Undead and Unworthy (Undead/Queen Betsy Series #7)

Undead and Unworthy (Undead/Queen Betsy Series #7)

by MaryJanice Davidson

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ISBN-13: 9780515147735
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Series: Undead (Queen Betsy Taylor) Series , #7
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 322,050
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(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 new 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 Unworthy (Betsy Taylor Series #7) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 218 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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."

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.

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??

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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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....
Guest More than 1 year ago
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..
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
It pains me to say it, but this book was a complete disappointment. I love Mary Janice Davidson...not only her previous Betsy books, but the Fred the Mermaid series, the Wyndhams, and Jennifer Scales have all been fun, quirky and entertaining. Definitely each book has been good for a laugh or two. The previous story "Dead and Uneasy" was probably the first big realization that this series was going down hill...but I was hoping for a positive change with the new covers and the promise of a new story arc. Now I wonder if MJD is bored with Betsy...surely its a money maker for her but it just doesn't seem as if it has the same heart that was at the center of many of the previous books. The entire plot of this one focuses on the Fiends who were left behind in a previous book. Now they are coming into awareness and have been fed Garrett's blood (and he was fed blood from both the Queen and her half sister the devil's daughter). They are determined to make Betsy pay for abandoning them, which she kinda did, by accident. The story was weak, the plot was weak, characters I enjoyed once were annoying. Betsy wasn't funny or charming. Parts of the story were completely a mess and I would have to go back and reread a passage to understand what had happened. These books have always been narrative-driven and completely the opposite of a deep read, so the confusion was beyond explanation. There were deaths of some regular characters and I should have been shocked and heartbroken, but since the other characters didn't seem to be, why should I? I think its time for the author to take a step back and acknowledge that its time to wrap up the series. She ended Fred the Mermaid while it still had a lot of potential, while the books were still fun and strong. I was sad, but I thought it was a responsible decision. Go out on top. Muster up a good, strong finale for Betsy and put this one at rest. Then we can all look forward to something from MJD that still has her heart in it.
FicusFan on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
I have read the books from the start. They were funny, original, a send up of the serious vampire stories, and the sex/romance was very light (good thing). I also read the side anthologies. I really enjoyed the first 4-5 books, but then things started downhill.The first major problem was going into hardcover. These books are even too light for PB. They are not worth the price of $7.99 ! There is very little in terms of plot, description, or character development. I could live with all that because of the warm humor, and the quirky look at vampires. But hardcover, over $20.00 no way. Then they obviously didn't do so well because instead of a year between HC and PB it went into 16 months and more. Then the greedy publishers started splitting the books in half. Its the newest way to raise the prices on hardcovers when people won't pay over a certain amount. But even as a whole story they are too light, as half a story there is nothing there at all.Literally nothing much happens. They don't have jobs or real lives, so they hang around the mansion and argue, or they get in the car and argue, or they go to Nostro's or the night club and .... argue. Its not fun anymore, it predictable. Like those horrible reality shows where people put their worst face forward. Why would you want to spend time and money for them ?There is nothing new that happens in their lives and its boring. They interact with the same people, and they all react the same. In this outing the author says something about a new direction, and then KILLS off 2 of the regular cast. I think it sucks and I may be done with the whole thing. And oh yeah, the 'mystery' or problem is so anemic it doesn't even register or make any sense. Its like MJD had no idea for a story so they changed to bad artwork, and then added some shocking cast changes and pretended it was an actual story.
bgknighton on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
Something is coming, I don't know what, but you can feel it building. It's sad about the fiends, but you wonder how the remaining ones will develop. After all, unreturnable debt does not usually generate gratitude but resentment from the recipient. Plus I'll miss Antonia and Garrett. Betsy has to just stop reacting but learn to be proactive, to get ahead of the curve.
JalenV on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
I'd already listened to my local library's audio copy three times, so I was in no rush to read my own copy. Then I checked out UNDEAD AND UNFINISHED, which I hated so much that I feared I could no longer enjoy this series (I'm talking season 7 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," post-Mulder "The X-Files," and HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE level hate here). Luckily, I was wrong. I enjoyed this tale of Queen Betsy just as much as I did before. The book is hilarious, until near the end. Betsy's interactions with the latest ghost to enter her life are particularly snicker-worthy (her husband and friends should consider themselves blessed that they can neither see nor hear this spook). Betsy may be shallow and ditzy, but she does care about some important things. (I try not to hold it against her that I now recognize some expensive shoe brand names.) Betsy's maternal grandfather may be a rude and bigoted old coot, but he did do one thing for his daughter that Betsy remembers with great appreciation. No doubt there are readers who wish someone had done the same for them. The subtitle for this book could easily be "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions". Betsy and Garrett had the good intentions. Decide for yourselves if they feel they're in Hell after it it all goes horribly wrong. By the way, I really prefer this paperback cover's art to the usual Betsy hardcover dustjacket art. Thank you, Jove Books. No, I am not going to complain that Betsy is a blonde, not a redhead. The red hair will be explained at the end of chapter 26.
Khristine_Stain on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This book really made me wonder what the rest of the series has in store for me. I was shocked that two characters were 'dealt with' as they were. And Nick turned out to be the biggest dipshit. I kept waiting for him to get over himself but it didn't make it in this book. I hope the next three in the series don't have big letdowns at the end or I might not continue reading them.
terriko on LibraryThing 1 days ago
The new cover apparently marks her continued change in feel for the story. Betsy is growing up, and you'll see more thinking and less whining about her shoes in this novel. I worry every time the author writes a long note about how everything's becoming dark, but she's managed to balance the dark in a way that makes it still feel like a light and fun read. Definitely still a series I enjoy!
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I'm at the point where I'm about to give up on Mary Janice Davidson. Her Betsy the queen of the vampires books keep getting thinner and thinner and thinner in terms of plot and character development. If the print and the white space got any larger they could be sold as large print books for the visually impaired. I got this one from the library and I may cheeck out the next one or I may not. Most of the books in this series after the first two or three could be encapsulated in a chapter or two in a a book that demonstrated some real thought and effort.
aapike on LibraryThing 1 days ago
So, I am still a fan of the older Undead and Unwed books, but I did not really enjoy this addition to the series. In the preface, MaryJanice states that this volume and two more books are going to be unlike the rest in the series. Even knowing this, I still wished she would have kept the same light-hearted, humorous feel to the series. I felt like the book was rushed- ideas and actions were flying all over the place without a lot of cohesiveness. Maybe that will come with the other two books - I don't know. I do know that I finished the book disappointed with how it ended and how Betsy changed as a character. A few minor characters were also changed that I thought detracted from their roles in the previous books. Overall, I was unsatisfied and disappointed.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Betsy is trying to settle into married life as well as being the Vampire Queen. Life is hectic enough without the arrival of the ghost of her bitchy step-mother and the "awakening of the fiends" all of whom blame her for their problems. AND, Detective Nick enlists her help to find a killer who is offing bad guys. When is she supposed to get her nails done???I had gotten a bit tired of this series but this book and the one before it, Undead and Uneasy, have revived my interest. There is more story and less sex. Still plenty of fun and silliness but there is more punch than before. Betsy is finally starting to grow and that was missing in some of the earlier books.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Well, Queen Betsy is at it again. This time in her Marc Jacobs heels! She and Sinclair are still at it, hot and heavy. BabyJon is teething again. Tina wants to kill anybody who disagrees with the King and Queen. Nick just wants to kill Betsy, and Jessica has her hands full trying to keep Nick calm. Meanwhile, the Fiends have apparently gotten loose and decided to kill Betsy. Just another normal day in the life of the Queen of the Vampires!While this book is just as hilarious and sarcastic as ever, with one-liners and comebacks aplenty...it does take a bit of a darker turn. I still enjoyed Betsy's antics and still want to go shoe-shopping with her and her black AMEX!
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This is such a fun series and I highly recommend it. It is nice to see a new story arc begin. I love the characters, but it always seems as if the books just aren't long enough.
reannon on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Seventh of Mary Janice Davidson's series about Betsy Taylor, a fashion-conscious vampire who, now that she is Queen of the Vampires, can indulge her taste for shoes. Too bad all the people who want to hurt or kill her for one reason or another don't respect the shoes. In this book, feral vampires blame her for their decades of miserable existence and try to wipe out her and her family. Meanwhile she tries to solve murder cases with a human police detective who hates her but dates her best friend.This chick lit paranormal series is generally amusing, with decent plots, but it's like Chinese food, you're hungry for something else an hour after reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Betsy Taylor series. MaryJanice Davidson brings in just the right amount of sass and levity to elevate this vampire series to a different level.
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