Thursday, September 16, 2010
Betsy, Queen of the Undead, returns in this sixth installment of the humorous series that is a mix of fantasy, chic lit, and mystery. I'd been wavering about whether or not to continue the series, because the last one or two seemed a little repetitive and lacking in direction, so I decided to try an audiobook instead.
I listened for an hour or so before I lost patience and clicked on a different book in my iPod queue. But I came back, and after a while I did find myself becoming more interested in the story. I wasn't sure if it was the narrator whose voice made Betsy sound whinier than usual and even more self involved, or if that was just the book. The book starts out with her obsessing over her wedding plans to Sinclair, the vampire king. As far as he's concerned, they're already married, but he is humoring her wedding obsession, more or less.
Betsy is so into her wedding and her own concerns that she doesn't realize that one by one, all her friends and companions are absenting themselves from her life, and it isn't until she is completely isolated that she begins to suspect what's going on. Her fiance has disappeared; her best friend is extremely ill, in the hospital; the house, usually full of guests, many of them uninvited and unwanted, as far as Betsy is concerned, is empty; she argues with family members, alienating them from her. And during this time Betsy is complaining, full of self-pity, and amazingly unmotivated to find out what is going on.
The whole thing seems very dragged out, and I think this would have made a much better short story or novella. Don't get me wrong - it did have some very funny moments, which I enjoyed, and a few interesting new characters were introduced. But I just never found myself anxious to get back to the action when I put the book down. The mystery didn't turn out to be very interesting in the end, and it didn't seem as though anything or anyone had changed or grown by the end of the book.
I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series. Does anyone out there continue to love these books? Does the series have a purposeful direction? Should I keep going? I'd love to know what you think.
Davidson, MaryJanice - 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
7. Undead and Unworthy
8. Undead and Unwelcome
9. Undead and Unfinished
Undead and Uneasy by MaryJanice Davidson; narrated by Nancy Wu (Recorded Books, 2007)
Source: E-audiobook downloaded via my local public library
Also reviewed at:
Best Fantasy Stories: "I really wanted to like this book more but I just couldn’t get past the heroine’s tendency to plod along oblivious to the people and events around her."
My Love Affair with Books: "Against all odds, I enjoyed this book. There were some genuinely funny moments. Though the book's brand of humour is not really meant for me , it was still more fun than the 5th."