Undead and Undermined (Undead/Queen Betsy Series #10)

Undead and Undermined (Undead/Queen Betsy Series #10)

by MaryJanice Davidson

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ISBN-13: 9780515150919
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Undead (Queen Betsy Taylor) Series , #10
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 245,825
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Minot, North Dakota

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Undead and Undermined 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After spending less than an hour in frozen July 3015 and a side trip to Hell and a visit with mother dearest Lucifer, Betsy Taylor and her half-sister Laura the Antichrist return to present day St. Paul where they agree they must somehow fix the time line to prevent what they witnessed in the future. Nutso vampire Marc-Thing follows the siblings back from the thirty-first century. Betsy knows she needs to read the Book of the Dead without going insane; thankfully she has a deal with Satan allowing her to peruse the Book in exchange for watching Satanist movies with Laura. However, her shoes lead her to even crazier scenarios. The strangest being awake in a Chicago morgue as plastic bagged Jane Doe 291. Back at the mansion in St. Paul, Betsy compares notes with Eric and others to understand what is going on as no one is quite like they were before her time traveling ended on a slab. That is until she realizes someone in the future wants Betsy Taylor dead before she can become the powerful Queen of the Vampires. The magnificent muddled middle book in the time altering miniseries (see Undead and Unfinished for the opening act) is a zany frolic that contains the consistent restraint of self indulged yet caring in her insane way Betsy. The excessive superego with a muted edge as she has seen in her future Betsy has gone too far with her selfishness. Over the top of the Metrodome, fans will relish the second thriller in the changing Taylor landscape as the jocular story line is a fun urban fantasy at the usual lunatic pace expected from MaryJanice Davidson. Harriet Klausner
Melissa Fellhauer More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Undead books and loved all of them.......with the exception of this one. I loved the cliffhanger at the end of the last one, but this book really did not contribute anything to the series. I was extremely tired of being stuck in Betsy's annoying ramblings that went totally off topic and there were absolutely no interesting developments in this book. It was probaby the most frustrating and pointless book I have read in a long time. Do not waste your $12.99. And I agree with the other person who said the new cover art is horrible.
ILoveBooksWI More than 1 year ago
I gave it one star b/c I couldn't give zero. I've read every Betsy book. After the disappointment of the last one, I stuck it out for this lastest one b/c MJ said that it would defintely be better and tie things more cohesively. So, I anxiously awaited for it and got it. I want my $12.99 back. Betsy is more brain dead than ever, Sinclair/Tina make brief cameo appearances and Betsy does nothing but whine. It's not even funny, sarcastic whining. Just annoying. There is no plot advancement, no character development, and not even very funny lines. What was once a great series has turned into mindless filler to add another book sale onto MJ's belt. Bah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all the books and felt let-down by this one. Betsy is supposed to get smarter and this book was all about her ramblings and not listening/learning anything. It felt as if this book was just written to meet deadline, no real plot, no real character development. I'll read the next one because I was a big fan, but if it turns out just as "fluffy" as the last one I won't continue reading the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Books 1 - 7 or even 8 were funny and energetic. Book 9 lacked something. Book 10 is none of the above and lacks everything including coherency.
Katie English More than 1 year ago
I hated the last book but couldn't abandon the series. I waited a year and had high hopes for this book. Nothing was resolved and nothing even really happens in this book. All the characters that we have grown to love are barely in this book. There was no action or suspense like there once was in previous books. I feel like Betsy has grown into a very unlikeable character and I almost wish this series would just reach a graceful end. Davidson managed to create an amazing series but in the last two books she has ruined its very essence. Time to end it before more harm is done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this one. The previous one, I thought, was great because it gave us a good shock at the end. I was honestly getting bored with reading the same thing over and over. This book felt like it was just setting up. It was an extremely quick read and I felt like more could have happened. She wasn't the same funny Betsy and the writing not as witty. Hoping for more with the next one. Pretty much a waste to spend so much on the nook book.
bgknighton on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Is Betsy in trouble now! The story gets a little hard to follow/repetitive with the time travel.... And it is so sad about Marc. What is she to do with the knowledge about the Book of the Dead? Was Laura just trying to shield her from this? Oh, twists and turns...
mzserena on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Okay, I seriously LOVED this book. I can't even tell you how much. I was sad when it ended. Heck, I was so into it that I didn't even realize it was coming to the end. I can not wait to read the next book to see what comes next. I'm sort of glad I waited a while to read this, rather than diving in the second it came out like I wanted to.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I am not a fashionista or have an obsession for shoes, but I love this series. Queen Betsy is selfish and at times moronic, but I love her for all those things too. She is hilarious and what ever the issue is she's usually going 100 miles a minute. This latest installment is the 10th book in the series. For a while I had thought about not continuing the series because I hadn't enjoyed the last few books as much as the early ones. I'm glad I stuck it out because Undead and Undermined was worth it. As always Betsy is laugh out loud funny and shocking as ever, maybe even more so. Once again Ms. Davidson has turned Betsy's world upside down. She has taken the story to a place I didn't even think it would or could go, but it works and I loved it. I can't wait to read more of this storyline.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Betsy has returned from her time travel adventure and finds herself on a slab in the Cook County Morgue. Let's just say that that is pretty much the best thing that happens to her in the entire book. I am not going to give away anything because this book is so insanely funny and just plain insane that I would hate to spoil anything. MJD says that this is the second in a trilogy within the series so I am guessing everything will be tied up in the next book. I can say that Betsy is in high snark. Jessica is pregnant. Sinclair is as hunky and surly as ever. And Laura, hmmm, yes Laura... I know these books are not for everyone but if find them incredibly entertaining. After a slump around book 4 (for me anyway), I think they just keep getting better.
dearheart on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Second book in a trilogy within the Betsy series that I can only assume will be used to explain a change in Betsy's outlook and attitude in future books. In the last book Betsy travels with Laura through time so she can practice her abilities to jump to different times and places and eventually take over Satan's job; mom wants to retire. Betsy's presence and action in the past causes changes to the current timeline. Their jump of 1000 years to a horrific future caused by Betsy has given Betsy the goal to prevent that future from happening.This book has Betsy discovering and trying to acclimate to the changes in the timeline and apparently only she and Laura can recall the way things were before their little vacation. Since going back and feeding on Laura instead of Nick in the past, he's much friendlier towards vampires, although Laura isn't too happy about being fed on. Jessica is pregnant and about to pop. Mom has a boyfriend. Someone dead in the prior timeline is now alive and a little different. And someone from the future is sent back to the present time. Steps are taken to meet Betsy's goal to alter the future she saw, but events that take place to try to prevent it seem like it just might be putting her on the path she wants to avoid. By the end of this book we see a more assertive Betsy.The book starts out with a seven page recap of the entire series. This was well done. There are also a number of quotes and a definition for Retroactive Continuity from Wikipedia which was really a smart thing to add because there are differences in this new timeline that can't be explained by Betsy's visit to the past; at least for now. Hopefully this will make more sense in the 3rd book.There is actually very little story taking place in this one, much of it dealing with Betsy being stunned and trying to acclimate to how things are now. Betsy's ADD (or ADHD?) is more evident than ever with a huge amount of ink devoted to her sarcastic thoughts and comments which temporarily drag her and us away from a topic or conversation, all to add humor to the story. I'm not sure if there is more of this in these last two books or if it's just becoming old. It is why I loved the first couple of books in the series. I still do enjoy it and have to marvel at some of the things the author came up with, but there's just too much of it.This trilogy could have easily been one decent size book if half of the sarcastic comments and observations were removed. The author does thank the readers who picked up this book after believing she lost her mind with the last one. It helps, although I'm upset to have paid a hardcover price for the book and have doubts that I will if I read the next one.
Citizenjoyce on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Congratulations, MaryJanice Davidson, after 10 books you finally convinced me that there's no there there, and I'm not going to be there for any more searching for it. Betsy Taylor, the Vampire Queen, is perpetually 30 years old. Now, in my time line a 30 year old female is a woman with a reasoning mind able to listen to ideas, to formulate plans, to envision others as people. In her time line a 30 year old female is just a 13 year old with the ability to have sex, lots of hot steamy sex but with absolutely no ability to contemplate the idea that others might also have sex. She's a cutesy, cutesy Sex and the City kind of 30 year old, and in spite of Davidson's remarkable imagination, she is incapable of being anything but cutesy. Enough already, you win MaryJanice. I'm going back to the real world. The one with 30 year old adults.
travelwlee on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Better than the one before - Ms. Davidson handles parrel time lines better than she handles time travel but not up to snuff as compared to the earlier Queen Betsy titles. However, this alternate time does allow authors to go back and change events they wish they had not done in previous books. Like bringing back people she had killed off in earlier books. For that I applaud her, but like Betsy misses some of her shoe designers that are not available where she is now, I miss the old Queen Betsy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall very good. It was a little confusing, but I still love reading about what Betsy will do next.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
Paperback/Vampire Chick-Lit: I like Betsy and Betsy’s universe. I just am tired of MJD writing. I think it’s getting worse. There too much not explained in paragraphs that you have to go back and figure out what just happened, who just entered the room and why everyone is in shock, or, in several cases, who is speaking. MJD has a bad habit of having four people in a room and not identifying who of the three people is speaking. Granted, more than two people speaking in a movie or TV show is a screenwriter’s nightmare. MJD does not do it well and the writing becomes choppy and sloppy. It is a shame because she has so many good ideas.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
I really wish Davidson keep the books the same throughout the series. Knowing that this is the second to last book (so far)I found myself very disappointed for quite a few reasons. First, everything that we ever knew about Betsey and her clan suddenly change in this book (hello, we readers like her the way she was!). Second, the other major characters we have grown to adore; Marc, Sinclair, Tina, and Garret, are barely even in this book. This takes away from the witty banter that readers love. Lastly, this book was far to confusing for such an easy series. What is happening? Are they stuck in a different timeline? Did they change the future? We need answers! Hopefully the last book will put everything into perspective or readers will NOT be happy. C-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many inconsistancies, but still a page turner. Please, please, please get the timeline fixed, keep the smll details straight, and fire the people who proof read the book before it's printed. The errors are really distracting. I am excited to read books 11 and 12. (Having a kid put me behind.) I just spent the last few days reading the whole series to refresh myself.
Angljaffy More than 1 year ago
I don't know whats going on with Mary but the first books, you know with the fun covers, were AWESOME. Everything after that's been anticlimactic and I find myself reading for the simple fact that I must finish a series when I start one....these just aren't as enjoyable as they once were :(
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Really funny
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