Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Date of Publication: March 2, 2004
Formats Available: Paperback, E-Book
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Synopsis: It'a 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 now? 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...
Right off the bat I knew there would be nothing serious about this novel but at the same time that't what attracted me to the novel in the first place. I was looking for a light, uncomplicated read and with Undead and Unwed that's exactly what I got. There is nothing serious or world shattering about this novel but in a way it's enjoyable in its forgettableness.
Undead and Unwed was fun just because it was so simple; there were no good guys turned bad guys, hidden plots, or unexpected turns. I knew the entire time how things were going to end up but half the fun was watching the characters get there. I would have liked more explanation on Betsy's abilities other than just a mere prophecy but maybe Davidson is planning on addressing that in another book. One of my favorite parts of the novel was watching the character interactions, with Betsy's gay friend Marc, her best friend Jessica, her bitchy stepmother, and a crew of stereotypical vampires there were plenty of hilarious conversations and totally out there situations. Two things which made this otherwise unmentionable novel stand out a little bit.
Betsy was an entertaining lead, albeit an unintelligent one. She was shallow and a bit over dramatic but that was half of what made her so fun to read about. From her obsession with shoes to her insistence on calling Sinclair "Sink Lair" she was no doubt enjoyable to read about but at times a little annoying in her artificial personality. There were some moments when I felt like the author was trying a little too hard to make Betsy sassy and funny and just ended up making her seem a little off, but ultimately I ended up liking Betsy a lot more than I thought I would.
Even though the plot was a little predictable it was still fun to be introduced to all the characters and watch the events unfold. Even though there were moments where Betsy was a little too shallow and the plot was overly simple I still (for the most part) enjoyed it. I weirded out by a few parts of the plot (awkward pool scene, anyone?) but those were thankfully few and far between and I was able to overlook them.
Even though Undead and Unwed has its moments at the end of the day it falls into the "forgettable" category of vampire novels. Those looking for a silly and easily understandable novel that doesn't require a great deal of concentration may want to check this one out, but don't expect anything groundbreaking.