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Undead and Unfinished: A Queen Betsy Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011
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The ninth tale in the life of Betsy Taylor, Vampire Queen, sees her chafing against domesticity while living in a mansion with her gorgeous vampire consort Eric Sinclair and their adopted son, who is Betsy’s orphaned biological half-brother. After realizing that she really doesn’t know that much about Eric or his assistant, Tina, Betsy is persuaded by her sister, Laura, the Spawn of Satan, to accompany her to Hell. Hell is a waiting room with lots of doors, and when they venture through the first door they find themselves in Salem during the witch trials and Betsy butts in. Other doors take them to other times and places where Betsy sees Eric’s past, including an incident from his childhood. Readers will be happy to know that the passion the sassy, foul-mouthed queen of the undead has for designer shoes has not diminished in this amusing episode in Davidson’s popular series. --Diana Tixier Herald --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.
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So I'll be looking for a new series.
I was also uncomfortable with the content of this one - Hell never is a comfortable subject for my Southern Bible Belt roots. I thought maybe that was why I couldn't get into this book. I kept making excuses for why this book was just not as good as the previous ones.
But then I reached the end....and was completely shocked. You know, if the author was tired of the series, she could have just stopped writing them. Was there really a need to completely ruin the entire series? I'm not sure that I will even be able to go back and enjoy the first ones again, because the ending has so completely ruined it for the future!
I have never been so disappointed in a book in all my years of reading. And it makes it even worse, that I paid waaaaaaayyyyyyy more for it than I normally do. I feel that I have been betrayed by one of my (formerly) favorite authors. I would really like to hear from the author on what prompted this complete aboutface.
I would recommend than any fan of Queen Betsy NOT read this book - EVER!
I bought this title yesterday morning, and have not been able to put it down. It has been like that with ALL of the books. While I can almost see what some people have disagreed with in this book, I don't understand alot ofbthe comments made. That if you wanted content that wasn't "far-fetched", "un-realistic" and "didn't make sence" (quoted from some reviewers), then you should have already know that this is not the genre of books you should be reading.
Being in the "Fantasy/Romance" section, most things will actually be far-fetched, unrealistic and don't make sence. It's supposed to. Otherwise it wouldn't be a fantasy.
I seriously enjoyed it and I will not not not not not not stop purchasing within this series. I love the twists and turns the book takes (especially the ending) and i thoroughly look forward to the next installment (which I have already bought, but am afraid to start now in case I end up doing an all nighter).
Well done MJ, keep it coming.
There was also a lot of griping about this book being more poorly written than the previous books. I really can't say much to that, and here's why: I read the whole series within 2 days so as progression goes, I didn't see any real changes. Frankly, the writing from the beginning did not get any worse or any better as it progressed. It was the same level of plotting, characterization, and language from beginning to end. Well, there was a bit more cussing as we approached this book, and you end up hating Nick, but otherwise, stylistically and plotting-wise, little improvement.
I was a HUGE fan of Laura K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series until she decided she wanted to be the next Anne Rice by sliding into erotica, and "let's ignore plot, characters, and common sense" mode. I also don't like things that take themselves seriously, so it was a bit refreshing to read a series that was tongue in cheek. Really, if I want to read vampire stories, I end up re-reading Midnight Blue: Sonja Blue Collection, which is awesomely written and hardcore.
But, from the get go, I wasn't reading this series for plotting. The books rarely had a well-structured plot. I also thought Betsy was rather annoying from book ONE, not because she was vain (I can handle that) but because she was shrill, incapable of listening, and, frankly, vapid. It was interesting to watch her improve as a character, since those three irritating traits are SUPPOSED to be offset by her kindness, her loyalty, and her ability to forgive. So, I just got used to her. On the other hand, although it was through the filter of Betsy (who views just about EVERY ONE in the series as a "cutie," "hottie," or "gorgeous." ), I really liked the side characters, especially the put-upon Sinclair, the smart-alecks Marc and Jessica, and Tina. So I put up with Betsy and her shrill, shrill ways.
This book in particular was interesting because we get a window into Sinclair's past, and, really, I enjoyed that. SURE, it wasn't as in-depth as I would have liked, and YEAH, it had a haphazard feeling to it, a bit more than previous novels, but let's face it: this is NOT grand literature. Any series I can completely read in 2 days is hardly an intellectual exercise. I've frankly been calling it printed "candy fluff," where it's all spun sugar and no substance whatsoever. It took me days to get through the Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy; it took me 2 DAYS to read all of this series, plus the werewolf books AND the anthology.
If I had a gripe, it would be that things were referenced that happened in other book series in this 'world' and I didn't know what happened until went to read it, and then came back to the main series. That ticked me off a lot. Otherwise, I ate my candy fluff in full knowledge that this was not going to be an intellectual exercise and, in fact, my brain might even get flabbier from it. I did get to read a LOT about designer shoes, though. As a shoe-a-holic, that, at least, was fun.