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- File Size : 998 KB
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- Publisher : Berkley (March 2, 2004)
- Print Length : 229 pages
- Publication Date : March 2, 2004
- ASIN : B002YKOXGG
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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Delightful. I thought this is was a hoot. Betsy has no clue what she is doing and definitely does not want to be Queen. Sinclair is delightful he has a bit of bad boy and a ton of charisma. Entertaining, looking forward to more in this series.
This novel idea has many, many amusing moments - such as her thoughts of what will happen at her old job now that all of the support staff has been laid off. The main character, Betsy, is a funny (slightly shallow and materialistic) person whose insights can make you smile. It's a good, quick, funny read. Loved her interactions with her step-mother. The core characters in this book are all pretty interesting. I'm loving king forward to the next book in this series.
I only gave 4 stars because I think the whole racial jokes/interactions/comments between Betsy and her best friend Jessica is unnecessary IMHO. Also could do with less sex.
I've read quite a lot of books in the paranormal section, a lot of them about vampires, heck I am almost ___ years old and I have to admit I fell hard for Twilight and the Vampire Diaries just like your average teenager and I am not ashame of admitting that!, but the author here has done such a different take in what could be a very old recycle average story.
Betsy is funny, naive, narsiccistic, has a pure-non beating heart and has you cheering for her all along the story. Sinclair is everything you dream in a man, strong, intelligent, classy, extremely goodlooking plus he's got fangs and quite a car collection.
Please don't laugh at me, and if this story ever gets turn into a movie, I can help but suggest that Nostro be played by Danny DeVito! You'll just have to read the book to understand why.....
The plot is about a women who is attacked one night on her way home from eating out. She is attacked and bitten a bunch of times. A month later she is hit by a car and is killed only to wake up in a coffin in a morgue. She can't figure out why she is still walking and talking but dead. She meets many new people and uses her snarky wit, and talking to much to annoy answers out of everyone she runs into. One vampire is trying to kill her and the other is trying to help her but both are deceitful and she doesn't know who to trust. She finds out that she is brave, if a little vain, that she can still love even without a heart beat, and that she has a strength of will she never knew she possessed.
In this book we watch Betsy change and grow into a powerful, beautiful, snarky, and sometimes annoying vampire. Her friend Jessica was epic. She is feisty and black, and I loved her. Marc is Betsy's gay roommate and doctor extraordinaire. Sinclair is trying to keep her safe and alive. He is totally gorgeous, but a pompous ass. Tina is my favorite, she is Betsy's best vampire friend, she is there to help Betsy in everything. Nostro the bad guy is an incredible creep, and a total psychopath. He is the villain and I love him as a villain. He makes Dracula look like a saint.
The plot was cliche and a little too predictable but it was fun and the characters made it fun to read anyways. I can't wait to read the second one.
Top reviews from other countries
Betsy is a former model and is still a fashion fanatic. At the start of the series, on the morning of her disastrous 30th birthday, she is working as a secretary. Her main interests are designer shoes, designer clothes, and her cat. In quick succession she gets fired, loses her cat, and is killed in a car accident. It is a great surprise to her when she rises again as a most unusual vampire. It is even more of a surprise when, through a sequence of bizarre events, she becomes queen of the vampires.
Needless to say vampire politics of the same nasty kind interfere with her life, but our heroine wins through in the end, displaying unexpected strength and compassion. A light weight book, but very funny.
Still laugh-out-loud funny. I raced through this book cover to cover, loving Betsy's ditzy and self-obsessed attempt to adjust.
For those who are not aware of the series, here the list of Queen Betsy stories I read to date:
1) "Undead and Unwed (Undead Series)"
2) "Undead and Unemployed (Undead Series)"
3) "Undead and Unappreciated (Undead Series)"
4) "Undead and Unreturnable (Undead Series)"
5) "Undead and Unpopular (Undead 5)"
6) "Undead and Uneasy"
7) "Undead and Unworthy (Undead 7)"
8) "Undead and Unwelcome (Undead 8)"
9) "Undead and Unfinished"
10) "Undead and Undermined (Undead/Queen Betsy)"
In my opinion you will get most out of these books if you read them in order. I would start with "Undead and Unwed" and work on from there. Know there are more recent book but have not read them yet.
It is not a great literature and it does not pretend to be (I think that was clearly established from the first book) so I find the negative reviews a bit petulant to be honest, you can't start moaning about short chapters, bad writing and unlike-able characters after 9 books into a 10 book series.
If you want an easy read novel a decent story and have some laugh then go for it.
The book isn't designed for people that are easily offended, as it contains a lot of swearing and erotica, including 4 in a bed, 3 in a bath, masturbation, homosexuality and an extremely graphic but VERY erotic underwater sex scene. However, I am not easily offended and I thought it a great read and I will buying more of the series.
Betsy runs into trouble when she meets othe vampires who are shocked by her refusal to conform. She insists on letting her family and friends know about her undead state (her stepmother is livid), she is squeamish about drinking blood, attends church, isn't afraid of crosses and doesn't burn up in sunlight. She isn't just any old vampire, she's the QUEEN of the Vampires, and doesn't want to be. She is pursued by sexy hunk vampire Sinclair and his cohorts, who want to enlist her help in destroying the corrupt vampire master Nostro, who treats other vampires like slaves.
Betsy is a very endearing heroine. Her passion for shoes, her enthusiasm for 'Gone With the Wind' (she really identifies with Scarlett), her courage, her generosity and her resolute refusal to conform to vampire standards, all make her a very likeable and human character. There are strong supporting characters too, especially Betsy's rich, abrasive black friend Jessica, and of course sexy hunk Sinclair, and an exciting and funny story. A real treat.
It begins the "Queen Betsy" comic vampire series, in which the initial group of stories consists of the following six books:
1) Undead and Unwed
2) " Undead and Unemployed (Undead Series) "
3) " Undead and Unappreciated (Undead Series) "
4) " Undead and Unreturnable (Undead Series) "
5) " Undead and Unpopular (Undead 5) "
6) " Undead and Uneasy ".
There is also a "Queen Betsy" novella, set at about the same time as book six, in Davidson's collection " Dead Over Heels ," one of the three paranormal romance stories in that volume, and another in the similar collection "Undead and Underwater."
There is also a follow-up series, which MJD describes as "a new story arc" featuring the same central characters, begining two months after the events of both "Undead and Uneasy" and "Dead over Heels".
The follow-up "Queen Betsy" series consists as at December 2013 of
7) " Undead and Unworthy (Undead 7) "
8) " Undead and Unwelcome (Undead 8)
9) " Undead and Unfinished (Undead Series) ".
10) " Undead and Undermined "
11) "Undead and Unstable"
12) "Undead and Unsure"
"Undead and Unwed" is told in the first person by Elizabeth Taylor, who prefers to be called Betsy for obvious reasons. Betsy is a former model and is still a fashion fanatic: at the start of the book, on the morning of her disastrous 30th birthday, she is working as a secretary. Her main interests are designer shoes, designer clothes, and her cat. In quick succession she gets fired, loses her cat, and is killed in a car accident. It is a great surprise to her when she rises again as a most unusual vampire.
Mary Davidson has great fun with the incongruity of mixing up the vampire genre as in Laurell Hamilton's "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter" series (or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Chick-Lit romantic comedy. This book is way over the top and very funny. Perhaps the author goes slightly too far when she has a group of rebel vampires bribe Betsy to take on the local evil Master Vampire by offering her a neat line in designer shoes, but the book is always good fun.
An interesting comparison with other authors who have written entertaining comedies by combining incongruous genres would be with Marianne Mancusi and Robert Frezza.
In the same way that this book gets plenty of laughs by combining chick lit with Vampires, Frezza write two very funny books which combined Vampires and Science Fiction ("McLendon's Syndrome" and "The VMR Theory") and Mancusi combined chick lit with time travel in "A Connecticut Fashionista at King Arthur's Court" and "A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest." Anyone who likes this book is likely to enjoy all four of those, and vice versa, if you have read and enjoyed one of those books you may well enjoy this one.
OK, this is never going to win the Booker Prize or any other great award for classic literature, and it is fairly raunchy, so not suitable for children. However, if you have the right sort of sense of humour, it is pretty good fun. I can recommend "Undead and Unwed" and also enjoyed reading the rest of the series.