Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Undead and Unwary

Undead and Unwary (Undead/Queen Betsy - Book 13) by MaryJanice Davidson

Publication Date: 10/07/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Sensation
Genre: Paranormal
Pages: 320
ISBN-10: 0425263444
ISBN-13: 978-0425263440

(Received for an honest review from Berkley Sensation)

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Books in the series

Undead/Queen Betsy

     1. Undead and Unwed
     2. Undead and Unemployed
     3. Undead and Unappreciated
     4. Undead and Unreturnable
     5. Undead and Unpopular
     6. Undead and Uneasy
     7. Undead and Unworthy
     8. Undead and Unwelcome
     9. Undead and Unfinished
   10. Undead and Undermined
   11. Undead and Unstable
11.5. Undead and Underwater
   12. Undead and Unsure
   13. Undead and Unwary

Coverart: Click the Image for a larger, clearer view of the covers in this series.

Excerpt from, Undead and Unwary, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.


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” (BooklistNew York Times bestselling series continues…


MaryJanice Davidson returns with another book in the Undead/Queen Betsy series. Undead and Unwary is the thirteenth book in the series and fans will be thrilled with the humor and banter between Betsy and her cohorts. The Queen of the Vampires is up to her ears in new responsibilities and lots of family drama. Davidson excels at quirky characters with so much dysfunction that the reader can't help but laugh and she does it again in this book and gives readers just another reason to cheer for Betsy as she tries to re-organize Hell.

I've got to admit, first of all that this is my first Betsy book. MaryJanice Davidson has done very well for herself with this series and she has tons of fans to prove it. Being a paranormal fan, you would think I would have tried this series out by now, but it has somehow stayed off my radar. There were some things that I liked and some things that I found daunting, coming into the series at book thirteen. Davidson has created a world where a lot of impossible things are possible and that alone was reason enough for me to like this one.

Betsy has a very eclectic household, that includes a ton of characters. Which provides the reader a lot of different angles to view the story. But it was a bit confusing for someone who has never read any of the other books. It didn't take me long to figure out who Betsy's lover was, Sinclair, or who her sister was. Betsy refers to her as the Antichrist, which I found exceptionally funny. But all of the other characters were harder for me to place. I wasn't sure how they had all come to live together or what each persons significance was. Also there was the issue of some sort of time warp disturbance that had things in the house turned upside down. I said all that to say this... Read these in order, I think you'll understand it better and enjoy it more. That's not to say that I didn't have some good things going on in this one.

I loved the humor and the banter that MaryJanice Davidson uses in this book. Betsy has a penchant for sarcasm and I loved that. Her inner dialogue is irreverent and full of one liners that a person won't be able to pass up. The way she talks about her sister is just too funny. Now that they are tasked with running Hell, together, they are going to have to spend some time together and it was a riot. The humor was well written and added a lot to the story.

From what I could gather, Betsy is a bit new to the responsibility of Hell and she doesn't seem too interested in making a go of it. Add to that, that some strange things are going on in her household and it's a recipe for disaster. There were parts of the book that had a feeling of immaturity to them that I couldn't quite understand. I thought maybe Betsy was just a little irked with her title of Queen, but it was obvious that this was not what she had in mind for the way her life would go. It was a bit disconcerting to read. I wanted her to accept her life and her responsibilities and get on with it. She does come around a little bit, but I was still somewhat disappointed in the way she handled things.

The bigger part of the story is told through dialogue. There are pages and pages of it. And in some books that works and in others it doesn't. For me, it didn't quite work here. I had a terrible time trying to follow some of it and had to go back and re-read several portions to try to understand what was meant to be shared. As I said before, this is my first book by the author and perhaps that is just part of her style. But it was new to me and a bit too hard to understand. 

Bottom Line:

I liked the humor in this story, but I felt very out of place with most of the book. I didn't get a good feeling for the author's style and way of writing. It was hard for me to follow and seemed at times too immature for my tastes. However, none of that may be the fault of the author or writing. I am pretty old school when it comes to reading and this was just too different from what I was used to for me to enjoy, but that doesn't mean it won't be for you. Give it a try and see what you think!

Undead and Unwary is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 3 out of 5 apples from my book bag! Based purely on my own issues with it.

About the Author:

MaryJanice Davidson is the bestselling author of several books, most recently Undead and UnsureUndead and UnstableUndead and UnderminedUndead and UnfinishedUndead and UnwelcomeUndead and Unworthy, and Dead Over Heels. With her husband, Anthony Alongi, she also writes a series featuring a teen weredragon named Jennifer Scales. MaryJanice lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children and is currently working on her next book.

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holdenj said...

No, I haven't read these either, but have always been curious, because of the setting. And I have a friend who thinks very highly of the series.

cyn209 said...

I have yet to read any books in this series, tho I have more than several in my TBR!!!!

Theresa N. said...

No some how I've missed this series, but I would love to.
Theresa N

NoraA said...

I've read every book in this series and in some cases you need to have read them to stay in tune with the humor and the jokes.

I'd love to add this Betsy book to my collection.

lag123 said...

I have not readany of these books. Must add them to my TBR list.

lag110 at mchsi dot com

Ericka Cooper said...

I've read almost every book of this author's. This is her most prolific series and you most definitely have to read her series in order. This one did get a bit draggy toward the end but some other reviews said she's back up to par and I really want to read this book.

jmcgaugh said...

I've read a couple of them and thought they were pretty funny.

Carl Scott said...

They look like cool books. Even though I haven't read any yet I think I'd enjoy them. Thanks

traveler said...

I have not read the books. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

rubynreba said...

No, I have not but I think they look good.

Charlotte said...

I haven't read any of these books.

Texas Book Lover said...

I have not read any of them yet but have several on my shelf to read when I get them all (or nearly all).


Bonnie Gill said...

I love this series. I love that Besty grows throughout the series. She cracks me up. It's been a while since I've read one and I didn't know she has a new one out.

Marcy x said...

no i have not read this series because i generally do not read paranormal. but this series is successful that i just might start reading this paranormal one.

bn100 said...

No, I haven't

Anita Yancey said...

I have not read any of the Undead books yet. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Kimberly Wyatt said...

I've not read any of them yet but the pop up constantly on my Goodreads suggestions. I do think I like the cover art on the earlier books better.

Natasha said...

I haven't yet.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Carol Bee said...

I have seen the undead books, but I have not had a chance to read them yet.