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Undead and Undermined (Betsy Taylor Series #10)

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12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

a fun urban fantasy at the usual lunatic pace expected from MaryJanice Davidson

After spending less than an hour in frozen July 3015 and a side trip to Hell and a visit with mother dearest Lucifer, Betsy Taylor and her half-sister Laura the Antichrist return to present day St. Paul where they agree they must somehow fix the time line to prevent wha...
After spending less than an hour in frozen July 3015 and a side trip to Hell and a visit with mother dearest Lucifer, Betsy Taylor and her half-sister Laura the Antichrist return to present day St. Paul where they agree they must somehow fix the time line to prevent what they witnessed in the future. Nutso vampire Marc-Thing follows the siblings back from the thirty-first century. Betsy knows she needs to read the Book of the Dead without going insane; thankfully she has a deal with Satan allowing her to peruse the Book in exchange for watching Satanist movies with Laura.

However, her shoes lead her to even crazier scenarios. The strangest being awake in a Chicago morgue as plastic bagged Jane Doe 291. Back at the mansion in St. Paul, Betsy compares notes with Eric and others to understand what is going on as no one is quite like they were before her time traveling ended on a slab. That is until she realizes someone in the future wants Betsy Taylor dead before she can become the powerful Queen of the Vampires.

The magnificent muddled middle book in the time altering miniseries (see Undead and Unfinished for the opening act) is a zany frolic that contains the consistent restraint of self indulged yet caring in her insane way Betsy. The excessive superego with a muted edge as she has seen in her future Betsy has gone too far with her selfishness. Over the top of the Metrodome, fans will relish the second thriller in the changing Taylor landscape as the jocular story line is a fun urban fantasy at the usual lunatic pace expected from MaryJanice Davidson.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 11, 2011

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4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Thanks!!!!(not)

You really shouldn't tell the whole entire stroy in a review Harriet Klausner!!!!!!!!!

posted by 5697559 on July 5, 2011

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Nothing happens and nothing changes

    I hated the last book but couldn't abandon the series. I waited a year and had high hopes for this book. Nothing was resolved and nothing even really happens in this book. All the characters that we have grown to love are barely in this book. There was no action or suspense like there once was in previous books. I feel like Betsy has grown into a very unlikeable character and I almost wish this series would just reach a graceful end. Davidson managed to create an amazing series but in the last two books she has ruined its very essence. Time to end it before more harm is done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2011

    just okay..

    I really wanted to like this one. The previous one, I thought, was great because it gave us a good shock at the end. I was honestly getting bored with reading the same thing over and over. This book felt like it was just setting up. It was an extremely quick read and I felt like more could have happened. She wasn't the same funny Betsy and the writing not as witty. Hoping for more with the next one. Pretty much a waste to spend so much on the nook book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Urg!!!

    If books could do belly flops in a giant pool of blah then this one would. Such a let down after I gave the last book in this series 5*'s and a big fat glowing review. It reminds me of a Scooby Do episode were every one is being chased through random doors only to run head first into each other in the hallway. Every page seemed to plop some "Oh and btw...." bit of confusion in a big steaming pile. Still love the series but after such a great turn of events this one lagged and didn't manage to move the story forward at all.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    Falls waaaay short of the previous books...

    I LOVED most of the early books in the series and enjoyed all of them. So much in fact that I read the series in a week. This particular book fell way short of the others, IMHO. It was tough to stick with (and if I start a book, I have to finish it), the storyline was awkward and it felt a bit disjointed at times. I hope the next book is substantially better. The sereis is worth the read because it's light and humerous- just don't expect much from this particular book. It was fine, not good or great like some of the others.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Okay

    While the first few books in the series were amazing, it's past due for this series to end. They keep repeating and undoing themselves. Let what happens happen and stop reworking it and rewriting the whole history of characters nine books later.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    As suprisingly disappointing as Marc's love life

    I am one of those who embraced the shocking ending of the last book, so was eagerly awaiting this installment. Unfortunately, that ending was misleading, and instead of introducing a deeper, more intelligent Betsy who learns from her experiences, she woefully regressed in this book. Betsy's characterization was so scatterbrained and selfish that she lost a great deal of her earlier charm. The whole scenario with shoes being her choice over a friend was alarming-yes, shoes have always been her passion, but underneath that shoe lust (far, far, underneath) I was always sure she loved her friends more. Guess I was wrong. Will I read the next book? Yes. BUT, I will either wait for the paperback or borrow it from the library.

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