by MaryJanice Davidson

July 2005
ISBN: 0-425-20433-2
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Undead and Unappreciated, the third full-length book in this delightful vampire series, was well worth the wait. As much as I appreciate the author gifting us with the connected short stories in the Cravings and Bite anthologies to tide us over, I find I much prefer the longer stories. Some of the comedy I found lacking in the second story is back full force in this book.

Betsy is still fighting her feelings for Sinclair, hiding behind biting comments and slurs to his vampirehood, although they don’t faze him in the least. He is of the opinion that they should be sharing a bed. She’s of the opinion that they shouldn’t even be sharing a house.

On top of her other Queenly duties, Betsy deals with a devoted fiend while also discovering she has a half sister. As if that isn’t shocking enough, the fact that her new found sibling is the daughter of the devil and is supposed to take over the world really mucks things up. Expecting to hate the girl, she’s taken by surprise at how sweet and charming she is. So charming, she fears Sinclair has the hots for her.

We once again visit with Marc, Jessica and Tina and how they are affected by Betsy’s new lifestyle. There are repercussions after she decides to finally read the Book of the Dead – or as Besty calls it, The Book of the Yukky. As a result, this tale takes a more personal look into the relationships and adds so much to the story. Betsy not only gains more power, she also gains more insight into those around her.

For those of you who are already fans of the series, you will love this latest edition. For those who aren’t sure if vampire stories are their thing, I suggest you give this series a try. The comedy sets it apart from most others in this genre. Just make sure you don’t read it in public or you are bound to receive some strange looks as you continuously laugh out loud.

Reviewed in June 2005 by Jackie.

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