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Here's the deal with this book
if you like straight serious complex supernatural fiction, don't bother reading this
it took me maybe 5 years to reading Mary Janice Davidsons tales of Betsy the Vampire Queen, the first one i bought second hand just cause i was in a book drought.
The heroine freely admits she's a vacuous shoe obsessed secretarial blonde
and she is
the greatest appeal of this series and this book is it is pure fluff, but it's also pretty funny. it made me smile and laugh out loud pretty often because i didn't go into reading it with the intention of taking it seriously.
The story starts on Betsy Taylors birthday, several months prior to her birthday some nasty looking guys attacked her and bit her up but she had just walked out of a mongolian place stinking of garlic.
On her birthday she gets up, her cats done a bunk, she goes into work, gets fired, comes home to find her cat in the middle of the road so goes out to save her and gets hit by a car.
she wakes up in the morgue.
she might be a vampire, but sun doesn't burn her, holy objects don't cause any problems, and apparently this means she's queen of the vampires.
She meets an arrogant sexy vampire after pissing off a stereotypical nasty one who becomes her instant enemy. and promptly calls the sexy one Sink Lair cause he annoys her so much
and the vacuous wit, pitfalls and weird stunts continue on from there.
so if your game for a laugh then go for it, it may not be your cup of tea though so just treat it as a light jaunt and hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as i did.
Betsy Taylor arrives for her job as a secretary on her thirtieth birthday only to find out that she has been fired. Her day get considerably worse, however, when she gets hit by a car on the way home and dies. But things take an interesting turn a couple of days later when she wakes up in a coffin at the morgue. Betsy then makes several attempts on her own life, figuring that she is meant to be dead anyway, but she soon realises that she is invincible and a vampire.
But Betsy doesn't seem to be a normal vampire. All of the things that affect others, such as holy water, sunlight etc, don't seem to worry her at all. This leads other vampires in the area to believe that she is the prophesised Vampire Queen. The Master Vampire, Nostro, wants Betsy to join his group of vampires but when she offends him, he tries to kill her. Obviously this doesn't work and she is rescued by Sinclair and some of his vampire followers. They want Betsy to help overthrow Nostro but Betsy isn't interested in getting involved in vampire politics. But Sinclair knows how to push Betsy's buttons and uses Manolo Blahnik shoes to bribe her into helping.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a very light read (which is exactly what you want when you are reading it whilst doing night feeds with your newborn) and incredibly funny, with many laugh-out-loud moments. My only minor complaint would be that, although it states on the back of the book that it is a paranormal romance, the romance side of things seem to be pretty lacking. However, this doesn't take anything away from the story and I can't wait to read the second book in the series.
Betsy is a great heroine, but is slightly annoying at times as she can come across as being shallow and not-too-clever. On the plus side, she is feisty, knows exactly what she wants and is brilliant at witty come-backs. Sinclair, at first glance, isn't really a very likeable love interest for Betsy, which is why she seems to spend most of the book being angry with him, but he is very funny, ambitious and willing to risk his life for the woman he believes is the vampire queen. Not much happens between Sinclair and Betsy in this book but I can't help but feel that the author is setting the scene for a great romance in future books in the series.
I would definitely recommend this book to any fans of vampire fiction or chick-lit and I am hoping to get my hands on the rest of the series soon!
Undead and Unwed is the first book in MaryJanice Davidson's Undead series. In this book we're introduced to the heroine of the series, Betsy. Betsy dies early in the novel and wakes up a couple of days later as a vampire. Betsy's determined to live her death in exactly the same way as she did her life. Unfortunately for her the vampires in her city have other ideas.
This book contains hot vampires, romance and there's even a orgy thrown in. Although it has all of the ingredients that I think make a great paranormal novel I still couldn't bring myself to rate this book more than 2 stars. So what's so bad about this novel that even an orgy involving a hot vampire couldn't drag this book up to at least a three star review?
The main problem is that although this book contains everything that should make a good novel it's all done so badly. It's supposed to be funny but I didn't feel even mildly amused at all during this book. I think it's supposed to be funny that Betsy tries to live normally and while that could have been written in a way that was amusing it wasn't. I think it's supposed to be funny that when Betsy wakes up dead her main concern is that she isn't wearing designer shoes but all it did was make me dislike her more. I think there were lots of things in this book that were supposed to be funny but they just weren't suited to my sense of humour. I'm sure there are some people who found this book hilarious (certainly there are people on amazon that seem to think this book was funny) but it just wasn't for me.
I disliked the main character. Part of the problem is that she's just so shallow. She cares about shoes more than just about anything else and she reminds us of that fact so frequently throughout the book that you can't really forget. Even if I did think it was funny that Betsy is worrying about her shoes when she has more serious things to consider or if I thought it was funny that she could be so easily bribed with shoes the joke would wear thing and I would soon be sick of it. Here we have a character who lacks drive and ambition and we're supposed to think she's great. I just wasn't feel that at all.
Something that bothered me throughout the book was the use of the word retard. Betsy frequently uses it as an insult, at one point referring to her friends as a group of retards, or something like that. I was disgusted by the use of this word. To me the R word is as bad as any racist or homophobic language and there is absolutely no reason to use it in a derogatory way. This alone ruined my enjoyment of the book and even if this had been a wonderful book in every way (which it wasn't) I would not have been able to enjoy it.
The first two thirds of this book really dragged for me. Between Davidson's poor attempt at humour, a heroine that I couldn't stand and language that offended me I was ready to give up on this book. Just to make it even less pleasant to read Davidson added some child abuse that seemed to have no relevance at all to the plot, seemed completely unrealistic and was presented in an insensitive and what I found to be offensive way.
I have to admit that towards the end of this book this novel did pick up slightly and I did find the last part of the book quite enjoyable. I'm not going to give away what happens so I can't say too much but it did improve. It still wasn't great but it was enjoyable enough that if the rest of the novel had been the same I would definitely be reading the next book. As it is I'm not sure if I will or not.