Release Date: October 6, 2015
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.