Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Spotlight Series: Queen Betsy (Undead series)

MaryJanice Davidson is The New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the Undead series. MaryJanice’s inimitable style has also delighted fans of the Mermaid series (Sleeping with the Fishes), the Wyndham Werewolf series (Derik’s Bane), and the Royal series (The Royal Treatment). With her husband, Anthony Alongi, she also writes a series featuring a teen were-dragon named Jennifer Scales. You can learn more about MaryJanice at maryjanicedavidson.net.

The Queen Betsy books were the first humorous vampire books I read. Right from the very first book, Betsy admitted that that her death, becoming a vampire and subsequently the vampire queen was utterly ridiculous. Betsy's got a funny outlook on life (or death as the case may be), a gorgeous and completely annoying man and friends that take her craziness in stride. The series is a perfect mix of shoes, blood and laugh out loud remarks.

Important Characters to Know
Elizabeth "Betsy" Taylor - Betsy lost her job and died on her 30th birthday. She woke up as a vampire a few days later only to learn that she was their prophesied queen. She lives with her human best friends, vampire boyfriend and his assistant.

Eric Sinclair - Vampire king and Betsy's boyfriend. Has a tendency to be annoying and condescending.

Jessica Watkins - Human. Betsy's obscenely rich best friend. Accepted Betsy becoming a vampire without a second thought.

Marc Spangler - Human. Betsy stopped Marc from committing suicide when they first met. He immediately became her other best friend. He's a gay emergency room doctor.

Antonia "The Ant" Taylor - Human. Betsy's stepmother. She was possessed by the devil when she became pregnant with Laura and gave the baby up for adoption without any memory of it. She's so mean no one ever realized she was possessed.

Laura Goodman - Sort-of-human. The devil's daughter and Betsy's half-sister. To rebel against her mother, she is a church goer and constant good Samaritan.

Tina -Vampire. Eric's assistant, maker and best friend.

Queen Betsy
(in reading order, links lead to my reviews)
  1. Undead and Unwed
  2. Undead and Unemployed
  3. Undead and Unappreciated
  4. Undead and Unreturnable
  5. Undead and Unpopular
  6. Undead and Uneasy
  7. Undead and Unworthy
  8. Undead and Unwelcome
  9. Undead and Unfinished
  10. Undead and Undetermined
If you like the Queen Betsy series, you should try:
The Fred the Mermaid series by MaryJanice Davidson
The Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Aisling Grey, Guardian series by Katie MacAlister
The Dark Carpathians series by Christine Feehan
The Garnet Lacey series by Tate Hallaway


  1. I am soooo hooked on this series at the moment. I've got them all at my house and just finished reading book #5 yesterday. I LOVE BETSY & SINCLAIR!!!


  2. I finished the first one not that long ago and really enjoyed it! Such a fun read! I have the rest of the series on my Kindle and will probably read it in Sept/Oct :)

  3. I've seen these books all over the place and they look like such fun! They're on my TBR shelf!

  4. Yay, great post!
    I love the series and especially Betsy and Sinclair. Ever since I read the first book I have been a fan of this hilarious series.
    I still lol when I think back to when Betsy called Sinclair "Sink lair" or when he used designer shoes to get his way.

  5. I've heard of the Undead books, but have never read them. Your post was great - I'm going to grab the first in the series today! :)

  6. I love this series! Love all the major and minor characters as well. I'm patiently waiting to get book #9 :)

  7. I really love Betsy! Her humor cracks me up to no end.

  8. I love her Betsy books, guaranteed to make you laugh your ass off at times - Also a fantastically nice and generous women!

  9. alright, I thought I was over the vampire genre, but now I'm gong to have to check these out. Sounds hilarious!

  10. Thoroughly enjoying the Queen Betsy series. Haven't gotten through all of them yet, but the ones I've read so far have certainly been a laugh-a-minute type of read!

  11. Haha, the daughter of the devil being a church goer. That's hilarious.

  12. I added the first one in this series to my wishlist after I read one of your reviews. I also have the first two Fred The Mermaid books, but I haven't read them yet. I will get to them some day!