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December 28, 2015

Loved It: Undead and Unforgiven by MaryJanice Davidson

Series: Undead 14
Format: Hardback
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy | Chick-Lit

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.




Oh Betsy Taylor (MaryJanice Davidson), you never fail to make me laugh! Reading your adventures is always so delightful, heck I didn't even mind going to Hell! 

UNDEAD AND UNFORGIVEN continues with Besty's reign in Hell which incidentally looks like the Mall of America. Who knew that sorting out perdition is also some sort of punishment even if you're Satan 2.0. As Besty struggles to revamp the 10 Commandments, fight to give Hell-bound souls an option for parole, she's also juggling with vampire Queen stuff, wifely, bestfriend, and boss duties. Whew! Betsy Taylor might come across as a dull knife, but girl's clever and cunning in her own way. 

Now if you scrape Betsy's superficial tendencies, snarky dialogue, and roundabout way of plotting, UNDEAD AND UNFORGIVEN is basically a cat-fight and I love how the sisters wrestled in the mud. Laura went full on villain here, but not in an outright way. Betsy just realized that one can't argue with a zealot and I positively loved how their confrontation went. Go Betsy!

UNDEAD AND UNFORGIVEN is shallow, snarky, and very entertaining. I stopped trying to make sense of Betsy and her antics, I just go with the flow and allow her and her court to tickle me. Reading MJDavidson's Undead series is always a delight. It's a reading equivalent to indulging in junk food. Pure (guilty) pleasure.










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41 comments:

  1. I read one but felt meh about it

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    1. That's okay, Betsy can do that to people sometimes

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  2. This looks like a fun series to read. Glad you're enjoying it!

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    1. It is! She can be annoying sometimes, but I get the humor. She makes me laugh more than irritate

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  3. This series looks like so much fun with the snark and the fun!

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    1. I love snarky novels, but we all know it can be grating sometimes. This series has those moments, but the overall feel is good

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  4. How have I missed this series? You know me and funny paranormal series. I'll add yet another series to my TBR pile. Great review Braine.

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    1. I hope you like it, Melanie. The snark is sharper than Harper or even Langlais

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    1. It's my equivalent to SNL or a big bag of potato chips

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  6. I've never read any of these, but this one sounds like loads of fun! Glad you liked it.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. It's a ridiculous set-up but it always ends in this heart-blow of sorts. She distracts you with the funnies then sneaks up on you in the end

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    1. You haven't tried it before? I'm surprised!

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  8. I need to catch up in this series. So glad it keeps with the humor and snark 14 books out! Love that! Brilly review!

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    1. Thanks, I can't believe it's on book 14 already. That reboot she did a few books back helped reset the series.

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  9. This one sounds very funny! I'll have to try this series out when I'm in the mood for something with a lot of snark!

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  10. This is another series I've been meaning to try, but damnnnn book 14?!

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    1. Yeah, it's that many already and you can't skip books too

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  11. I've been meaning to try this series out. It sounds great. I enjoy reading funny paranormals. Nice review. Thank you.

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    1. For what it's worth, the books are easy reads because of the humor

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  12. I love this series, her books are always so much fun.

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    1. Yes, and Betty always surprises me with her genius lol

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  13. I read the first three books and loved them. So many laughs. I gotta get back into this series.

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    1. So true. I get excited when a new book comes out, I can't turn down an opportunity to laugh. Betsy's shenanigans are awesome!

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  14. I know she's been around a long time, and her series is totally fun, but I just can not get into the zombie thing, Braine! (lol) As always, totally loved the review! Hugs...

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    1. Hahaha. Marc! I'm glad he's alive and he's getting a love interest here ;)

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  15. I read the first couple in the series years ago. It was just a bit TOO much for me at the time but my taste has changed a bit so I might like them more now.

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    1. I can't blame you, I can see that reaction from other people. Betsy can be a handful

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  16. This is a series I've always meant to check out. Glad you enjoyed this installment. :)

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  17. I can't believe it's almost over though, I waffle between wanting the next book now, and knowing that when it comes it's all over.

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    1. Yep.

      https://www.goodreads.com/questions/293052-is-there-a-next-book-after-undead-and

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  18. This sounds like fun, Braine, but 14 books?!? I love stories where Hell is involved, and even more so when there's a lot of humor as well... Maybe one day ;)
    I hope you're enjoying the Holidays!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  19. Alright. 2016 may need to be the year I get over my mad at her and pick up the series again. I think I was at book 9 maybe when the grudge began. lol

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    1. Yeah, I was a bit disenchanted for a bit myself to be honest, but with the impending closure of the series, she really seems to have gotten her ducks in a row.

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  20. Omg, this series has 14 books?! I must applaud your dedication! I was reading a nine book series and started dying out by the seventh book haha. Either way, this one seems filled with fun considering the MC's ruling hell. I totally get it when you say "guilty pleasure" though. That's pretty much me with most urban fantasies I read LOL.

    - Aila @ Happy Indulgence

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  21. Wow, thanks for the lovely review! Only one more UNDEAD book to go and then the series is wrapped. Which judging from the comments is good news *or* bad news for some of you. :-)

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