|"I never would have gone to hell in the first place if
the Antichrist hadnt been fluent in Tagalog". Betsy Taylor returns! The story
starts in Bloomingdales, where Betsy and Laura are shopping at the shoe sale. Well Betsy
is. Laura still feels bad about flying into a psychopathic rage and nearly killing her
sister and l trying to make up for it by bonding with her.
Laura is the Queen of the
Vampires sister, a great kid whos a student at U of M and also happens to be the
antichrist. Laura and Betsy take a trip to hell and end up taking a trip through time,
meeting people that have a connection to those who know Betsy in her current life.
The 9h book in the Undead series, this book started off light and frothy,
reminiscent of the earlier books. There is a summary of events so far in the front of the
book for readers unfamiliar with the series. I enjoyed the first half, especially the
sacrifice of shoes! The ending was perfect, everyone was happy. Then I read the epilogue.
I did not like it. If you like your endings happy and the characters and series to end
with a happy note, stop at the ending. Dont read the epilogue. Not an ending and
wrapping up of the series I enjoyed.
This series always has interesting acknowledgments, this one is a separate short story
about her assistant and very humorous.
MaryJanice Davidsons Undead series has been described as Sex and the City
with demons and vampires. It has always been funny, and in the beginning it did much to
turn the idea of vampires on its head. Over time, though, the novelty wore off, and the
lack of substance made reading the books less enjoyable.
With the tenth book in the series, Undead and Unfinished,
Davidson changes that. Betsy Taylor, Queen of the Vampires, accompanies her sister to hell
to visit the devil, her sisters mother. Said sister was raised by a preacher and his
wife, and has always been resistant to embracing her heritage. However, she is going
insane because she wont acknowledge it, so to keep terrible things from happening
the sisters meet with the devil and engage in time travel.
This potentially meaningless pastiche of genre stereotypes is more than that,
thoughin my mind it raised questions about good and evil, the nature of evil, and
the inevitability or otherwise of fate. Dont get me wrongtheres still
plenty of fun in this book, and Betsys smart-aleck voice comes through loud and
clear. But for those who want more, its there below the surface. The questions it
raises are not unresolved in this volume, and I suspect some of them will be addressed in
the next book, which will be out in the US very soon. After reading this one, I look
forward to it.