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Undead and Unstable (Undead/Queen Betsy) Hardcover – June 5, 2012

3.5 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
Book 11 of 15 in the Undead Series

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“Her prose zings from wisecrack to wisecrack.”



 "No one does humorous romantic fantasy better."

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MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.
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Product Details

  • Series: Undead/Queen Betsy (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425247570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third book in a trilogy within the Betsy series where Betsy must deal with the changed timeline--due to her going back in time with her sister in Undead and Unfinished--and trying to prevent the horrible future she's responsible for, which she saw when going forward in time--same book.

Marc committed suicide in the last book after learning what he becomes from his future self. Betsy is determined to bring him back from the dead; after all she'd already brought Antoine back from Hell.

Adding to her stress are the frequent appearances of both Satan, and to Betsy's horror, her future self. Neither will tell her what she'd done to trigger such a horrid future, but she should get off her butt and fix it so it doesn't happen, of course without telling her how. She's urged by them to stop whining over a role she doesn't want and be the queen.

The author's considerable wit is in full swing, as is Betsy's inability to stay focused on a topic without her mind going in multiple directions with each thought. That aspect was both unique and charming at the beginning of the series. And while still humorous, it's also getting somewhat worn out and even confusing at times. There were some conversations in scenes that I couldn't figure out who said what.

We, not Current Day Betsy, do finally learn after the disaster from the old timeline has been averted, just what Betsy had done to cause it. Nothing truly sinister; she'd had the best intentions. And the answer to diverting the disaster? I didn't see that one coming.

I expect this will be the last Betsy book I'll be purchasing.
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Let me say this first....I love this series! I've read them all more than once, and a couple of them several times. That being said, the last two books were just terrible to get through. For some reason, MJD has started writing in a new style. She jumps ALL OVER the place. Being in Betsy's head is like being in the head of someone completely hopped up on caffeine! The thoughts start and stop and make no sense half the time.
It's almost like she hates her characters! They are all so busy being witty and sarcastic that it is tiring. Betsy has become a complete dumbass. While she has always been an airhead, she is almost completely impossible to follow and so completely self-involved that she in unlikable! And I always liked her. It's so sad, because just when Betsy seemed to be growing into her role (before the last 2 books), it seems that MJD lost interest. I was really looking forward to seeing what she and Sinclair did with their "lives" but now I fear that there won't be any good ending here for those of us who really cared about these characters.
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I've been wondering why I bought the last two books and still I bought this one. It's the last Queen Betsy book I'll waste my money on. Queen Betsy was fun. Now she's just confused and for some reason the author has decided to comment on politics AND religion. I am so over this series.
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By Mildred on July 2, 2012
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What is Mary Janice Davidson doing to us? Will somebody tell me that? I'm not even going to finish reading this book. That's how bad it is. I've loved this series for so long and the last few books have been just awful. There isn't much of a plot and it's taking too long to develop. Also, why does it seem that Queen Betsy gets more and more annoying and immature in every book? Am I getting older and can't tolerate it anymore? Maybe somebody should explain to the author that character development necessitates that your heroine eventually grows up and learns from their experiences. They don't get more stupid and shallow as time marches on. If you love a grown woman who whines like a 15 year old girl with even more drama then you'll love this book. Otherwise, walk away. This book has officially ended my involvement in this series.
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Has MJD sold enough books that no one bothers to edit her work anymore? Seriously, this reads like a first draft. Awkward sentence structure abounds. People speak for pages with no dialog tags so you're not really sure who said what. The whole read is chaotic, choppy and disjointed. Even worse, pretty much NOTHING happens in the first 63% of the book. Betsy rambles incoherently, insults Jessica takes her whole superficial-selfish-ditsy but loveable shtick to a whole new level of irritating. Betsy is so over-the-top obnoxious, insulting and narcissistic it made it really hard to care what was going on. Even more insulting to the reader is that there is no plot for most of the book.
To recap:
Betsy insults Jessica about a billion times. It gets old, boring and repetitive. Not funny. I've never had children, and don't plan to have children, but I found the constant insults about Jessica's giant belly to be insulting and demeaning. We get it, she's pregnant and Betsy is jealous because she won't be "#1" to Jessica anymore. Enough with the "belly that ate the world" jokes. They weren't funny the first time or the hundredth time.
Sinclair is a sniveling former shell of himself. I'm so over the "my own" thing. Sack up man!
Betsy is a raging narcissistic moron. (Shocking!)
Laura is barely recognizable.
Everyone kisses Betsy's useless butt for no reason and tells her how great she is, when she isn't really.
Marc comes back but adds nothing to the story.
Antonia and Garrett kind of hang around as useless window dressing.
Betsy does actually do one decent thing for Sinclair, but it takes so friggin long to spit it out that by the time it's said, I just didn't care any more.
Honest to GOD, the best part was the last page. It was actually cute. The story should have started there.
I hope this series is OVER. It has become truly, hideously painful to read.
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