Just when Betsy Taylor think she’s adjusted to her after-life as a vampire queen, fate intervenes. It’s bad enough having to view your own grave-stone but now Betsy’s even started seeing dead people – an assortment of demanding ghosts who are determined to make her do their bidding. Betsy also has some personal stuff to deal with – not least of which is planning her Spring – and Midnight – wedding to Sinclair. Meanwhile her half-sister is starting to display signs of inheriting her real mother’s temper. And when your mother’s the devil, that’s cause for concern.
“See, things started out innocently enough—a visitor, a comment, finding out a new vampire rule—and the next thing I know, I’m up to my tits in undead politics, or attempted revolutions, or dead bodies.”
The Undead series is still very entertaining, though sometimes I have to turn back the pages to recall what had happened. The everyday life of Betsy and her housemates just can’t keep me interested.
So, meanwhile Betsy’s lovelorn admirer, the ex-blade-warrior-now-a-biography-writer Jon is writing the not-so-fictional biography of Betsy, Betsy babysits her brother, BabyJon, she also contributes to the new vampire newsletter, and she is planning the first vampire monarch wedding of all time – with her openly reluctant fiancé, Eric Sinclair.
There was a hint about a serial killer at the beginning of the novel, so I hoped for some excitement, and maybe a connection between the murderer and Betsy, but nope… He is just an ordinary serial killer, with no awareness of neither Betsy nor the vampire society. So no threatening conspiracy or coup by him.
Betsy and Eric have a relationship crisis, and fight after fight.
“Wait a minute, wait a minute.” Jessica made the time-out sign. “You made up after your other fight, but now you’re fighting again?”
I nodded miserably.
“You guys. Seriously. I really think you should get married already—talk about prewedding jitters! You’re tearing each other apart!”
I really felt for Eric, I could understand his fear. Actually, I’m wondering what would happen if Betsy simply commanded Eric to bear that certain ability what she does. Remember, just like she had managed to make him able to see ghosts in Undead and Unemployed.
While the plot is lame, and nothing groundbreaking or unexpected happens, the author smartly builds the tension and mystery around her characters.
The appearance of the old and the new secondary characters are well-balanced. Finally, you get some information about Jess: she dates, and it turns out that she has a job. Jon and Nick are back, George shows some development, Laura and her snaps are more and more interesting and creepy, and I’m really looking forward to reading more about Cathy.
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