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January 17, 2017

Loved It: Undead and Done by MaryJanice Davidson

Series: Undead 15
Format: Hardback
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Chick-Lit

Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor continues her rule in Hell in the scorchingly funny finale to the Undead series from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.

It had been a well-kept secret for centuries, but now the existence of vampires is all over the news, thanks to Betsy Taylor’s half-sister (and frustrated former Antichrist), Laura. Life for the undead will never be the same, and it’s up to Betsy to do some damage control. But her interview on the local news doesn’t exactly put out the fire. It more or less pours kerosene on it.

With all the added attention on supernatural beings, the werewolves are more than a little agitated (never a good thing) and demand that Betsy gets her interview skills, and her family, in order. And while things go from bad to worse in the world, Hell continues to be hell—especially when Betsy’s new parole program gets about as complicated as you’d expect.

With a PR team launching a vampire-friendly campaign, the Devil at large and out to make trouble, and mermaids on hand to see who falls—and how hard—the end isn’t just near. It’s here. And if anyone knows how to go out with a bang, it’s the Queen of Hell.




My first book read for 2017 and it’s a bittersweet farewell. The last book in the Undead/Queen Betsy series, UNDEAD AND DONE ended in true Betsy fashion: outrageous yet surprisingly genius. Now MaryJanice Davidson did say that this is NOT the last time we’re going to see Queen Betsy & Co. as her other series belong in the same universe (yay!) so that had me freaking out a little less. I try to take comfort in the little things. *new mantra*

UNDEAD AND UNDONE resolved everything that MJDavidson started. I, personally, looked forward to how things with Laura, the Antichrist, and Betsy’s half-sister, are going to get resolved. I wished there’s more to the resolution like maybe Laura starts growing horns and some badass fangs, malign that perfect fa├žade, alas it didn’t turn out that way. Nevertheless, I feel it a fitting resolution and despite how annoyingly asinine Betsy sometimes is, the vampire Queen is good people.

UNDEAD AND UNDONE may be the final Undead/Queen Betsy book but I feel like it “let me down” slowly and in the most entertaining and funny way. I can see MJDavidson laughing her ass off while staging the scenes and it's all good as we, readers, are all on the joke. I can't say I won't miss Betsy because I will! Her shenanigans have been an escape for me, what with her forever lowlights and penchant for shoes, snarky comebacks, and the company she keeps. I do hope she pops up here and there in amongst her mermaid and werewolf friends. Better yet, I think Jessica's twins and BabyJon deserve their own series, don't you think? Since these three kids' conception, they've become curioser and curiouser and I do want to know what kind of world Betsy left them...








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34 comments:

  1. Oh, the series is finished? Well then, now is the time for me to read it then!

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  2. How do you compare this to Charley Davidson series? would I like it?

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    1. I've only read the first CD so I can't answer definitively. Your approach upon reading this book is akin to watching chick-flicks a la Legally Blonde.

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    2. The Charley Davidson series and Queen Betsy's series compliment each other so well, you can even say they're in the same universe. There's a contrast to them that made them very unique yet similar and bad ass all their own. Whereas Betsy is queen of the undead, with a job of being ruler of the underworld to the dead that goes straight to hell, Charley is a god with a job of being grim reaper to the dead that's too good for hell. Betsy's fights are with creatures of earth and the former tired ruler of hell, charley's fights are with creatures of heaven, other gods, and the still vigorous ruler of hell. Charley's series universe is on an actual universal scale while Betsy's series is on a global scale. One is human that became an undead, the other is a god that get reborn as a human, yet both of them in a way are striving to stay human. I love both series because of those contrast, yet the only reason I can say I love the queen series more is because she was the reason why I found Charley, but the characters themselves are practically incarnate to each other, so I love them both equally.

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  3. I love when a series is able to end on a high note. Yay!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. And have a small opening for maybe, hopefully, a spin-off?

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  4. Wow thanks Braine I'm putting this series on my want to start list for 2017. Now I've just got to finish all my things that I didn't in '16 ;-) LOL

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    1. Hahaha, good luck! If not there's always next year ;)

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  5. Tough to see a favorite series go, but it sounds like it struck the right note for the finish.

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    1. I'm hoping she'll write something about the younger generation. Their storyline in this series is very interesting, I could easily see it developing into a series like this.

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  6. It's always so bittersweet to see a favorite series end, but at least this one went out on a high note and you werne't disappointed. I know I have a couple of these on audio and I haven't gotten to them. Yet.

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    1. I hope the audio translate the humor and snark well. I suggest you give it a try when you're having one of those days ;)

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  7. I really need to get around to trying one of her books!

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    1. It's so funny with surprise genius moves in between Betsy's whining and outrageous behavior.

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  8. I haven't read any of these, but it sounds like a really fun series! I'm sorry this series is over, but yay for more books in the same world, etc.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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    1. You should check it out, it'll sort of fit your blog with some chick-lit. Mark, one of the characters, is gay and he is so precious!

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  9. Dang it, I have this series on my wishlist and it's over. Well, I guess that isn't a bad thing now I can read them all. I am going to look for audio first. Glad this wrapped up well.

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  10. I somehow hadn't heard of this series before; it definitely sounds like something I should check out. Congrats on your first read of 2017!

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  11. I think I stopped at book 13 when the publisher didn't send me any books (in France) but they're doing it again so I asked for this one when it will be released here. At last I'll see the end.

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  12. I think I am on book 5 in this series. I really need to continue as I like it :) :)

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  13. I read the first handful of books way back when and really enjoyed it. That pool seen in the first book. Wooo! However, I lost interest when the main man dies, she mopes around all the time, and then BAM he's back. (or at least that's what I remember) I haven't picked up the series since. Maybe one day I will revisit it.

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  14. oh I am so glad that this series ended in such a great way. I like it when authors do that especially with a series that you love so much.

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  15. I read the first few books and then just lost interest. Glad it ended good.

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  16. This series looks really cute. I've not tried it. I'll have to try to see if I can find time for it.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  17. Oh my. That cover is cute. But how is it that I've missed this series? Thanks. And glad you got to finish off the series.

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  18. This sounds like a hilarious paranormal Braine! Ugh, Betsy definitely sounds really annoying though.

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  19. Haven't heard of this series before but reading your review, I'll absolutely stalk more about it soon. Awesome review Braine :)

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  20. I love her writing style, but haven't read this particular series. Sounds totally fun! Hugs...

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  21. Thanks so much for the lovely review, and the very nice comments!

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  22. Thanks for the review. I've not started/tried this series yet, but I've got it on my TBR. One of these days. ^_^

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  23. Sounds like a good book to start 2017 with. Those last books in a series can be so bittersweet. Glad to hear this was a good ending to the series. Great review!

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  24. A brave way to kick off a new year of reading, Braine. Series enders are hard even if you like them. I'm happy this one was a winner for you. This is a series I keep meaning to start but I think I'll finish some I'm behind in before I start a new one. ;)

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  25. Looks like you were able to close this book and series with a smile. Good to know you still have more reads from this wold too!

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