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Undead and Unwelcome (Undead #8)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  10,647 Ratings  ·  453 Reviews

Suburban housewife and vampire queen Betsy Taylor makes an alarming discovery: her half-sister is truly the Devil's daughter, and she can't wait to raise hell.

ebook, 304 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published January 1st 2009)
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If you skip this book, Betsy puts it best:

"you didn't miss much.. Just me picking a fight with a bunch of werewolves, getting stabbed, Sinclair kicking the crap out of my stabber, me waking up, and then everyone taking off."

We also get blurbs from Marc's diary. Yes, a grown man who writes a diary and starts each entry with "Dude," (insert eye-roll here).

The only good part of the book happened away from Betsy because her sister, Laura, is starting to embrace her evil-side.
Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 24, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
Rating: 3,5 stars

This is one of the few times I really wish I could just use my paperback cover for my shelving here instead, since I like that one much more. But I can't allow myself to use an edition I didn't actually read... Stupid own principles.

I was very excited to be back with Betsy and I was happy to find out that I still enjoy the books, even though it's been a few years since I last read them. Perhaps I don't love them as much as I used to (or it's just these final books of the series
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
Jun 11, 2009 Shelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jamie Collins
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
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
5 Stars:
I actually liked this one much better than the previous two. I loved the extra focus on Laura and it looks like her story line is just starting to get good. It was also a rare pleasure to get into Marc's head a bit.

My absolute favorite and will read again and again. I strongly recommend! It has outstanding qualities. The characters are wonderful and surprising and multi-dimensional. The writing is luring, engaging, and well-crafted enough to keep me interested from cover to cover and b
Mar 01, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 20, 2009 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2009 Teresa Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2010 Maryellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Rückblickend betrachtet ist in diesem Teil nicht viel passiert.

Aber ich mag die Protagonisten einfach...
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

This book begins when Eric, Betsy, Jessica, and the baby must go to the werewolves to take home the one who died. Betsy already feels guilty, and they have no idea what to expect with the Pack.

Betsy learns some things about her baby brother, and she also ends up impressing the werewolves. However, she still has a lot of trouble coming her way.

This book was okay. I didn't like the way it switched point of views, that was annoying. Other than that I like
Feb 12, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 ;)
Aug 26, 2009 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
After reading some of the reviews of this one, I was afraid it was going to be awful. Maybe that's why I didn't think it was so bad. It was still a classic MJD-fun-fluffy-afternoon read.
Betsy & co. have to go deal with Antonia's werewolf pack on Cape Cod, leaving only Tina and Mark behind. Once there, they have to contend with a bunch of angry wolves who are convinced that Betsy is somehow responsible for Antonia's death. If that wasn't enough, something seems off about BabyJon. Hmmm.
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The Booklover 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
Jun 12, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2009 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashy-fiction
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
Jan 20, 2009 Jess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
J. Ewbank
Jul 21, 2016 J. Ewbank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-good-read
This book by Davidson is a very interesting vampire book. Learned some things about vampires and others by reading this books. The characters are interesting and the plot certainly was different. Enjoyed reading the book and I think others will too.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church"
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.
Jun 11, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2015
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 ...
May 12, 2015 Jessi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this new turn in the series!
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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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Undead (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • Undead and Unappreciated (Undead, #3)
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