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"MJD has decided to take the series to a bit of a darker place"

Fresh from their honeymoon from hell in the Big Apple, Betsy, Queen of the Undead, wants nothing more than to adjust to married life with her vampire husband, King Eric. She returns to a whole to-do list awaiting her -- setting up house, writing thank-you notes, and tending to her new ward, BabyJon -- Betsy's half-brother who she gained custody of after her dad and step-monster were killed in a car wreck. The last thing she wants to deal with is yet more ghosts haunting her and unfinished vampire business. Unfortunately, we don't always get what we wish for because Betsy returns to find that she now has a whole slew of new problems -- she's now being haunted by "the Ant" (yeah, what's that old Elton John song...The Bitch is Back), the Fiends have awakened (and are none-too-happy about how they've been treated), and there is a rash of unsolved murders in which Detective Nick Berry wants the Queen of the Bloodsuckers to help him solve.

I absolutely loved this latest addition to the Undead series. And while there is still plenty of humor in the book, I also noted that MJ has decided to take the series to a bit of a darker place. We long-time readers of the series have long been accustomed to Betsy being able to save her friends from just about any potential tragedies, but Davidson brings along some very unsuspected surprises this time around. And while it was the flighty and ditzy Betsy that initially drew me to the series, I had found myself telling Betsy it was time to grow up and deal with her unwanted monarchy. I had grown weary of her incessant whining and "I-didn't-ask-for-this-job" attitude. I'm glad to see that Davidson apparently thought so, too.

Readers of MaryJanice's long-running Undead series will no doubt notice a not-so-subtle change in the cover art of the latest addition, Undead and Unworthy. Gone are the cartoonish-like depictions of Queen Betsy surrounded by shoes or sipping cocktails (Bloody Mary's??) adorned with little umbrellas. The new cover shows the darker, more mature side in which Davidson plans to take the series. According to Davidson, books seven, eight and nine can be considered a trilogy within a series. As with most series of this nature, you could read this book as a standalone, but I think you'd get a greater appreciation for how much Betsy has grown as a person, er , vampire? - if you start at the beginning of the series.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted September 25, 2008

SUMMARY

Seventh in the hilarious New York Times bestselling series featuring Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor—now with a hot new look.

The series New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan calls “DELIGHTFUL, Wicked Fun” is looking hotter than ever…

“No one does humorous romantic fantasy better than the incomparable MaryJanice Davidson” (The Best Reviews), and nobody reigns over the undead with more savvy than her heroine Betsy Taylor, back to rule the nights as Vampire Queen––and survive the days as a new suburban bride. But it’s not all marital bliss. Betsy’s husband, Sinclair, has been perusing The Book of the Dead, Betsy’s being hounded by a ghost who’s even more insufferable in death than in life, and a pack of formerly feral vampires has decided to pay an unwelcome visit…

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire

 

Undead and Unworthy
(Undead series: Book 7)
by MaryJanice Davidson

Berkley Pub Group
June 1, 2008
Available: June 24, 2008
ISBN #0425221628
EAN #9780425221624
368 pages
Hardcover
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Other Books by
MaryJanice Davidson

Underwater Love
Undead and Undermined
Me, Myself and Why?
Undead and Unfinished
Rise of the Poison Moon
Undead and Unwelcome
Faeries Gone Wild
Seraph of Sorrow
Fish Out of Water
Mysteria Lane
The Silver Moon Elm
Savage Scavenge
Dead Over Heels
Swimming Without A Net
No Rest for the Witches
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred, Season 2: Fangs Again
Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light
Undead and Uneasy
The Silver Moon Elm
Undead and Unpopular
Demon's Delight
Over The Moon
Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace
Sleeping with the Fishes
Mysteria
Surf's Up
Drop Dead, Gorgeous!
Dead and Loving It
Valentine's Day Is Killing Me
Undead and Unappreciated
The Royal Pain
The Royal Treatment
Undead and Unreturnable
Really Unusual Bad Boys
Kick Ass
Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace
Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred: Season 1
Hello, Gorgeous
Derik's Bane
Bite
Undead and Unemployed
How to be a Wicked Woman
Perfect For the Beach
Undead and Unwed
Forgotten Wishes
Under Cover
Lighthearted Lust
Secrets: Volume 8
Love Lies
Canis Royal: Bridefight
Things That Go Bump In the Night II
Undead and Unwed
Thief of Hearts
Naughty or Nice
By Any Other Name
Dying For Ice Cream
Adventures of the Teen Furies
Secrets: Volume 6


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