Friday, 14 September 2012

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

Series: Undead Series (1)

Kindle Edition, March 2 2004, 288 pages
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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 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...

My thoughts

This was a nice, easy, simple read that was entertaining but not too overwhelming. It was refreshing to have a female lead that is full of wit and a little self-obsessed. Betsy (The main character) has an obsession with shoes that borders on psychotic. Her many attempts at ending her after-life had me laughing out loud. Although I found most of Betsy's catty remarks funny (especially towards Sinclair) sometimes it did feel like that author was trying too hard to be funny. 
Overall a quick, pleasant read that did make me want to buy the next in the series. I wouldn't recommend it for everybody as its not meant to be taken too seriously but it was a nice change from the normal brooding vampire and eternal love books I've been reading lately. 

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