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Undead and Undermined

(Undead #10)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  6,635 ratings  ·  513 reviews
So this is what being dead feels like. Vampire queen Betsy Taylor has awoken in a Chicago morgue, naked as a corpse. Her last memory is reconciling with her husband, Eric Sinclair, after a time-traveling field trip, including an indirect route to hell (literally), with her sister, Laura. Now she’s Jane Doe #291, wrapped in plastic with a toe tag. Betsy can’t help but wonde ...more
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Berkley
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Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
At this point, I really just want to shoot Betsy in the head. Except, she would probably heal and continue to be the dumbest vampire queen to ever not-live.

She is so idiotic now that she can't even carry on a conversation without daydreaming and then having to say, "huh?" every few pages.

And, speaking of daydreaming... This book is actually about 20 pages long. The rest of it is Betsy just "thinking", and I use that term lightly. She is basically rambling in her head the whole book while very l
Beckyloohoo Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ aka Mrs. Acheron Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
Dear Mary Janice Davidson,

Really? You begged readers to stay with you after the last disaster, I mean book (no, maybe I was right the first time), promising that the next book would begin a positive step forward in the series. And this is what you wrote? Don't get me wrong, I love Betsy's snark, especially when it's echoing around in her head. However that's ALL this book was. Yes, there were a few plot points, but 90% of this book was Betsy zoning out. You could have cut this down to a less ann
Wishlist, phff, more like, wish it would stop. But, since I can't seem to, here's hoping for an amazing series rejuvenation with #10!
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ok, well this one wasn't much better than the previous one. I literally skipped over paragraphs to try to wade through Betsy's annoying ridiculous ramblings to get to the action/plot. That is truly terrible for a reader to have to do that. The same things I didn't like about 9 applies to this one too. Except the short annoying chapters weren't as bad. I would think after 10 books Betsy would be less shallow or immature but nope. She is even worse than before IMO. And why is she calling Sinclair, ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Well most of it was better until the last bit where the whole timeline thing got far too confusing for what began as a light funny read. I feel like based on the author’s note at the beginning that maybe she was done with this series or pressured to bring back characters. And this convoluted plot from last book going forward was done to reboot the series. I will continue but I’m not sure for how many more books. I don’t like where the plot is headed.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
I've read each "Queen Betsy" from the first with both delight and tolerance. It's intentionally silly,ribald and supernaturally cock-eyed. The series and Betsy's antics have been funny enough, up to now, to ignore the crass factor. (especially as the author has been known to make fun of it herself) Based on the Acknowledgement/authors comments this installment appears to be an attempt to correct the last book,(which apparently wasn't well received.) but comes off more like a parody of the serie ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, read-2011
Miserable. Clearly I was in the minority in that I actually LIKED book 9. Davidson got a lot of flak for it though and spun so hard in the opposite direction for this one it feels like wiplash. Betsy is ANNOYING AS HELL and the first 100 pages or so make almost no sense. The sentences literally are so random you cannot follow them. It's like a chihuahua on crack. She goes back to calling Sinclair "Sink Lair" (Why? No reason. Just because it's something she did in the early books probably.) And S ...more
Sara ♥
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
WOW. Well, other than the surprise ending (which I wish had been sadder to me, but.... well, it just wasn't), it was just pretty disappointing.

Okay, so I really liked the last book. I thought the time-travelling to figure things out actually worked well for the story. But in trying to remember what the major plot points were in that book so I could read this one, I realized how much people DIDN'T like it. Which is, I suppose, why MJD essentially APOLOGIZED in the intro to this book. (OWN IT, WOM
Dec 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: uf, 2011, vampires
I am so frustrated with this series. When I first discovered it I really liked it, I laughed and thought things were fun. The last book was so boring and going into it if it didn't pick up I was going to give it up. But then there was the shocking reveal about the book and I knew that I would keep reading. So it was with great trepidation that I picked up this book. I feel like it was a complete waste of my time.

The whole book seemed to be Betsy being a drama queen and spouting verbal vomit. I a
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Second book in a trilogy within the Betsy series that I can only assume will be used to explain a change in Betsy's outlook and attitude in future books. In the last book Betsy travels with Laura through time so she can practice her abilities to jump to different times and places and eventually take over Satan's job; mom wants to retire. Betsy's presence and action in the past causes changes to the current timeline. Their jump of 1000 years to a horrific future caused by Betsy has given Betsy th ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Christian Louboutin doesn’t exist, or at least, doesn’t design shoes and clogs are the new fashion forward footwear—what fresh hell is this? What it is, is the alternative timeline that Betsy Taylor, Vampire Queen, finds herself in when she returns from the future Hell. Time travel with her sister Laura, the Antichrist, has been both harrowing and revealing, and Betsy returns determined to put the future right. But what she finds is Nick, claiming his name is Dick, who’s now apparently one of he ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Dear Reader, do yourself a favor and don't skip the pages before the prologue in this book as you normally would. And I know you do. You'll find out there's another book after this as this is part of a trilogy. There's also a nice synopsis of the story to date (the previous 9 books). Not that you really want to skip reading those.

Now it was with great trepidation that I picked up this book to read because the previous book in this series, Undead and Unfinished, left me (and a number of other rea
I can't believe I am giving a Queen Betsy book only 2 stars! But this book is very disappointing, especially after the bomb that is dropped at the end of book 9. Nothing happens in this book. There is a lot of not talking, and talking over people and not listening. If everyone would just shut the hell up and listen maybe we could have gotten somewhere. But it seems Betsy does a lot of nothing in this book. Except moan and complain about her lack of shoes. I know she has always been somewhat supe ...more
Rachel Swords
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Well, so much for this book being better than the previous one. In fact, the majority of the latest Betsy adventure is about the last story- the characters rehash it, it's constantly mentioned. While I understand this to an extent as the events were certainly groundbreaking (as far as Betsy herself was concerned, anyhow), was there really a need to use half the book up with the numerous retellings? And Betsy has not gotten any better- in fact, I'd say she's gotten worse. To try and not spoil any ...more
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am so done with this series. You would think after 10 books Betsy’s character would have grown. WRONG. She is still the same dumb, shallow blonde stereo type; which was fun for the first few books but it’s gotten old and on my nerves.

Undead and Undermined picks up where Undead and Unfinished left off. Betsy is trying to come to grip with the new time she returned to; after timing traveling with her sister Laura. Against advance, Betsy changed a few times in the past before coming back to the p
Hmmm. Very strange book. I think this is probably my least favorite in the Queen Betsy series. I'm not even sure what this book was about. It doesn't seem like anything happened as far as the plot. Seriously, it was all just fluff and filler until about page 200, when something finally happened -- and then shortly after, the book ended. From what the author states in the beginning, this book is meant to be the middle book in a trilogy that is within the original series. So, my guess is that this ...more
Debbie Vaughan
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like dark comedy
I have loved Mary Janice Davidson's Undead Series since I first read Undead and Unwed in my doctor's office. Before I left I had given the title out to a dozen people who had to know why I was laughing out loud. What can I say? She and Betsy cracked me up.

MJ has warned her readers the series was going to undergo a change, a author described trilogy within a series. Perhaps I am at that time in life when I need the humor (old). Whatever my reason, in 2010 Undead and Unfinished left me wanting to
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2011
I have to state up front . . . I do love the Queen Betsy series. I was actually one of the few that enjoyed Undead and Unfinished. This one though . . . seriously . . . WTF?????

I get that this is kind of the middle book or a trilogy . . . in the middle of an on-going series (???) . . . but this book just doesn't go anywhere. It didn't progress the story. Betsy was even more scatter-brained than normal, and the altered reality was very disjointed.

Just . . . ugh!!!! I'll be reading the next book,
Jul 30, 2011 added it
Well that was a waste of 3 hours of my life. Good thing it was a library book. I'd be upset if I had spent money on it. The Betsy books are always fun, weird, fluff. This was just weird, rambling fluff with no fun. Didn't make any sense, and was wholly unentertaining. It felt like the author had to put a book out, so she gave some monkeys some typewriters, and instead of Shakespeare she got whatever this is. I wanted to put it down, but kept thinking something would happen. Nada. The part in the ...more
Aug 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Why do I still bother with this series. It is just going down hill. And now it has a three book thing going on in the middle of the series. So this is book two. Most of the book is spent talking about things that have nothing to do with the plot. I am tired of the sex and the shoes. I want a story! This was just a whole book leading up to the third book. I forgot what the story is even about. UGHHH!!!
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
When I started this series I felt it was flawed but entertaining. Now it’s ridiculous.
Kathy Davie
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tenth in the Queen Betsy frothy urban-fantasy series set in St. Paul, Minnesota; this one in an alternate timeline!

My Take
I want to give Davidson a "3" for the whininess she subjected me to, but then I also need to give her a "4" for being able to write someone capable of being so whiny. Whatever else, I have to give Davidson credit for imagination and humor. Even as I want to take Betsy out to the woodshed and whack her with a 4x4. I'd use an 8x8 but I'm just not strong enough to wield it.

Jul 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Okay. So I read the reviews for the 10th installment and they weren't that favorable, but being me, I figured I still had to make up my own mind on the matter.

To clarify, you know how when a book (or a movie) does something to the storyline that you hate the idea of - and then you leave the book thinking... "well, that just ruined it for me"? Although MJD did do something in the storyline that made me feel that way, my one-star vote doesn't really have that much to do with it.

As I mentioned... t
Dec 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011-read
It saddens me to give this novel a one rating. I have loved much of the series so far, though i'd probably never give any book more than a 3-1/2. The books are totally crazy adventures filled with mindless hilarity, snark, shoes, and a touch of sexy thrown in. However, I am so sick of after 3 years, and it seems drastically longer to the ready, that Betsy hasn't grown as a character, at all. I know Betsy herself claims to have grown, but seriously, when the first thing she can think about is sho ...more
I've been generous in giving this 1.5 stars (even though I am showing 2).

This new trilogy arc did not get off to a good start and this second book was worse even if slightly redeemed by its final pages and an unexpected twist.

In her opening MJD introduced me to a new phrase: Retroactive Continuity (Recon) which is basically what she did in introducing the time-travelling story. Indeed, I found I could forgive L.J. Smith for changing her Vampire Diaries from the early 90s to current day because i

If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, please don’t read this review. There will be spoilers.

Undermined definitely takes a turn in tone; the story has begun to get dark. I asked for more of the whole hell story as well as details about what the future was like and Undermined gives you that… sort of. It wasn’t quite what I expected and as I just said, the tone has changed significantly, but Betsy’s smart-alec mouth and air headed actions continue.

Sex scenes… not so many anymore a
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Vampires
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: Vampires
A quick summer vampire read...! Betsy (Don't call me Elizabeth) Taylor, Vampire Queen, awakens buck ass naked in a Chicago morgue, wondering how she got there. She last remembers reconciling with her hot vamp king love, Eric Sinclair, following a weird time travel trip with her sister Laura, the Antichrist. Something has followed them back, an evil Marc Thing that future Evil Betsy created torturing him until insanity. His wicked agenda is to kill Betsy when she was still vulnerable and end her ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am left, somewhat confounded and slightly sad. I am hoping that I have correctly identified some foreshadowing. Onward!
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, urban-fantasy
Definitely getting darker. Betsy manages to be serious and vapid at the same time. I like that she means well, but I don't like her character much at all.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Confusing. Had humor.
But I don’t like where the series is going with the characters.

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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 and lives in St. Paul with her family. You can reach her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.


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  • Undead and Unappreciated (Undead, #3)
  • Undead and Unreturnable (Undead, #4)
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