Saturday, April 10, 2010

Review - Undead and Unwed

Title: Undead and Unwed
Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Publishing Date: 2004
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: B
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: I downloaded a copy of the audio book from my library.

Undead and Unwed is the first book in MaryJanice Davidson's Betsy Taylor series. Betsy is a young woman in her mid twenty's who happens to get hit by a car and die. Only she wakes up in a coffin wearing shoes from payless and a designer knock-off suit. Betsy is hard pressed to decide which is worse: the suit and bad shoes or waking up in a coffin. Undead and Unwed is the first book in Betsy's new like as a vampire.

Betsy Taylor has a very unique personality. It's very fun and snarky. She loves designer shoes, Gone with the Wind and is a major girly girl. Not every reader will like her or relate well to her, but I found her narrative entertaining. However, too much sarcasm and pop culture references can tend to make the passages drag a little.

Davidson puts a more light hearted spin on vampires. Some of the antics of Betsy and her friends reminded me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, without the love triangle.

So far it is a good start to the series. There is just a hint of romance to keep fans of romance interested. You know me though, and I am always interested in seeing where things will go for Betsy. One hero, Sinclair seems to stand out the most and I wonder how things will work out for Betsy and him. I do plan on continuing with the series to find out.

This book can be purchased in print or kindle format from Amazon.


Dr J said...

Very nice review -- have been getting more involved in Urban Fantasy and the paranormal over the past few months. I apologize for not posting before now -- I do visit often and enjoy your reviews. Have done reviews of some of the same books and like reading the reactions and responses of others. I have your blog on my sidebar.

Dr. J of

Anonymous said...

I remember loving Betsy's witty and snarky comments in this book! I loved how fluffy and happy the book was, I was LOLing so much at Betsy's antics. :D I haven't followed this series in years, but now I suddenly have the urge to catch up on Betsy and her gang again~

nath said...

Hmmm, I haven't gotten into this series, but many enjoy it. I know I start reading the first book....

Jill D. said...

Dr. J - Hi thanks for commenting! I like to lurk over at your blog too! Urban fantasy is a new genre that I started readingn last year and I find that I really like it. I seem to finding more and more series in that genre that interest me.

Anna - Betsy is a fun character and Nancy Wo does a really great job bring Betsy's voice to life. So many times I was listening and laughing out loud at the comments Betsy would say.

Nath - Yeah, I can see where Betsy might not be for everybody. I thought she was funny for the most part.