Mary Janice Davidson
Titles (so far)
Undead and Unwed (Book 1)
Undead and Unemployed (Book 2)
Undead and Unappreciated (Book 3)
Undead and Unreturnable (Book 4)
Undead and Unpopular (Book 5)
Undead and Uneasy (Book 6)
Undead and Unworthy (Book 7)
Undead and Unwelcome (Book 8)
Undead and Unfinished (Book 9)
Undead and Undermined (Book 10)
Undead and Unstable (Book 11)
Blurb (for the first book)
Betsy Taylor turns 30, gets laid off, is killed by an SUV and wakes up dead all in the same week. The vampire community is convinced she's their prophesied Queen. But she's not having any of it—she's got shoes to buy! And now the undead world is being turned upside-down by a Bela Lugosi throwback and her subjects expect her to take care of it! Why didn't she read the handbook? But her would-be consort, Eric Sinclair, is (annoyingly) ever-present. If only he wasn't so tall, dark, gorgeous...and undead.
ISBN (for the first book)
The tone of the books, starting with these problems, only becomes darker and sillier at the same time. Betsy continues to be a light of cultural idiocy while being street wise-ish, obsessed with shoes and generally rebellious to all things vampire rules. And she often gets away with the maddest behaviour all because she is the Queen. Meanwhile, the challenges she faces become darker, more twisted and intense. Enough that Betsy's own personality and identity as the bouncy, happy shoe-loving idiot comes under threat. And from the most unlikely source. To achieve this the events of the books continue to spiral out of control, keeping the pace flowing quickly and the reader guessing just what is going to happen next.
The Undead series is bright and brilliant and a good choice for segueing from chic lit to paranormal fantasy. It bridges the gap beautifully and provides a little of the light chic lit genre trends with the darker paranormal fantasy trends. It is also a quick and easy read, meaning it can fill the place of chic lit for those lazy days or be great books to take travelling. While they are almost completely aimed at female readers they can be read by anyone, as long as the reader can put up with a ditzy but aggressive female protagonist. Nearly everything is seen through Betsy's eyes so be prepared for a major serving of girliness. On the other hand, due to the darkness in the plot and action there's not that much to put of the less girly readers or those not interested in chic lit. Especially when all the twists and turns become deeply psychological.