Undead and Unfinished (Betsy Taylor Series #9) [NOOK Book]

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Vampire queen Betsy Taylor makes a deal with the devil in order to discover the secrets of the Book of the Dead. Just one catch: she and her sister must go to hell to do it. Just long enough to make nice with her mother, aka Lucifer, and take a detour through time...


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Overview

Vampire queen Betsy Taylor makes a deal with the devil in order to discover the secrets of the Book of the Dead. Just one catch: she and her sister must go to hell to do it. Just long enough to make nice with her mother, aka Lucifer, and take a detour through time...


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101188545
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: Undead/Queen Betsy , #9
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 59,023
  • File size: 347 KB

Meet the Author

MaryJanice Davidson
MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.

Biography

Reading the coyly self-deprecating autobiography on her web site, one gets the distinct impression that MaryJanice Davidson does not have the slightest interest in talking about herself. Perhaps it's because she simply doesn't have the time. Prolific does not begin to describe this chart-busting dynamo, the author of four bestselling series and literally dozens of novellas and short stories.

A writer with a few romances and YA novels to her credit, Davidson had tried for years to interest publishers in her idea for a humorous, tongue-in-cheek vampire romance. After dozens of rejections (and assurances that there was no market for paranormal!), she submitted her manuscript for publication online. An editor at a New York publishing house downloaded the story, was royally entertained, and contacted Davidson to acquire the print rights to Undead and Unwed. On the spot, she was offered a three-book contract.

When Undead and Unwed and its wry sequel, Undead and Unemployed, were released in early 2004, not one, but two stars were born: Davidson and her irresistible protagonist, the reluctant vampire queen Betsy Taylor. A smart, sassy, 27-year-old secretary, Betsy is killed in a freak car accident and wakes up (so to speak) to discover that she is not only a vampire but the much-prophesied Queen of the Undead. Readers loved Davidson's wry take on vampire literature, a genre long distinguished by its gothic self-seriousness. Betsy, with her smarty-pants attitude and passion for designer shoes, is one vampire queen who owes more to Sophie Kinsella than to Anne Rice.

While Davidson has continued to produce more Undead novels, she has also found the time to launch three other romantic fantasy series featuring 1.) a hybrid mermaid named Fred, 2.) an eccentric family of Alaskan royals, and 3.) a cyborg spy. All are infused with her trademark wit and imagination. In addition, she and her husband, Anthony Alongi, have written the Jennifer Scales series, originally marketed to young adults and re-released as fantasy fiction for all ages. Davidson also remains one of the most popular writers of paranormal romantica; her short stories and novellas appear regularly in anthologies.

Good To Know

Davidson is not the only one in her family to achieve fame. Her mother once broke the world record for target shooting.

Before she devoted her time to chronicling the love lives of vampires and werewolves, Davidson was voted Miss Congeniality in her high school.

Even though Davidson is one of the most popular writers of modern monster fiction, in real life she is actually terrified of the undead. In fact, she is currently holding a contest on her web site asking readers to put together a twelve-step program to help her get over her fear of zombies!

As she writes on her website, Davidson lived a transient life as a young girl. Her father's career in the U.S. Air Force led her to live in such disparate locales as Guam, Mississippi, and North Dakota. As she grew older, her life in the working world was just as restless as her childhood. She tried her hand at everything from waitressing to modeling to editing to a stint as a medical test subject (!) before settling on a career as a bestselling novelist. These days, her life may be a bit more settled, but it has hardly slowed down.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Davidson

"I'm a former model -- worst job ever, honestly."

"I'm a gigantic sushi hog -- it's pretty much my favorite meal."

"The more terrible and groaningly awful a horror movie is, the more I like it."

"Um, I like bubble baths? Seriously. I know that sounds like something a Playboy Bunny would say, but I really do."

"I like taking my kids to new restaurants and encouraging them to try new dishes -- we did "Dim Sum" just the other day."

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    So Disappointed...

    I was a HUGE fan of this series prior to this release. Betsy was cute and funny; a wonderfully light change of pace from some of the darker sets of series I was reading. Her relationship with Sinclair and her friends was refreshing as was her sense of style and shoe picks. then somewhere down the road...this book happened. First off, these cover changes should have tipped me off to the horror that was this book, it was a sign that I failed to follow. It feels like the author decided she didn't want to write a light series that made readers laugh, instead, she wanted to compete with the darker, more popular mainstream stories. You can't change a story line and characters after 8 books as drastically as this author did and expect readers to just go along with it, esp. with it being as poorly executed as it was. The extra long flashbacks and recaps that took up two thirds of the book were draining. The only commendable piece of writing was the time travel and the character developments from past to present. The epilogue is so horrendous, it makes me sick to actually discuss it. In fact, just skip it all together and save yourself the shock, anger and final disappointment upon it soaking in. I will buy the next book simply because I am a glutton for punishment and can't stop watching the train wreck thats to come. Hopefully we'll get some of the old Betsy and Sinclair and the author will have come out of her fantasy world...hopefully.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    Horrible ending

    I just finished this book, and I have to say I feel very sad and disturbed. I love Betsy; the dumb, selfish blonde. The future her seems too cold and evil, which I do not like. Please bring back the Besty the readers love. Please! Get rid of this miserable future that is being foretold.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2010

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    Booooooooooooooooo!

    This is even worse than the previous book in the series and that is saying something --something not good. The previous book was a novella in large print made to look like a full length novel. It neither progressed the plot nor held my attention. I had high hopes for this one and some of it was a bit better; there was some plot advancement. However, she has regressed her main characters (they were growing and learning and now they've taken 10 steps back). The moves forward in the plot were somewhat confusing and did not totally make sense. The comedy of the early books is sadly thin here. Worst of all the ending was AWFUL!!!!! It was like taking a winding car trip and then crashing into a tree. I am swearing off MJD. I will not be wasting my money to fill her pockets and getting this sad sort of effort in return.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2010

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    Doesn't live up to the other books

    I WAS a fan of this series! Really people, the writer's dialogue was terrible. She kept interrupting her own conversations with explanations or flashbacks. You had to go back and reread so you could follow! This went on for about a third of the book until the time travel part (which I did enjoy that section). She made some great connections with the characters through this section and then she wrote the epilogue... She ruined the series for me with that. It was such a downer! It left me angry at what she did to the "future" relationship between Betsy and Sinclair. This series was fun and witty, not anymore!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    Title should be "Undead and Finished"

    This is the worst book of the series; Betsy is still suffering from 'too stupid to live' syndrome. I made myself read this one while I loved books 1-7. This one was not an improvement on Number 8: Undead and Unwelcome which was very flat. MJD's characterization of Laura as the AntiChrist was disturbing and the visits to Hell were not funny. The time travel was confusing, not funny. While there were some mildy amusing moments, there were few, if any, real laughs. The epilogue was truly disturbing, cold, sickening and thoroughly nauseating. What direction is Davidson intending to take the remaining books in the series - if there are any more. She should stop now; she's jumped the shark, as they say. While she may continue, I will not. I'm finished.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    What a disappointment!

    Having read every other book of the Undead series 4 times (loving it each time), I could not wait until Undead and Unfinished came out! What a disappointment it was! Where were the editors?

    The book itself is well written with the typical hilarious antics of Betsy. However, the plot seemed to be created as just a way to write another book for the series. Some questions are answered. But it seems that throughout the entire book, the author is almost hateful of Betsy, changing her character as the readers have known her and come to love her. I found myself hating the character of Betsy in this book. She was annoying, rambling and selfish, past the point of funny which usually carries her through the other books.

    The epilogue was the absolute worst part of the book! It took our beloved heroine Betsy and turned her into a very evil entity, which pretty much ruined the entire series. I would have rather not read the book at all and just have the series end with #8.

    All in all, it seems that the author grew tired and loathsome towards Betsy and was ready to just be done with her. Such a shame.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

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    A wonderful urban fantasy

    Learning just who the mom of her half-sister is (see Undead and Unwelcome) still shakes the soul of vampire Queen Betsy Taylor; that is if vampires keep their souls once converted; if not at least shakes the soles of her new shoes. The last person she wants to deal with is her half-sister former Sunday School teacher the Antichrist Laura.

    Laura pleads with her sibling to accompany her as she needs to take a trip to Hell to meet her mommy dearest Lucifer. Betsy agrees that she has nothing better to do than go to Hell, but while visiting the devil's playground; she negotiates a Faustian deal with Lucifer that allows her to read the Book of the Dead without going insane; or at least crazier than she is. In payment Lucifer simply expects the siblings to have a good time using her hellfire sword that slices through time and place. However, the two sisters soon have a bigger quandary to confront than finding designer shoes as somehow their night on the universe is devastating the future; although the sisters are having problems calculating what future.

    To Hell and back to hell as Betsy and Laura just wanna have fun, but soon finds Lucifer crafted a diabolical deal. Humorous as always due to Betsy's sarcastic in your face (especially her beloved, her sister, some supernaturals, shoe sellers, and Lucifer) as well as scornful asides to the reader. Yet with the acerbic comedic commentary, fans of the saga will enjoy the latest "Un and Un" fantasy as Undead and Unfinished continues the grimmer trend started with the previous Taylor thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    Huge fan of the series!

    I picked up the first book in a used bookstore and was instantly hooked! I had to go buy all the books in the series! The books are hilarious! Being a huge gothic literature fan, this series was very refreshing and had me laughing nonstop. The main character, Betsy, is a riot and not your everyday vampire. I think Mary Janice Davidson's Undead Series ranks right up there with Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse Novels and Stephanie Meyers Twilight Series. The only thing I didn't like is that they started with new cover art with the eighth book. Books 1-7 had a very colorful playful cartoonish picture that had a comic appeal and they changed that to a more serious cover. The colorful playful cover of the first book is what made me pick it up and buy it in the first place.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    What a terrible let down.

    I hate to get specific about why I hate this book because it will give away the ending. IF you don't want to know how it ends, stop here. I have truly enjoyed the series and was always pleased when a new book came out. However, reading this one was like a stake through the heart. I can't understand those who reviewed it and said they couldn't wait to see what happened next. I think totally changing and/or doing away with all the major characters in the last chapter IS what came next. Unless they pull a Dallas and it is all a dream, or I really missed something, the series is essentially over. I can accept the idea we destroyed the earth, I can accept the idea that Betsy matured and became more responsible. I can almost accept Mark becoming an evil vampire. However that Hell is just like any other business, and Laura is the perfect devil; Betsy is now not just self-centered but cruel; and Sinclair is killed is too much. It is not squimishness, as my taste in books in very eclectic. I read alot, including sci-fi, suspense, horror, and graphic crime dramas. My objection is not that this book has a surprise ending; it is that the ending is totally unrealistic as to the context of the series. It wasn't consistent, it wasn't clever, it wasn't an "OH WOW, I didn't see that coming. It was just depressing and it really left a bad aftertaste.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

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    Almost a great book turned into a cheap trick.

    Where in the world was your editor? Up to the very end, this book capped the series well. It was well written and in keeping with the essence of the characters. Then you had to add that horrible epilogue. It is out of character with both the characters and the tone of the entire series. I had loved both. You just ruined them all for me. Why the cheap trick?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Betsy is still the Queen

    Great plot- great story one of her best written books so far. The characters are well thought out- truly a joy to read. I highly recommend this book! Would love to see it on the big screen!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

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    Did the devil make Mary Janice do it?

    Usually I love the wit and sarcasm in these books, and am turning the pages laughing. Not this one. Once you get past the mind numbing recaps (which go on, and on, and on)the plot (and I use the term loosely) turns dark and humorless. The ending just leaves you puzzled -is this the end of the series? Mary Janice seems to be telling her readers to go to hell with this piece. Such a shame to have waited this long for this book - I miss the shallow, funny, and foul mouthed Betsy and Sink Liar who loved her.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    Okay.

    This book made the entire series make an abrupt stop and a sharp left. It was confusing. She had too much going on and not enough motivation for the characters for such drastic actions. I love the series, just not this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

    Not what I was expecting...

    I have read all of the other books in this series. I must say that this is the most disappointing. I bought the eBook and the editing was shall I say, non-existant. Misspellings, typos and grammatical errors plagued it from beginning to end. But....that makes no difference when it comes to the story.

    I was anticipating this book as Betsy's humor entertains me. This one however felt like a rush to print because of it's lack of an in-depth story. The author spent way too much time explaining the back story. If you pick up that latest book in a long series and do not read the others to get the whole story, well that is your fault and I do not want my time wasted getting you up to speed. The story had NO twists and the epilogue! Lets just say that I could have lived the rest of my life without that. What direction are we going in now and how can you possible fix the plot direction without going off the rails? I will read the next one because I truly believe the author is talented. I just think that she may want to consider wrapping the series up cleanly and bringing Betsy Taylor into the station. Maybe even spinning off one of the characters and staying in Betsy and Sinclair's world. Maybe Laura? I don't care, there are a lot of interesting characters in the series. Then she can get us hooked on a fresh character. In no way am I dis-enchanted with Mary Janice Davidson. The book (editing aside) was as well written as the others. As bad as this one was, I look forward to the next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2010

    Ugh

    The book was tolerable (not as enjoyable as the previous 8) up until the Epilog. What is the deal with that? It left a bad taste in my mouth and I can't imagine how she can continue the series with that for readers to look forward to. Disappointed in Minnesota.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2010

    If you buy this book, wait until it is paperback!

    This book, comparative to others in the series, was not worth purchasing. The story line is buried in adjectives and descriptions. The main character, Betsy, just made my head ache due to being silly and insipid.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

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    best book of series...

    WOW. all the books in this series have been very interesting and entertaining, but the author blew me away with this last one. the plot was very complicated, although easy to follow, and answered so many questions, but yet also left couple big ones hanging. the last chapter i still cannot get over. WOW. the writing style is very unique and refreshing, but the main character can start to get a little annoying, can anybody really be like that, really [still makes me laugh though]?? obviously it is still worth the time, effort, and money to read all nine books insofar. lol, geez, still cannot get over the ending.. thats when you know its really good. really good. WOW.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    WOO HOO for Betsy!!!

    This is the BEST Betsy yet!!!! The way it's written you don't need to read the first 8, (but you SHOULD)!! MaryJanice does a recap at the beginning, so you kind of know what's going on and the end...OMG!!! It's the best. I bought the book yesterday when it came out (down load on my NOOK) and I read it in about 7 hours, I couldn't put it down!!!!! And funny, when I think about certain passages I burst out laughing!!! 5 stars all the way!!!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    The devil makes a deal with Betsy, the vampire queen. You see, Betsy is trying to make her way through the Book of the Dead but isn't having any luck. Without the devil's help, she may never get through the damned book.
    Laura's mother is Lucifer. Lucifer is not happy with Laura, who would rather help than raise hell. The deal was made and now Laura and her sister have to spend some time in hell. Literally. Lucifer wants Laura to have a change of heart, or no heart at all, when it comes to her current lifestyle.

    Will Laura find herself gravitating to the dark side or will she be naughty and deny her mothers wishes?

    This is the first book of MaryJanice's that I've read. I love that Laura has a heart of gold but her mother is so evil. The conflict between them makes for a very interesting read. I'm going to have to get books 1-8 now.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2011

    Dreadful

    I hated how it ended. I didn't want her to change in the end. Eric Sinclair was an interesting and great character. I do not see the point of having him(literally) killed off. I seriously wish I didn't read the rest of the book. Or the entire book for that matter. I loved the ditsy ticked of blond from the first book. Hated watching her change to the dreaded woman she became by the end of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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