Sunday, July 1, 2012

Undead and Unstable by MaryJanice Davidson (Betsy Taylor Series #11)

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

“If you’re fans of Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake, don’t miss Betsy Taylor. She rocks” (The Best Reviews)—and she’s back once again as a vampire queen who finds herself an unlucky (but fashionable) passenger on the road to damnation…
Betsy’s heartbroken over her friend Marc’s death, but at least his sacrifice should change the future—her future­—for the better. But it’s not as if Betsy’s next few hundred years will be perfect. After all, her half-sister Laura is the AntiChrist, Laura’s mother is Satan, and family gatherings will always be more than a little awkward.

What’s really bothering Betsy is that ever since she and Laura returned from visiting her mom in Hell, Laura’s been acting increasingly peculiar. Maybe it’s Laura’s new job offer: as Satan’s replacement down under. Unfortunately, the position comes at a damnable price: killing Betsy, her own flesh-and-blood.

Over Betsy’s dead body. And for that matter Marc’s, too, since he’s not quite as buried as everyone thought. Now a war has been waged—one that’s going to take sibling rivalry to a whole new level, and a dimension where only one sister can survive.

My thoughts:
This book starts out with a recapping of the previous 10 books which I found helpful as it has been quite a while since I read some of them.  It was nice to be up to date as I am still unsure if I managed to read all of them, I think I may have missed one in there somewhere.  So I felt up to date when I started the novel.

Betsy is her usual sarcastic, selfish self.  Since coming back from her whirlwind tour of the past and future, the timeline she knew and loved has been altered.  Detective Nick Berry is now Dick Berry and no longer hates her,  her best friend Jessica is pregnant, her roommate Marc has killed himself so he does not end up like the Marc Thing that followed Betsy back from the frozen future, and the devil has allowed Antonia the werewolf, not Antonia the stepmother, back from Hell. 

I did find myself wondering if, at some point, things would be reversed to the old timeline or if this was going to continue to be the present.  Then, as events occur that had not occurred the last time around according to the Betsy from the past, how was this going to change what was to be in the future.  I usually love the idea of time travel, but the going back and forth to hell and the past and present made me feel a bit dizzy at times.  Betsy is a fun vampire to listen to, there isn't really any of the scary wanting to eat people vibe, she is like a comedic vampire. 

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425247570
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 23,631
  • Series:Betsy Taylor Series , #11

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