June 21, 2012

REVIEW: Undead and Unstable by MaryJanice Davidson

Series: Undead 11
Format: Hardback
Release Date: June 5, 2012
My Copy: Borrowed from the Library
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Betsy Taylor is determined to change the future for herself and her loved ones, but her actions could have life-shattering repercussions. That’s to be expected when a friend returns from the dead, when your dear sister just happens to be the Antichrist, and when your mother is the devil.

The previous three before this (Unwelcome, Unfinished, Undermined) was dark and disturbing and I found Betsy truly annoying. I felt her nuttiness morose, her potty mouth overdone and her derogatory remarks very insulting. I was afraid that MJD was selling out and Betsy's story was getting old and uninspired. Undermined really left me shell shocked and I was half expecting that the story will cease to be a fun chick lit and shift to Urban Fantasy territory. Betsy going to the future and Ancient Elizabeth (her future self) revealing sordid details that Betsy is yet to commit is both depressing and nail biting. The ending left most of the series' fans in a conundrum which begged the question What now, MJD?

And when you think you're cornered, or wrong, you lash out and say mean things - Mark to Betsy

When I started UNDEAD AND UNSTABLE I was a little nervous because I'm scared of what MJD will do this time! I mean these characters went through a lot already and that small glimpse of the future she showed us wasn't good, in fact it was terrifying! I don't want THAT Betsy and I was afraid that maybe the evil transition will start in book 11. So I was glad that it's back to being fun though there are still a lot of things that Betsy needs to do and take care of to bring it back to how things were but it's still a good start.

In UNDEAD AND UNSTABLE, I'm glad that we have the old sweet but abrasive Betsy back, her comebacks still burns but you can once again feel the "care" behind them. Here MJD tries to set things right after shuffling it around with Ancient Elizabeth and the future. I don't want to reveal too much but Ancient Elizabeth went back in Infant Betsy's timeline hoping she can reshape the future by manipulating Infant Betsy's choices a little bit, just a little nudge in the right way. Not only that someone is back from the dead, a couple are leaving and another one bit the dust. I'm still trying to wrap my head around  the last part but I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of this person yet.

This is on you, it all comes back to you. It always comes back to you. - Dickie/Nickie

Now I am missing a couple of things: (1) Betsy and Jessica's friendship; (2) Alpha Sinclair and his trusted sidekick Tina back in the forefornt; (3) Betsy's relationship with the devout Christian Antichrist, Laura and their sibling scuffles and silly bonding. I loved the old juxtapositions and ironies that MJD put together for us but on the other hand I also like how the story is developing, albeit scary, it's needed to give the plot depth. Betsy and Laura have serious responsibilities riding on their backs and the significance of their roles are HUGE, Queen of the Undead and THE Antichrist, so those points have to be driven at one point.

And MJD is nailing that perfectly. So even with great trepidation, I am anxiously anticipating book 12.

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  1. I've seen this authors books around but have added to my TBR list. Going to have to start this series soon. I love a good series ;0 great review

  2. Hmmm, well this series definitely sounds interesting and like it has a lot going on! I may have to check this one out since I just can't seem to stay away from vampires. I'm glad you enjoyed this book, since a few of the books before this one disappointed you--it's always sad when a series that you're invested in goes completely off track.

    Great review, Braine! =)

  3. I gave up on this series a few books ago, but I might have to give it another try. I really loved the first few books in the series.
    Thanks for the review!

    1. Pick it up again! Books 8-10 will blow your mind!

  4. Thanks so much for a thoughtful review! I just signed a contract for 2 more UNDEAD books and I think you'll like what you read! :-)

    1. Thanks for dropping by Ma'am and for being a good sport about some of my rants. Happy to know we haven't read the last of Betsy!

  5. I enjoyed your review. I have yet to start this series but have quite a number of the books on my TBR shelve just waiting for me to read them. It's good to know it's still going strong through all eleven books in the series.

  6. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this book!
    This series has always been so fun and amusing, but Book 10 seemed to lack... something. It left me a little apprehensive about what was to come and unsure whether I wanted to continue this series, but I'm glad (and extremely reassured) to hear Undead and Unstable still packs a (good) punch!

  7. I came across your site while looking for the latest MJD Betsy novel. Brilliant website by the way! I stopped reading the Betsy books at instalment number 11 but I've seen more good reviews about her later novels. They're all quick reads anyway, so I'm getting started on them again!


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