Undead and Uneasy, the sixth installment in Davidson's Queen Betsy series takes place a few weeks before Betsy and Sinclair's wedding ceremony. As usuUndead and Uneasy, the sixth installment in Davidson's Queen Betsy series takes place a few weeks before Betsy and Sinclair's wedding ceremony. As usual Eric Sinclair is not interested in wedding preparations, something he is going along with to please Betsy. After all, they are consorts and already married according to the Book of the Dead (a vampire guidebook of sorts), but Eric is participating in this human ritual so that she will feel that she is really married (Sinclair tricked Betsy into becoming his wife and making him king in the first book). Betsy's main focus was to find a wedding dress, until weird things started happening. Everyone was disappearing. Tina was stuck in France trying to smooth things over with the European vampires, Eric, Antonia (the werewolf and girlfriend to Garrett, the former fiend), and Garrett go missing. Jessica is still stuck in the hospital going through chemo treatments, Laura (Betsy's half sister and daughter to the devil) and Betsy are fighting. Betsy's mom is acting weird, oh and Betsy's dad and step-mom die in a car crash leaving Betsy legal guardian of her half baby brother, Jon. Yes, shit has really hit the fan. Betsy starts questioning who or what could have taken Sinclair away. So much is happening in this book! We meet the Wyndham werewolves (characters from another series of Davidson's), learn that Detective Nick actually knew that Betsy was a vampire, John the former Blade Warrior and Betsy make up, and Marjorie the vampire librarian gets what's coming to her. In the end Betsy saves the day again and the book closes with the wedding ceremony of Betsy and Sinclair. I am glad the wedding has finally taken place, the ending of this books sets up future events nicely. My complaint about this book was using the same names again for multiple charaters. I do not see the point of the werewolves being involved in this story, hopefully in the next book this is clarified....more
Review for http://fangsorfur.books.officelive.co... Book 5, Undead and Unpopular in MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series will not be a disappointmeReview for http://fangsorfur.books.officelive.co... 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 and husband Eric Sinclair. Eric constantly dodges and cringes whenever Betsy is trying to make wedding plans, he is not into picking out flowers, wedding colors, etc (like any typical live male counterpart). Betsy has the idea that her friends should throw her a surprise party even though she specifically told them not to fuss over her all the while secretly hoping they are paying attention to her guest lists and gift suggestions. She also decides since she is still squeamish about drinking blood, something she does not have to do often to her relief, that she should just quit drinking blood altogether, something she did with Eric. Their relationship is once again put to the test of compromise on Eric's part and not taking Eric for granted on Betsy's part, both needing to reestablish patience on both ends. European diplomats show up uninvited right before Betsy's birthday to smooth out the political game of Betsy as the chosen queen and the Europeans as her subjects who need to follow her rule. They insult her by paying their respects a year after she becomes queen, but not much happens in the way of diplomacy because as Betsy's vampire friend Sophie leaves the mansion with her living boyfriend (they were asking Betsy permission to eventually change Liam, the boyfriend into a vampire) physically attacks a French vampire, Alanzo who happens to be her maker/murderer. Sophie demands a judgment from Queen Betsy. The European vampires stick around and wait for Betsy to decide. To add to Betsy's overflowing plate, a work of fiction on the best seller list about Betsy's life turns up. Betsy and company must track down former Blade Warrior Jon who still has a crush on Betsy, who in the last book writes a college paper for an English class on Betsy. Eric and others feel they cannot protect their secret identity and Betsy's if the paper is allowed to remain in existence. Eric wipes Jon's mind and Eric's right hand woman, Tina who is always doing his bidding and serving both queen and king, erases all of the paper or so they thought. Now the question remains who leaked it, did Jon and they must find him and tell him all the details. Jon is so mad once he learns the truth at the mansion that he shoots Betsy and leaves, this problem is obviously not resolved and he may reappear in other books. Once more a bomb is dropped that Betsy has to deal with. The knowledge that her best friend and roommate Jessica has a terminal illness. Betsy struggles with this and the decision to propose changing Jessica into a vampire or not. Sophie never receives restitution and Alonzo is never made to pay for his former actions because he is murdered, and Betsy must deal with a zombie in her attic. Which she is told about repeatedly but does not believe. George the fiend makes a cameo seeming more and more like a regular vampire. His name is actually Garrett and he has a were girlfriend named Antonia, whom Betsy calls Toni because her “evil” stepmother has the same name. The Ant as she is unaffectionately dubbed by Betsy is negligent of her care of Betsy's new half brother BabyJon who keeps showing up at Betsy's house at the most inopportune times for Betsy to babysit. Laura, Betsy's half sister and daughter to the devil pops in and out to help take care of the baby. Everyone worries and wonders when she is going to snap from her Donna Reed self into an alternate version of embarrassing her mother and taking over the world. This book builds up the story of Betsy and furthers her world nicely, this book was definitely more entertaining than the last one, however the names were hard to keep up with since Davidson uses so many of the same names over for other characters, really?!? I hope there is a neat answer for this problem and not a lack of creativity. I eagerly await for a good laugh out loud Betsy book, hopefully the next one will be a riot! ...more
In book 4 of the Queen Betsy series by MaryJanice Davidson, we have Betsy trying to plan a “normal” wedding ceremony for her and Eric Sinclair, her consort/husband. Sinclair is giving Betsy a hard time by being a typical fiancé that doesn't want to partake in pre-wedding preparations. Their date keeps getting pushed back and only stressing Queen Betsy more than she already is. On top of this a serial killer, the driveway killer is abducting unsuspecting women who fit Betsy's profile and murdering them , then dumping their bodies in various public places. Detective Nick Marshall (a man whom Betsy tried unsuccessfully to feed on the night she woke up in the morgue and later discovered she was a vampire) stopped by to tell Betsy and the other ladies of the house to be extra careful. The result of that visit is a date between him and Betsy's uber rich friend, Jessica. They eventually keep dating. Laura (the devil's daughter, Betsy's sister who refuses what she is so she rebells as a perfect Miss Susie Sunshine) is having a hard time controlling her anger, perhaps due to maternal (devil) forces. She lashes out at Betsy's pet/fiend George, kills the driveway killer without provocation, in turn everyone at Betsy's house/vampire quarters are a little on edge of her behavior. Laura and Betsy are able to eventually find the driveway killer due to an unexpected ghost who visits Betsy and refuses to leave until Betsy helps her find this killer, because she was a victim herself. After this is all solved, the ghost decides to stick around anyway. Eric and Betsy's relationship is tested in other ways besides wedding planning. Betsy has not been totally honest that she can hear Eric's thoughts during intimacy. Eric is hurt and pissed because there is a prophecy that the vampire queen and king should be able to hear each others thoughts. They eventually work it out. We are left with Betsy and her human friends, including former Blade Warrior, Jon who has a crush on Betsy temporarily moves in. Other random events that happen are the birth of the Ant's (Antonia, Betsy's mean stepmother) has her baby John whom proves to be a difficult and fussy baby who is soothed by Betsy coming over often to babysit. The Ant finally admits that she knew Laura was the daughter she gave up after waking up from a trance from the devil. Perhaps this is partly why Laura is acting out? Betsy is asked to write a news column for a vampire newsletter that is gong to be circulated soon for all vampires to unite all across the world. Betsy decides to do a Dear Betsy column for new vampires seeking answers and vampire life guidelines. The articles end up in the wrong hands, this is not resolved. Also not resolved is a “fictional” biography on Betsy's vampire life that Jon was doing for a college class, a hard copy goes missing after Sinclair removed his memory of the project and replaces it with a new one. Not a ton happening in this book, just a continuation of hopefully, more exciting things to come. My complaint with this book was that the ideas were not original. We have another killer that Betsy must drop everything and deal with and another ghost who seeks Betsy for help. The last comment I need to make about this book is that the title, Undead and Unreturnable has nothing to do with the actual story, it only speaks to Betsy's personality. I have enjoyed other previous books better than this one, however it is not a terrible story, just not one of Davidson's strongest. ...more
Undead and Unemployed the second installment in MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series is paranormal romaMy review for http://fangsorfur.weebly.com/
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 knockoff shoes thanks to her stepmother who is jealous of Betsy and her designer shoes. Betsy leaves the morgue after realizing she looks different, men react to her differently, and she can't die, which she finds out through trial and error. Eventually finds out that she's a vampire through deduction and a persistent man who shows up at her door.. Armed with friends old (Jessica) and new (Marc) she figures out how to function evening to evening in her life. Betsy meets the two camps of the vamp world, that of the evil Nostro and that of the mysterious and sexy Eric Sinclair. Betsy finds out that she is not a typical vamp, but the foretold queen of their kind. She constantly rejects this, but helps Sinclair defeat Nostro and consequently that leaves her in a position to rightfully unite everyone under her rule. Sinclair ends up being her consort/sort of husband through omission, which Betsy thinks he tricked her.
The second book picks up where Betsy is looking for a new job to support herself and not rely on others. She ends up selling designer shoes at Macy's. Jessica, Marc and Betsy move into a large upscale home together after all the time they were spending together and all the vampires that come and go to swear allegiance and help Betsy transition as queen. The house quickly becomes vamp central and headquarters for the king and queen. However, Betsy has to team up with Sinclair and others to find out who keeps killing vampire women on Wednesday nights. An old allegiance to the deceased Nostro secretly pays a teenage reject group of vampire slayer vigilantes called the Blade Warriors. They target tall blond females that match Betsy's description. It turns out the Blade Warriors were practicing their slaying skills for their unnamed benefactor. The Blade Warriors attempt to attack Betsy, she escapes, and they follow her to her house where they eventually question what they are doing and befriend Eric, Betsy, and the others. The benefactor is revealed as a former Nostro supporter who thinks Betsy is a false queen. Betsy discovers this after she is wrongly terminated from her dream job at Macy's. The Nostro supporter is subsequently killed after Eric comes to save Betsy yet again. Betsy more or less embraces who she is while solving this mystery. The end of the book leaves us off where Betsy is undead, sort of unwed, and unemployed again. Undead and Unemployed definitely provides more action in this storyline and definitely charms readers into continuing to find out about Betsy's world. The negative side to this book is the brevity of the story, use of foul language (if you aren't used to it), the shallowness that Betsy sometimes portrays. ...more
It took me a while to finish this book only because I kept starting other books. This is the first of a series by MaryJanice Davidson. The heroine ofIt took me a while to finish this book only because I kept starting other books. This is the first of a series by MaryJanice Davidson. The heroine of the book, Betsy was laugh out loud funny, sarcastic, and a lover of designer shoes. I don't want to give any spoilers away, If curious please read for yourself, you won't be disappointed.I will definitely be reading other books in this series....more