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Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson
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Undead and Unwed (edition 2005)

by Mary Janice Davidson

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Title:Undead and Unwed
Authors:Mary Janice Davidson
Info:Wheeler Publishing (2005), Edition: 1, Paperback, 392 pages
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I had read the second book in this series a while ago, so I knew what I was walking into (sort of). I only remembered that the book was hilarious and that Betsy is a shoe nutcase :P

So I loved this one. I thought it was hilarious in the first chapter when she has such a bad day that ends up with her dead. She gets laid off, her cat runs away (again) and has the day end with her cat luring her to her death.

She's the foretold queen... meaning she can go in sunlight, say god without flinching, wear a cross, and doesn't burn up in holy water. There are two vampires that have been ruling for decades plus. The one doesn't believe that Betsy is the queen, and the other does. The one who does is Eric Sinclair, and boy, he is SEX-TACULAR... :P Just going to leave that at that.

I would recommend this to people, because it IS funny. ( )
  RozzieReads | Jun 5, 2018 |
I don’t know that I’ve read a vampire book since Twilight, but this one was entertaining (with a more traditional portrayal of vampires). Betsy keeps the narration light and humorous as she details all the changes being dead causes in her life, and I enjoyed it. ( )
  hes7 | Apr 16, 2018 |


Steamy pool scene near the end bumped my rating up a full star. Yes, it was THAT HOT. Now excuse me, I've got to go find my husband.... ;) ( )
  ElleyOtter | Nov 28, 2017 |
This is one of my favorite series!(My husband has even read these, shhhhh don't tell him I told you!! AND recommends them to MY friends all the time!)

A guilty pleasure we will call it, because I can count onMaryJanice Davidson to make me laugh out loud! I LOVE Betsy Taylor! If you want a Queen of the Undead (literally) that makes you laugh, giggle, and want to go shoe shopping with her, this is the book for you! Interesting characters, intense laughs, steamy raunchy sex scenes, why this is the perfect series of novels to make you smile and brighten your day! Enjoy!!

~M
~Michele
Book Geeks Unite! ( )
  RowleyWrites | Sep 28, 2017 |
Non-morta e Nubile della scrittrice americana MaryJanice Davidson è il primo romanzo della nuova serie young adult paranormal romance Undead/Queen Betsy, della collana ironica/comica “Vampiri&Paletti” della Delos Book.
Dopo un lungo periodo di romanzi in cui i vampiri non potevano far altro che terrorizzare o affascinare i lettori, con Maryjanice Davidson si vanno ad infoltire le schiere di autrici che hanno deciso di dare una connotazione comica a questa figura gotica immortale.
Chick-lit Vampirico, lo definisce l’autrice. Kinselliano, lo denominano altri, ma certamente è impossibile non rimanere conquistati da questo romanzo che, forse un po’ grottescamente, ricordandoci un po’ la cara Bridget Jones, finirà per farci sbellicare dalle risate!
Protagonista indiscussa è Betsy Taylor, trentenne fashion victim single che, all’apice di una giornata da dimenticare sotto tutti i punti di vista, finisce investita da un SUV.
La tragica fine di una giovane donna nel fiore degli anni? Ma anche no.
Betsy non ne vuole sapere di “rimanere morta” e si risveglia nella camera mortuaria, la notte prima del suo funerale, con addosso abiti rosa di pessima fattura e con scarpe orrende della sua strega-matrigna.
Dopo la perplessità iniziale, Betsy decide che “vuole” davvero morire: peccato che le sarà impossibile. Ci proverà in molti – davvero molti! – modi ma il suo corpo non ne vorrà sapere di ammazzarsi definitivamente. Fino a quando non deciderà di tenersi la sua vita da non-morta e andarsi a prendere, come primissima cosa, le sue adorate scarpe firmate (mania assoluta della protagonista!) che la matrigna – strega! – aveva pensato bene di sgraffignare dal suo appartamento ancor prima di averla messa sotto terra.
Ovviamente ci saranno alcuni stereotipati amici che, resi irresistibili grazie all’esuberante penna della Davidson, finiranno comunque per conquistarci. L’amica che ti accetterebbe anche se tu fossi una non-morta-zombie, il nuovo amico gay e un nemico che vuole conquistare il mondo dalla risata diabolica.
Tutto ciò avrebbe potuto trasformarsi in un flop incredibile se l’autrice non avesse avvalorato la presenza di questi personaggi (sicuramente volutamente stereotipati per dare ancora più enfasi al lato “ridicolo” del romanzo) con la sua assurda, ma divertentissima, ironia.
Accanto a Betsy che combatte a colpi di battutine il cattivo che “la vuole dalla sua parte perché – ovviamente – lei è speciale” abbiamo anche il bello e tenebroso della situazione: Sinclair.
Ovviamente questo e la sua cricca di servi non potranno fare a meno di credere in un’assurda profezia che vedrà in Betsy il suo rappresentante perfetto: la nuova regina dei Non-Morti è arrivata!
Peccato che Betsy, di essere regina non ne vuole sapere proprio nulla!
Ma Sinclair e l’allegra combriccola la vorranno con loro e la corromperanno (e non vi diciamo neanche con “cosa”!) affinché combatta con loro per la sconfitta definitiva del sociopatico di turno: Nostro. Eh, sì, proprio Nostradamus.
Molto bello lo stile della Davidson, molto semplice, efficace ed irriverente. Impossibile non scoppiare a ridere di fronte alle assurdità pensate dalla protagonista, o agli occhi a cuoricino che immaginiamo incollati al suo viso quando passa di fronte ad una vetrina piena di scarpe alla moda.
Un romanzo leggero che regala al lettore esattamente ciò che promette: relax e risate. Sicuramente da leggere e, alla fine, sarà impossibile non attendere con ansia il seguito! ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
MaryJanice Davidsonprimary authorall editionscalculated
del Rosario, KristinDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jaber, PamelaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Long,ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spier, NanaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wu, NancyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zeller, StefanieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to Anthony Alongi, my editor, my partner, my bearded nemesis, and my friend. All praise to my darling husband.
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The day I died started out bad and got worse in a hurry.
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Hampton & Son, realizing about a year too late that they had to slash costs, decided administrative layoffs were the way to go as opposed to, say, cutting the six figure salaries of senior management. The clerks and secretaries had been deemed expendable. But vengeance would be ours. Without us, those twits couldn't even send a fax, much less run the company. (chapter 1)
I love my cat. She's a pain in the ass, but she's dependable, and has never once told me to change my shirt because I look like a crack whore in periwinkle blue. Heck, the whole reason I was in this fix was, in part, because of Giselle, but I hadn't gotten rid of her, or even snacked on her. I was definitely a cat person.

Which is why it was unbelievably annoying that dogs now found me irresistible. Before I woke up in the funeral home, I had ignored dogs, and they had ignored me, and we'd gone about our separate business. No longer. (chapter 11)
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First Betsy Taylor loses her job, then she's killed in a car accident.  But what really bites is that she can't seem to stay dead.  And now her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious power-hungry vampire in five centuries.

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After being killed in a car accident, fashion savvy Betsy Taylor becomes one of the undead and, with the help of her newfound friends, the lure of designer shoes, and a sexy vampire, must destroy a dark enemy and fulfill her destiny as the prophesied vampire queen.… (more)

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