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Undead and Unfinished

(Undead #9)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  8,316 ratings  ·  752 reviews
There's only one thing Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor hates more than the threat of hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (after all, how traditional is her family?), and that's trying to get through the Book of the Dead without going insane. Every time she's tried reading it, she just gets blindsided - until this time, when the devil strikes a bargain. She offers Betsy a ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Berkley Sensation (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Oh my gosh - what is happening to this series? It's not funny anymore. The ending? It was actually disturbing and sad.

Betsy and Laura go to hell, and then do a bunch of time traveling. The time-traveling part was pretty cool. We get to see Sinclair as a child and when he first was turned. Since Betsy hasn't bothered to learn anything about her husband in the year or so they have been married, this is a revelation. And, then we see the future and it is bleak. Like, let's just all commit
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-11
Let me make this comparison; You know how your mom made that one meal all the time from your childhood and you swore when you grew up you would never make it? For me it's tuna casserole. It's disgusting and you really don't like it but everyonce in awhile you find yourself craving this unfulfilling ick. You know you won't like it, you know you won't feel good after you're done, but for whatever reason at that time you need to have it. That's how this series is for me. This is the tuna casserole ...more
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Yes, I know this book has a lot of bad reviews due to the not so gentle reminder of books pasted. Nevertheless I must say that personally- I think it is her best and she has opened hard plot lines that can keep the series going and guess what????? Bets will have to do some quick growing and not being so self-centered. I cannot wait to see where MJD takes the series. I think it will grow to be unforgettable if she plays her plots and story line right. I loved this one bets of all because it ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'm really not sure why I continue reading this...drivel. (See, I avoided saying "cr@p"--oh, I guess I didn't.) This series WAS fun. I wasn't reading it to gain back lost brain cells or anything. The flighty, breezy style suited the description of the main character. If you choose to read these, stop with book 6. Just pretend there were no sequels. My guess is that MaryJanice Davidson actually didn't write the subsequent three books since that author didn't even have the facts straight (such as ...more
What a total let down! I originally thought maybe my lack of intrest for the 9th Undead book was due to the narrator (listened to this in MP3 format)but it was due to both the narrator and the story. I get why the story went the way it did, and the ending still sucked for me anyway, but it just seemed very sporadic up until there was an actual goal to the story. I loved all the Undead books, and yes, Betsy being a total flake gets old, but this one just sucked. Maybe I will try and read the book ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
I’m not sure how to rate this. I’m not sure I like where the story is going but intrigued enough to move forward. I don’t like Betsy and the fate of Eric Sinclair whom I do like. Oh well. On to the next.
Mrs. Missive
Okay I am thoroughly confused. Queen Betsy had begun to grate my nerves in the last book, and she had screwed up so many things, I was left aching for a HEA. And we had now included vampires, werewolves, ghosts, the devil, and zombies oh my. So we had hit our supernatural fill right?

Of course not. Well now the Antichrist and Queen of the Vampires are taking a field trip to hell....of course. And how can we possibly add to this paranormal clusterfuck? Well Laura should grow wings and time-travel
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Undead & Unfinished is the 9th novel in the Queen Betsy series & I can honestly say I wish I had skipped straight to the last few chapters. If there was ever a character I wanted to stake, after reading Undead & Unfinished without a doubt I would have staked Betsy.

Betsy wants to read the Book of the Dead, but it kinda makes any vampire who reads it insane. So when her half-sister Laura wants to go visit her mother (Satan) in Hell (Laura is the Antichrist) Betsy tags along & makes
Crystal Moreland
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Unfinished is quite slow to start and stays such until about 2/3 of the way through. However, having experienced this in a couple of other past Betsy books, I stuck with it. Then, it gets good. Then, it gets great! I have never been able to quite bond with the arrogant, assanine, yet protective and loving Sink Lair. However, experiencing his past in this chapter of the Undead novels sealed the bond I was so hoping to acquire. Then...the epilogue. WHAT THE HELL?! The very last page was beyond ...more
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
I have always loved these books. They were one of my first vampire romance series that I really enjoyed, and I gave this rating one extra star for one positive reason. Besides that, it was awful.

The positive: She finally got her MOA (Mall of America) references right. It used to drive me up the wall when she would sit there and describe Nordstroms, and yet call it Macy's!! Granted, I worked at the Mall of America for over a year, and it was my mall growing up so I'm bias. Let me say that I am a
Jan 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
First of all, I just wanted to say that I love this series... and then I read this book. I always enjoyed the humor that had me cracking up reading this series. There is too much rambling on about stuff that I don't really need (or care!) to know about!
Betsy and Laura go to hell and end up traveling through time. (And I lose out on some much needed Sinclair fixes. And where are all the other characters?! I miss them!) Some things get changed, but I gather that that's what the devil wanted. In
April Parrish
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I guess I am one of the few who actually liked the book. Do I like the timeline being messed with, not necessarily, but I realize the storyline will get boring unless the author shakes things up. It is also nice to be surprised/stunned by an author every once in a while which is what happened when I read the last sentence of this book. I didn't see that ending coming. Hopefully Betsy will be able to straighten up the timeline so that some things don't happen but I don't see how the last sentence ...more
Jul 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
It seems as though the same thing that happened to Janet Evanovich's Plum series around book #9 is happening here as well. This book was a huge disappointment. This is one of the first times that I found Betsy to be very annoying. She's usually clever, witty and funny but this time she was just a real pain in the ass biatch. I actually kind of smiled every time Laura punched her. Although, come to think of it, maybe we were supposed to start not liking her, given the way the story ended.
Kimberley doruyter
time travel..... really
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Undead and Unfinished is the ninth book in the Queen Betsy vampire series by MaryJanice Davidson.

Just days after Elizabeth "Betsy" Taylor has returned home from meeting with the Wyndham werewolf clan, Betsy begins to feel guilty about her lack of knowledge on the history of her husband Eric Sinclair and assistant Tina. Considering all the dramatic events that have unfolded since Betsy became a vampire, not to mention becoming the "Queen" of all vampires, she realizes she has never had the time
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: para-vampires
Undead and Unfinished has officially taken the Queen Betsy series from its humorous vampire roots and elevated it to an unexpected, crazy and totally shocking level of twisty-turny fun. Betsy and Laura travel to Hell, but if that wasn't enough, they also travel both back into the past and into the far off future "fixing" events that affect Betsy's current life.

Between the time travel and the (completely awesome) glimpse into Hell, Undead and Unfinished is almost solely a Betsy and Laura based
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The good: Undead and Unfinished was—for the most part—more fun that the last few books, and though it's still lacking the laugh-out-loud humor of the earlier books, I actually smiled here and there. It was never boring, even though it was my third literary visit to the underworld in the last week. I enjoyed MJD's take on hell (and the references to The Devil's Advocate, a movie I love). And I also liked the time travel jaunts sprinkled with Betsy's usual insanity—especially the glimpses of ...more
Melissa Wehunt
Honestly, I don't even know how to rate this one. I just finished it and for the first 30 minutes after I was done I just whined and moaned to my husband about how stupid the ending was and how mad and upset I was about the direction this series had taken. I was saying things like, "This is supposed to be Chick-lit and romance!" and recalling fonldy, when I actually found MJD's writing to be erotic. :) Ahhh, those were the days. Since when did this series become so serious and such a downer?

Sara ♥
Okay, first of all, this was probably the longest book in the series. Only 296 pages, but the font was smaller and it wasn't double-spaced like the others practically were. And a lot more happened! I thought the reasons for Betsy and Laura to travel to hell in the first place were dumb, but WOW!! The discovery! I feel like I know so much more about the characters and what's going on (and what WENT on)! Overall, my favorite in the series (although truth be told, I don't really remember the first ...more
'maniell Dulay
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Like all of you, (I guess... meh.) was just mind-fuck-ed with the ending of this one. Actually, I started to get bummed right about the Marc part (not revealing much... hate being a spoiler-ass.) and thereafter. Goodness, if this wasn't so wonderfully written, and I didn't stay up til 3:20 IN THE MORNING to finish this, I would have pulled a LONER STAR on this one. Geesh, on audience impact alone this sucked-ass. But, no, I was fair. I have to be. Now, I'm gonna have a nightmare about growing ...more
Aug 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
If I could give it less than one star, I would, but I'm suddenly feeling generous. The same thing is happening here that is happening with two other vampire series that I have followed much longer than I should have. While I've found Betsy to be a hilarious protagonist in the past, in the last two books she has simply become increasingly annoying. It almost seems that someone is parodying Davidson's books and that she's no longer writing them herself. I hardly laughed here, just turned pages, ...more
Amy Vasquez
Jul 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
I started reading the betty Series just because it was lighht, fun and a no brainer. I was really suprised with this one.
This book's ending had the same effect on me as the movie The 6th Sense. I was opened mouthed and confused. It was like someone slapped me. I seriously re-read the last chapter just to make sure that I read it right the first time. That ending left me unsettled to say the least. I ran right to this site as soon as I was done just so I could see what everyone else thought. I
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Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Barbara (VampAngel)
I have been a long time fan of The Undead/Queen Betsy series, so I was looking forward to reading this book. My week was hectic, so I was only able to sit down and read it yesterday. I was a little apprehensive about it because I had seen some reviews on Amazon and some comments that this book wasn't as good as I was anticipating and that the ending was a shocker. I have to say only the latter is true.

In this novel, the 9th installment in the series, Betsy and her half-sister, also know as The
Sep 20, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I waffled back and forth between 1 and 2 stars for this one, before finally deciding I couldn't possibly give a book that was so annoying more than 1 star.
What happened?! Betsy Books used to be cute and funny. This book? Not funny. Unless you happen to like being force-fed stupid puns with every sentence. If you do, then this book will be right up your alley. I know, I know. ALL of the Betsy books are full of stupid puns, but this one was ridiculous! MJD lost her mind with Undead and Unfinished!
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, library
After a marathon read yesterday, I think I'm ready to give this book it's review.

I have to say I struggled through [Book: Undead and Unwelcome]. The characters were really out of sorts to me, and the book just really struggled to keep my attention.

NOT so with this one. Betsy is Betsy. She is always going to be self-centered & self-absorbed, but it's nice to see that she's starting to get out of her -all about me- bubble and start noticing important things about the people that she loves.

Not funny at all, a true crime from MJD. Although every paragraph and almost every line is a supposedly witty or bantering remark, I didn't laugh once. Or chuckle. Lots of eye rolling though. Ot was total overkill with the attempts at humor, making none of it have any impact. In addition, most of the book was really boring, banal and blah. There were flashes of the more mature Betsy that I liked in book seven, but she was just buried under the avalanche of bad jokes. I like that the author seems ...more
This one was a lot darker but not in a bad way. The humor was still there which helped to lighten up some of the heavier elements of the story. I can see why so many people would be upset with the direction the series is going in, after all it is very different from when the series first started. And if you go into a series liking it for certain things and then all of sudden the series starts to get changed around, its understandable you might not enjoy the series as much anymore. I'm interested ...more
First read: 2010
Re-read: March 2015

From the looks of some of the reviews here on Goodreads I feel like Undead and Unfinished is the book which really started to divide fans of the series. For me it is my favourite of the series since Undead and Unwed. I thought the time travel element was really interesting and a great way to give us more back-story on both Tina and Sinclair without detracting from the plot. Allowing 'our' Besty to spy on the Betsy from Unwed was my favourite part - it made me
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MaryJanice Davidson is an American author and motivational speaker who writes mostly paranormal romance, but also young adult and non-fiction. She is the creator of the popular Undead series and is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She writes a bi-weekly column for USA Today ("A Writer's Life") and lives in St. Paul with her family. You can reach her on Facebook and follow her on ...more

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“It's nice to see you again, Laura."

"Thank you, Mrs. T-"

"No, no, no. Please, my name is-"

"Mud," I suggested. "Mud Barfbag Taylor. Call her Asshat for short."

~Laura, Antonia, Betsy”
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