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on 10 July 2013
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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on 29 August 2011
What a brilliant book! I was captured by the story from the first page and found it hard to put my Kindle down! The book is incredibly funny (Betsy/Elizabeth is more interested in her designer shoes than learning Vampire lore). She is ballsy & spirited and forever telling her fellow Vampires to "F### off". She is a very likeable heroine, that kept me laughing but also gained my sympathy ~ she has to deal with unexpectedly becoming one of the undead, a Vampire Queen and having her own Father wish that she really were dead! The characters in the book are great! Betsy's Mum is Mrs Cool & Collected when she finds out that she has a vampire for a daughter ~ though she tells Vampire Eric Sinclair that she will "lamp" him one if he tries any "funny business". Betsy's nasty Step~Mum takes her beloved designer shoes ~ but instead of biting her Vampire~style, Betsy whacks her and then liquidizes all her jewellery! This book has it all ~ action, good, well developed characters, emotive writing (I felt awful for Betsy when she had to deal with what her Dad felt about her), and lots of humour (I loved how Eric finally managed to persuade Betsy to join the upcoming battle).

The book isn't designed for people that are easily offended, as it contains a lot of swearing and erotica, including 4 in a bed, 3 in a bath, masturbation, homosexuality and an extremely graphic but VERY erotic underwater sex scene. However, I am not easily offended and I thought it a great read and I will buying more of the series.
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on 22 February 2005
Betsy Taylor has just been sacked from her secretarial job, her main worry being that now she won't be able to afford the designer shoes her shoul craves. Then she is killed in a car crash. She wakes up in the morgue and is outraged to find that her stepmother has dressed her in CHEAP shoes! She finds that she is now immensely strong, fast and charismatic, can't take solid food and has a craving to drink blood. The truth dawns on her that she is a vampire!
Betsy runs into trouble when she meets othe vampires who are shocked by her refusal to conform. She insists on letting her family and friends know about her undead state (her stepmother is livid), she is squeamish about drinking blood, attends church, isn't afraid of crosses and doesn't burn up in sunlight. She isn't just any old vampire, she's the QUEEN of the Vampires, and doesn't want to be. She is pursued by sexy hunk vampire Sinclair and his cohorts, who want to enlist her help in destroying the corrupt vampire master Nostro, who treats other vampires like slaves.
Betsy is a very endearing heroine. Her passion for shoes, her enthusiasm for 'Gone With the Wind' (she really identifies with Scarlett), her courage, her generosity and her resolute refusal to conform to vampire standards, all make her a very likeable and human character. There are strong supporting characters too, especially Betsy's rich, abrasive black friend Jessica, and of course sexy hunk Sinclair, and an exciting and funny story. A real treat.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 6 September 2007
This entertaining vampire romance is the first of a series which incongruously combines chick lit romantic comedy and vampire thriller - from the viewpoint of a new vampire. The first line of the book is "The day I died started out bad and got worse in a hurry."

It begins the "Queen Betsy" comic vampire series, in which the initial group of stories consists of the following six books:

1) Undead and Unwed
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".

There is also 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 Unwed" is told in the first person by Elizabeth Taylor, who prefers to be called Betsy for obvious reasons. Betsy is a former model and is still a fashion fanatic: at the start of the book, 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.

Mary Davidson has great fun with the incongruity of mixing up the vampire genre as in Laurell Hamilton's "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter" series (or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Chick-Lit romantic comedy. This book is way over the top and very funny. Perhaps the author goes slightly too far when she has a group of rebel vampires bribe Betsy to take on the local evil Master Vampire by offering her a neat line in designer shoes, but the book is always good fun.

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 book 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 this book 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, and it is fairly raunchy, so not suitable for children. However, if you have the right sort of sense of humour, it is pretty good fun. I can recommend "Undead and Unwed" and also enjoyed reading the rest of the series.
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on 23 March 2013
I picked up the third book in the series and read it not realising it was a series. Liked it so much I had to hunt down the first so I could start it from the beginning! It's best to follow Queen Betsy's adventures from the beginning so you get all the references, great book - and its really refreshing to get a more comical look at the undead world, this author doesn't take herself too seriously or her subject too matter which make for a very delightful and uncomplicated read!! One of several books I have on my rotation on my kindle!
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on 11 May 2017
I have to say how funny this book is. Above all else it was funny!!! This was a recommendation and so I wasn't sure what to expect but I really enjoyed it. There wasn't quite enough of the 'oh be joyfuls' for me but I guess you can't have everything. Well worth the read x
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on 1 August 2004
This book does a great job of turning all those stuffy vampire novels on their heads! Here we've got Betsy, reluctant newly turned vampire, reluctant Queen of the Undead, who's refusing to give in to the vampire cliche with hilarious consequences!
It's a wonderfully refreshing change for those of you who enjoy books by Laurell K Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and Buffy (of course) etc etc and it'll have you chuckling away as Betsy laughs in the face of mean bad-ass vampires.
Can't wait to read the next one!
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on 20 May 2016
Waking up in your own coffin is never a good thing. When Bettsy discovers she is undead and the queen of all vampires she deals with it in her own very funny way. If you like action, and an undead queen who does things her own way then this is the book for you. 5 stars
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on 25 January 2012
This was a light, fluffy and entertaining book. While it wasn't laugh-out-loud funny it did make me smile although I found some bits slightly irritating as the main character lacks substance and is, as others have said, rather immature. A good read for a sunny holiday or a long train journey where you can put it down and pick it up again, but not where you want to get really immersed.
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on 18 May 2013
Unfortunately I cannot agree with most of the comments regarding this book. The first few chapters showed promise but after that I found the read hard going. For me the main character becomes very annoying and I prefer books without all the bad language. I hear this enough in every day life. Very disappointed
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