Thursday, June 18, 2009
Book 22 of 2009: Undead and Unwelcome by MaryJanice Davidson
MaryJanice Davidson's 8th installment of the Undead series (also known as the Betsy the Vampire series) is written from two different perspectives throughout the book. Half of the book is written directly from Betsy's point of view and the other half is written from the view of Dr. Mark Spangler, who is one of Betsy's roommates. Betsy, her boyfriend Sinclair, their adopted son BabyJon, and her best friend Jessica fly off to Cape Cod at the start of the book to visit the Wyndham Werewolves. They are on a mission to return the deceased body of their fellow werewolf, Antonia, to them. The Wyndham Werewolves are more accusing than welcoming, as they can't comprehend how one of their own could have died protecting a vampire! Adding to the stress between the werewolves and the vampires is BabyJon. The werewolves seem to be uneasy around him, but Betsy can't fathom why they would be uncomfortable around a baby. It seems there might be a bit more to BabyJon than meets the eye.
While Betsy is away, sister Laura, the Antichrist, has a bit of her own "party" going on. She has sent their friend Tina away, brought in a group of Satan Worshipers, and has even started killing vampires. Mark is doing everything he can to get in touch with Betsy, but unfortunately every time he sends her an e-mail he types it in text messaging shorthand and Betsy can't seem to translate it. Sinclair tries to call Tina to check in after not having heard from Tina in a few days and finds out that their phone service had been cancelled. It looks like the only way to find out what is going on is to head home, but they can't do that until they resolve the whole "war" with the werewolves on how it is Antonia died. Just your average Betsy week, right?
Once again, MaryJanice Davidson has written a light, fun read that the reader will fly right through and that leaves you wanting more. The quirky dialogue is always what I most look forward to in a Davidson book and this one is no different. In this particular book, I think some of the funniest lines were in the emails sent from Mark to Betsy where he was using the text messaging shorthand. Betsy was having a lot of trouble figuring them out, but it was fun sorting them out. I mean, come on... who wouldn't know that "TSIATHTF" stands for "The Shit Is About To Hit The Fan"? I am definitely ready to see what happens next with BabyJon and Laura so would like to have had a longer book in that sense, but it'll be well worth the wait for number nine! MaryJanice Davidson's books are always a joy to read and are usually a one or two sitting read. I just can't put them down! Highly Recommended!
Contains: Adult Language, Adult Situations
Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian.com