REVIEW: Undead and Unstable (Undead #11) by Mary Janice Davidson

Undead & UnstableRating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Humor/ Vampires, Pages: 312, Level: Easy

Book Description:

Betsy’s heartbroken over her friend Marc’s death, but at least his sacrifice should change the future- her future- for the better. But it’s not as if Betsy’s next few hundred years will be perfect. After all, her half-sister, Laura, is the Antichrist. Laura’s mother is Satan, and family gatherings will always be more than a little awkward.

What’s really bothering Betsy is that ever since she and Laura returned from visiting her mom in hell, Laura’s been acting increasingly peculiar. Maybe it’s Laura’s new job offer: Satan’s replacement down under. Unfortunately, the position comes at a damnable price: killing Betsy, her own flesh and blood.

Over Betsy’s dead body. And for that matter, Marc’s, too, since he’s not quite as buried as everyone thought. Now a war has been waged- one that’s going to take a sibling rivalry to a whole new level and a dimension where only one sister can survive.

Is it Thanksgiving again already? I never get tired of Betsy’s hatred of Thanksgiving. While I don’t share it, her anxiety reminds me of the movie Home for the Holidays. Good stuff.

As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, probably all 10 reviews of this one’s predecessors, the Undead series is basically an entertainment only read. There isn’t a lot of deeper meaning in here. There isn’t a lot of material to fuel in depth discussion. There is, however, a lot of humor, cussing, airheaded moments, arguing, sometimes sex and a lot more.

In fact, I decided to listen to the audiobook of the first in the series because it sounded like a ‘no brains required’ read. The narrator is the reason I continued with audiobooks even though I own the first ten in print. Nancy Wu is just fabulous. She is perfect for Betsy and I frequently laugh out loud; I am convinced it is because of Nancy Wu.

Unstable brings back most of our favorite characters. It’s silly and fun but as with the last book, Unstable does get a little dark. But don’t worry, there is plenty of humor- quips, one liners; Jessica’s pregnancy is definitely good for that. And I was pleasantly surprised to learn something new! How often does that happen with Elizabeth Taylor, Betsy that is, not THE Elizabeth Taylor.

Dystheism. Yep, that’s in this installment. What is dystheism you ask? Even if you didn’t, I will still tell you because despite my love of religious discussion and debate, I had never heard of this term before Betsy Taylor, or rather Satan/ Lena Olin, mentions it. According to the almighty and omniscient Wikipedia, dystheism is “the belief that a god, goddess, or singular God is not wholly good as is commonly understood (such as the monotheistic religions of Christianity and Judaism), and is possibly evil.”

I love –isms.

I do have one issue with Unstable- we still don’t get to see the future. I want to get more details about the future and what Betsy did to get to that point. I know it is going to change, and it’s a little weird writing in past tense about something that hasn’t happened yet and can still change, but the brief glimpse Davidson gave us was intriguing and I want to know more! Well, there are still two books to go, possibly more if she plans to continue with the series. We’ll see.

Once again I will warn against listening to the audiobook on speaker if children are around. There is one sex scene and it gets a little graphic. And as always, Betsy has an arsenal of profanity laced insults at her disposal and some are pretty funny. Her favorite cracks me up every time she says it. I definitely recommend this entire series as a light, entertaining and quick read and I highly recommend the audiobook.

Happy listening!

Reviewed by Christina
December 8, 2014

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Undead and Uneasy (Undead, #6)
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