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Undead and Unwed

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Author: MaryJanice Davidson

Published: March 2nd 2004 by Berkley

Format: Mass Market Paperback , 255 pages

Isbn: 9780425194850

Language: English


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It'a been a helluva week for Betsy Taylor. First, she loses her job. Then, to top things off, she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites (besides waking up in the morgue dressed in a pink suit and cheap shoes courtesy of her stepmother) is that she can't seem to stay dead. Every night she rises with a horrible craving for blood. She's not taking too well to a li It'a been a helluva week for Betsy Taylor. First, she loses her job. Then, to top things off, she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites (besides waking up in the morgue dressed in a pink suit and cheap shoes courtesy of her stepmother) is that she can't seem to stay dead. Every night she rises with a horrible craving for blood. She's not taking too well to a liquid diet. Worst of all, her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious, power-hungry vampire in five centuries - a badly dressed Bela Lugosi wannabe, natch. Frankly, Betsy couldn't care less about vamp politics, but they have a powerful weapon of persuasion: designer shoes. How can any self-respecting girl say no? But a collection of Ferragamos isn't the only temptation for Betsy. It's just a lot safer than the scrumptious Sinclair - a seductive bloodsucker whose sexy gaze seems as dangerous as a stake through the heart...

30 review for Undead and Unwed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eddie

    This is one of those guilty pleasure books that you feel somewhat embarassed about. Shuffling through the romance section of Barnes & Noble is a new and awkward treat for me. Not only did I not expect to ever read anything from this side of the bookstore, I never expected to enjoy it quite so much. Before I go any further, my macho side feels compelled to point out that I originally stumbled upon one of Davidson's books in the new releases section and, having recently read Christopher Moore's Bl This is one of those guilty pleasure books that you feel somewhat embarassed about. Shuffling through the romance section of Barnes & Noble is a new and awkward treat for me. Not only did I not expect to ever read anything from this side of the bookstore, I never expected to enjoy it quite so much. Before I go any further, my macho side feels compelled to point out that I originally stumbled upon one of Davidson's books in the new releases section and, having recently read Christopher Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck, the page and a half I read of the book seemed like just the thing to cure my vamp itch. To my bemusement, I found the series in the romance section. This notwithstanding, I didn't hesitate in scooping up the first in the series, a lovely pink and purple book. Now that my inner-male is somewhat pacified, I can continue talking about the book itself. Each book in the series is very short, only a few hours of reading time. But what they lack in length, they more than make up for in fun. Davidson's protagonist, Betsy, is a zany, smart-alecky newbie vamp who, of course, blunders her way from situation to situation with a charming mix of naivete and sass. Beyond the somewhat gratuitous "torrid love scenes" indicative of the genre, which, despite their female perspective manage to be excitingly readable (read: it's not all man chests and pork swords), this book throws at you a fun mix of spontaneous, wisecracking characters that don't fail in providing a few hours of lighthearted entertainment. If you like vamps and sex (or shoes), this series is worth the awkward trip to the romance section. I recommend grabbing a couple of these books as they are very quick reads and indulgently addictive.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sammy Loves Books

    This sounded like a fun read, but it wasn't!!! **1.5 "More Annoying than Entertaining" stars** The heroine dies in a car accident only to wake up in the funeral home a few nights later. On her way home, she accidentally kills a few bad guys that are robbing and talking about raping a mom and her daughter. She then assumes she's evil and try's kill herself. Drinking Clorox, jumping head first off a high rise, drinking holy water, and sleeping in the sun to name a few. This is all suppose to be fun This sounded like a fun read, but it wasn't!!! **1.5 "More Annoying than Entertaining" stars** The heroine dies in a car accident only to wake up in the funeral home a few nights later. On her way home, she accidentally kills a few bad guys that are robbing and talking about raping a mom and her daughter. She then assumes she's evil and try's kill herself. Drinking Clorox, jumping head first off a high rise, drinking holy water, and sleeping in the sun to name a few. This is all suppose to be funny, but I found it annoying and silly. Why would someone that didn't commit suicide be so obsessed with killing herself. When none of that works, she visits a church and talks to a minister. He convinces her that she is not a spawn of the devil, so she contacts her family and friends to let them know that she is a vampire and that she's here to stay. Her dad and stepmom are not happy and want nothing to do with her. I really hated the heroine, Elizabeth Taylor, but referred to as Betsy. She's superficial, judges others by their clothes or looks. Allowed a vampire to rip open her friend's neck and gorge on him but never lifted a finger to make it stop. She just stood there like an idiot and allowed her helpless friend to be "vampire raped". At least that's what she called it when another vampire bit her without permission. Yet she killed two men when they robbed a woman in an alley. Oh, and she could only be persuaded to join the good guys in a war when they offered to buy her name brand shoes. Did I mention she was s shoe snob? I didn't care for the hero, Eric Sinclair. He was a know it all, stuffy, pompous vampire. So what if he was sexy and hung like a horse. Those two qualities alone are not enough to make me love a hero. There was no real chemistry between him and Betsy. Though she was attracted to Sinclair, she didn't like him, and wanted nothing to do with him either. This book is suppose to be funny, but it missed the mark for me. I was SO offended by the heroine's best friend, a black female that like to refer to white people as whitey and honky. Yet she claimed to love Elizabeth. I never understand why its ok for blacks to be racist and use derogatory comments towards whites, as if it's comedic. Well it isn't comedic!!! It's horribly offensive!! I hung in there because I wanted to know how this would end, only there was no true ending. Just a teaser to try and make you read book 2. But I don't like any of the characters enough to read book two. Spoiler Rant(view spoiler)[ It pretty much ends with Sinclair and Betsy having sex, and she discovering that act alone made him her consort. She then pretty much says, "I don't think so",leaves Sinclair and returns to live in her apartment. (hide spoiler)] Sinclair sends her name brand shoes daily in hopes of gaining her affection, Prada, Gucci, etc. Which is so fucked up. You win a prostitute's heart with gifts and money. That is not how you win a decent woman's heart.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Exina

    “Just because I’m dead doesn’t mean I can’t have a life.” Based on the cover, I thought it would be a light story and it was. At the beginning, it looked like a PNR parody, featuring all the vampire clichés, but the author made a success out of using them. The story is told from Betsy’s viewpoint, and her voice is fun and snarky. I love Betsy, there is so much potential in her character. She is a newbie vampire with extraordinary abilities. She has to learn much about her vampire natur “Just because I’m dead doesn’t mean I can’t have a life.” Based on the cover, I thought it would be a light story and it was. At the beginning, it looked like a PNR parody, featuring all the vampire clichés, but the author made a success out of using them. The story is told from Betsy’s viewpoint, and her voice is fun and snarky. I love Betsy, there is so much potential in her character. She is a newbie vampire with extraordinary abilities. She has to learn much about her vampire nature, but also has to rise to the challenge of her new position in the vampire society. Betsy’s rhapsodic attitude, her independence, and her cheerful, offbeat behavior result in a lot of funny situations. I enjoyed the situational comedy elements, the witty, laugh-out-loud dialogues, Betsy’s playful ripostes, and her sarcastic tendency to rename people. The world-building has shortcomings, but it doesn’t lessen the entertainment value of the story. The erotic scenes are surprising, light, and intensely erotic. No romance yet, I guess it comes later. It's the first book of the series, so it's absolutely fine. I'm glad it's not rushed but I hope it won’t be long-drawn out either. Undead and Unwed is a great starter book of the Undead series, and it is highly different from the paranormal romances I’ve read before. I enjoyed every single line of it! My favorite quotes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Undead and Unwed (Undead #1), MaryJanice Davidson Betsy Taylor—former model, newly unemployed secretary, 30, and still single—wakes up after being flattened by a Pontiac Aztek in a tacky coffin wearing cheap knock-off shoes. Her mother is glad she is back, albeit as a vampire, but her stepmother is enraged that Betsy has reclaimed her designer-shoe collection. With a wealthy best friend and a newly acquired doctor pal who is not susceptible to her formidable allure, she sets out to right wrongs b Undead and Unwed (Undead #1), MaryJanice Davidson Betsy Taylor—former model, newly unemployed secretary, 30, and still single—wakes up after being flattened by a Pontiac Aztek in a tacky coffin wearing cheap knock-off shoes. Her mother is glad she is back, albeit as a vampire, but her stepmother is enraged that Betsy has reclaimed her designer-shoe collection. With a wealthy best friend and a newly acquired doctor pal who is not susceptible to her formidable allure, she sets out to right wrongs but is abducted by Nostro, a tacky 500-year-old vampire who rules the undead roost. It seems that Betsy is an anomaly: a vampire who doesn't burn in sunlight, can fight the urge to feed, and is not repulsed by religious articles, all of which may make her the prophesied Queen of the Vampires. Teaming up with gorgeous vampire Eric Sinclair, who is in her opinion a major pervert, she takes on Nostro and his minions. در شخصیت «بتسی تایلور» خون آشام، پتانسیل بسیاری وجود دارد. او یک خون آشام تازه کار، با تواناییهای خارق العاده نیز هست. ...؛ نگرش «بتسی»، استقلال او، و رفتار شاد و بی ادبانه اش، منجر به شرایط خنده داری میشود. ا. شربیانی

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    Super funny book that delivers the snark! It's not a deep or complicated urban fantasy or anything. It's simple, cute, silly, and fun. Like a chick-flick book. Personally, I don't have the shoe-fetish that we woman are all supposed to have. I must have missed that day in Femaling 101. But, Betsy the vampire still had enough other qualities that I could relate to - such as being a smartass. When she meets a large group of vampires, she has a few questions: "Why don't we turn the goddamned lights Super funny book that delivers the snark! It's not a deep or complicated urban fantasy or anything. It's simple, cute, silly, and fun. Like a chick-flick book. Personally, I don't have the shoe-fetish that we woman are all supposed to have. I must have missed that day in Femaling 101. But, Betsy the vampire still had enough other qualities that I could relate to - such as being a smartass. When she meets a large group of vampires, she has a few questions: "Why don't we turn the goddamned lights on? Why are you all wearing black? Why do you all look like extras from a B-movie vampire set?" Right? The goth thing is so over. So, I need to keep reading this series until it annoys me. It will happen. We all know it will.

  6. 4 out of 5

    valee

    Maybe it could be a 3 stars rating. This book made me laugh hard most of the time. Although you must understand that it is a book to have a nice time, a fast and fun read. Don't expect any more that that because you won't get it. There's nothing serious about this book. There's no real romance neither. But still I had a great time. The heroine is amazing. What can I say? I loved her humor. She's wicked and naughty, LOL. She really does have a great personality. My only problem was that she was to Maybe it could be a 3 stars rating. This book made me laugh hard most of the time. Although you must understand that it is a book to have a nice time, a fast and fun read. Don't expect any more that that because you won't get it. There's nothing serious about this book. There's no real romance neither. But still I had a great time. The heroine is amazing. What can I say? I loved her humor. She's wicked and naughty, LOL. She really does have a great personality. My only problem was that she was too vane and shallow most of the time. I mean, it was funny to see a heroine like her and I didn't really mind that she was like that but it would have been nice too see a deeper side of her as well, at least for a little while. But it never came. Maybe that's why I couldn't give a higher rating to this book. Also a more interesting plot would have been nice. I mean, she turned into a vampire and save all the vampires from the bad vampire... really? Something greater could have happened. But it was a different point of view to the vampire world for sure. Don't get me wrong, I'm just mentioning the reasons for why I couldn't give this book a higher rating, but doesn't mean that I didn't like it because I had a great time reading it. And I have higher expectations with the next books in the series. Although I still hope our heroine gets a bit more mature, at least just a bit... It's not much to ask, LOL.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    Betsy has had a bad day. She gets laid off from work and then hit by a car and smashed into a tree. When she wakes up in a coffin at the funeral home, wearing a ghastly pink suit and her "stepmonsters" cheap pink heels, she thinks she's a zombie and tries to top herself. Again and again and again. It takes a six-year-old to point out to her that she's got fangs and is a vampire. That's just the beginning of Betsy's really bad week. Her best friend Jessica takes it all in her stride, and so does h Betsy has had a bad day. She gets laid off from work and then hit by a car and smashed into a tree. When she wakes up in a coffin at the funeral home, wearing a ghastly pink suit and her "stepmonsters" cheap pink heels, she thinks she's a zombie and tries to top herself. Again and again and again. It takes a six-year-old to point out to her that she's got fangs and is a vampire. That's just the beginning of Betsy's really bad week. Her best friend Jessica takes it all in her stride, and so does her mum, but she discovers there's a power-hungry, badly-dressed vampire king who sees her as a threat and has put a price on her head - because all the usual weaknesses don't affect her: the sun doesn't burn her, crosses and holy water don't affect her, she can control her thirst and dogs just love her. She may be the prophesised queen they've been waiting millennia for, but all Betsy wants is to rescue her collection of designer shoes from her stepmonster and resist the lure of one oh-so-sexy vampire, Sinclair. Undead and Unwed is flippant, irreverent, funny, sexy and very very annoying. That is to say, Betsy is very annoying. She's caring at heart, but her superficiality does not make her a likeable character. Her flippancy does, though. It's a tough juggle, humour and sexiness, but Davidson just manages it. I have to agree with most of the other characters, though, when they tell Betsy to SHUT UP! God she can talk! On a completely unrelated note, you don't fill a teapot with water and put it on the stove to boil. That's a kettle. And, as far as I was aware (maybe this is a cultural thing?) a handbag is a largish bag with a long strap that can hold wallet, keys, tissues, lipstick etc., and a purse is the feminine version of a man's wallet, not the other way around. Oh, and the past tense of "tread" is "trod", NOT "treaded" - which isn't a word.

  8. 5 out of 5

    RB

    The first good thing that I have to say about this book is that I love the title. It's funny. So, when I picked it up I had great expectations to it's entertaining value during my daily commuting. Sadly, I was wrong. This book was in my opinion not funny at all, although I must stay that it tried very hard to be a funny book. Too hard, even. The second positive that I have to say is that it's read quite quickly. That is a good thing, for a book this bad should either be tossed right away or be ov The first good thing that I have to say about this book is that I love the title. It's funny. So, when I picked it up I had great expectations to it's entertaining value during my daily commuting. Sadly, I was wrong. This book was in my opinion not funny at all, although I must stay that it tried very hard to be a funny book. Too hard, even. The second positive that I have to say is that it's read quite quickly. That is a good thing, for a book this bad should either be tossed right away or be over with quickly. It really made me cringe, and that happens rarely when it comes to books. This book pays lip-service to the political correctness of today (mandatory best friend of colour), chick-litt shoe-owning and fashion obsessiveness, vulgar-"love"-scenes, overly simplistic story-telling, and un-interesting one-dimensional characters. Don't bother with this book - unless you are looking for chick-litt with a vampire twist. If that is your thing. If you must, check out Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, compared to this trash, Harris' books are literary treasures. My verdict: 1 star

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    SO this book is about a narcissistic, slightly stupid woman who dies and becomes a vampire. But, she has all of these abilities that other vamps don't. She can walk in the daylight, go on holy ground, wear a cross, etc... The reason is because she is the foretold queen that has finally risen. Some of the current bad-ass vamps find out and want her to join their side. Overall, the book was okay. I wasn't thrilled with it. I thought that the author was trying a little too hard for the characters to SO this book is about a narcissistic, slightly stupid woman who dies and becomes a vampire. But, she has all of these abilities that other vamps don't. She can walk in the daylight, go on holy ground, wear a cross, etc... The reason is because she is the foretold queen that has finally risen. Some of the current bad-ass vamps find out and want her to join their side. Overall, the book was okay. I wasn't thrilled with it. I thought that the author was trying a little too hard for the characters to be funny. I mean I did laugh out loud towards the end, but some of the jokes and bantering sounded too forced. I did like the relationship between Sinclair and Elizabeth. They were interesting together especially since she hated him and also was attracted to him at the same time. Towards the middle I really hated Elizabeth's character, she was so vain, but by the end I just laughed at her. I will read the next book in the series just to see if the series gets better or worse. I hope the writing isn't quite as forced.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I think I'm still shell-shocked from reading this book. I belong to a "fascinating" book club where we only try and pick horrendous and/or fun/lights reads to make fun of when we get together. I actually had higher hopes when I started this one. I found out it was based in the Twin Cities where we all live, it had some witty and entertaining writing and it had been compared to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", which is my favorite television show of all time. No - just no. I was really sickened by this I think I'm still shell-shocked from reading this book. I belong to a "fascinating" book club where we only try and pick horrendous and/or fun/lights reads to make fun of when we get together. I actually had higher hopes when I started this one. I found out it was based in the Twin Cities where we all live, it had some witty and entertaining writing and it had been compared to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", which is my favorite television show of all time. No - just no. I was really sickened by this book. The writing was dribble. No respectable woman in her thirties talks this way to others. She writes Minneapolis as if it's The Bronx at 2 a.m. every night. The character can't even walk on one of the streets in Minneapolis in the evening without getting mugged continuously. But above all, this book is so unnecessarily graphic that it wasn't even a dark comedy. My husband actually asked me if I was feeling well when I was reading the last chapter because my face looked so concerned. Yes, I knew what I was getting myself into, but I had no idea it would be THIS bad.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wicked ♥ (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess

    I read this last year and was just suggested it again. I never finished it so I didn't think it was fair to include it in my books read, but now I just want to rate and review it so that it won't be suggested to me again. I am aware that this is just a fun read and not meant to be taken seriously, but honestly I couldn't stand it. The main character is a complete superficial, materialistic, idiot. There were some funny parts, but it was not enough to redeem this book for me. Wasting my time on t I read this last year and was just suggested it again. I never finished it so I didn't think it was fair to include it in my books read, but now I just want to rate and review it so that it won't be suggested to me again. I am aware that this is just a fun read and not meant to be taken seriously, but honestly I couldn't stand it. The main character is a complete superficial, materialistic, idiot. There were some funny parts, but it was not enough to redeem this book for me. Wasting my time on this type of book frustrates me when there are much better books to read out there.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I am sure not many can top Betsy's week from hell. She doesn't have the most luck in that week. First she loses her job (thankfully she didn't like it that much, and I loved her chat about how the company would fall apart now and how she loved that), then she gets killed in a car accident (in the weirdest way), and then she wakes up in the morgue. Yep, our girl is one of the undead, a vampire to be specifically. But Betsy isn't just any vampire. Oh no, this girl is like a vampire 2.0. Almost not I am sure not many can top Betsy's week from hell. She doesn't have the most luck in that week. First she loses her job (thankfully she didn't like it that much, and I loved her chat about how the company would fall apart now and how she loved that), then she gets killed in a car accident (in the weirdest way), and then she wakes up in the morgue. Yep, our girl is one of the undead, a vampire to be specifically. But Betsy isn't just any vampire. Oh no, this girl is like a vampire 2.0. Almost nothing that vampires normally have applies to our girl Betsy. Holy water? She just giggles/sneezes. Daylight? Eh, not impressed. Blood? Good, but she doesn't need tons of it. Soon we meet some stronger vampires namely Sinclair (yummy, but I didn't quite like him due to how he acts and how possessive he is) and Nostrodamus (evil vampire who kind of let power go to his mind a bit too much). Our girl has to pick a side, but anyone who has read the book so far.... knows that Betsy has a mind of her own and no one is going to be dictating her on what to do. And she isn't afraid to also tell her opinion on this. You can imagine how the story goes from there. Betsy finds out more and more about vampires, how they tick, but she still has a lot of questions as to why the rules apparently don't apply to her. Plus there is the hint that she may just be a vampire queen! Yep, this girl isn't only fabulous, fashionable, but she is also a queen. Betsy was definitely my favourite girl. I loved her snark, her sharpness, and her love for shoes. She was really fun, and I loved how she eventually embraced being a vampire, and how she learned how to find blood, what to do about all that male attraction that is happening now she is a vampire (yep, this girl got all the boys (and dogs) flocking to her), and many other things. Oh and I can imagine she doesn't want anyone to call her by her full name. The poor thing. ;) Then there are various other characters that make the book even more fun. Like Betsy's best friend Jessica. I instantly took a liking to her. She wasn't that weirded out that her best friend was now a vampire. Plus, like Betsy, she had a good portion of snark. Next up is Marc, a guy that Betsy saves. I had to get used to him a bit, I found him a bit too weird (and his plans slightly to dark), but later I quite liked him. Betsy mom was just perfection, she was sweet, caring, and doesn't give a dip about the fact her daughter is now a vampire. She is much too happy that her prayers were answered and her daughter came back. Sinclair, well as I said, he was yummy, but it took me some time to like him. Eventually I quite liked him. Tina? This girl has hidden depths, plus she was real sweet and helpful. Of course there is some sex, quite steamy, quite a bit graphic. But it did fit the book... well OK, apart from that one time with Nick (the second time, not the first) and when we met Marc, that was just ehhhhhhh, nope. As soon as I liked Sinclair... well, I was just shipping him with Betsy. They do make a good couple, and I was just rooting for Betsy to understand her feelings. Come on girl, everyone can see you have got the hots for that vampire. :P Just go for it already. Chop chop. :P Phew, I think I have mentioned all that I want to mention. This book was such a fun ride! This book will not bore you one moment. You will go from hilarity to battles to some romance to some more hilarity. I would recommend it to everyone! Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I wish Good Reads had more “star categories”. I would give this book 4 stars for concept and 0 stars for execution. This is another choice from my book rental club. Sometimes those choices have felt like crap shoots. Part of the problem stems from the fact that I make my choices based on reviews and book descriptions on the book rental web site. None of the reviews I read warned me that were this story a movie, it would be rated a very hard R. The book cover is also misleading. Its cover art giv I wish Good Reads had more “star categories”. I would give this book 4 stars for concept and 0 stars for execution. This is another choice from my book rental club. Sometimes those choices have felt like crap shoots. Part of the problem stems from the fact that I make my choices based on reviews and book descriptions on the book rental web site. None of the reviews I read warned me that were this story a movie, it would be rated a very hard R. The book cover is also misleading. Its cover art gives one the impression that this might be a lighthearted literary romp. There is nothing that warns you about what is contained within the pages of this story. This is Carrie Bradshaw (of “Sex and the City” fame) meets Dracula. Elizabeth Taylor aka “Betsy” Taylor is having a very bad week. First she loses her job. Then she gets killed by a sliding car whilst chasing after her errant cat. She then wakes up in the morgue “dressed in a pink suit and cheap shoes courtesy of her stepmother”. She exits the coffin and the morgue in a royal snit about the clothes she’s wearing and at the same time trying to come to terms with the fact that she knows she’s dead and should not be up walking around. She would like her life to get back to normal as soon as possible and spends a good part of this story trying to make that happen. But you learn that a few months prior to Betsy’s untimely death, she had been attacked by some creatures that seemed very animal like to her and had reported the attack to the police. She makes the decision to test out whether or not she can die. She purposely puts herself into situations that would normally result in the death of a normal human being and discovers among other things that she has enormous strength and can no longer stomach her favorite foods. Dogs adore her and men can’t resist her. This story is funny. Mostly the part about how she finally comes to terms with who and what she has become. Unfortunately, Ms. Davidson has chosen to give her main character as well as several others what’s known as “potty mouths” with EXTENSIVE use of the infamous “f” word on nearly every other page it seems. I don’t use this kind of language myself and do not like hearing it or reading it. It is offensive to me and ruins a story for me with its frequent use. The English language is extensive and I just feel that an author does not need to resort to the use of profanity to make a point or to use it as a tool for characterization purposes. This is a very cleverly conceived story. But in my estimation the editors for Ms. Davidson could have turned this into a PG rated story and not lost a bit of the very original and humorous story line. I would like to see how Betsy further deals with her new status as a vampire with scruples and designer shoes, but assume that all the subsequent books in this series would be written in the same style as this first one was. Won’t be reading any more of this series or anything else written by this author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Exina

    “Just because I’m dead doesn’t mean I can’t have a life.” Based on the cover, I thought it would be a light story and it was. I hadn’t really read the blurb before I started reading. At the beginning, it looked like a PNR parody, featuring all the vampire clichés, but the author makes a success out of using them. The narration is smart, as the story is told by Betsy’s viewpoint, so you can comprehend and experience things with her. I love Betsy, there is much potential in her character “Just because I’m dead doesn’t mean I can’t have a life.” Based on the cover, I thought it would be a light story and it was. I hadn’t really read the blurb before I started reading. At the beginning, it looked like a PNR parody, featuring all the vampire clichés, but the author makes a success out of using them. The narration is smart, as the story is told by Betsy’s viewpoint, so you can comprehend and experience things with her. I love Betsy, there is much potential in her character. She is a newbie vampire, with distinguishing abilities. She has to learn much about her vampire nature, but also has to rise to the challenge of her new position in the vampire society. Betsy’s haphazard attitude, her independence, and her cheerful, cool behavior result in a lot of funny situations. I enjoyed the situational comedy elements, the witty, laugh-out-loud dialogues, Betsy’s playful ripostes, and her sarcastic tendency to rename people. The world-building has shortcomings, but it doesn’t lessen the entertainment value of the story. Anyway, I don’t expect a complex vampire mythology from such a light, funny book. The sex scenes are surprising, light, and intensely erotic without some sickly sweet romantic bullshit. As for the romance, I’m satisfied that there is no remarkable romance here, I guess it comes later. As the first book of a series, starring the same main character all along, it is absolutely fine. Nevertheless, I hope it won’t be over-elongated either. My expectations are high. Undead and Unwed is a great starter book of the Undead series, and it is highly different from the paranormal romances I’ve read before. I enjoyed every single line of it! My favorite quotes.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    ***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List *** Before there was Molly Harper’s Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs there was MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead and unwed. They feel somewhat related, but although I really enjoy Harper’s fiction, I think I have had enough of Davidson’s. The difference, for me, is in the main character. I can relate to Jane Jameson (Harper)—she’s educated, she’s a librarian/bookstore owner, she’s snarky and sometimes a bit neurotic, but always basically good-hearted. Betsy Taylor (Da ***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List *** Before there was Molly Harper’s Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs there was MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead and unwed. They feel somewhat related, but although I really enjoy Harper’s fiction, I think I have had enough of Davidson’s. The difference, for me, is in the main character. I can relate to Jane Jameson (Harper)—she’s educated, she’s a librarian/bookstore owner, she’s snarky and sometimes a bit neurotic, but always basically good-hearted. Betsy Taylor (Davidson) is another kind of woman entirely—she’s shallow, uneducated, unfocused, mouthy, selfish, and seemingly completely motivated by designer shoes. I’m sure there’s a target-market for Betsy out there somewhere, I’m just not it. It’s not that she doesn’t get some good lines, like “I was the Queen who brought all the tribes together, who ruled them as one. Like the Speaker of the House, only way more blood thirsty. More Book of the Dead crap, which Tina had been reading to me all night. It was like attending Bible school in hell.” Or when she first meets Eric Sinclair, “His shoes were—whoa! Where those Ferragamos? It was a rare and wonderful thing to see a properly shod man in an underground mausoleum.” The “humour” missed its mark for me as often as it hit. I felt the author was trying too hard. But, as I have often stated in my reviews, my comprehension of humour in print is challenged. I had to order this volume via interlibrary loan in order to read it, making feel that I had to finish the book to justify ordering it from another part of the province. I shan’t bother with further volumes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sashana

    I am a huge fan of chick-lit and paranormal romance, so combining the two genres is like reader heaven for me. Seriously, you get the best of both genres with this book: the insecure but lovable protagonist, her bad ass vampire crush, and some steamy sex scenes. What more could a girl ask for? I was not going to stumble around like a zombie, scaring the hell out of people and pretending I still had a place in the world. "God," I said, teetering for balance, "I'm coming to see you know." Betsy is I am a huge fan of chick-lit and paranormal romance, so combining the two genres is like reader heaven for me. Seriously, you get the best of both genres with this book: the insecure but lovable protagonist, her bad ass vampire crush, and some steamy sex scenes. What more could a girl ask for? I was not going to stumble around like a zombie, scaring the hell out of people and pretending I still had a place in the world. "God," I said, teetering for balance, "I'm coming to see you know." Betsy is having a horrible week. Not only did she die in a tragic accident, she has awaken a vampire-in horrible shoes at that. After coming to terms with her new (undead) life she manages to piss off the head vampire, become a crime fighting vigilante, and oh yeah, learns of a prophecy that will make her the queen of the undead. Whew! I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and I seriously had to cry from laughing too hard. This isn't a stimulating read so don't approach it looking for the secrets of the universe and such. This book should be read if you're sad, stressed, and looking for a a pick me up-that's calorie free.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie Ehlers

    I have no idea why an author would make a narrator so incredibly unlikeable. Her rabid materialism is offputting, she mouths off to everyone, she juvenilely makes insipid puns on the names of people she doesn't like. She dislikes other characters for no apparent reason. She rips off jokes from Clueless, among other places. She's a registered Republican who knows nothing about the issues; a PETA member who gets sanctimonious about animal testing but still eats meat. She insists that the slaves ha I have no idea why an author would make a narrator so incredibly unlikeable. Her rabid materialism is offputting, she mouths off to everyone, she juvenilely makes insipid puns on the names of people she doesn't like. She dislikes other characters for no apparent reason. She rips off jokes from Clueless, among other places. She's a registered Republican who knows nothing about the issues; a PETA member who gets sanctimonious about animal testing but still eats meat. She insists that the slaves had it good in Gone with the Wind, and she's not joking. She gets in a racially motivated fight with a black woman and is a total asshole about it. Don't get me wrong, I like light entertainment as much as the next person. But there's a difference between light entertainment and trash, and the trash is where this book belongs.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DNF. I was really enjoying this. It was funny and and goofy and entertaining. the characters were interesting and engaging. It was well on its way to being a great read. And then.I Betsey, the new vampire, goes to the home of Sinclair, an older vampire, and the man who is to be her love interest in this series. One of Sinclair's people tells her he's feeding with his "ladyfriends," and takes her to an observation area to watch Sinclair feed on and have sex with three women. Meanwhile, Betsey has (o DNF. I was really enjoying this. It was funny and and goofy and entertaining. the characters were interesting and engaging. It was well on its way to being a great read. And then.I Betsey, the new vampire, goes to the home of Sinclair, an older vampire, and the man who is to be her love interest in this series. One of Sinclair's people tells her he's feeding with his "ladyfriends," and takes her to an observation area to watch Sinclair feed on and have sex with three women. Meanwhile, Betsey has (of course, because why the fuck not) only ever slept with three people in her life. So with that shit, I'm out.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danyelle

    I think over all I have read this book 4 times and its still funny!🤣😂 And I KNOW I will read it agian.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    This was so much fun to read. It wasn't the usual vampire paranormal book but it was fun to read something different.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jo ★The Book Sloth★

    This book is such a cheese fest but delicious all the same. It's exactly the kind of book you'd read when you're down because the ridiculousness of it is just so endearing as a whole. The heroine, Betsy(yeap), is a newly made Undead and not happy about it, especially considering that what she's seen of the world of vampires so far is sooo last year. She loves her designer shoes, they make her world go round, hates her stepmother, loves her awfully rich best friend and absolutely hates the badly d This book is such a cheese fest but delicious all the same. It's exactly the kind of book you'd read when you're down because the ridiculousness of it is just so endearing as a whole. The heroine, Betsy(yeap), is a newly made Undead and not happy about it, especially considering that what she's seen of the world of vampires so far is sooo last year. She loves her designer shoes, they make her world go round, hates her stepmother, loves her awfully rich best friend and absolutely hates the badly dresses vampires that seem to be after her. Betsy is, like the rest of the book, full of fluff and silliness but in the end it just works for me. Apart from that we have too many gay people, which I don't really mind at all. Ridiculous gay characters are the best. We have cheesy lines, even cheesier sex scenes and way too cheesy vampire politics. If you're looking for a book with depth, just look the other way. If you want something funny and fluffy this is your book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    2.5 stars It was a 3 for enjoyment and 2 at times for being a bit dated in the quality department. Honestly, there were times when the narrative voice and banter were so cheesy I groaned and then a couple of pages later I was laughing loud enough to scare my cat. The net was that I was just entertained for a lot of this story. Even when a few things I didn't like showed up, it was evened out by that funny, irreverent and tongue-in-cheek style. I loved Betsey's approach to being dead. This is a pa 2.5 stars It was a 3 for enjoyment and 2 at times for being a bit dated in the quality department. Honestly, there were times when the narrative voice and banter were so cheesy I groaned and then a couple of pages later I was laughing loud enough to scare my cat. The net was that I was just entertained for a lot of this story. Even when a few things I didn't like showed up, it was evened out by that funny, irreverent and tongue-in-cheek style. I loved Betsey's approach to being dead. This is a paranormal world, but the pacing of the story is definitely all romance. It developed quickly and people rolled with developments super easily. I didn't mind, though, because it matched with the tone and focus of the story. The dated bits: The "r" word shows up in this. The portrayals of the black best friend and the gay best friend sometimes fall flat and into the camp of stereotypical. While using the crutch of the powerful vampire, this has a guff, alpha male love interest. Multiple times, Betsey says NO and Eric still touches her, grabs her and kisses her, etc. She manages to stand up for herself more often than not, but knowing this is probably the guy we're supposed to be rooting for made me roll my eyes heavy. I enjoyed the vampire lore we have so far and I loved that the prophecy about this tall, shoe loving ex-secretary. I'll continue with the series, especially because I'm curious about the change over the years.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cereja Cult

    Reviewed on 05/07/2012 Reasons to read this book: • If you just finish reading a dystopian book, where everyone is starving to death and fighting for survival, and want to get rid of that serious face and that line on your forehead. • If you just finish reading a dystopian book where everyone is starving to death and fighting for survival, and you want eat chocolate ice cream without feeling guilty for all of those starving kids in the book. • If you had a tough week at work and want to let out so Reviewed on 05/07/2012 Reasons to read this book: • If you just finish reading a dystopian book, where everyone is starving to death and fighting for survival, and want to get rid of that serious face and that line on your forehead. • If you just finish reading a dystopian book where everyone is starving to death and fighting for survival, and you want eat chocolate ice cream without feeling guilty for all of those starving kids in the book. • If you had a tough week at work and want to let out some steam. • If you want to laugh. • If you like hot vampires. • If you like silly and entertaining books, just for fun. • If you like puppies and rainbows. • If you aren’t an asshole. • I don’t have more reasons, just read the dam book! The Plot - I didn’t pay much attention to it, but it’s a simple one. Some weird creatures attack Betsy one night, a few months later she is ran over and dies. Then she wakes up dead. LoL Now she is a vamp and a very strong one. She is the Queen of the Vamps and so she is thrown in to the middle of a battle between the vamps that only she can put an end. See? Not that complicated nor original. The Characters - They are wonderful. I love Betsy and her babblishy way. She can talk nonstop for days. LoL About anything and anywhere. She says the funniest things in the strangest moments. She gives the super bad vamp a nickname and laugh straight to his face. LoL Her love for shoes is adorable and, well, I kind have a girl crush on her, she is so cute and lovable. E is, wow, I mean, wow, I like, I can’t even, glrisnddl. *cough* Sorry, my drool got in the way. Ok, E is strong, cocky *giggle* and very, very, well, very everything. LoLI would totally be his snack. *wink* M and J are the best friends a Queen Vamp could ever had. They both drool over E as well so you know they have good taste in man LoL. It has a lot more characters, but I’ll let you get to know them when you read the book. Yeah, I’m evil like that. The Writing - This author can write her ass off. For realz. This is the first book I read and it won’t be the last, that’s for sure. She has charisma in her pen and the power to brighten my day and make a fool out of me. Really. I had a giggle fit in the middle of an office full of people and had to pretend I was choking on water. That didn’t make me look cool, at all. I had many other embarrassing situations like that during the reading of this book, but I don’t regret one minute of it. The Audio recording - OH MY GOSH!!! It’s like the cherry on top of the awesomeness ice cream. PERFECT. The jokes and the way she read the lines, funniest reading evah!!!! The audio don’t have a soundtrack, it’s read by one person and the tone and volume are pleasant and nice to the ears. The only thing I didn’t like all that much was the reading of the guys. She tried and I give her credit for it, but in some parts where it should be serious and stuff I was laughing cose the voice was so funny LoL. It would be better if a guy had read the guy parts, but that didn’t make me want to stop listening or give up the series. She is a great narrator and I’ll certainly listen to the others books in the series. Considerations - I love this book. That’s it. Do you need more than that? Ok, ok, but is not going to be much more helpful than what you’ve read until now. So, I’ll do an analogy to make you understand how awesome this book is. Imagine a cupcake. A beautiful and lovely cupcake, just like this one. You look at it and think of rainbows and sparkly unicorns, right? But what you don’t know is that inside of it there’s a surprise. It’s filled with dark chocolate, rich and silky. The kind that dissolves in your tongue and fills your mouth making you go *hummmmmm* and close your eyes to save it the experience. Are you feeling me? Yes? This is pretty much how this book is to me. Once you read this book, you’ll totally agree with me about the chocolate part. LoL Now, GO.READ.THE.BOOK! This Reading is Part of The Following Reading Challenges: For more go to:

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Storer

    Undead and Unwed is the first book in the series featuring Betsy Taylor. Betsy is a young secretary who is attacked and then two months later run over by a car. She wakes up in a coffin and realises things are not quite right. Betsy is fun, witty and loves shoes *a girl after my own heart* and after many attempts at trying to end her undead life, as her life pretty much sucked after losing her job, she realises that she cannot kill herself as she is now a vampire. She's also fairly independent, * Undead and Unwed is the first book in the series featuring Betsy Taylor. Betsy is a young secretary who is attacked and then two months later run over by a car. She wakes up in a coffin and realises things are not quite right. Betsy is fun, witty and loves shoes *a girl after my own heart* and after many attempts at trying to end her undead life, as her life pretty much sucked after losing her job, she realises that she cannot kill herself as she is now a vampire. She's also fairly independent, *apart from the cheques her father sends her every month* and so is not particularly fussed about following 'vampire rules'. But what seems to be the norm for other vampires doesn't really apply to Betsy. While other vampires cringe at the word 'God', Betsy can use it whenever she pleases, and she does with much pleasure. Items such as holy water and crosses burn other vamps but Betsy isn't affected and can even wear a cross around her neck with no problems at all. There is a side affect to this. It seems one of the Master vampires, Nostro, is threatened by her gifts and doesn't like the fact that she is different. He either wants her to join his band of merry vamps or die. When confronted by Nostro, instead of shriveling back in fear, Betsy thinks that it's all a bit 'hollywood' and finds herself with the giggles. Before Nostro can set his fiends upon her, another Master vampire swoops in and rescues her. This other Master vampire is Eric Sinclair, Betsy's very delicious love interest, although I'm not sure if he is totally trustworthy. Because of her unusual gifts, Sinclair believes that Betsy is the Vampire Queen and needs her help to overthrow Nostro. He also knows about her love for Jimmy Choo and so bribes her by threatening to burn each pair until she agrees... Of course this means she has no choice but to help! The story is fast-paced, energetic and very funny. I really enjoyed the interactions between Betsy and Sinclair, her witty, catty remarks were just brilliant. I also liked her friends Jessica and Marc. They are a great addition to the cast of characters and hope they are developed further in future books. Verdict: This is a very entertaining read and I absolutely loved it. So much so that I wenta-one-clickin' on Amazon and somehow managed to buy the entire series! *don't tell the hubster* This is a quick read at only 260 pages (some of the other books in the series are even shorter), but there's lots to keep you entertained from beginning to end.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chantelle

    Awful plot, poorly written, dull and not even slightly funny, I'd like to congratulate this book for being my first 1 star rating on goodreads.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    I will only read the sequels only when I have a lot, and a lot of time to kill.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    Goddddd, it's hard to know how to categorize some books. It's marked as Paranormal Romance, so I suppose I'll leave it at that. The story itself isn't heavy on the romance department as it's focal point, but instead is of a young woman coming to terms with her new undead status, vampires in her life trying to convince her she's the foretold queen savior, and embracing her love of designer shoes. Top this off with her best friend and new sidekick, a homosexual who has the hots for the vamp who ha Goddddd, it's hard to know how to categorize some books. It's marked as Paranormal Romance, so I suppose I'll leave it at that. The story itself isn't heavy on the romance department as it's focal point, but instead is of a young woman coming to terms with her new undead status, vampires in her life trying to convince her she's the foretold queen savior, and embracing her love of designer shoes. Top this off with her best friend and new sidekick, a homosexual who has the hots for the vamp who has the hots for HER, and a strange and unsettling father-daughter-stepmother (stepmonster) relationship. Comedy laden, this book was a delight to start but I soon feared it would fall short as the humor never let up. I was in the vein for some serious stuff - somewhere - and I do think that would have improved it a bit, but it was still funny as hell and completely readable. The main character is a valley girl type, completely obsessed with shoes and fashion, judgmental and constantly spurting out almost annoying, slang-filled one liners. Yes, sometimes this was tiresome, but other times I genuinely laughed. She's clearly self-centered and not the brightest candle in the room, yet her personality as an average is amiable and her spunk high. I loved her best friend, Jessie, and the sidekick Mark (who seemed adorable in almost every way). The main vamp sounds incredibly sexy and I loved his domineering manner, even if I didn't blame Betsy for wanting to slug him half the time for his smugness. I especially grew errr, warm, with the scene of him in the alley and at the beginning with the finger. Grrrrroowwwwl. The ending with Betsy and him (Sinclair) was cleverly amusing and I didn't see it from a mile away. What a great turn-around! Undead and Unwed stayed alive with active pacing. From chapter one the stakes are high and the plot is hell bent on being something strangely different. This is no average vampire tale by far; in fact, I've never read anything even remotely close. It's not something anyone would grow bored with, as action is always taking place and Betsy's never able to settle down for a simple breather. Her 'differences' as a vampire were a nice touch as well, especially loving the part where she got out of the car and "yawned" in the sun, not thinking about the typical vampire rules. There are a few very sexual scenes, although that does not dominate the book by far. The romance impact is not high, more like the bickering fun lust-filled hero and heroine who you want to get together, but are not sure they really will (at least in this book, anyway). I'll leave what happens between them - if anything - a surprise. You can never say I ruin a book with my reviews *evil grin* On the violence side, there's some head crashing here and there but nothing strenuous. Overall the book was laugh-out-loud hilarious, a different vein of vampire novels, with a main character you can't help but like (even if at times she's temporarily annoying enough to where you almost put down the book), and a hero you couldn't help but almost love. *wiggles brows* I'll definitely read more of this series, especially with an ending like that.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jasmin

    Elizabeth Taylor. Betsy for short. Life's been tough on her. Betsy got laid off. It's her birthday and she's too depressed to even celebrate. Then she gets hit by a car and dies. Well, not exactly, for she wakes up a few days later and she's in a freaking coffin. While life has been cruel on her, her death hasn't been easy on her either. She's an odd freak of nature. It's not exactly normal to be walking after you shattered your skull into pieces. She tries killing herself, but to no avail, nothin Elizabeth Taylor. Betsy for short. Life's been tough on her. Betsy got laid off. It's her birthday and she's too depressed to even celebrate. Then she gets hit by a car and dies. Well, not exactly, for she wakes up a few days later and she's in a freaking coffin. While life has been cruel on her, her death hasn't been easy on her either. She's an odd freak of nature. It's not exactly normal to be walking after you shattered your skull into pieces. She tries killing herself, but to no avail, nothing really works. After talking to a priest, she manages to think of herself, not as an abomination. She could hold crosses, so it could mean that God forgives her, right? Well, things begin to become great. Betsy's friend, Jessica will handle her finances. She manages to save a man, named Mark from attempting suicide. Then there's this vampire Eric Sinclair, who's tall, dark and sinister, on her heels. I should also mention that the guy in mention is 6'4", with thick inky black hair swept at the back, strong nose, good chin and broad shoulders, its ever a wonder how he fits through doors. And she's Queen of the Vampires. Scratch that. Aside from her inability to burn in sunlight, no pain when touched with holy water, not needing to feed as often as normal vampires do, could stand holding crosses, could say and recite the Lord's name and prayer without burning to the ground, and her impeccable fashion sense, she's not fit to be a vampire queen. She couldn't even remember names. Nostro, nostril. Sinclair, Sink Lair. What's the difference? To her it all sounds like the same mumbo jumbo. And should I mention that Betsy lisps when her fangs are out? How unglamorous it would be, to give speeches to her minions and lisp. But I should warn you, this vampire could be bribed to become queen. Just choose the right Prada heels and so. Hmm, I should warn you about this book though. The cover looks decent and harmless, I actually thought this book was like chick-lit. But no, there are sex scenes in vivid detail, I felt like I was watching pornography. BTW, Eric Sinclair for me is dreamy. Aside from the good looks that comes with the package, not to mention his package itself which is also described in vivid detail, he's willing to bribe his girl with Manalo Blahnik shoes until forgiven. What more could a girl ask for?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan (BookWifeReviews)

    This book was absolutely ridiculous and I loved it! Betsy is a total loon. She is obsessed with shoes and she's quite vain but she's also hilariously sarcastic. She takes nothing seriously. In real life I know I would probably hate her but I absolutely love reading about her and her life. What I did not like about this book was Sinclair. It's like the whole Charlie Davidison and Reyes all over again. I have read a few reviews and most of them go on and on about how amazing Sinclair is and I'm sit This book was absolutely ridiculous and I loved it! Betsy is a total loon. She is obsessed with shoes and she's quite vain but she's also hilariously sarcastic. She takes nothing seriously. In real life I know I would probably hate her but I absolutely love reading about her and her life. What I did not like about this book was Sinclair. It's like the whole Charlie Davidison and Reyes all over again. I have read a few reviews and most of them go on and on about how amazing Sinclair is and I'm sitting here like.. what are you people smoking?.. He picks her up, shoves his finger in her mouth (he's a complete strangers at this point), I know he seeks her out to try and help her but he does it in such a creepy way, he uses his food (he treats them well and they don't seem to mind but still), he's snobby and arrogant and I just don't get why everyone loves him!!! OH and the huge reason I don't like him..he tricks Betsy. He doesn't reveal the whole truth and put himself in a great situation where Betsy doesn't have any kind of choice. So I hate him. This book was fun and breezy and it an interesting story. I mean there wasn't a whole lot of substance but thats kind of what I liked about it. Sometimes it's nice to have to think when I read :) Posted to: http://megansbookmadness.blogspot.com...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tijana

    3.5 In the library, this book stands at the chick lit section. Not sure if I can agree they got the genre right, but if they did, it's definitely weirdest and most bizarre chick lit I've ever read. And the most entertaining one! This is what the True Blood series would be like if it was written by Sophie Kinsella. A book that makes it obvious we shouldn't take it too seriously, and I enjoyed every bit of it!

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