actual plot or the other characters in the book with the exception of Dr. Mark whose diary is shared with us in every other chapter.

I liked all the other books in the series, but this one had me really not caring one way or another...I felt the book was so very poorly written that it was a shame to print it in hardcover.

The author stated on

And another successful addition to the Undead (or Queen Betsy) series…

As I have said before, the Undead series is not an intellectual book full of discussion topics about the meaning of life. Undead is purely for entertainment, which is nice. Sometimes it’s nice to read, or listen, to a book that requires no brain cells whatsoever.

Which brings me to the fact that I listened to the audiobook. I don’t remember why I started the first one in audiobook format, but once I did, I never went back, eve
N.L. Riviezzo
Better the second time around even though Betsy is still a bit grating personality-wise. I really like the pack. They completely stole the spotlight in this book. Hopefully, they show up in future books or MJ will write some additional books about them.
I still had one or two giggles with this book, it's not my favourite in the series and I'm hoping the rest pick up a little more. Still worth reading, I love Betsy regardless!
The Queen Betsy books are fun and easy reads.
Vampires, Werewolves, the devil's daughter, what more could you ask for?
My only complaint is they are too short!
I am really enjoying this new turn in the series!
This is basically two stories in one. Betsy, Sinclair and Jessica (with little BabyJon) head up to the Cape Cod werewolf compound for Antonio’s funeral. While Marc, Tina and Laura handle their own problems back in Minneapolis. I had some problems switching back and forth between the different chapter POVs, especially since Mark’s were in journal form.

I like the Cape Cod part, except I wish there had been a little more conflict and less snark. Betsy solved things too quickly and the scenes with
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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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