|In Short:||The world is coming to an end. What’s a vampire queen to do?|
|Betsy "Please Don't Call Me Elizabeth" Taylor was run over by a Pontiac Aztek about three years ago. She woke up queen of the vampires...|
The prophesied queen of the vampires, is at it again. In this, the tenth book of the Undead series we get another glimpse into the world of Betsy (NOT Elizabeth!) Taylor, and her entourage of family and friends.
Okay, so at the end of the last book, 2010’s controversial Undead and Unfinished, Betsy and her sister Laura -- the Devil’s daughter -- had travelled through time and found out that Betsy is the reason for the end of the world and that the Book Of the Dead just might be made out of the skin of her husband and consort Sinclair, King of the Vampires (ewww).
Arriving back in their own time, Betsy finds that she has landed in an altered time line, thanks to her meddling in history. What’s a girl to do?
You make strawberry smoothies, of course. Then you call your sister (the literal Anti-Christ), who’s acting oddly. You visit Satan’s waiting room, annoy your dead step-monster, er, mother, who is guarding said waiting room. You yell and stomp, demand what you want, kick some butt and betray a friend. (it’s not as productive as maybe you would have liked, but it gets the job done). Along the way, you do a little growing up. It does keep a Vampire Queen busy.
There are those of you who read Undead and Unfinished and swore “Never again!”. “How could she have done that?!” you asked, and even “WTF??” Still, I recommend you give Undead and Undermined a try. This is Book 2 of an inter-series trilogy that began with the last one, and is looking to give MaryJanice Davidson’s readers a real treat. We get to watch Betsy and friends grow, bond and mature in their signature comedic style. Who knows, maybe they’ll actually be able to pull it all together and save themselves and the world in Undead and Unstable, the next Betsy offering.
And maybe, just maybe, Betsy will finally be able to be the Queen we all know she can be.
-- Michelle Nagy