Fans can't get enough of New York Times best-selling author MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy vampire tales, which combine sly humor, romance, and the supernatural.
In her 11th adventure, following Undead and Undetermined, Betsy's up to her fangs in paranormal trouble. Still heartbroken over her friend Marc's sacrifice, Betsy is further plagued by nagging suspicions that her half-sister, Laura, is up to no good. It seems that Laura has received an offer to assume her mother's duties overseeing Hell - but only if she first kills Betsy.
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At the end of the last book, Betsy's roommate and friend, Marc killed himself to prevent himself from being the killer Marc thing from the future and possibly saving Betsy in the process. However, like all things in the Undead world, he didn't stay dead. Or even really die. Anyway so that plus the cat died, the devil and Laura actually weirder than normal.. Or and future Betsy is now in the past with the now Betsy. They talk to each other.. It's um well, funny-ish... Although confusing. If I didn't have the audiobooks to this series, I am not entirely sure I would have got as far with this series as I had. Although, I am glad I stuck this out. Queen Betsy is her usual self absorbed, narcissistic shoe harder. In this book, she's starting to believe that maybe this whole bad evil future can be changed - thank god, poor Sinclair- speaking of the tall, dark and dead Sinclair, he seems to be lighter version of himself as well. I think where Betsy matured, Sinclair lightened up! The rest of the characters, seem to spend a lot of the time in the kitchen drinking smoothies, and talking Betsy out of stuff... I guess that's what friends are for. A great listen, a good ending, but I do think the Betsy chapter needs to close. The author can draaaag out a series that could have had all this great content, but ended like four books ago.. Entertaining, but unnecessary.
"Undead and Uninteresting ..."
I do so love Betsy and Sinc-lair and Tina and the whole bunch but unfortunately this series seems to be running out of steam. Lots of relatively random "stuff" went on in this book but nothing ever seemed to actually happen. I enjoyed learning more background but otherwise the book was not all that engaging. It felt like Ms Davidson was really struggling to think up things for Betsy to do.
If I hadn't already listened to (and loved) the previous ones I'm not sure I would have even finished listening to this one. It sort of droned on and then something would happen and then it would drone on again and then something else would happen that wasn't really related to the first thing that had happened. There were several times I checked to see how much more was left.
Sinclair was mostly absent. Their relationship was what really made the series for me and without their interaction the rest of it was just time spent hoping for Sinclair and Betsy to get together but it never happened. Even Betsy was getting frustrated at their not connecting.
While I think the narrator does an excellent job, Sinclair's voice seems almost snide when he speaks to Betsy. Sort of like a husband who has a chickie on the side and is just putting up with his dingbat wife who he can just barely stand - there isn't any more chemistry between them. And the way Betsy treats him who could blame him. I'm pretty sure that's not the intent but that's how it strikes me. I don't think I will puchase any more in the series (if there are more). Ms Davidson needs a new vampire to write about (werewolves don't interest me much) because I really do enjoy her writing.
"I liked this"
However, I felt the author was meeting her word count with Betsy's tirades rather than actually advancing the plot. This is why I gave it a 3 for story. I still listened to this non-stop which, for me, is a good thing. I like the original Laura and didn't care for the direction the books are taking with her character. I also thought Sinclair was turning into a wimp. On the plus side, I liked the way the major issue was resolved. I hope Ms Davidson continues to bring the series back up to her earlier standards.
I love this series! Most series, by book 11, you could care less what these characters are doing, but this series is still fascinating. I can't wait for the next book
"MaryJanice Davidson, I just love you."
I just love this series. It is completely off-the-wall, and hysterical as hell. The book is written pretty much how I think in my head 90% of the time. It has it all, vamps, weres, zombies, Satan, the Antichrist, and Baby Jon. In this installment, we see Betsy taking care of problems left by the prior book, and getting in to the usual trouble along the way. Thankfully, the Queen of the Vamps stumbles into the solutions to what is going on in her madcap world, or it would be total chaos. By the way, if you follow the series, you may start drinking smoothies on a regular basis.
"Better than the last one..."
As a result of a series that was losing momentum, this book attempts to recapture the reader's interest by bringing together a lot twists and resolving them somewhat by the end of the book. Not to give anything away, but this book does give insight into the others and does answer quite a few of the more confusing questions. Can't speak for everyone but the series was getting a bit confusing to me.
I love Sinclair, although the narrator's voice for him is a bit corny. Keep in mind that Betsy has a pretty foul mouth in this book especially!
Nancy Wu is a great Betsy.
"OMG! What was MaryJanice thinking!!"
Don't bother buying the book! Just sit at the book store and read the last 3 chapters and you'll be good. You'll also skip all the nauseating crap I had to listen to. The only saving grace was the narrator, Nancy Wu.
"Sorry Besty but...your over"
to end the series and put poor Besty to rest...
I like Nancy Wu as a narrator, but shes over the top in this last book...
I dislike Besty's whinning ALL THE TIME!!!!
it was a funny cute story in the beginging with book 1 but now it just BLAH BLAH BLAH.... I was sorry I bought it....
this series seriously needs to be over.....
"Gotta pay attention"
While this is another great book in the Betsy-verse, you really have to pay attention to what is going on. I had to go back several times and listen to sections again to make sure I understood what was going on and who was talking to whom. It could just be my issue though!
"Better than book 10"
Better than book 10! Narration of the audiobook is excellent. This book actually had the plot move along. Book 10 could have been much shorter and incorporated into this book. As much as I loved the series at the beginning, I'm kind of looking forward to it being over.
"The weakest out of a great series"
I did like this book but I was seriously tired of Betsy's whining by the end. I don't understand why it took so long to get to the good part. As others have said there was a lot of nonsense that really didn't advance the plot but just took up time. Hopefully the next books will be back up to par.
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