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Undead and Unreturnable (2005)

by MaryJanice Davidson

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Series: The Undead Series (4), Queen Betsy (4)

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Eccoci con il quarto volume della serie Undead/Queen Betsy, chick-lit e paranormal romance, della scrittrice americana MaryJanice Davidson, il cui titolo è Non-morta senza ritorno.
La storia riprenderà da dove è finita nel precedente capitolo, Non-morta e incompresa, quindi vedremo Betsy che cerca di instaurare un rapporto con la sorellastra Laura, figlia del Diavolo, di cui ha conosciuto l’esistenza solo da poco.

Inoltre c’è un matrimonio da organizzare, uno sposo poco interessato al lato “umano” del rito nuziale da celebrare, l’infinita serie di fantasmi in cerca di vendetta (ovviamente per niente interessati agli impegni della giovane Regina) di cui Betsy non riuscirà a liberarsi, ma dovrà assecondarli.

In contemporanea, un serial killer in città sembra sia attratto da donne con la stessa fisionomia della protagonista, e che quindi si ritroverà pericolosamente vicina a un crollo nervoso. Sia però benedetto lo shopping! Da brava shopaholic, per la nostra protagonista ogni scusa è buona per evadere in un bel po’ di acquisti.

La nostra Regina, tra i mille impegni (fare da babysitter al piccolo fratellastro, avere a che fare con un fidanzato dal temperamento incostante e una nuova rubrica di consigli vampireschi da seguire), si ritroverà spinta qua e là nel frustrato tentativo di conseguire anche ai suoi obblighi di regina, per quanto non desiderati.

Lato negativo purtroppo di questo quarto libro è la mancata ironia e leggerezza dei libri precedenti, la trama è, aihmè, inconsistente e non facilità il lettore ad avere il giusto interesse per questo capitolo.

I personaggi, come nelle classiche chick-lit, risultano sempre uguali, ovvero troviamo una protagonista bizzarra, il bello, l’amica ricca ma spiritosa, il gay, tutto quindi un po’ troppo limitato ai classici stereotipi di questo genere. Mi sarebbe piaciuta un po’ di novità che né la sorellastra di Betsy né i fantasmi riescono a dare, forse a causa del poco spazio a loro riservato.
La storia – più breve rispetto ai libri precedenti – scorre velocemente, senza lasciare però alcun segno, probabilmente per la mancanza di quel qualcosa che permette ad ogni lettore di avere un’impronta su di sé della storia che legge. Oserei quasi dire che lascia completamente disinteressati.

Lo stile è lineare e, anche se a tratti risulta beffardo e sopra le righe, appare tutto sommato rigido, immobile, non riuscendo ad andare oltre il semplice divertimento.
Concludendo, quest’ultimo libro non aggiunge nulla alla serie, rendendo ingiustificato, e persino sprecato, il prezzo del libro stesso. Speriamo in un miglioramento sui prossimi capitoli. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
4th in the Queen Betsy series. This one takes place at Christmas time and Betsy is planning her wedding to Sinclair. The plot on this one kind of goes everywhere. One of the big plot points is a serial killer. Betsy is "visited" by one of his victims and they find the killer This also has where Jessica starts dating Detective Nick. George the fiend starts to become more human and more crocheting. Betsy's sister Laura seems to be turning to the dark side, she wails on George and she also end up killing the killer because he makes her mad. Just basic fluff but fun to read. ( )
  ChrisWeir | Jan 27, 2017 |
a bit slower than the last few books, but still a fun read ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
This was sort of all over the place with the relationships and the plot; but there's still a lot of the snark and humor. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 13, 2013 |
Transferring the books on my spreadsheet to Goodreads
  sally906 | Apr 3, 2013 |
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MaryJanice Davidsonprimary authorall editionscalculated
del Rosario, KristinDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Long,ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
ProExAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Worrell, LesleyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wu, NancyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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FROM THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: 'And the Queene shall noe the dead, all the dead, and neither shall they hide from her nor keep secrets from her.'
FROM THE BOOK OF THE DEAD: 'And she will noe Evil in many forms, and defeat it should that be her will, and be the Protector and Avenger of all the dead, for as long as shalt be the will of the Queene.'
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In honor of my grandfather,

John Opitz,
who taught me to do the best I could without complaint.
Which, like all important life lessons,
is lost on me.
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From the St. Paul Pioneer Press December 15, 2005
THIRD WOMAN FOUND SLAIN. Minneapolis, Minnesota. The body of an Edina resident was found this morning at approximately six-thirty A.M.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425210812, Mass Market Paperback)

As if she needed yet another reason to shop, Queen of the Vampires Betsy Taylor is in the middle of planning the perfect wedding to drop-dead gorgeous vamp Eric Sinclair. And she’s not about to let little things like death and blood-drinking get in her way.

But all is not bouquets and bridal showers—Betsy is plagued by ghosts who demand her help in rectifying their past mistakes, and a serial killer is on the loose. With his victims all being tall, blond women, Betsy fits the profile exactly…

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:34 -0400)

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Betsy the vampire queen is faced with the trials and tribulations of the holiday season, as she struggles to cope with a half-sister who is the devil's daughter, an evil stepmother, a fiend living in her basement, killers and spirits running amok, and a spring wedding to plan with her one-time nemesis, Eric Sinclair.… (more)

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