Thursday, August 2, 2012

Undead and Unstable by MaryJanice Davidson

Undead and Unstable by MaryJanice Davidson
2012, Berkley Hardcover
Series: Book 11 of Queen Betsy

Synopsis: 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.

Why read: Reading the series

What impressed me: I still love all the characters and can sort of see why certain events had to play out as they have thus far to round out the series.

What disappointed me: Of course, this book could also be random, rambling nonsense depending on what actually does happen in the future. The Marc story line combined with the Satan story line are both very unrealistic (even in this fantasy world) and neither is as happy-go-lucky as we'd expect from a Queen Betsy book. Undead and Unstable continues the recent trend of Betsy never learning, never sharing key information and never really evolving to fill her potential.

Recommended: Sort of. This wasn't nearly the best Queen Betsy book, but series fans that plan on completing the series may need to know what happens here.

Continue series: Yes, I'm hoping to continue the series to the end.

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