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Undead and Unwary

by MaryJanice Davidson

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Review courtesy of Dark Faeries Tales

Quick & Dirty: Queen of the vampires, co-ruler of hell, is the weird stuff ever going to stop happening?

Opening Sentence: “You know how you see someone you love stuck with a job they don’t know how to do?”

The Review:

Betsy is back in Undead and Unwary! Here is my tiny disclaimer, I have not read this series at all! So I am not positive how soon after Undead and Unsure does Undead and Unwary starts. Betsy has killed Satan and is now the co-ruler of Hell with Laura. Betsy also finds out and begins looking into her father’s death, as her bestie Jessica claims to have seen him. Betsy knows her stepmother Ant is dead as she saw her as a ghost shortly after the accident. Betsy also does time-traveling chasing the twins around.

Betsy and Sinclair are still going strong despite the fact that she is sure he is angling to get a piece of Hell for himself. Betsy also finds herself being out maneuvered and being manipulated into taking over all of Hell. It also brings her to the realization that she has a lot of people who care about her and are willing to help her. I am going to stop there as the rest may be spoilers, I will say she does let some people have it!

This being my first book in the series, I have to say I wasn’t as confused as I thought I would be for not having read the 12 books before this one. The author also does a great job of foot-noting things so that you know which book previous things happened in. One of the major things I loved about this book was the wit, the weirdness and just the all around funny stuff Betsy says or thinks. She is a klutz and a train-wreck for bad things on bad days, but she tries and cares deeply about the people in her life.

Just like in real life she finds herself being used and set-up and isn’t happy about it. The only thing that confused me was the time-traveling, it really wasn’t explained and seemed to be just thrown in. However, since I haven’t read the other books that may not be the case, it may just be something that I am not aware of jumping into this series so late. I did enjoy how the paranormal in this book is just ordinary, it’s no big thing to be a vampire or werewolf or in charge of Hell.

I can’t make up my mind about the lack of action, I think most urban fantasy books I read have a ton of action in them, so I am on the fence whether the lack of action bugged me. Or if it was just a really interesting change of pace, someone using their brain to figure out things instead wielding a sword. In fact, while writing this out I have to say I enjoyed that it played a part into why I enjoyed this book, the MC was engaging, witty and totally normally abnormal. I can’t wait to start this series from the beginning so that I really can get to know all the characters and understand fully what is going on behind the scenes.

Notable Scene:

“The things we do in moments of weakness: recycling in a desperate attempt to save the earth, obsssively updating Amazon wish lists, agreeing to run Hell with the Anitchrist.”

“I screamed and nearly fell down the stairs a second time.”

“I wanted a baby of my own, and it had orphaned my brother.”

“Someone had lost their damned mind and egged the Antichrist.”

FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Undead and Unwary. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ( )
  DarkFaerieTales | Oct 26, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425263444, Hardcover)

How do you out-devil the devil? For Vampire queen Betsy Taylor, the answer is relative—literally—as MaryJanice Davidson’s “sexy, steamy, and laugh-out-loud funny” (Booklist) New York Times bestselling series continues…

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