Undead and Unwelcome (Betsy Taylor Series #8)

Undead and Unwelcome (Betsy Taylor Series #8)

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by MaryJanice Davidson
     
 

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Suburban housewife and vampire queen Betsy Taylor makes an alarming discovery: her half-sister is truly the Devil's daughter, and she can't wait to raise hell.

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Suburban housewife and vampire queen Betsy Taylor makes an alarming discovery: her half-sister is truly the Devil's daughter, and she can't wait to raise hell.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425227732
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Series:
Betsy Taylor Series, #8
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Chapter 1

So, if I’m reading this correctly, you’re avampire now. Not a secretary.”

“Not an administrative assistant,” I correctedautomatically. I mean, jeez! I knew Cooper wasold and creaky, but what century did he think wewereliving in? (Or in my case, dying in and thenreliving?)

“The important bit,” Cooper went on, “is aboutthe vampire.”

“Well, yeah.”

“And how you’re the queen of them.”

I sighed and flopped into an airplane seat. I examinedthe toes of my navy blue Cole Haan Penny AirLoafers . . . not a scratch so far. “I guess some peoplewould consider that an important point. The queenthing.”

“It’s bulleted and boldfaced. Also, the date ofyour death is in italics, along with how you don’thave to urinate anymore.”

“My pee or the lack thereof is nobody’s business!”I gnashed my teeth and added, “Give me that.”

I snatched the memo away from Cooper soquickly, he didn’t see my hand move until his wrinklyfingers wereclutching air. This startled himinto a gasp, which we then both pretended I hadn’theard. That, I was learning, was vampire etiquette.Or, that is, vampire etiquette when dealing withhumans. I’d finally figured it out after three years ofbeing undead.

There should be a class, you know. Vampire EtiquetteWhen Dealing with Humans 101. In anotherfifty years, I could teach the stupid thing.

I scanned the memo, my eyes bulging so muchthey felt like they weretrying to leap from myskull. Cooper hadn’t been kidding. Jessica had senthim a memo detailing my bodily functions. Twopages!

To: Samuel Cooper.
From: The Boss.
Re: Betsy, Vampirism, and Cargo.

Cargo? My gut churned.

And the part about me being the vampire queenwas bulleted.

“I can’tbelieve she sent you a memo.”

“She always does. And I send ’em to her. Increasingfuel costs, licensing issues, route changes. Youknow how expensive fuel’s getting now that China’sbuying all the oil? The E.M. ain’t cheap, you know.”The E.M.: Jessica’s private joke. It stood for EmancipatedMinor.

“And she sends her memos to me to keep me inthe loop, don’t you know. Seems this one’s a littlelate, though,” he muttered.

“ ‘Creepy speed and unnaturally grotesque super-strength’?”Aghast, I kept reading as other blechyphrases leaped out at me. “ ‘Still obsessed withshoes but married rich and can now actually affordthe stupid things’? That scrawny traitor, I’m goingto—agh!‘Immortality hasn’t given her any interestin any topic she cannot refer to in the first person.’Why, that—okay,I can’treally argue with that lastone, but she didn’t have to highlight it. Look! It’shighlighted.”

“So is ‘extreme narcissistic tendencies.’ In anycase, I’m to fly you to Cape Cod, so you can meetwith the King of the Werewolves and make sure hedoesn’tsic his pack on you.”

“I think it’s pronounced Pack.”

Cooper heard the capital P and nodded. “Right.This Pack, they’re pretty ticked? Because of that littlegal Antonia?”

I nibbled on the inside of my lip, distressed, asalways, by any mention of Antonia. It had only beena week. It didn’t still sting, as much as feel like a lateralslice through the liver.

See, poor Antonia was making the trip with us—inthe cargo hold, as all corpses flew. In a plain woodencoffin, the lethal bullet holes all over her skull stillnot filled in by an undertaker. My husband, Sinclair,and I had no idea what werewolf funeral customsentailed, so we’d given orders that her body simplybe placed in a coffin and loaded onto Jessica’s privateplane.

We didn’t even wash her beautiful, dear face.

But that was nothing compared to what we didwith Garrett’s body.

“Look, Cooper, the important thing is now youknow what you’re getting into. So if you can’tfly usout there, or if you think you—”

“Bite your tongue, miss. Or missus, I suppose. I’vebeen flying for Jessica Wilson since she was sevenyears old, don’t you know, and we’vehad hairy daysand we’vehad hairy days.”

“Cooper, I never, ever want to hear about yourhair.”

He ignored me. It was just as well. “I’ve seenand heard things—nevermind, that’s private familybusiness.”

“Oh, come on, we’rebest friends. I mean, Jessicaand me.” I didn’t know if Cooper had any friends.“There’s no way you know stuff that I don’t—”

Cooper ruthlessly interrupted my shamelessscrounging for gossip. “This doesn’tscare me.” Henodded at the memo, inadvertently crumpled inmy fist. “But I surely wish Miss Jessica had told meearlier.”

He meant, of course, “Like, how about before Iflew you and the vampire king to New York City foryour honeymoon, dumbass?” But Cooper neither a)freaked out, nor b) quit. And thank God, becausefinding another private pilotat this hour would havebeen a bitch.

“You got a problem with the boss?” I asked.“Take it up with the boss. What I want to know is,are we still leaving at eight o’clock?”Because if weweren’t,I (and probably my husband) was going tobe in big trouble with seventy-fivethousand werewolves.I held my breath, remembered for the thousandthtime I didn’t have to breathe anyway, andwaited for his answer.

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
1969
Place of Birth:
Minot, North Dakota
Website:
http://www.maryjanicedavidson.net

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Undead and Unwelcome (Betsy Taylor Series #8) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 213 reviews.
SLeano More than 1 year ago
*Warning: may contain spoilers for those new to the Besty series, as well as, my bitter/blunt point of view* You have been warned so here goes .... I have to say that the Undead series is probably my favorite series. I love the characters and the dynamic created by their interaction. The previous books have presented the reader with a hilarious eventful ride. However, the newest addition saddens me. I understand that the last books have deviated from the very explicit sexual side notes (which my deviant self enjoyed) in order to appeal to a broader audience. But seriously, even without all the lewd sex, Unwelcome fell short. The interactions obviously weren't there since the group was separated throughout the entire book. The whole Cape Cod werewolf Council was long winded with very little happening. Big surprise Betsy is pretty much unkillable *sarcasm intended*. Since the group is halved, Davidson decides to incorporate Marc's insight by way of journal entries. I personally don't care what Marc's thinking. He definitely adds to the banter, but the book has been told by Betsy's point of view. Why deviate now? Speaking of banter, Unwelcome completely lost the great verbal duels. Sure there's a squible here and there, but nothing to right home about. Too much of the book is spent inside Betsy's mind. I love Betsy's narcissistic two cents, but she spends too too too much time explaining previous story lines. FYI: the series has a cult following. We are not newbies and therefore remember: (a) the difference between the Ant and Antonia, (b) how they died, (c) the whole "Monkeys Paw" story and where BabyJon came from, and (d) that Laura is the very unstable daughter of the devil/Lena Olin. In future installments, I hope Davidson spends more time on plot than on explaining what has happened thus far. Didn't we get a "here's-the-story-up-to-now-in-no-particular-order-sidebar"? Lastly, since Davidson is unable to rewrite the book according to my tastes, I would like to petition the future incorporation of more Tina time. Tina is a great side character. Unfortunately, the only glimpses the reader gets of Tina is via email or 5 second interludes with Marc. I enjoy the little innocent looking, pansy eyed ninja warrior/royal secretary. Whether she's serving Sinclair his newspaper and tea or going screw loose nuts to protect the King and Queen, Tina adds a quirky spark to the mix.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've loved this series from the start, but Undead and Unwelcome fell very short of the previous books. For starters, it should not have been a hardcover - I'm a little disappointed that I paid hardcover price for such a short story. Second, it read as though Ms. Davidson is getting sick of her own characters and just quickly churned out SOMETHING to satisfy her publisher/contract. This seemed more like an outline to the "real" novel. If you haven't read any of the previous books in the series, forget starting with this one - you'll be completely lost. Up until this book, each character's personality and storyline was revisited, and done so quite subtly, so that the reader really got to know everyone. This story was so rushed and pieced together (especially with the whole backstory of Marc's diary entries on the subplot - which made no sense whatsoever), that it was just plain frustrating to read. This one - plot, dialogue, characters - fell flat.
LVB4H8T More than 1 year ago
This was another quirky romp in the Queen Betsy saga. As always, the wit & zippy dialogue were tasty brain candy. The Wyndam wolves (especially the future pack leader) were a nice change as well. Somehow, though, this book fell a little flat near the end with the sisters' battle. I was especially happy to see Marc getting more page space. I get a little annoyed when the the gay character is kept off screen and Marc has spent too much time in the emergency room away from the action. And while the climax at Cape Cod was a bit of an anti-climax, I found it emotionally satisfying because when you lose a dear friend in the end all you can do is grieve. So I enjoyed my short visit with Betsy and the gang and am looking forward to the next installment. IMO author Mary Janice Davidson can string words together, can paint a wonderful character profile, and makes characters who would normally seem unattractive come to life in a way that makes them sympathetic. I just didn't see all that in this installment. Sorry, 4 stars.
SillyGoose More than 1 year ago
The other books in the undead series I breezed through, enjoyed and raved to others about. This one was a little painful. It took 3xs as long for me to read. I just couln't get into it, there was so much recap of past books it lost it's touch. The diary writing was a goofy way to keep the at home going ons in the book. I agree with a lot of the other reviews this book could have been summed up in a few pages rather than stretching it out for 280 by adding useless recap after recap, and usless trivial thoughts. I am interested to see if MJD reads and takes notes of any of these reviews and #9 will be better. Bring the old style back! If you like the series you should read this one just because but don't pay full hardcover price. Share with others, library or something cheaper. Not worth the $.
SFVampFan More than 1 year ago
While I have always enjoyed MJD's writing, this book seems to be a throw away; 85% rehashing of events from her earlier books, 5% new information, 5% new story and 5% interesting. And that's being kind. The book is expensive and the type font is HUGE so you get very little new story for the buck. I expected more from this author that to spit out a book like this with so little thought to it. Obviously, this author is getting lazy. While I have been a huge fan of the Betsy storyline and have recommended MJD's books to friends, this book is a slap in the face to her fans by wasting our money by delivering the promise of a new story and giving us 5% of one. A HUGE WASTE OF MONEY!
Amshar More than 1 year ago
This is one of the weakest installments in this series and seems more like writing something for writing's sake rather than because there was a story that needed telling. The main plot of Betsy and Sinclair making their case to the werewolves concerning previous events is so uneventful it could be summed up in a few paragraphs...not that the story needed to be shorter. Short and uneventful as it was, it seems it would have been better served by being combined with the next installment. Laura's freak out is a mere escalation of her previous behavior and is completely unsurprising. The fact that it isn't resolved in this story isn't surprising but disappointing. There just wasn't enough plot here for a whole novel. Marc's diary seems more gimmick than interesting turn, especially as his part in the plot was as usual, barely important.
KitchenQueen4eva More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of this series and was extremely excited for this installment to come out. The day it came out, I walked to the Barnes & Noble 20 minutes from my school during my lunch so that i could get it because I just couldnt wait! I was a little put off by what I had to pay for this book, but thought it would be well worth it because I've loved the rest of the series...I've decided it may be more worth waiting to get the next one from the library. I was extremely dissappointed by Undead and Unwelcome. Too much time was spent of recaping the events of preveious books, unnecessary in my opinion because those reading the eighth book in a series are likely to have read the books that came before it and know what's going on. I was curious to know what was going to happen in the book, so it did keep my attention, just not in the ways I was hoping. I disliked the journal entries from Marc, I personally don't care what he is thinking. Overall I think the book was ok, but not great and that the series has become more about book sales than creating an interesting book that people are going to love.
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I love her books, I can't wait to read the next four that are out. Besty is funny and love her sarcasm. I love the crazy twists it as had. It always keeps me going and has my attention. 
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Undead and Unwelcome brings fans back into the Betsy Tayler series. People who read this novel will enjoy the hilarious antics of the ever loving vampire queen. While some say that this novel fell short as opposed to the others, I disagree. Instead of sticking to a mind numbing plot that happens in every other book before this one, a new scene comes into play that involves werewolves. This novel is fast paced, easy, light, and fun. I would highly recommend continuing the series and seeing what happens next as queen Betsey becomes older.. and perhaps a little wiser? B+
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bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
Epub/Vampire Chcklit: I kinda didn't want to read this because book 7 wasn't that good (aka: no real plot), but I had it on my iPod. With several of the characters dead or MIA, I felt the story flowed so much better. I still miss the Betsy of ole: having to budget shoes on salary and calling Eric "Sink Lair" instead of Sinclair. I miss those days. I liked Eric's diary too. It's intertwined with Betsy's first person narrative and makes the book flow more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was ok but it could have been better. It was short and not as funny. Hopefully the next ones are better.
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