"Move over Buffy, Betsy\'s in town and she Rocks!"
I love this author!! Mary Janice Davidson is a
refreshing voice to both the romance and vampire world of
writing. She manages to write an interesting and twisting
plot while engaging us with a completely hilarious
character in the first person of Elizabeth Taylor, but
please just call her Betsy. I don't care what mood you are
in, if you open this book you are practically guaranteed
laugh. Undead and Unemployed is the sequel to the very
funny and original story of Undead and Unwed.
In the sequel, it is three months later and many of the
characters in the first book are back again to our delight
and to Betsy's utter frustration as she is still mad at
Sinclair and Tina for not informing her of some of the
various rules in the Undead book. Needless to say this
not stop them from pushing their way into Betsy's life. So
for the most part, Betsy has come to terms with the fact
that she is a vampire, well actually Queen of the vampires
[but she'd rather not go there].
However she now wants to keep up with her bills and
a somewhat normal life, if that is possible. Thus she
decides to seek employment, as she does not want to be
depended on her best friend Jessica's money. Jessica, by
the way, is richer than rich and then some. But problems
start to mount as Tina keeps showing up at her doorstep
trying to get back in good graces with her, termites have
invaded her home and to top it off someone is hunting down
and killing vampires.
The dynamics just keep spinning out of control as Betsy
tries embrace her 'normal' life in her new job in 'heaven'
[the shopping mall] as a shoes sales person at Macy's.
Because of course Betsy is shameless when it comes to her
shoe obsession. Unfortunately Sinclair finds this beneath
her and explains there are other pressing issues for her
deal with such as being his Queen and solving the vampire
serial killer. Just the mention of Betsy's royalty sets
off into another one of her hilarious diatribes berating
Sinclair for invading her space. It is such reactions as
this and other internal monologues she has that really got
me laughing out loud. If she is not speaking her mind she
is definitely thinking of it, shamelessly!
Undead and Unemployed is topnotch humor and a
fascinating perspective of the vampire world as told
through Ms. Davidson. I would love to write on and on but
truly I don't want to spoil how wonderful and spontaneous
some of these moments can be. She managed to take the
mundane moments and light them up with humor. She can take
a climactic scene and lighten it up enough through Betsy's
perspective yet not lose the suspense. This is an author
with a lot of talent and I cannot recommend her enough!!
Her books are SO going on my keeper shelf!
Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted November 5, 2006