Undead, Book 14
Synopsis: If Betsy Taylor has learned anything about ruling Hell it’s: 1) she can’t do it alone, and 2) she doesn’t have to. She’s got the help of a devoted vampire king, a dateless zombie, an exhausted new mom, an unshowered cop, a bitchy ghost, a kindly dead priest, and her late stepmother (“Go Team Satan!”). But the latest major hurdle in her post-dead life is so big she can’t even see it until it’s on CNN.
Betsy’s father and half-sister Laura (a former Anti-Christ with a grudge) have outed Betsy to the world. It doesn’t take long for the story to become 24-7 headline news. What’s more, people are not only prepared to believe in vampires, they want to kill them. For Betsy, social media has never felt so…unsocial.
Before long the mansion on Summit Avenue is swarming with reporters, would-be vampire/zombie killers, and desperate emos begging to be turned. Betsy has been forced into the unenviable role as the reluctant face of the vampire nation. All she knows is, she has to look good—this is hi-def!—and stay true to who she is. H8ers be damned.
Review: When Betsy goes to hell, she takes Tina and Marc with her. They find Cathie, the father of Marcus and the Ant for a meeting where the one Betsy presents the 10 new commandments to them. When she returns to the mansion after receiving a text from Sinclair, she realizes that she was gone for two weeks and that her sister wants to prove her existence (and therefore that of all vampires) in the world. Moreover, Sinclair is annoyed that she does not want him to rule Hell with her.
In short, there is a lot going on in the Betsy life as usual (and I have not told you everything). What change here is to see her take the lead. She actually rules Hell and takes decisions alone even though she has all her support team. This does not prevent her from being as always funny!
There were a few volumes that I had found a little worse but there, I really found what I love about this series. It remains to wait for the next book which will also be the last of the series.
Undead, Book 8
Synopsis: FIFTY THOUSAND ANGRY WEREWOLVES.
That’s what Betsy is facing when she takes her werewolf friend Antonia’s body to Cape Cod, where the Pack resides at Wyndham Manor. Because Antonia died in her service, Betsy is alive and well—and wracked with guilt. She has no idea if the Wyndham werewolves will greet her with fangs or friendship.
While Betsy and her husband, Sinclair, try to make nice, their legal ward, BabyJon, freaks out every werewolf he meets. Meanwhile, Betsy’s posse back at the St. Paul mansion is not LOLing. Increasingly frantic e-mails alert Betsy to her half sister’s increasingly erratic behavior. Looks like the devil’s daughter is coming into her own—and raising hell. All in the name of making Betsy’s life easier, of course.
Review: I must admit that I have not read the 7th volume but after the 6th I was curious to get into a new adventure of our beloved Betsy. And well, I loved this eighth volume. I wanted to have the chance to discover more information about the werewolves and this novel allowed me to fulfill my wish.
Betsy, Sinclair and Jessica go to the territory of the werewolves to give them the body of Anthonia and to answer the questions they can have as they want to know what exactly happened. It is hard enough for our heroine who deals with the death of her friend but now, more than that, everyone is watching her as if she is the enemy. But Betsy doesn’t like this situation and she is determined to make friends … or enemies (yes, because it is often associated). In addition to this, we will follow the Marc’s life through his diary to know what is going on at the mansion with Tina and Laura. It was really pleasant to be able to follow both stories. They are equally interesting and it was fun to know everything. Well Laura went crazy with all these Satanists who want only one thing: to do whatever she wants, which is pretty funny. Especially when Marc does not know what to do and begins to be a little scared of her actions. The devil manages to change her daughter little by little, without anyone to notice it. I’m curious to see what will happen when Betsy will not be able to bring her back to her reason. Because her sister’s enmity towards vampires only grows more and more.
I enjoyed this new novel, it’s a really fast read. It was very interesting to see the Michael’s pack. It is in fact composed of characters rather atypical. Lara is a child we discover a little more with each novel and it is quite intriguing to see her behavior with others. We also have many questions about the baby here. In Volume 6, we had already some questions as we can notice some strange events whenever he is present and Betsy is now trying to understand what is happening. We can therefore discover the truth about him. It was pretty cute and quite handy I must say. Each of the novels allows us to understand a little more each protagonist and I’ll wait for Volume 9 with pleasure.
Undead, Book 6
Synopsis: Weddings are never easy. But when you’re Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor, they can become downright deadly…
In the days leading up to The Big Day, Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor seems to have a full house – and the wedding guests have yet to arrive. Along with her human buddies, there’s a ghost, a werewolf, and a Fiend crashing at her place. And though her fiancé, Vampire King Eric Sinclair, conveniently disappears when the conversation turns to seating charts and flower arrangements, he does manage to make his oh-so-sexy presence known at other moments.
Betsy knows the next few weeks won’t be smooth sailing – but she never expects just what’s in store for her. Cold feet are no surprise, especially with an undead groom. But when Sinclair truly goes missing – and not just to avoid wedding preparations – along with most of her friends and loved ones, Betsy is frantic. Alone and afraid for the fate of everyone she loves, Betsy can’t trust anyone as she tries to find them and whoever is behind all the disappearances. And what happens next will shake the foundation of the vampire world forever.
Review: It is always a pleasure to read a novel from the Queen Betsy series, it allows me to have a break with the other books and each volume is always read very quickly. I also think that this novel is one of the best in the series.
Betsy has to face many problems alone in this book. It’s pretty crazy, because in each volumes that I had the opportunity to read we always find our heroine surrounded by numerous characters. But this time, no, she is really alone, either to think or find the solutions to her troubles. We don’t know what happened to her companions and we feel quite sad for her. Her godmother and her father died in a car accident, we learn that from the beginning of the story and I admit that I was completely surprised. I did not expect that at all! Past that, other things are added, Anthonia has disappeared, just like her vampire boyfriend or Sinclair and Mark. Tina is still in Europe and Jessica is worse than ever. It really hurts to see her like that, especially knowing that there is nothing that can help her to feel better. And everyone knows that our heroine hates problems, but even more being alone alone a few days before her wedding.
It was a very interesting volume, I didn’t expect the revelations and I was really curious to understand what was happening but it made me happy to see how Betsy managed to be on her own. Well she has sometimes some terrible ideas! We meet some old characters like new ones, such as the pack of werewolves. I was really surprised, they are quite atypical and their mood can change in no time. I hope we’ll see them again soon, because I am curious to learn more about them. Laura, the daughter of the devil, however, is more enigmatic. I feel that her character is changing gradually, and perhaps not in a good way, so I’d like to see how she will evolve in the coming novels. Otherwise of course our little Betsy is also changing, although she is always very stubborn. I am very intrigued by the evolution of her powers, I feel that we will be surprised.
It was a very good novel, and a nice surprise. One of the best novels of the series and I can not wait to see where MaryJanice Davidson wants to bring us. She had very good ideas here, showing us a whole new side of our heroine. I recommend if you have not read it yet!