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review 2017-07-25 20:15
Undead and Unwed / MaryJanice Davidson
Undead and Unwed - MaryJanice Davidson

It's been a helluva week for Betsy Taylor. First, she loses her job. Then, to top things off, she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites (besides waking up in the morgue dressed in a pink suit and cheap shoes courtesy of her stepmother) is that she can't seem to stay dead. Every night she rises with a horrible craving for blood. She's not taking too well to a liquid diet.

Worst of all, her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious, power-hungry vampire in five centuries - a badly dressed Bela Lugosi wannabe, natch. Frankly, Betsy couldn't care less about vamp politics, but they have a powerful weapon of persuasion: designer shoes. How can any self-respecting girl say no? But a collection of Ferragamos isn't the only temptation for Betsy. It's just a lot safer than the scrumptious Sinclair - a seductive bloodsucker whose sexy gaze seems as dangerous as a stake through the heart...

 

***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List ***

Before there was Molly Harper’s Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs there was MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead and unwed. They feel somewhat related, but although I really enjoy Harper’s fiction, I think I have had enough of Davidson’s. The difference, for me, is in the main character. I can relate to Jane Jameson (Harper)—she’s educated, she’s a librarian/bookstore owner, she’s snarky and sometimes a bit neurotic, but always basically good-hearted. Betsy Taylor (Davidson) is another kind of woman entirely—she’s shallow, uneducated, unfocused, mouthy, selfish, and seemingly completely motivated by designer shoes. I’m sure there’s a target-market for Betsy out there somewhere, I’m just not it.

It’s not that she doesn’t get some good lines, like “I was the Queen who brought all the tribes together, who ruled them as one. Like the Speaker of the House, only way more blood thirsty. More Book of the Dead crap, which Tina had been reading to me all night. It was like attending Bible school in hell.” Or when she first meets Eric Sinclair, “His shoes were—whoa! Where those Ferragamos? It was a rare and wonderful thing to see a properly shod man in an underground mausoleum.”

The “humour” missed its mark for me as often as it hit. I felt the author was trying too hard. But, as I have often stated in my reviews, my comprehension of humour in print is challenged. I had to order this volume via interlibrary loan in order to read it, making feel that I had to finish the book to justify ordering it from another part of the province. I shan’t bother with further volumes.

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review 2017-04-20 11:53
A Slightly Feminist Installment in Project Frankenstein in the form of My Frankenstein by Michael J. Lee.
My Frankenstein - Frauke Spanuth,Michael J. Lee

 

 

 

So far, I've read about Frankenstein's twin brother whom he tried to save but couldn't, which lead to the events of the original version.

 

I have also come across his twin daughters, one of whom was curious enough to continue with his work.

 

And, this last book that I read mentioned him to be a champion of Industrial Revolution, trying to force a small town into the modern world.

 

What is evident in the Frankenstein family tree is there is a dark thread running through it, which appears in all its members!

 

What I Liked About My Frankenstein

 

The refreshing way Frankenstein acted to Eva's intelligence. It didn't matter to him if she was a girl. What made her beautiful to him was her mind. In fact, there was one scene where he sees Eva and her very beautiful friend together. Even then, Eva's beauty calls out to him while the friend he dismisses as an Amazon. That isn't to say that Amazons weren't awesomesauce. It is simply how Victor thinks because to him, brute strength is for mentally inferior people.

 

The "monster", Adam, is as innocent as the original monster. He also retained the stubborn nature and had a way with words. All of it kept the true spirit of the original alive.

 

Some of the words that stood out to me:

 

It's in that moment you discover that you never really cared about benefiting mankind. What you did, you did for yourself. To stand on the mountaintop and look down on mankind. The mortal sin of pride.

 

These words were spoken by Igor who assisted Victor in his quest and later came to regret it.

 

Maybe I feel nothing because I am nothing. Or am I nothing because I feel nothing?

 

Spoken by Adam, these words made me sad. They stem from all the brainwashing that Victor had done on the poor creature, even going as far as to tell him he wasn't even a thing, let alone a man!

 

What I didn't Like About My Frankenstein

 

There wasn't any depth to the story. I don't know why it felt that way to me. It could be the sequence of events, which wasn't surprising at all. It could also be how Eva behaved towards Frankenstein, which was again no surprise. It might be the ending as well, which doesn't fit in with the rest of the novel.

 

So, this is how the project stands now

 

 

 

I'm now reading, Undead and Unworthy, by MaryJanice Davidson.

 

 

Undead & Unworthy is a part of the Undead series, which is a whole lot of fun. Give it a try, if you like Vampire Queens who have a killer sense of fashion and not much brains! I still love how she deals with being easily distracted and doesn't let it stop her from doing the right thing. It awes me that people constantly underestimate her and yet she just does her thing.

 

 

Because Tor has a re-read going on and I've been meaning to read it for a long time:

 

 

I will end this post with a Frankenstein joke:

 

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text 2016-12-28 22:24
One of my first adult reads as a teen
Undead and Unwed - MaryJanice Davidson

So I must say, even looking back, I think of this so fondly.

I love Betsy! I think she's incredibly hilarious, and her Count-terpart (get it? lol) Sinclair charms me. 

I think it's a fun read, and the whole series is entertaining. 

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review 2016-10-15 00:00
Deja Who (An Insighter Novel)
Deja Who (An Insighter Novel) - MaryJanice Davidson MaryJanice Davidson is one of those authors that is super talented, but isn't really my style, though The Royal Treatment is one of my favorites. So I'm giving this one a shot. Fingers crossed.
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review 2016-10-05 15:59
Undead and Done (Undead #15) by MaryJanice Davidson
Undead and Done (Queen Betsy) - MaryJanice Davidson

It had been a well-kept secret for centuries, but now the existence of vampires is all over the news, thanks to Betsy Taylor’s half sister (and the frustrated former Antichrist), Laura. Life for the undead will never be the same, and it’s up to Betsy to do some damage control. But her interview on the local news doesn’t exactly put out the fire. It more or less pours kerosene on it.
 
With all the added attention on supernatural beings, the werewolves are more than a little agitated (never a good thing) and demand that Betsy gets her interview skills, and her family, in order. And while things go from bad to worse in the world, Hell continues to be hell—especially when Betsy’s new parole program becomes about as complicated as you’d expect.
 
With a PR team launching a vampire-friendly campaign, the devil at large and out to make trouble, and mermaids on hand to see who falls—and how hard—the end isn’t just near. It’s here. And if anyone knows how to go out with a bang, it’s the queen of Hell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to admit a little bit of dramatic book trauma now that this series is over, but at the same time I have to give Davidson props for knowing when to end it.

So few authors know when its time to close one journey and wrap it up when its okay to say goodbye. Instead they tend to strangle the life out of a series until it no longer resembles anything it started out as.

I honestly felt that Undead and Done was one of her most beautiful installments - crazy yes but beautiful because there is a lot of morale conflict and soul searching that our queen brings to the plate.

I should mention a warning about suicide (if this topic upsets you or is close to you should take into consideration if you should read it) its rather deep and may bother some who struggle with the issue.

Also topic of note is how Davidson reaches out and gives a nod to previous cast creatures to other books she's written which I thought was great. Long time fans will like this.

The big reveal was less Diana Ross and more Marilyn Manson but who are we to judge? Bes let's the cat out of the bag and it doesn't go over so well once its out. What happens next is well... The rest is as we say is history.

Its great because despite the craziness and the adage of responsibility everything kind of feels full circle when you consider the entire series and where Bes started out.

She's taken on her new world, her abilities, the supernatural surrounding her and she's managed to do it all while still keeping her sanity and if I dare say it her humanity.

But she's grown as well. She's matured. She's become someone that can be respected and understood and related to, also someone not to be miscalculated or messed with but she's still the same woman you love at the start of it all.

If you haven't read this series I highly suggest picking it up and starting it all from the beginning.You won't be sorry.

Undead will be missed but maybe we will get a few glimpses into it sometime in the future. It would be nice to see what happens later on in the world and to our characters and what changes in their lives at some point later down the road.

Bravo Davidson for a fantastic finish to the Undead series. I applaud you. Take a bow, your work is done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a print copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley/Penguin Publishing

 

 

 

 

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