Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson

Elizabeth "Betsy" Taylor is having a terrible day - she got laid off from work and while chasing down her Houdini cat, she gets hit by a car and dies. Obviously things aren't right when she wakes up inside a coffin wearing Payless shoes and hand-me-down clothes.

Not only is Betsy not dead, but after a bout of depression on why her life sucks (especially after losing her job) and countless attempts at killing herself (jumping off a building, electrocution, drowning, drinking Chlorox... you get the picture) - she realizes she can't die. She quickly comes to realize that she is a vampire (the fangs and super strength were a big factor in this) and is now one of the undead.

But Betsy is not your ordinary vampire... oh no, not only does the girl have a major shoe fetish and has a great sense of style, but she doesn't have the same needs/handicaps as her fellow brethren vampires do. For instance, she can speak of the Lord (without cringing as all vamps do), holy water only makes her sneeze instead of bursting into flames, nor do crosses burn her.

She actually feels as though life might just return to normal - if she really doesn't put too much attention on her new mighty super-vamp powers. And it almost feels as if it is until she gets a mysterious call that lands her facing off with a master vampire, Nostrodamus or Nostro for short. After declining on joining his coven of vamps - she finds herself on the run for her undead life. Luckily for her there is another master vampire who can help... the dreamy Eric Sinclair. After Sinclair gives her a crash course on vampire do's and don't's, proper vampire etiquette and explains that she is the prophesied Vampire Queen - it is up to her to slay Nostro and bring Vampire peace amongst the clans. Sinclair just needs to convince her of this and will stop at nothing and, that includes using Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, to get what he wants.

Guilty pleasure alert!!! Oh yes, this book is absolute fluff and I loved it!

Betsy is witty, snarky, bitchy, and uproariously hilarious. I loved so many things about her - the constant bickering with Sinclair, the fact that she called him Sink-lair, her friends (the token black girl, Jessica who is richer than well... everyone and her gay sidekick Marc), the fact that she lisps when her fangs elongate, that she's a member of PETA, her manic need for shoes. This is a laugh-out-loud funny gal - the type that anything that can go wrong will probably go wrong because of her.

I found this to be both amusing as well as entertaining. Surprisingly I found myself really liking these characters and found myself even more surprised that this was more of a light mystery type then a romance (don't take me wrong, there is romance but it is not the main core of the book). Undead and Unwed is the first in the series and I will confess that I cannot wait to see what Betsy encounters next.

If you are looking for a fun, fluffy read - nothing but mind candy here - then definitely grab this. I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face.


Jenn said...

It was a good book, wasn't it? The rest of the series is also pretty good - have you read her series books (Wyndham Werewolves, Mermaid Fred)?

Now I want to read it again! ;-)

Island Gal said...

Thanks for sharing!! I want to read it so bad now!! lol

Book ♥ Soulmates said...

I've had this on my TBR forever but thanks to your review, methinks I should bump it up a bit!


Fiction Vixen said...

Nice! This is a favorite series of mine, fluff and all! The author is so witty and funny, I love it!

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