Undead and Unappreciated (Undead/Queen Betsy Series #3)

Undead and Unappreciated (Undead/Queen Betsy Series #3)

by MaryJanice Davidson

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Overview

New York Times best-selling author MaryJanice Davidson has made listeners jump from their seats with her thrilling tales and roll on the floor with her biting humor. Her Undead books–starring sassy, fashion-conscious vampire queen Betsy Taylor–are a unique treat worth sinking your fangs into. In between running her vampire nightclub and hunting down the perfect pair of shoes, Betsy learns her long-lost half sister Laura is actually the spawn of Satan. Complicating matters, prophesy states that the devil's offspring and the queen of the vampires are destined to rule the world together. Breaking the news of world domination to her newly discovered sibling might be a bit more difficult than Betsy imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425204337
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2005
Series: Undead (Queen Betsy Taylor) Series , #3
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.02(d)

About 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.

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

1969

Place of Birth:

Minot, North Dakota

Table of Contents

Interviews

Heart to Heart Interview with MaryJanice Davidson

Heart to Heart: We love Betsy Taylor, inadvertent queen of the undead. How did you get started on this series?

MaryJanice Davidson: Would you believe, it was as simple as a picture in my head I couldn't get rid of? I had this vision of a tall blonde woman waking up in her own coffin, and not only was she dressed badly in cheap shoes, but she didn't even know she was a vampire. And I thought, how come she doesn't know? In the movies, you always know you're a vampire. How'd she wind up in a coffin in bad lighting? And the Betsy series was born.

HtoH: Will the hardcover debut bring her a bigger audience?

MJD: Cripes, I hope so!

HtoH: And will Sinclair ever...evolve? Grow up? Whatever?

MJD: I think he will, most definitely. You know what they say about the redeeming powers of love.

HtoH: You've had one of those "overnight successes" that took years.

MJD: You're right, it did take years! Oh, wait. That's not a question.

HtoH: Did you always write funny? Did you always enjoy writing in different genres?

MJD: Yup and yup. I guess it all goes back to my rampant immaturity. I can't be the straight man, so to speak, when I'm writing. As for writing in different genres, I like to read in different genres, so I guess that's why I write in them, too. I'd get bored if I had to write the same thing all the time.

HtoH: Were there any particular books you read as a teen that prompted you to become a writer -- and a writer with an interest in the paranormal?

MJD: Oh yes...there was this one book, The Girl with the Silver Eyes, about a teenager with telekinesis, that I could only find on my summer vacation when I'd visit my grandpa's house. So every summer, I'd get that book out over and over again until school started.

HtoH: Can it really be true that starting in July [2005], you have a release every month through February?

MJD: Yes! It can be true.

HtoH: Does that include a new book for the sexy werewolf Derik, introduced in Derik's Bane?

MJD: Close...there's a Wyndham werewolf novella that I'm literally finishing this week. It's called A Fiend in Need, and it's Antonia's story (the grumpy psychic werewolf from Derik's Bane).

HtoH: Are you getting enough sleep?

MJD: Tons! Although, if I'm on a hot streak I'll often look up and realize it's after 10:00 p.m., which is a long day of writing when you start around 8:00 in the morning. What can I say? I'd rather write than just about anything else.

HtoH: Is it too quiet in Minnesota?

MJD: Never! If it was less quiet out here, I wouldn't be able to think all these stories up.

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Undead and Unappreciated (Betsy Taylor Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 287 reviews.
Catamaria More than 1 year ago
Twilight can't even compare to this series--I have read the series published thus far. LOVE IT! Waiting for more from Mary Janice Davidson. I recommend this series to many of my students looking for something new and exiting to read--have started our own bookclub at school and this is one of my top trades!!! Keeping them coming MJD. LOVE IT!!!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Betsy, Queen of the vampires, detests everything about her new life except the midnight sales. The worst part of being an undead is she desires the king her alleged spouse Eric Sinclair, but on the other hand wants nothing to do with him or his minion. Her dad arrives to inform Betsy that she is not to come to her evil stepmother¿s baby shower, which is why the event is being held during the day; Sinclair offers to go in her place. Her flustered dad lets slip that his spouse had a child when Betsy was thirteen and her father was still married to her biological mother. Apparently, the child is her stepsister. --- They visit step-mom and Eric hypnotizes her into revealing a little more information about Betsy¿s half-sister starting with abandoning the infant on the floor of a hospital lobby. As Betsy investigates with the unwanted help of Eric, her gay roommate and two other vampires, they begin to find a devilish trail towards the long lost half blood relative.--- The third ¿Un¿ and ¿Un¿ contains all the wacky fun from the previous two tales (see UNDEAD AND UNWED. and UNDEAD AND UNEMPLOYED), but retains a brisk sparkle due to the delightful amateur sleuth investigation. Betsy is her usual irreverent self still wondering how she became queen and why she cannot escape Eric¿s lure though a late shoe sale still solaces the soul (that is if she has one). MaryJanice Davidson is at her humorous biting best with this devilish tale of our favorite vampiress since Vampirella started seeking a blood relation.--- Harriet Klausner
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
During this book Betsy deals with her nightclub, finds a half-sister who is the daughter of the devil (the devil took over her stepmother's body for a while), goes to her stepmother's baby shower and deals with her romantic life with Sinclair and the other vampire politics.
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back to a much stronger story. Betsy has a half-sister. Her half-sister is in the Book of the Dead... which can't be good news.Betsy does some reading, which drives her temporarily insane, but there are some repercussions which aren't necessarily strongly handled, but are spelt out and are plausible.Betsy's half-sister is the daughter of Satan, but adopted by a priest, and comes over as the all-American bible-goer. But when she gets angry...There is also a wedding and a proposal as Betsy settles into life more fully and finally admits how she feels about Eric.
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betsy is back as Queen of the Vampires. She has acquired a club called Scratch but as she won't let the vampire staff bring their "sheep" or feed off the customers (or kill them!) the club is failing and looks like it will go bust. At the moment it's her only source of income so she begins to put her energies into rebuilding the clientelle.Her step mother, the Ant, is pregnant and when her father visits to make sure Betsy doesn't attend the baby shower he accidentally lets slip that the Ant had previsouly given a baby up at birth and Betsy has a half sister. The Book of the Dead has a prophecy about her as well, she is the daughter of the Devil and is due to bring about the end of the world. Betsy myst find her and make sure she doesn't...Betsy is sick of hearing about prophecys in an "oh by the way" fashion so she decides to read the Book of the Dead for herself. The problem is that if you read it for too long, you go mad. She reads for too long as predicted and becomes evil Betsy. She attacks her friends and has sex with Sinclair and has a lot of relationships to mend. She also manages to gain a new vampire superpower so it's not all bad.Another fun installment. These are a great light read, sex and the city meets vampires. I really like Betsy and her sense of humor. Jessica is a good character too and I am looking forward to spending more time getting to know her half sister Laura.
Tudorrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't think I enjoyed this one quite as much as the last one - and I was a little put out by the fact its under 200 pages! What there was was fine and still quite funny, light stuff but I think given the price of books we could expect a little more value for money.....
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Undead and Unappreciated is book 3 in Mary Janice Davidson's hilarious Queen Betsy Series. You must be thinking that I'm on some kind of undead kick here - and you're RIGHT! After a slow start to the series, these books just keep getting better and better.Betsy Taylor will tell you, it ain't easy bein' Queen (especially when you're Queen of the vampires.) Her life is in crisis. Newly returned from Europe, her sexy sneaky consort King Eric Sinclair, is determined to win her over without telling her too much about the prophesies in the Book of the Dead; her father and step-mother Antonia (the Ant) are about to have a baby; and she's just learned that she has another half-sister floating around out there who, p.s., is the child of Satan - literally. Add to that impending business failures and the fact that she goes a bit evil for awhile after spending too much time reading the Book of the Dead - her life is straight out of a daytime soap opera! And it's fan-freakin-tastic.Undead and Unappreciated is chocked full of quirky characters, side-splitting scenes of utter hilarity, and drama, drama, drama! It's total guilty-pleasure reading and I'm lovin' every minute of it. Much like the previous two books, I devoured Undead and Unappreciated in one greedy gulp. It is a witty and entertaining read that has me reaching for the next book even as I type this line. I can't wait to see what happens next to Betsy and her band of feisty friends!
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betsy Taylor is still trying to adjust not only to being undead, but a Vampire Queen. It hasn't been easy; especially the not being able to eat meat and having to drink blood part. She also has to deal with employees of her nightclub Scratch and her attraction to her vampire consort Eric Sinclair. All of this is more than enough but she also has family matters to deal with - her stepmother (who hates Betsy) is pregnant and Betsy finds out that she has a half sister, who just happens to be the devil's daughter. Now Betsy has to find this half sister before she takes over the world. "Undead and Unappreciated" is a funny, light read - the kind of book that I enjoy while reading it and wonder why after finishing it. Betsy is a fun heroine, but can be annoying at times especially her never-ending obsession with pricey shoes. Betsy's best friend Jessica is absent for large chunks of the book, which is a shame because she's one of the best characters. Since this book is part of a series, there is little plot development and the plot lines that do emerge, like Betsy's sister (Laura Goodman - the name is one of the obvious jokes in the book) are not concluded by the end of the book. There are some good moments in the book including the introduction of Laura (who is more than she seems) and Betsy's decision to read "The Book of the Dead" (which actually makes Betsy a well-rounded character) but they are few and far between. A lot of the book feels like filler (especially Betsy attending an AA meeting) that doesn't go any place and I got tired of characters staring meaningfully at each other with no explanation. I could also do without the now seemingly obligatory fight at Scratch. "Undead and Unappreciated" is a very light, humorous, fun to read paranormal romance - just don't expect a lot of plot.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 3 ¿. Once again Queen Betsy has missteps and misunderstandings, but this time it leaves her feeling alone and disconnected from not only her people (the vampire community), but also her friends and her consort. Her usual fumbling, while still funny, was not as well received but her introduction to her sister went better than planned. Still the comic relief for any paranormal reader and even though we have a few important informational and emotional moments, once again I found the whole thing nothing more than a good time. I still plan on reading the more of the completely unreal and silly series - everyone needs a good laugh every once in a while. Next up is Undead and Unreturnable (might be another shoe reference?) but loved the new sister and the new situation with Erik Sinclair.
ankhet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Queen Betsy and the gang are here for a third round - and what a round! This time, Betsy finds out that her bitchy stepmother is pregnant with Betsy's half-sibling - and not for the first time! Betsy sets out to find her half-sister who just happens to be the child of the Devil. No, really. Oh, and did I mention that Betsy finally admits she loves Sinclair?This series has definitely grown on me. Betsy is annoying me less. It's not because she's getting any smarter or any less vapid, but because I'm getting used to her, and growing to love her as a character. And Sinclair! Hoo boy, he just gets hotter with each book!I know this is a short review - I'm hurrying off to read book 4!
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Queen Betsy is back and just as funny as ever. I particularly enjoyed the appearance of Evil Betsy and her hell spawn half-sister.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this third ¿Undead¿ book to be rather anti-climatic¿ or maybe non-climatic would be a better word. When I got to the end, all I could think was ¿That¿s it? Am I missing pages? Were chapters left out of my ebook?¿ Not a lot happens here. Basically, Betsy finds out she has a half-sister who¿s really the daughter of Satan, goes a little crazy after reading the Book of the Dead for too long and has to apologize to everyone, has one confrontation where she finds out some important facts about her new half-sister, and finally admits that she loves Sinclair. And¿ that¿s it. Maybe we find out more about this prophecy with her sister in the next book? All I know is that this one was pretty lacking.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third in a series of romantic comedy chicklit vampire stories about Betsy the vampire Queen. Very funny, quick, and enjoyable, this is another great recommendation for light reading.
bookswamp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
vol. 2, funny again, but not so much as to buy further sequels
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this series right from the very first book. I find it very hard to put these books down because I just have to know what is going to happen next! Quick paced and wonderfully funny!Now it's been awhile since I read the last book, but I didn't find it difficult at all to continue and jump right back into the story. A few funny things happen to Betsy as the story progresses. She is tired of Eric holding things back from her so she takes it upon herself to read the Book of the Dead on her own. Well, she doesn't listen to anyone so what happens? The book makes her evil for a short period of time. In that time, she does some things that she later regrets!But she does learn more about her half-sister and actually meets her. She thinks that she's fabuous. Now when she starts having some problems with her employees down at Scratch, she realizes the true powers that her sister holds!Betsy Taylor is so stubborn that it takes almost the entire book for her to realize that she is in love with Eric. Actually right after the incident with the Book of the Dead and when it seems that Eric is more into her sister. So then we see a more sensitive side of Betsy towards Eric.MaryJanice Davidson is a wonderful writer. She keeps the action flowing and keeps the comedy coming. This book had plenty of plot twists, so I just had to keep reading so I knew what was going to happen!
talksupe.blogspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
read full review at talksupe.blogspot.comwhat I really love about these books is Betsy's unfiltered mouth, her immaturity and vapidness. The woman is just so ridiculous at times that you can't help but like her. Well, at least I do. Just because she's thirty doesn't mean she has to be a constant mature adult, which is how this thirty-one year old feels. As for our hottie vamp, Eric Sinclair, he fits the mold of the possessive, cold and mysterious vampire that any paranormal reader is used to.
raynekitten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Last night it was snuggle and read night with the boyfriend.. so I finally got a chance to pick this up. I must say very humorous and a quick read. I finished it before bed.. it's only 271 pages. The Main character Betsy is funny, sarcastic, lovable, emotional and enjoyable. Mary Janice really does a good job of wrapping you up in her world. I love the interactions between all the characters, the nicknames the happiness, anger, fear and sadness all the characters go through. There's a lot of internal dialogue in the book so you get to see a lot of what she is thinking which is fun cause she's a very funny character. I enjoyed the story a lot. It was very engaging, sarcastic, funny, thoughtful, interesting. The characters had life and brought you in. I really can't wait to read the rest of the series. I definitely give this a paw up :)Posted on my review blog. kittenreads.blogspot.com
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not really much plot here. Not very much sex either. It had a couple funny moments, and a couple of "nail-biting" ones, but nothing much actually "happens" during the story. I wish there had been more meat on the Book of the Dead thread, or on the Satan angle, but ... it was all just sorta quick and light and seems to have missed a great opportunity to thicken the plot. And the weird stuff that happened at Betsy's bar near the end of the book... what on earth was that about? The author adding on some action scenes out of the blue?
ShelleyJax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Undead and Unappreciated is the third book in the Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson featuring reluctant vampire queen Betsy Taylor. Betsy has now been a vampire for 6 months, and she still refuses to accept the fact that she¿s the vampire¿s queen. She now owns a nightclub that became hers after she killed Monique, along with all of her possessions. Of course, Monique tried unsuccessfully to kill her several times before that. The only problem is, the vampires hate her, and want her dead.Betsy ends up crashing an AA meeting that is actually filmed, and later finds out that Nick the cop¿s friend was in attendance at the time. She¿s there because she can¿t stand the taste of blood, but is a lucky vampire in that she can go days without doing so.Betsy then gets the shock of a lifetime when it¿s learned that her evil step mother Antonia, actually had another baby with her father and that she ended up giving it away because she wasn¿t herself at the time. (She was actually possessed by Satan at the time.) Ant, as she is called, purposefully tried to break up Betsy¿s parents¿ marriage, which she eventually did. The fact that Betsy has a half-sister that she has never met, and the fact that Tina once again forgets to inform her that it¿s in the Book of the Dead, which she has refused to read, riles her into action. ¿The Queens sister shalt be beloved of the Morning star, and shall take over the world.¿After Betsy finally settles into reading the Book of the Dead, she soon becomes agitated and vamps out. She bites and drinks blood from Jessica, her best friend. She then tells Marc off, and asks him why he is living with Jessica and Betsy. She finds herself basically raping Eric Sinclair into having sex with her. Finally, she attacks Tina, and gets knocked out in the process. Naturally, the guilt is overwhelming and she spends more time having to apologize to everyone.Betsy is also dealing with George, a vampire, who is one of the Fiends she saved from Nostro. George keeps escaping from Betsy/Nostro¿s mansion where the Fiends are being taken care of by Alice. George ends up staying at Betsy¿s home, and there¿s a story behind him that hasn¿t actually been told yet.The usual then happens to Betsy. She is attacked by vampires in her bar who refuse to work for her unless she returns things to the way they were: IE biting, and killing humans. They, again, try to attack her and kill her, only to be saved by Eric and Laura with her flaming sword. Likes: 1. The fact that this story moved fast, and is an easy read.2. That we get to meet her half-sister Laura Goodman who is able to wield a fire/light sword like nobody¿s business. Then there¿s the fact that she knows that she¿s Satan¿s daughter, (who by the way is female!) and grew up in a household that was basically religious and doesn¿t care for her mother¿s prophecy that she will one day rule the world. Laura is actually one of the decent characters added to this series thus far.3. I like the fact that she finally, finally tells Eric Sinclair, her husband, king and consort, that she love him, at which point she talks him into marriage. Of course, all it takes is her reading the Book of the Dead4.The ending. It seems that Betsy is finally coming to accept her role as vampire queen, when she marries Andrea Mercer and David Harris. Also, the ability to actually see the sunlight again, I believe, woke her up to her true powers.Dislikes: 1. The fact that Betsy is a shallow character who thinks more about her shoes than her being a vampire queen. There are times I can relate to how Betsy is feeling when everyone seems to dump on her and attack her and want her dead. Then she goes all uber tramp on me with the clothes and shoe obsession, and that's the point I turn her off. Sorry, can't relate.2. The plot in this one seemed to be all over the place. Yes, we know that not all vampires accept Betsy as their Queen, and they prefer Eric as their leader. I'm not sure why people really believe that Eric
Pattistreasures on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series, not loving it but it is enjoyable, there are times I laugh out loud but the Vampire queen can be a bit of an over kill at times with the same constant wise cracks mostly thats all that bothers me, people don't go around talking as she does, well at least no one I know. But then again it is a fun read and I am glad I decided to read it. The dark hunter books which I love this is just sooo the opposite of them. some good laughs and easy read too
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this latest volume in the saga of Betsy, Queen of the Vampires, everyone finds out Betsy has a half sister who is also the daughter of the devil, so that¿s super. Also, Betsy and Eric work on their relationship, which was hot. Plus, Andrea and Daniel from ¿Dead Girls Don¿t Dance¿ make a cameo and it was to see them again. Marc doesn¿t factor as much in this one which makes me sad because I heart him. I want more meaty info on the mythology of these particular vampires and especially more background on Betsy¿s sister, but those details do not seem forthcoming. Even if you¿re not that interested in this series, it¿s worth it for the image of a fiend learning to crochet. This review is nearly as rambly, inane and tangential as Betsy herself.
LaserWraith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wish Betsy could learn to fight for herself. >.>
CozyLover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Same old, same old as far as some things went. Betsy is still shoe obsessed, can't seem to keep out of trouble and has a love/hate relationship with Sinclair. But what else would you expect from a Queen Betsy novel and would you want it any other way?Tired of being mislead and having secrets kept from her Betsy decides to spend some time with the Book of the Dead, with disastrous results. Throw in a half sister she never knew existed, a pregnant step-monster and an angry band of old regime vampires and you've got yourself a heap of trouble. As usual, Betsy and her brethren prevail, love blossoms, relationships deepen, nasty vamps die and new info comes to light. A fun, fast romp in a great series.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betsy Taylor has discovered that she has a sister that was spawned by the devil, no not the Ant, but the actual devil. She needs to find her before she can destroy the world. This series is just too clever and witty. With the whole completely materialistic vampire queen to her very odd choices in friends, who could put these books down?
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although still funny and we got the devil's daughter, the series starts going south for me with this book.