Undead and Unwed
MaryJanice Davidson
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Undead and Unwed
MaryJanice Davidson
288 pages
March 2004
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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On the day of her 30th birthday, Elizabeth "Betsy" Taylor is let go from her job as a secretary, and comes home only to get killed in a car accident. A few days later, she wakes up inside her own coffin and scares herself silly upon realizing that she has joined the ranks of the "undead". A frustrated Betsy soon finds that not only can she not die again, but that she now has superhuman capabilities -- and that she’s a vampire! Soon man and animal alike fawn upon her even as she’s revolted by her own thirst for human blood.

More shocks are in store for poor frazzled Betsy when none of the popular myths about vampires (as perpetuated by movies) such as taking God’s name or being touched by holy water or sunlight have any fatal effect on her. When forced to attend a sort of vampire convention at a cemetery, Betsy comes to the awful realization how exactly this uniqueness means trouble for her in the scheme of larger things, vampire-wise. Romantically, her heart and mind fight a bitter battle as a seductive bloodsucker seeks to make her his own. Caught in an unwanted power struggle, in a world that is new, fascinating and yet somewhat repulsive to her human sensibilities, Betsy struggles to find her niche as she deals with lovers, slaves, family, friends and foes of all kinds.

Non-stop tongue-in-cheek witticisms combined with gory details, danger, mayhem and mischief galore serve to make Undead and Unwed a deadly cocktail of pure, unadulterated fun. It’s perhaps the best and most perfect vampire spoof in recent times. Author MaryJanice Davidson has taken just about every vampire myth that exists, debunked several and added many more to the bloodsucker lore. Never before have readers been exposed to a protagonist like Betsy, the super-vampire whose passion for designer shoes supercedes even her compulsion for drinking blood. Sinclair, the handsome bloodsucker, is an enigma who keeps both the readers and Betsy in suspense with regard to his true qualities. Several supporting cast members, both alive and undead, add to the general chaos, and the story never fails to supply hilarity even in the most emotional, passionate or action-filled scenario. In short, this screwball vampire comedy is wickedly funny and not to be missed.

Note : Readers can look forward to more adventures of Betsy the super-vamp, in the upcoming August release, Undead and Unemployed.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Rashmi Srinivas, 2004

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