Monday, April 7, 2008

Queen Betsy takes control (kind of)

In this third installment of the "Queen Betsy" series, Betsy, the undead (and unwilling) Queen of the vampires, receives yet another shocking revelation - not only is her stepmother pregnant, but she had a baby and gave it up for adoption years earlier. And, um, that baby is actually the daughter of the devil - who, according to the Book of the Dead, is destined to rule the world.

Betsy is sick and tired of finding out all these things in bits and pieces, and she decides to face her fear of the dread Book of the Dead (which is supposed to drive the reader crazy if too much is read at a time) and find out what other awful things are in her destiny. Unfortunately, even though she is the Queen, that doesn't render her immune to the effects of the Book...

As usual, Betsy's hands are full - dealing with the results of her temporary insanity, her failing night club, her spawn-of-Satan sister, and her relationship with Sinclair, who finally seems to have had enough of Betsy's ambivalence about him. This was fun and entertaining, like the others in the series, and it's always amusing and enjoyable to see where Betsy's complicated life is going to take her next.

Books in the Queen Betsy series:
1. Undead and Unwed
2. Undead and Unemployed
3. Undead and Unappreciated
4. Undead and Unreturnable
Undead and Unpopular

6. Undead and Uneasy

Undead and Unappreciated (#3 in the Queen Betsy series) by MaryJanice Davidson (Berkley Sensation, 2005)

Other blog reviews:
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  1. I love your taste in reading!! This is yet another series that I would love to start sometime!

  2. The new one is supposed to come out sometime this year. I can't wait!!!

  3. I like the premise of this one and am looking forward to reading the first one soon.

  4. Ha! Now this series sounds hysterical! :D

  5. Stephanie - Thanks! It's nice to know I add books to your tbr pile as much as you do to mine. :-)

    Ladytink - I know it won't last long, but I do enjoy reading a series in which I haven't read every last book and am stuck waiting for new ones to come out. I have a few more to go..for now!

    Rhinoa - it is a fun premise, and she handles it well - turning all the usual stereotypes on their heads in fun and surprising ways. I think you'll enjoy it.

    Heather - it really is!! :-D

  6. I only read the first two in this series but it just didn't hook me. May have to give them another go.

  7. okay ... this just seems too fun. remind me to make the betsy series part of my reading challenge '09.

  8. Mollie- I think you really need to be in the right frame of mind to get the most from these books. I have to say, my expectations were fairly low when I read the first one, and I was pleasantly surprised. Now I know what I'm getting into, and they are the perfect antidote to an overly stressful day!

    Molly - I will try to remember and give you a reminder. How is your personal challenge going, anyway? I still have quite a few books to go!

  9. I just finished reading the first one and as you, I had no expectations - it turned out so funny I was in stitches at some parts - not good, since I was reading in public! LOL
    Definitely picking up the next in the series.

  10. Hi, Ana - it's amazing how much expectations color the reading (and film, etc.) experience, isn't it! That's funny about reading it in public - somehow for me, anyway, trying not to laugh just ends up making the whole thing that much funnier! And lately I've been listening to some funny ones on my iPod, which makes it even worse. Talk about people backing away from you slowly...


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