REVIEW: Undead and Unfinished (Undead #9) by Mary Janice Davidson

Undead & UnfinishedRating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Humor/ Vampires, Pages: 296, Level: Easy

Book Description:

There’s only one thing Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor hates more than the threat of hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (after all, how traditional is her family?), and that’s trying to get through the Book of the Dead without going insane. Every time she’s tried reading it, she just gets blindsided – until this time, when the devil strikes a bargain. She offers Betsy a chance to get through the cursed (literally!) thing cover to cover and finally discover all its mysteries. There’s just one teensy little catch.

Betsy and her half sister, Laura, have to go to Hell. Just long enough for Laura to finally embrace her dark heritage (after a rebellious youth of charity work and teaching Sunday school) and make nice with her mother, aka Lucifer, by picking up such skills as slicing through time and the universe with a hellfire sword. While such things might sound fun, time travel is proving to be an alarming journey for Betsy and Laura. Not only are they interacting firsthand with their own family’s past, but in doing so, they’re dangerously impacting the future in ways they never anticipated.

Of course, that’s what Mother wanted all along. Damn her.

This is definitely my favorite book in the Betsy series.

Unfinished answers so many questions while posing a whole new set of questions. So you get the best of both worlds.

Betsy and Laura travel to Hell and Laura must practice time and place travel. Betsy accompanies her and since their lives are so intertwined, all places they travel have something to do with Betsy. However, because Betsy is… well… Betsy, she intervenes and possibly messes up her own timeline.

I loved when they were in Hell and wish I could have seen more of that. I also enjoyed the brief glimpse of the future and although it could change, I hope Davidson somehow manages to include the future of Unfinished in subsequent books because it was intriguing, with one big whopping shocker, in my humble opinion of course.

The time travel was exceptional and it is nice to finally discover how Betsy’s world came about. The reader will finally see how Sinclair came to be and discover his initial connection to Tina. Davidson also gives us a brief glimpse into how a few of the characters turn out a thousand or so years in the future. Good stuff!

I gave 4 stars to the previous books in this series. Why did I give Unfinished 5 stars? Besides what I have already mentioned, and the fact that Unfinished touches on the whole religious or God theme, the following quote alone earned Unfinished its fifth star-

Knowledge is like a hammer, you know. It’s neither good nor evil. What matters is how you apply it. My father disagreed.
God, you mean?
Of course, you twit.

Ha! Satan called someone a twit.

I don’t know how many times I have made the same point- guns, religion and, in this case, knowledge are not inherently good or bad; they are tools which are as good or bad as the humans who wield them.

Truly intellectual insights and dialogue are not common in the Betsy series. Most of the conversations are more along the ‘twit’ lines. I’ve mentioned before that this series is basically an entertainment only read and Unfinished is no different.

Unfortunately I cannot comment on reading the series and how that may be different; I am listening to the audio and it is phenomenal because the narrator is spot on. I frequently laugh out loud.

As always, if you listen to the audio, keep in mind there is graphic sex in the books and extremely frequent profanity. You might not want to put it on speaker if there are kids around.

With that warning, I definitely recommend the Undead (or Betsy) series. It is highly entertaining and gives my brain a nice break.

Reviewed by Christina
July 18, 2014

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