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Undead and Unemployed (Queen Betsy, Book 2) (original 2004; edition 2004)

by MaryJanice Davidson

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Title:Undead and Unemployed (Queen Betsy, Book 2)
Authors:MaryJanice Davidson
Info:Berkley Sensation (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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Undead and Unemployed by MaryJanice Davidson (2004)

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The perfect book to read after finishing a tearjerker. I enjoy Betsy's sarcasm and sass! It isn't easy being Queen of the Vampires, but she's easing into the roll, whether she likes it or not.

Sinclair is growing on me, but I would like to see a bit more character building and "wooing" of Betsy. I'm not devastated by this. It's impossible to take these books too seriously. They are fun, light reads with enough humor to keep the blues away. ( )
  Becky_McKenna | Mar 10, 2016 |
I enjoyed this one more than the first, and I really appreciated that the author toned down the soft porn scenes. I enjoy the story for the humor and otherworldly element, not because I need help imagining graphic sexual encounters between heterosexuals! ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
It's been a couple months since Undead and Unwed. Betsy has still not adjusted to the fact that she is queen of the vampires and that with that title comes responsibilities. Betsy is determined that she will regain some semblance of a life and for her, this means getting a job and paying her own way through life. It should be simple right? Well, it might have been were it not for the fact that someone is killing vampires in St. Paul and as Queen of the Vampires, it's Betsy's responsibility to keep her people safe.

In case you are wondering, Betsy doesn't get anymore likeable in Undead and Unemployed. Betsy remains extremely vapid, whiny and just plain sarcastic. I don't think I have disliked a character this much since Charlene Harris's Aurora Teagarden and believe me, that's saying something. At this point, I am just going to go ahead and give up on any kind of character development in this series. Yes, I know it's early but Betsy is simply beyond hope at this point, even if she claims to be a feminist.

Betsy's relationship with king and consort Eric, continues to be stormy at best. On the one hand, I can understand Eric's frustration with Betsy's intentionally obtuse attitude towards everything vampire. Betsy has access to the Book of the Dead which will inform her about her role in the life of vampires and what she can expect as their queen. It would make sense for Betsy to read it from cover to cover but of course, Betsy cannot be bothered but whines when she gains new information from Eric and Tina, which she could have learned on her own, had she bothered to read the damn book.

Eric is controlling and possessive in many ways. Normally that kind of behaviour in a male love interest is beyond irritating to me but I cannot see any other way for Eric to make Betsy see the real danger she is in. I do however think that Eric took it a bit too far when he showed up at Betsy's job, demanded that she quit and when that didn't work, attempted to use his powers to force Betsy's boss to fire her. This scene is the only shining moment in the book for Betsy.

"My queen," he said, glaring down at me, "does not work."

"This one does," I said shortly. "And do you hear yourself? Jeez, I knew you were an ancient motherfucker, but even you must know women can have jobs now. And dammit! You made me say 'motherfucker' at work."

It's the only time where Betsy stands her ground and it actually makes sense. Yes, vampires are dying but Betsy should have the right to earn her own income as she sees fit and not be dependent upon Eric or Jessica for money.

Speaking of Jessica, it's clear that her main job is to support Betsy's lifestyle. When it turns out that Betsy's home is infested with termites, it's Jessica to the rescue with the purchase of a mansion. When Jessica is not pulling out her wallet, she is acting on Eric's behalf to bring Eric and Betsy together because she has determined despite Betsy's denials that Betsy has it bad for Eric. Jessica is so lucky that she even gets an invitation to Ant's party because of her wealth, which apparently overrules the colour of her skin. Jessica snarks about being offered chicken and watermelon to eat. Yes, it's racist but I still believe that Davidson adds these knock you over the head racist events because she really doesn't know how to write characters of colour. Racism is something that Davidson portrays casually. A good example of that is the exchange between Mr. Harris the cab driver and Detective Berry

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Aug 17, 2015 |
More like 2.5 stars, but again the reading by Wu was excellent. The story was fun, but not even as filling as a Sookie Stackhouse story. Queen Betsy & all the rest of the characters are more caricatures than 'real' people. The world isn't very complex nor all that imaginative. So it was OK & I'm really only giving it 3 stars because Wu does such a great job. Still, I'm on to listen to the next one. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Originally posted at FanLit.

??Oh. This sucks. This totally and completely sucks. The vampires all hate me and everyoneƒ??s trying to kill me!ƒ? ~Queen Betsy

Undead and Unemployed is the second book in MaryJanice Davidsonƒ??s QUEEN BETSY series. In the previous book, shallow and too fashionably-conscious Betsy died, came back as a vampire, and managed to kill the vampire queen, which makes Betsy the new queen. Her roommates and friends are determined to make sure Betsy gets the kind of royal treatment she deserves, but Betsy has no interest in fulfilling her exalted role. She just wants to work at her new dream job as a salesperson in the shoe department at Macyƒ??s. But when someone starts killing vampires in her city, her consort Sinclair insists that Betsy do something about it.

As I mentioned in my review of Undead and Unwed, the first QUEEN BETSY book, I ... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/undead-and-unemployed/
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  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
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del Rosario, KristinDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Friedman, JoniCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Long,ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wu, NancyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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WHEN I'd been dead for about three months, I decided it was past time to get a job. (chapter 1)
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[The receptionist's reaction to Betsy daring to call her workplace the unemployment center]
'I'm sorry, miss, that's RE-Employment. Unemployment centers are an anachronism. We're a responsive twenty-first-century re-employment one-stop center.' (chapter 1)
'Thanks very much!' I snapped. 'What'd I ever do to you, jerk? Here I am, minding my own business, and you throw holy water in my face! Look at my hair! And my shirt!' (chapter 14)
The Lucy Liu knockoff stepped to the big table in the entryway, pulled a knife as long as my forearm out of a heroic pile of weapons, and handed it to Marc, handle first, much to his surprise.
' Would you please', she asked pleasantly, 'drive this into my ear until I can't hear anymore'? (chapter 14)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425197484, Mass Market Paperback)

Being royally undead isn't all it's cracked up to be--there are still bills to be paid. Luckily, new Queen of the Vampires Betsy Taylor lands her dream job selling designer shoes at Macy's.

But when a string of vampire murders hits St. Paul, Betsy must enlist the help of the one vamp who makes her blood boil: the oh-so-sexy Sinclair. Now, she's really treading on dangerous ground--high heels and all.

 

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Undead, and unable to shake her penchant for shoes, Betsy Taylor, the new Queen of the Vampires, gets a job selling designer footwear at Macy's while trying to catch a vicious vampire slayer with the help of a gorgeous ally.

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