Undead and Unpopular (Betsy Taylor Series #5)

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This New York Times bestselling author's Undead series is more popular than ever!

With her birthday coming up, Betsy isn't in the best frame of mind to face the powerful European vampires who have finally come to pay their respects. Playing politics is not her strong suit, especially when she finds out her best friend Jessica may have a life-threatening illness. Sure Betsy can save her life by taking it-isn't that what friends are for?-but the ...

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Overview

This New York Times bestselling author's Undead series is more popular than ever!

With her birthday coming up, Betsy isn't in the best frame of mind to face the powerful European vampires who have finally come to pay their respects. Playing politics is not her strong suit, especially when she finds out her best friend Jessica may have a life-threatening illness. Sure Betsy can save her life by taking it-isn't that what friends are for?-but the choice isn't in her hands.

With her fiancé Eric dodging all the wedding plans, Betsy's plate is full-and not with birthday cake. But who has time to pout? Not even a reluctant vampire queen, who is taking it one high-heeled step at a time in MaryJanice Davidson's creative, sophisticated, sexy, and wonderfully witty series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425215999
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Undead Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 293,039
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2006

    What was the point?

    I just discovered MJD recently and read like mad to catch up with all her books. I couldn't wait for this one, but HUH? I't seemed this one was just a filler for the series. Nothing was really new, and I don't understand the Liam and Sophie angle. That whole arc to the story was weird. I hope the next one is better because I definitely intend to keep reading. Most of her books and short stories are laugh out loud funny.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    kinda disappointed

    i absolutely loved the series when it first came out. But i began to get disappointed by the third book. i would have to say that this one was the most disappointing of all. there was no evil super villian that had to be defeated. and although there was some of that humor that made me literally laugh out loud, it was about 200 or so pages of one scene.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2006

    Not One Of Her Best

    The Book Was Okay, It Was Not As Great As The First Ones In This Series, It Did Have Its Parts Allowing A Laugh Here And There, Could Have Been Better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

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    I Also Recommend:

    I love the Undead series; they are funny, have lovable character

    I love the Undead series; they are funny, have lovable characters, and highly entertain the readers. This book was pretty good, but I felt it was extremely quick, and that the there really wasnt any "point" to the story. Usually her books have a good climax to them, but this one seemed like it should have just been added to the 4th and 6th book. Davidson really didnt need to write this one as its own book. All in all though, I still love Betsey, Sinclair, Tina, Marc, and Jessica. I em excited to continue reading the series to see what else happend to the wildly funny UNDEAD QUEEN!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Love these books!

    Fun, and witty. But has anyone else had problems with paging forward? I have read the first four and all through the books it skips back, it is very annoying!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Great book - a must read

    another great read in the Betsy Taylor series

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    BE PREPARED

    This is a fun and entertaining series but be prepared that in book 9 the author betrays everything she laid out about the characters and the history between them so it amounts to your reading time being wasted because everything you know about the characters turns out to be a lie in the last 2 pages. These are fun just be prepared for book 9 I felt completely violated by the author and am very unhappy about wasting my time reading them 1 thru 8 are good on there own but avoid 9

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2010

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    This Series is awsome!

    When ever I pick up one of MaryJanice Davidson's books - I have a tough time putting it down!

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Great fun!!

    Wonderful series to read. Very Funny!!! Can't go wrong with these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2009

    Whiny and way to much swearing -

    Do people really use the *** word every time they speak? I don't know any! This book was whiny. I've read the first 4 books. I enjoyed them even though there was way too much swearing. But this book was bad!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    I loved this book!

    Quite simply any Betsy Taylor book is a great book! I've read them all and love them dearly. Mary Janice Davidson is brilliant. This book is pure fun and laugh out loud hilarious. I will read this book and this series again.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    LOVE THIS SERIES!

    KEEP THEM COMING! I will buy as many as she writes. This is the BEST series I have read--love the characters and the plot! A five star recommend!

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Hot Book

    I love this series but wouldn't suggest it too everyone due to sexual content and language but I find it great fun and different reading.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    Maybe I'm just burnt out on Betsy. Maybe it was the wrong time of the month to try and read UNDEAD AND UNPOPULAR. Maybe the full moon made my brain hurt. Regardless of the reason, I couldn't even finish this story, and that saddens me. <BR/><BR/>I love MJD, I love her sense of humor, I love her writing style. I didn't love this book. It seemed to be missing that irreverent sense of witty snarkism that always make me enjoy an MJD story. There were plot lines that seemed totally unimportant (and, in fact, ridiculous) to the plot--can anyone say zombie in the attic? <BR/><BR/>The fact is, sometimes the story was amusing. Sometimes I liked Betsy. Sometimes I thought Eric was still hot. Most of the time, though, I was simply bored and uninspired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    LOVE IT

    If you¿re a little confused on this one stop reading it and go find Dead and Loving it cause it is a short story that explains what is missing. Dumb Blond, yes I think so. This is about a dumb blond that dies and becomes a vampire. How much funnier can you get?! I think this book is to really pick on the serious ¿Vampire Novels¿. You know like Anne Rice?! Serious and vampire in the same sentence, is that not an oxymoron? Who¿s a dumb blond now? It is light and funny something that can make you just laugh and relax with a nice cup of coffee after a bad day of work or hot chocolate and a warm blanket when its raining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    I'm Saving Judgment...

    Maybe I'm just burnt out on Betsy. Maybe it was the wrong time of the month to try and read UNDEAD AND UNPOPULAR. Maybe the full moon made my brain hurt. Regardless of the reason, I couldn't even finish this story, and that saddens me. I love MJD, I love her sense of humor, I love her writing style. I didn't love this book. It seemed to be missing that irreverant sense of witty snarkism that always make me enjoy an MJD story. There were plot lines that seemed totally unimportant (and, in fact, ridiculous) to the plot--can anyone say zombie in the attic? The fact is, sometimes the story was amusing. Sometimes I liked Betsy. Sometimes I thought Eric was still hot. Most of the time, though, I was simply bored and uninspired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    Read This Book For Fun Only

    I was looking for something fun to read this summer and I found it in the Undead books. I have to say that all of the books have made me smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    Love her books!

    I love this series! I even turned a non-romance-reader friend on to these and she's crazy about them! Davidson is always able to inject humor into the most shocking of scenes, she's a truely inventive author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    Disappointing

    Betsy Taylor is Queen of the Vampires. She is currently engaged to Eric Sinclair, the Vampire King. In trying to get her wedding arrangement together and dealing with the on/off surprise birthday party, Betsy totally forgot about the European delegation arriving. Betsy wants nothing to do with the ancient vampires, especially since they should have appeared long before, but it is a queen duty she must complete. However, one member of the delegation is Alonzo. Alonzo is the vampire who murdered Sophie in 1892 when she was a bar girl. And Sophie is out to return the favor! ......................... Betsy is furious at Alonzo for committing the deadly deed, even if it was decades before she was born. Betsy gets madder when she realizes that Alonzo could care less about his actions against Sophie, that is, when he could even recall the incident. Sophie wants Betsy to execute Alonzo. Alonzo says he was young and in a type of blood rage, unable to help himself. (Not that he would have even tried to stop from playing with his food had he not been young.) Betsy understands both sides and feels trapped. Betsy loves Sophie, but must play nice to the delegation. And if she does nothing, Sophie will take matters into her own hands. ..................... Other major things are happening as well Liam, Sophie's [still alive] boyfriend, is about to let Sophie turn him into a vampire. This means that if Liam survives the process with his sanity, he will need to be closely watched for ten years while the blood rage is upon him. Jessica, Betsy's best and oldest friend, has myeloma. Delk's book about Sophie's undead life is about to hit the book stands and Delk does not even recall writing the book, thanks to Eric wiping his mind clean. And that is only the tip of the iceberg. ......................... ** This episode comes across as being too stilted. It felt to me as if the author was trying to inject humor onto almost every single page, but falling flat. Newcomers to the series will not be lost. The author tells the characters and their parts toward the beginning of the book however, it is done in such a way that the new readers will feel as though a dozen names are being thrown at them on one page. It is too much for a new reader to catch so fast. Betsy comes across as a rich, immature teenager instead of the humorous vampiress previous readers have come to know and enjoy. All-in-all, unless you are a big fan of this series, don't bother picking this book up. **

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An amusing entertaining vampiric fantasy

    Engaged to marry his highness Eric Sinclair, vampire Queen Betsy Taylor keeps telling the dead and undead not to throw her a surprise birthday party everyone says they will honor her wishes. The European royal vampires visit, but Eric says they insult them as they should have come last year. Still Eric tries to be the diplomat when a follower Sophie goes berserk. She recognizes Alonzo the vampire who killed her in the late nineteenth century.--------------- As Betsy tries to clam down Sophie, the raging vampire¿s human lover Liam wants to convert and to kill Alonzo not in that order. Betsy is a bit cranky as she has given up blood and her visitors don¿t make it easier on her as they believe she is undeserving to be queen let alone a vampire. Life after death interferes with buying midnight shoes as she plans her wedding, rehearses to act surprised at her surprise birthday bash, calm down Sophie, and let the Europeans know to stuff their opinions on her in the part of the anatomy that does not see sunshine (of course that is the entire body). Now less than one week before she turns one, there is so much to do and so little time to do it.------------------- This is a terrific Taylor tale that starts off zany (¿There¿s a Zombie in my Closet¿) and never slows down as all hell breaks loose on several fronts. Though often amusing there is a more serious undertone to the fantasy than in previous Undead tales. Besides the Alonzo ¿crime¿ that puts quite a spin on cold cases, Betsy best friend human Jessica is ailing with the vampire queen pondering the ethics of bringing her across against her will. As always MaryJanice Davidson provides an amusing entertaining vampiric fantasy.------------ Harriet Klausner

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