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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a Ditzier Vampire World than Buffy
This is the third of the Betsy Taylor Queen of the Vampires series and is the one that in my mind lives up to the howling hilarity of the first. The first two being Undead and Unwed (buy a copy of this immediately, but don't read on public transport unless you want to be stared at for losing control of your bladder) and the slightly meh Undead and Unemployed...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A filler in the series?
This continues the series of Betsy Queen of the Undead. The characters are still brilliant, with the addition of Betsy's half-sister Laura the spawn of Satan. Davidson still makes me laught out loud, slightly embarassing when at work.

This book is smaller than the others and does feel slightly lacking in plot - read book of the dead, look for Laura, find her,...
Published on 25 April 2006 by Read Me


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3.0 out of 5 stars A filler in the series?, 25 April 2006
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This continues the series of Betsy Queen of the Undead. The characters are still brilliant, with the addition of Betsy's half-sister Laura the spawn of Satan. Davidson still makes me laught out loud, slightly embarassing when at work.

This book is smaller than the others and does feel slightly lacking in plot - read book of the dead, look for Laura, find her, finish. However it's still a good read and I haven't lost faith in Betsy yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a Ditzier Vampire World than Buffy, 18 April 2006
This review is from: Undead and Unappreciated (Hardcover)
This is the third of the Betsy Taylor Queen of the Vampires series and is the one that in my mind lives up to the howling hilarity of the first. The first two being Undead and Unwed (buy a copy of this immediately, but don't read on public transport unless you want to be stared at for losing control of your bladder) and the slightly meh Undead and Unemployed.

Betsy is irascible as ever, she insists on trying not to drink blood, preferring coffee and trying to encourage her friends Jessica and Mark to eat things in front of her so she can enjoy the experience second hand. She's Evanovich's Stephanie Plum in vampire form; bumbling, well meaning and just a teensy bit not the sharpest tool in the shed.

She's still stuck ruling the vampire world with sexy Eric Sinclair at her side, although their relationship must be improving as she resists calling him Finklair for this instalment. Betsy's unlife is about to get worse as her stepmonster Antonia is due to give birth to a new half brother or sister, and is characteristically snotty about Betsy attending the baby shower. Things really get messed up when Betsy learns that Antonia was pregnant before, the usual story girl meets married man tries to trap him into cementing the affair by getting pregnant...gets possessed by the Devil instead, gives birth to the Anti-Christ who is destined to dominate the world and then snaps to one day a year later and gives the baby up for adoption...you know how it goes.

This instalment is a hoot, Betsy very unwisely reads the Book of the Dead and goes slightly Uber-Evul attacking her friends, getting down and dirty with Sinclair under the influence and finds herself having to make amends and track down a nefarious sibling and demi-evil, as well as deal with slacker employees striking at her vampire nightclub Scratch.

Davidson delivers in spades in this one; the humour is witty, you just want to hug poor alienated Betsy and she handles the new addition of the Devil's daughter Laura really well. I love the fact that Laura is a perfect shiny and wholesome girl and that Betsy says she must be evil as she can eat tons of sugary snacks and not gain a single pound! Equally priceless is Betsy meeting the Devil for the first time and being deeply covetous of her shoes.

This is brilliant, funny, romantic fluffy vamp chick lit at its finest and I can't wait for the newest ones to come out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the reluctant vampire, 15 July 2005
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This review is from: Undead and Unappreciated (Hardcover)
Betsy Taylor is still undead and still fighting it. She won't drink blood, preferring to keep going on coffee, refuses to be frightened of crucifixes, and in this volume she finds she can stay awake in daylight. And she's still furious to find herself stuck with hunky vampire Sinclair as a consort.
Her life is complicated when she finds she has a half-sister, a wholesome young student who happens to be the devil's daughter (the devil took over the body of Betsy's stepmother for the duration of the pregnancy, readers of the previous episodes will not be surprised by this). Reading the Book of the Dead turns Betsy temporarily into a deranged maniac who attacks her best friends and seduces Sinclair, thus upsetting all of them. And she's having trouble with the staff at her vampire nightclub Scratch. And she really loves the devil's shoes.
Although I enjoyed this book, i didn't think it was quite as funny or as exciting as the two earlier volumes. If you haven't read any Betsy Taylor books before I would definitely recommend reading 'Undead and Unwed' and 'Undead and Unemployed' before this one.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a Ditzier Vampire World than Buffy, 7 Jun 2006
This is the third of the Betsy Taylor Queen of the Vampires series and is the one that in my mind lives up to the howling hilarity of the first. The first two being Undead and Unwed (buy a copy of this immediately, but don't read on public transport unless you want to be stared at for losing control of your bladder) and the slightly meh Undead and Unemployed.

Betsy is irascible as ever, she insists on trying not to drink blood, preferring coffee and trying to encourage her friends Jessica and Mark to eat things in front of her so she can enjoy the experience second hand. She's Evanovich's Stephanie Plum in vampire form; bumbling, well meaning and just a teensy bit not the sharpest tool in the shed.

She's still stuck ruling the vampire world with sexy Eric Sinclair at her side, although their relationship must be improving as she resists calling him Finklair for this instalment. Betsy's unlife is about to get worse as her stepmonster Antonia is due to give birth to a new half brother or sister, and is characteristically snotty about Betsy attending the baby shower. Things really get messed up when Betsy learns that Antonia was pregnant before, the usual story girl meets married man tries to trap him into cementing the affair by getting pregnant...gets possessed by the Devil instead, gives birth to the Anti-Christ who is destined to dominate the world and then snaps to one day a year later and gives the baby up for adoption...you know how it goes.

This instalment is a hoot, Betsy very unwisely reads the Book of the Dead and goes slightly Uber-Evul attacking her friends, getting down and dirty with Sinclair under the influence and finds herself having to make amends and track down a nefarious sibling and demi-evil, as well as deal with slacker employees striking at her vampire nightclub Scratch.

Davidson delivers in spades in this one; the humour is witty, you just want to hug poor alienated Betsy and she handles the new addition of the Devil's daughter Laura really well. I love the fact that Laura is a perfect shiny and wholesome girl and that Betsy says she must be evil as she can eat tons of sugary snacks and not gain a single pound! Equally priceless is Betsy meeting the Devil for the first time and being deeply covetous of her shoes.

This is brilliant, funny, romantic fluffy vamp chick lit at its finest and I can't wait for the newest ones to come out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Queen Betsy III: a reluctant Vampire meets a reluctant antichrist, 21 July 2011
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In which our fashionista and reluctant Vampire Queen has trouble with a nightclub, and meets an even more reluctant Antichrist ...

This vampire romance is the third of a series which incongruously combines chick lit romantic comedy and vampire thriller. Think "Sex in the City" meets "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," from the viewpoint of a new vampire.

The initial "Queen Betsy/Undead" series consists of the following six books, which are best enjoyed in this order:

1) "Undead and Unwed"
2) "Undead and Unemployed"
3) This book, "Undead and Unappreciated"
4) "Undead and Unreturnable (Undead 4)"
5) "Undead and Unpopular (Undead 5)"
6) "Undead and Uneasy."

There is a "Queen Betsy" novella, set at about the same time as book six, in Davidson's collection "Dead Over Heels," one of the three paranormal romance stories in that volume, and another in the similar collection "Undead and Underwater."

There is also a follow-up series, which MJD describes as "a new story arc" featuring the same central characters, begining two months after the events of both "Undead and Uneasy" and "Dead over Heels".

The follow-up "Queen Betsy" series consists as at December 2013 of

7) "Undead and Unworthy (Undead 7)"
8) "Undead and Unwelcome (Undead 8)
9) "Undead and Unfinished (Undead Series)".
10) "Undead and Undermined"
11) "Undead and Unstable"
12) "Undead and Unsure"

"Undead and Unreturnable" is mostly told in the first person by Elizabeth Taylor, who prefers to be called Betsy for obvious reasons and is a most unusual vampire. Unlike other vampires, Betsy can say the name of God, and touch the bible or holy water without being burned or hurt.

By the beginning of this third book, Betsy is still far-from-reconciled to her new position as Queen of the Vampires, and some of the centuries-old ones are even less happy to see a newcomer in this position. Particularly the staff at her Vampire nightclub, "Stratch" which she took over by killing the previous management: this is the approved method for corporate takeovers among the undead but seems for some reason not to have gone down well with the new employees. (Funny, that!)

Betsey's least favourite person, her stepmother Antonia is pregnant, and lets slip that this is not her first child. It turns out that Betsy has a half sister who is - wait for it - also the child of the devil. Except that this sister has been raised by a minister and his wife, and is trying to rebel against her parent the devil by becoming a complete goody-two-shoes. But it's not that easy: as the prologue to this book says,

"Her name was Laura, and she liked strawberry ice cream, and she never, ever missed church.
"She was a very nice young lady.
"But she had a terrible temper ..."

Mary Davidson has great fun with the incongruity of mixing up the vampire genre with chick-lit romantic comedy. An interesting comparison with other authors who have written entertaining comedies by combining incongruous genres would be with Marianne Mancusi and Robert Frezza.

In the same way that this series gets plenty of laughs by combining chick lit with Vampires, Frezza write two very funny books which combined Vampires and Science Fiction ("McLendon's Syndrome" and "The VMR Theory") and Mancusi combined chick lit with time travel in "A Connecticut Fashionista at King Arthur's Court" and "A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest." Anyone who likes the "Queen Betsy" series is likely to enjoy all four of those, and vice versa, if you have read and enjoyed one of those books you may well enjoy this one.

OK, this is never going to win the Booker Prize or any other great award for classic literature but if you have the right sort of sense of humour, it is pretty good fun. I can recommend both "Undead and Unwed" and "Undead and Unappreciated" and enjoyed reading the rest of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars undead, 14 Oct 2013
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Ms Davidson writes a very funny tale, an amusing variation on the vampire genre that keeps you entertained throughout the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Undead and Unappreciated Number 3, 16 Sep 2013
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This is very enjoyable and funny book to read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone else. Really Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with that book, 10 July 2013
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Superficial and supernatural, hilarious chick lit novel. Betsy Taylor returns again in Davidson's book in the 'Undead' series. It's the same airhead, shoe obsessed queen of the vampires we met in the first novel.

Betsy is a former model and is still a fashion fanatic. At the start of the series, on the morning of her disastrous 30th birthday, she is working as a secretary. Her main interests are designer shoes, designer clothes, and her cat. In quick succession she gets fired, loses her cat, and is killed in a car accident. It is a great surprise to her when she rises again as a most unusual vampire. It is even more of a surprise when, through a sequence of bizarre events, she becomes queen of the vampires.

Needless to say vampire politics of the same nasty kind interfere with her life, but our heroine wins through in the end, displaying unexpected strength and compassion. A light weight book, but very funny.

Still laugh-out-loud funny. I raced through this book cover to cover, loving Betsy's ditzy and self-obsessed attempt to adjust.

For those who are not aware of the series, here the list of Queen Betsy stories I read to date:

1) "Undead and Unwed (Undead Series)"
2) "Undead and Unemployed (Undead Series)"
3) "Undead and Unappreciated (Undead Series)"
4) "Undead and Unreturnable (Undead Series)"
5) "Undead and Unpopular (Undead 5)"
6) "Undead and Uneasy"
7) "Undead and Unworthy (Undead 7)"
8) "Undead and Unwelcome (Undead 8)"
9) "Undead and Unfinished"
10) "Undead and Undermined (Undead/Queen Betsy)"

In my opinion you will get most out of these books if you read them in order. I would start with "Undead and Unwed" and work on from there. Know there are more recent book but have not read them yet.

It is not a great literature and it does not pretend to be (I think that was clearly established from the first book) so I find the negative reviews a bit petulant to be honest, you can't start moaning about short chapters, bad writing and unlike-able characters after 9 books into a 10 book series.

If you want an easy read novel a decent story and have some laugh then go for it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Witty and Entertaining Read, 12 Oct 2011
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"Undead and Unappreciated" is a fun addition to the 'Undead' series, although it's a very short read, a lot happens.

Betsy, the Queen of the Vampires, is a shoe loving, blood-obstaining vampire who drinks milk instead. However, because she's queen nothing harms her, including crosses and even stakes.

There is the Book of the Dead though, and after fighting with Eric Sinclair, she closes herself off in the library and reads for hours. But she ignores the warnings that reading too much for too long can make you go insane. Unfortunately, it gets to Betsy and she ends up hurting many of her friends, including Jessica, Marc and also Sinclair.

Betsy also finds out that she has a half sister who is also the devil's daughter. She decides to seek her out, which she does, but the girl she finds is far from what the image of the devil's daughter should be.

When Betsy became the Vampire Queen she inherited a bar, Scratch, but the vampire staff are not happy and she finds a mutiny on her hands. They group together to go on strike for better working conditions as Betsy has said no to biting and drinking from humans, but they disagree. There is something more sinister going on too...

VERDICT:

"Undead and Unappreciated" is a very short novel, more of a novella really, and therefore with so much going on it felt a bit like a whirlwind through Betsy's life. However, Davidson's writing is so witty and I really enjoy her writing style. The sarcasm, snarkiness and banter from Betsy is so funny. Although this isn't the strongest book in the series so far, it is still pure entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, 29 Aug 2011
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This book continues the adventures of Betsy, the foul~mouthed, funny, not~exactly~quick~witted, vain, compassionate and kind, vampire Queen of The Dead. Betsy's life still hasn't calmed down. She has refused to have the fiends killed but one keeps escaping. Her Step~Mother is expecting a baby. Betsy then finds out that the Step~Mum, Ant, & her dad had a baby daughter whilst her Dad was still married to her Mum (he and Ant had been having an affair) ~ the complications begin when it is revealed that Ant had been possessed by the devil for a year ~ that it was therefore the devil that gave birth to the baby. Then, when Ant was given her body back, she promptly dumped the baby at the nearest hospital and forgot about her. Betsy therefore finds out that she has a half sister, that that sister (Laura) is the spawn of the devil ~ and that Laura is predicted to rule the world! Not a small discovery then! Angry that the secret has been kept from her, Betsy decides to read The Book of the Dead ~ the book that can send you mad if you read it for too long ~ as Betsy quickly and regretfully finds out! Betsy has inherited the nightclub Scratch from the vampire that she'd killed but the employees are now making life very difficult for her. Then to cap it all, Betsy thinks that her consort, Eric Sinclair, is falling for Laura ~ just time for Betsy to realise that she is in love with him herself!
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