(The Undead Book #9)
by Mary Janice Davidson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
In Undead and Unfinished, the ninth novel featuring the adventures of Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor, Betsy strikes up a deal with the devil. Now, Betsy has the ability to read the Book of the Dead without going insane and she finally gets the chance to discover all the dark mysteries it holds. When a visit to Hell turns into a time traveling journey filled with risky encounters, Betsy gets more than she bargained for. As she interacts firsthand with her past generations, Betsy’s meddling will impact the future in ways she does not yet understand.
Vamp Queen Betsy Taylor's at it again and no matter what goes down in Minneapolis, whenever Betsy's involved, it's usually not good. Her sister Laura or as Betsy's refers to her (numerous times!) throughout the book, Antichrist, gets involved in a scheme to visit her true mother, the Devil, in Hell. Wanting to tag along (reluctantly!) to make sure everything is A-okay, Betsy follows Laura to have a personal tour down-under, witness the hellish treatment of Ted Bundy and Henry VIII, and travel in time. Yes, that's right - I said travel in time since Laura needs to practice that skill if she's to take over her Mother's position upon retirement. Something neither are willing to do, but it's not like you have much choice in Hell.
This use to be such a cute series and who couldn't enjoy Betsy Taylor—former model, newly unemployed secretary, 30, and still single—who wakes up after being flattened by a small SUV in a tacky coffin wearing cheap knock-off shoes and is now the Queen of the vampires? Come on . . . that was a hilarious plot! But the last few books in the series have been major major bombs!!! I couldn't even finish the last one and, sadly, I've stopped buying the ridiculous hardback copies of this series. Thanks to my library though, I can safely test the waters again with the next addition, Undead and Unfinished. I'm not offering praise or anything, but Davidson is at least is taking steps in the right direction with Book #9. I struggled at times to continue (Could Betsy just SHUT UP for once and stop making senseless chatter?), but at least I finished this story and the ending was surprisingly shocking to me . . . didn't see that coming at all! I did enjoy the Devil's description of being the "giver of knowledge" since "knowledge is like a hammer . . . it's neither good nor evil. What matters is how you apply it." (pg 125) I think that was probably the deepest thought throughout this whole book. If you've been a fan from the beginning, you'll more than like be tempted to check this one out and honestly it's not as bad as the last two (those were just SAD excuses for books) but it's nothing great to brag about it either. Pure Fluff!
Likes: The references to The Body Shop's Strawberry bath gel . . . OMG I love that stuff, too!
Dislikes: I use to think Betsy's obsession with shoes was quirky, but now it's just ridiculous!