Undead and Unworthy (Betsy Taylor Series #7)

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Since tying the knot with Sinclair, like hasn't been all marital bliss for Betsy. Sinclair has been perusing The Book fo the Dead, Betsy's being hounded by a ghost who's even more insufferable in death than in life, and a pack of ancient vampires has decided to pay an unwelcome visit.

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Overview

Since tying the knot with Sinclair, like hasn't been all marital bliss for Betsy. Sinclair has been perusing The Book fo the Dead, Betsy's being hounded by a ghost who's even more insufferable in death than in life, and a pack of ancient vampires has decided to pay an unwelcome visit.

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The best vampire chick lit of the year.
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One of the funniest, most satisfying series to come along lately. If you're fans of Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake, don't miss Betsy Taylor. She rocks.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425221624
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Series: Betsy Taylor Series , #7
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (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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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    MJD points out in her introduction that the new cover of UNDEAD AND UNWORTHY reflects the new direction that this book and the two upcoming ones will follow; a mini-story arc within a story arc. Frankly, I'm not all that thrilled. <BR/><BR/>Betsy is still Betsy -- still childish, still prone to immaturity, still interested with having sex with her new husband as often as possible, still the new guardian of Baby Jon (although he's conspicuously missing from this installment), still back-and-forth with best friend Jessica, still vampire-non-grata for Detective Nick. <BR/><BR/>It's all still there, with a bit of humor thrown in, and a new weird sideline into what I guess is the aforementioned "arc." <BR/><BR/>My biggest complaint with the story was the fact that, although after seven books I realize that MJD never goes into much description for ANYTHING, I was shocked that there was a major (and majorly depressing) conclusion to the book that was summed up in about three pages. <BR/><BR/>I hate that. Really. I don't expect the author to go into intricate detail (a la Stephen King) of description, dialogue, and backstory (as I said, it's not MJD's trademark), but just a few pages when you've seriously lessened the number of main characters?? <BR/><BR/>Okay, overall, I didn't mind spending 2 1/2 hours reading UNDEAD AND UNWORTHY. And I'll still follow the series, even though it's not as great as it once was (basically, during the first two books). But I'm putting MJD on notice that, really, it's just not right to indiscriminately kill off some of my favorite characters.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008

    A DARK TURN

    This story looks like she is going in a much darker direction. There was not the fun and games like in the first books. I hated the cover, but it alerts us to the change in direction she is going. It appers to me that she is getting marketing advice on how to compete with the likes of Laurell K.Hamilton. I read the Betsy books because it offered a change of pace---it was funny. I will give her next book one more chance.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

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    The book was too grim...I miss the style of the earlier books...I have to say I will give the series one more book...and if it continue on this grim road...I will have to stop reading the series....I miss the old Betsy....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    What Happened to Our Betsy?

    Like the others, I too was disappointed with this installment...and yes, HATE HATE HATE the cover!!The story was dark and grim, the humor was definitely missing...please bring back the Betsy we know and love leave the dark and grim to the likes of Laurell K..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2009

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    Oh, MJD, what have you done?

    Encroaching darkness, death of cool well-liked chatacters, so NOT the way to go! Like many other fans, if I want a "dark" read, there are plenty of other authors to supply one. I read MJD because Betsy is fun and funny. If this is how the next two books are going to be I will definitely skip them. No second chances. I refused to pay full price hardcover prices for this book after seeing the reviews, and I won't even buy the paperback. If you must read this addition to the series, go to the libraby or used book store.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    good, but not the best in the series by far....

    I enjoyed it, but there have been far better entries in this series. I advise passing on the hardback and wait for paperback or get it from the library, or shoplift it as the author suggests in her foreward which may have been the funniest part of the whole book! Funny but didn't blaze any new territory. The cover BTW is horrible, I much prefer the previous ones and this doesn't seem to suit the lighthearted tone of the whole series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

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    This seemed like a darker version of her normal vampire read. I was really let down by this latest version. I also much prefer the old covers. I'll just wait for the paperbacks from here on out, hope she gets back on track, I always loved her humor, Hope she gets it back!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

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    I am seeing a LOT of bad reviews for this book, but have to say

    I am seeing a LOT of bad reviews for this book, but have to say it's not as bad as some say. In one way, there is a LOT more action than there has been in her previous books in the series. On the other hand, the ending is a LOT more morbid than the endings and plot of her previous novels. I suppose I see a little change (as well as less humor) but nothing that completely sets this book aside from the others. Betsey and Sinclair are still at it, as well as Marc and Jessica. Only, we are missing two minute characters. All in all its a good read, and I wouldn't stop reading just yet..

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

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    EPub/Vampire Chicklit: I liked it, but I had a hard time getti

    EPub/Vampire Chicklit: I liked it, but I had a hard time getting through the first part of the book. The biggest problem was that by chapter 25, every character from the past six books showed up for a cameo or was name dropped. I was wrong. By chapter 38, EVERY character showed up at the mansion or was name dropped. It was too much at one time; especially in the first 50 pages. Too many past characters and too much vague back story. The past plots and characters are bought up and there is no need for it; get the story to the driveway. There ended up being no plot and too much arguing.

    Another problem is that the author writes short stories in anthology books. That would be fine but there are new characters introduced.or major Betsy World changes that should not be in a anthology book. I am not a big fan of the short story and choose not to read them. Another issue is that some characters have two names.

    The author, says in her introduction, that was also long-winded, that the story is going into a new direction. I really did not see it until the end. There is a tragedy and I hope Betsy will grow from it. Betsy is a selfish fashionista and it did seem like she was growing through the first few books. However, she seems to be going backwards mentally with the wealth her husband has brought her. The book actually got better when she got away from her husband and house guests. The Ant is annoying. Antonia is even worse.
    My biggest peeve was bad grammar. The narrative is in first person. When a line of quoted dialog is put in a sentence all by itself, I expect it to be said by the narrator, Betsy. Most of the time it was. But several times it would be Sinclair or in other cases I had to reread it to figure out who it was speaking. In two cases, I could not figure it out. Unless it's Betsy talking, the editor should have specified the character speaking.

    The good part is that this is a short book. I have the next two or three books on EPub so I go ahead with them, but Betsy was funner when she was worried about how she was going to pay for a new pair of shoes on her credit card. You must read at least some of the past book and anthology to understand this book.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    BE AWARE

    This series was a fun read but in book the author betrays everything she laid out in the first 8 books and in the last 2 pages of book 9 turns out everything about the characters is a lie so enjoy but be forewarned before you waste your money without knowing so at least you can purchase them knowing that if you read those last 2 pages the first 8 books are a waste of your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

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    Undead and Still Hilarious!

    I have been a fan of this series since the first book and this book keeps the hilarious dialogue coming. In this book, the fiends are after Betsy and she has to use all of her know how to find a way to deal with the problem. Her friends, Jessica and Marc help keep things light, and in perspective as Betsy tries to keep them from becoming fiend meat. There are many touching moments between her and Sinclair as they explore married life together as well. If you enjoy this series, you'll love this book!

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Loving the undead series

    I've been hooked since the first one! I'm not a big fan of the cover change, but the story still has the same banter between characters with an always "snarky" Betsy providing laugh after laugh. I can't wait to see what adventure Betsy finds in the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    Loved It!

    I love all of the Besty Taylor books! They are great books that keep you laughing with the fun banter between the characters. Always excited for the next one.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    It's Been Too Long

    I've been waiting for this book to come out in paperback for a while now and how quickly my enjoyment has come and gone. To be perfectly honest, it was just so refreshing to read another undead story that it could have been complete poopie and I still would have loved it. Either way, I thought it was a nice easy read and I'm looking forward to the next one which comes out in paper back in a couple of months! YEAH!!! I'm ready for Betsy to kick some butt!!!

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

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    umm so so

    I love MaryJanice Davidson's style of writing BUT this book was kind of slow to me. I think it's just like with movies, after so many, enough is enough. I lost interested with the last couple of books in this series.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    I didn't think is was THAT bad...

    In looking at all the reviews and the negative comments I was expecting #7 to be terrible and just depessing. I didn't think it was that bad. Yes I agree it wasn't as "funny" as the ohters. The characters that are not with us after this book, weren't strong all the time meaningful to the plot characters. Not to say I wasn't bummed knowing they will not be in book 8. The new covers are not "cute" like the other books, but as I said it's not as funny as the others either. In the front of the book MJD states it's almost a trilogy within the series. I think you ahve to have a new mind set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    undead and unworthy

    For the price of the book, I expected a lot more than what was put in it. That will be the last Davidson book I purchase. The publisher really did miss that one up!

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    I hate this

    Did we need another serious vampire series? I think half the draw of the Betsy Taylor series was its irreverent look at just what being a creature of the night entails. I'm angry that MJD took an original idea that was so fresh and wonderful and turned it into the same old same old. If I want to read about serious dark and depressing vampire stuff there are many authors who do it better than MJD. But no one did humor better.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    GREAT CONTINUING STORY LINE

    This is one of my favorite series. It's quirky, funny and highly entertaining. I love the characters. The author's writing style mixes fantasy and everyday normal life together in a totally believable world.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

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    Meh...

    Not My favorite Betsy book. I got it from the library even tho I purchased the other books, and I won't be buying this one. At least the author warns us at the beginning that this book will be different. <BR/><BR/>It seemed to skip and jump around and left me saying "wait...what happened, who died?!?" I totally agree with 'TeensReadToo' who wrote it all out better than I would have. <BR/><BR/>Save your cash on this one.

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