Book Review: Undead and Unsure by MaryJanice Davidson

Posted January 27, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Undead and Unsure by MaryJanice DavidsonUndead and Unsure by MaryJanice Davidson
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley Hardcover on August 6, 2013
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: the library


It’s no surprise to Betsy that her trip to Hell with her sister Laura landed them in hot water. Betsy isn’t exactly sorry she killed the Devil but it’s put Laura in a damnable position: assuming the role of Satan (she may not have the training but she looks great in red)—and in charge of billions of souls as she moves up in the world. Or is that down?

But Betsy herself is in an odd new position as well—that of being a responsible monarch suddenly in charge of all things more earth-bound: like her vampire husband Sinclair who has gone from relieved to ecstatic to downright reckless now that he can tolerate sunlight. And if Sinclair isn’t enough to contend with, Betsy’s best friend Jessica is in her sixth (and hopefully last) trimester. Considering she’s been pregnant for eighteen months, she’s become a veritable encyclopedia of what not to expect when you’re expecting. Oh, the horror…

And speaking of growing pains, Betsy and Sinclair’s adopted little BabyJon is finally starting to walk. And if the increasingly unpredictable toddler is anything like his extended family, precisely where he’s headed is anyone’s guess.

Twelfth in the Undead urban fantasy series revolving around Queen Betsy. Set in Minneapolis.

My Take
I actually had nightmares while reading this. Dreams in which gigantic, stuffed turkeys were chasing me. The actual reading wasn’t much better. I have got to stop following this series. It just keeps getting worse.

It’s not the writing per se, it’s Betsy. I can never believe that one person can be so self-obsessed and wh-i-n-e so much. It’s mind boggling as well as brain-cell-killing. Your only good reason for reading this is to find out what happens to Jessica and how it ends between Betsy and her sister, Laura.

“Just because I killed her mom doesn’t mean we can’t be there for each other.”

You don’t want to see how emasculated Sinclair is.

What was with Betsy’s hysterics over the turkey? Oh, it takes pages later but we finally find out. So, what’s with Betsy’s hysterics over the turkey? ‘Cause, this was just so lame.

I am impressed that any one person can moan, groan, and whine so much about so many different topics.

To be honest, if you really must read this, borrow it from the library first. If you end up liking it, then buy it.

The Story
Whine. Whine, whine, whine. Whine some more. Whine. Whine, whine, whine, whine, whine. And, in case I missed one, whine.

Oh, and Betsy’s killed the Devil, Laura’s mother, so Betsy’s suffering angst over how awful this was for her.

The Characters
Elizabeth Taylor, a.k.a., Betsy the vampire Queen, rules with Eric Sinclair, who can now walk in the Light. Fur and Burr are two black Lab sisters, puppies, fussed over by Sinclair. Tina, a.k.a., Christina Caresse Chavelle, is the vampire who turned Sinclair; she’s now his right-hand woman. Dr. Elise Taylor is Betsy’s mother. BabyJon is the Ant’s son whom Betsy and her mother are raising. Cliiiiiive Lively is her mother’s boyfriend in this timeline. Antonia O’Neill Taylor, a.k.a., the Ant, is Betsy’s now-dead stepmother who will not refrain from sticking her nose in.

Jessica Watson is Betsy’s very-rich pregnant friend. Nick/Dick, a.k.a., Not-Nick, is also Detective Berry and a member of the John Deere family with a lovely trust fund. He actually likes Betsy. Mr. and Mrs. Watson pop in for a visit to plead with Betsy. And we find out why Jessica hated her parents. I reckon they got off light. Naw and Other-Naw are the babies. Marc Salzberg was a doctor until he died and rose as a zombie.

Laura Goodman is the Antichrist, Satan’s daughter and heir, and Betsy’s half-sister. With Satan dead, Laura is supposed to take over.

The Cover
The cover has a very contemporary feel with Betsy in her black velvet princess dress with its very thin straps, the black jet collar, and the sunglasses reflecting the fires of Hell as she stands, hip cocked, with hands on hips before a Minneapolis skyline and deep lilac sky behind her, wraiths waving in the breeze.

The title is very appropriate as Betsy is very Undead and Unsure in this story.

Reviewed by Kathy Davie, who is fast gaining followers in Goodreads and Amazon for her honest book reviews. Passionate about reading, writing, and editing, she searches the Internet for tips, tricks, and warnings with a keen interest in ideas that will foster reading in children as well as adults while aiding writers in their craft. Kathy blogs daily at KD Did It Takes on Books.

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