Undead and Unstable (Betsy Taylor Series #11)

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“If you’re fans of Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake, don’t miss Betsy Taylor. She rocks” (The Best Reviews)—and she’s back once again as a vampire queen who finds herself an unlucky (but fashionable) passenger on the road to damnation…

Betsy’s heartbroken over her friend Marc’s death, but at least his sacrifice should change the future—her future­—for the better. But it’s not as if Betsy’s next few hundred years will be perfect. After all, her half-sister Laura is the ...

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Overview

“If you’re fans of Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake, don’t miss Betsy Taylor. She rocks” (The Best Reviews)—and she’s back once again as a vampire queen who finds herself an unlucky (but fashionable) passenger on the road to damnation…

Betsy’s heartbroken over her friend Marc’s death, but at least his sacrifice should change the future—her future­—for the better. But it’s not as if Betsy’s next few hundred years will be perfect. After all, her half-sister Laura is the AntiChrist, Laura’s mother is Satan, and family gatherings will always be more than a little awkward.

What’s really bothering Betsy is that ever since she and Laura returned from visiting her mom in Hell, Laura’s been acting increasingly peculiar. Maybe it’s Laura’s new job offer: as Satan’s replacement down under. Unfortunately, the position comes at a damnable price: killing Betsy, her own flesh-and-blood.

Over Betsy’s dead body. And for that matter Marc’s, too, since he’s not quite as buried as everyone thought. Now a war has been waged—one that’s going to take sibling rivalry to a whole new level, and a dimension where only one sister can survive.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
A vampire queen misses her late friend…until he mysteriously returns. Betsy "Don't-Call-Me-Elizabeth" Taylor is having a hell of a week, which is quite a feat for the reigning vampire queen. She's in the throes of mourning her dear friend Marc when she makes a unilateral decision to bring him back from the dead. The idea doesn't go over so well with her housemates, but Betsy's indifferent to everyone's opinion but her own. Before she can spring into action doing--well, she's not quite sure, but doing something--she and her husband, Sinclair, discover Marc dissecting Betsy's dead cat. Even though they live in a world of the Antichrist, werewolves and other supernatural folk, zombie-Marc is unexpected and not universally welcomed. Concerns about the politically correct way to say zombie ("metaphysically-challenged"?) are preempted by a more pressing need to address and contain the unwanted visitor to the household. As with all women in charge, Betsy knows she's got to clean up the mess, but it seems possible she's going to make things worse and not better. Davidson's latest seems to be less interested in presenting new action than in laying groundwork for further volumes in her series (Undead and Undermined, 2011, etc.). The same mixture as before, but with more Game of Thrones references.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425247570
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Series: Betsy Taylor Series , #11
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 609,765
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 1.10 (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 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 June 30, 2012

    Saddened

    I was a fan from book one page one. The last three books have left me feeling cheated. What has happened MJD?

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    This series was great in the beginning but the last several book

    This series was great in the beginning but the last several books just rambled without much of a plot. I used to look forward to new books in the series but think I have read my last one.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    The Stream of conscious writing got really annoying and was obvi

    The Stream of conscious writing got really annoying and was obviously a filler to extend what could have been a 100 page novelette.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    This book was okay. The last two or three books in this series

    This book was okay. The last two or three books in this series haven't really done it for me. Seemed like a lot of babble about nothing where the character couldn't stay on track. I get that is a part of this character but it gets annoying when that is over 3/4 of the book. Plus, I feel like this story didn't make sense in terms of the order of a few story lines. Maybe I missed something or forgot but I feel like things happened in the last book for reasons she doesn't find out about until this one (staying vague so I don't spoil anything). I don't know, I liked the series until the last two books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    It seemed like 75% of this book was "standing around, drink

    It seemed like 75% of this book was "standing around, drinking smoothies, and talking". I think this whole future/past stuff is just getting too convoluted. They spend most of the novel trying to figure it out, and there's very little action. I loved the beginning of this series, but I wish she would wrap it up in some sort of satisfying ending since I haven't liked the last 3 books very much. I've read her other series, so I wish she would finish this one and concentrate on writing about something else, since I enjoy reading her books. I'm not sure if I will read anymore in this series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    Horrible book. Loved the series at the beginning but the last f

    Horrible book. Loved the series at the beginning but the last few books have been pretty bad. Rambling on and on not only was confusing, but annoying. I don't plan on reading any future books from this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    one of the better books out there. enjoyed it from the beginning

    one of the better books out there. enjoyed it from the beginning

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Used to love this series....

    .... notice, past tense. I love quirky Betsy, however, her quirks were a large part of my annoyance with these past three books. Betsy's ramblings in these books were less charming in these books. That, on top of the writing style, made these last three books not only difficult to follow, but almost painful to read. When i finally got to the end it was quite a let down.....and then rambled on.......through multiple epilogues....

    Will think twice before i buy the next one. MD, please dont let us down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Great Book if you like vampires, funny happenings you will love this book and all the rest of the series.

    This book was in keeping with the rest of the series, and was action packed with lots of funny places. It is a book to rest with and laugh out loud and get misty eyed. A book is a true friend that you can visit and revisit over and over again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Let Down.

    I normally love the Betsy Taylor Series! I recommended this series to everyone I know. MaryJanice Davidson is a great author; However, The past two books (Undead and Undermined and Undead and Unstable) felt like they could have been one book. Although I love where the story went and I will definitely read the next book in the series if she continues it, I felt these two in particular were rushed. Undead and Unstable was just Betsy running around not doing anything. Literally! There was no drama or action or romance until the very end of this book. I believe it was a good set up for whatever happens next though. That's why I still gave it 3 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Funny

    Fun exciting.....where are the babies?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Love

    Loved it soooooo funny

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    I love Betsy! It is great, even after so many books i still enj

    I love Betsy! It is great, even after so many books i
    still enjoy reading it and cant wait for more. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    A Rejuvenation of the Series

    After the last book I almost gave up on Queen Betsy. Horrible did not even cover my impression but I am a fiercly loyal consumer so I decided to give Betsy another chance. I was VER pleased with the latest book. Humorous, entertaining and a good storyline. Parts of it were a little "dumbed" down for my liking but Betsy isn't exactly a rocket scientist either. If you've read the other Betsy books give this one a chance. If you haven't read the others be sure to start at #1 fo you'll have NO idea what is going on.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Delightful

    As always MaryJanice Davidson is light, serious and fun. Storyline is well written with the character development moving along. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    This was awful. I cannot see wasting my money on this series ag

    This was awful. I cannot see wasting my money on this series again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Betsy is absolutely hilarious!

    Hilarious

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Loved it!

    I loved this book. It cleared up things and left it open for more. I enjoyed the series and hope it continues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Good series

    Not as good as the others in this series 233 pages read in day the ending was very good tho

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

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