I WANT to like this book, I really do. I loved the first two books in the Queen Betsy series but the last two offerings have been at best only vaguely amusing.
The problem is the quality of the writing and length of the book. It starts off promisingly with the development of Sinclair and Betsy's wedding, the relationship with Laura (Betsy's hellspawn half-sister) and Betsy's popularity (or lack thereof)as Queen, but frustratingly, once again rushes to the disappointing climax with half the storylines hanging in mid air. For example, Betsy and Sinclair have a massive fight brought about by her revelation that she can hear his thoughts. He storms out,frightened and questioning whether he is right for her after all, as he cannot hear his Queen's thoughts as predicted in the Book of the Dead. However, all this is forgotton in a trice, when Betsy has a brush with Death and it's never mentioned again. Similarly, it is discovered that there is a leak, resulting in Betsy's vampire agony aunt column printed in the mainstream papers. No-one is ever blamed for this and it is again, forgotton. At one point, Laura has a massive spasm and attacks one of Betsy's feral vampires but again the change of character is only briefly explained and in no depth.
I'm also getting a little annoyed with the way Betsy talks, practically every sentence prefaced by "Dude". She sounds more like a stroppy teen than a woman of 30. The character hasn't matured at all. I think if I was a centuries-old vampire, I'd want to off her too. Perhaps I'm expecting too much from such a light-hearted, cheesy series but the rushed story, lame ending and 2D characters detract from the pleasure of reading this book. It feels like the writer got bored half-way through and couldn't wait to end it, which is pretty much how I felt too. Still, if you just want a bit of a laugh, it's worth reading. Just.