Monday, March 10, 2008

Queen Betsy is back - and looking for a job

Betsy Taylor, undead fashion maven and unwilling queen of the vampires, returns in her second adventure. All she really wants is to get a job (the bills pile up for the living and the undead alike) and to live her life in as normal a manner as possible. Unfortunately for Betsy, that is not going to happen any time soon.

On the mundane side, her house is riddled with termites. On the supernatural side, there appears to be a vigilante group out hunting - and killing - vampires. Betsy is dismayed to learn that, because she is Queen, it is her responsibility to protect her "people" from such things - even if she thinks they mostly probably deserve it. It isn't until one of her vampire friends - who she knows would never wantonly attack anyone - is nearly killed that Betsy realizes she needs to take some action. Complicating matters is the presence of the supremely sexy vampire Sinclair - Betsy finds him attractive, but has difficulty putting up with his high-handedness and domineering personality. If only he weren't so darn charismatic. Even her own mother is smitten with him, for heaven's sake!

I enjoyed the first book in this series, and I did wonder if Davidson would manage to keep up the momentum and tone in the second, and she certainly did. I enjoyed it immensely - Betsy is an endearing character - she is quirky and definitely into her shoes and fashion, but she is also a decent person, someone who does the right thing without taking time to think (which, because she is a vampire, often lands her into trouble). The books are light and funny, well written and with a bit more substance than one might expect. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.

Books in the "Queen Betsy" series:

  1. Undead and Unwed
  2. Undead and Unemployed
  3. Undead and Unappreciated
  4. Undead and Unreturnable
  5. Undead and Unpopular
  6. Undead and Uneasy
Undead and Unemployed by MaryJanice Davidson (Berkley Sensation, 2004)

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  1. Cool I am looking forward to reading the first book in the series even more now. It's always good to know the rest of the series lives up to the expectations of the first book.

  2. This one sure did, Rhinoa. I don't know how it will be as it goes on. Someone left a comment on my first review to the effect that they kind of go downhill, but maybe if my expectations aren't too high, I'll still enjoy them!

  3. This is really one of the best in the series! I'm thinking about doing a re-read of them all before the next book comes out. Have you read anything else by MaryJanice Davidson? I really like her Fred the mermaid series. I own the second one but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

  4. This sounds different from the books I normally read, but a lot of fun!

    PS: I love how your blog looks all Summer-y!

  5. Thanks, Nymeth - it was fun to play around with the look, and it is during this time of the year that I really start wishing summer would get here!

    This is the kind of book that I love when I need reading time to be a total break and vacation (and I'll tell you, I read more books like that these days, because between school, work, kids, scout leader duties, etc., a total break is very welcome!). So when you're up for a lighthearted romp, give it a try. :-)


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