Being royally undead isn’t all it’s cracked up to be there are still bills to be paid. Luckily, new Queen of the Vampires Betsy Taylor lands her dream job selling designer shoes at Macy’s.
But when a string of vampire murders hits St. Paul, Betsy must enlist the help of the one vamp who makes her blood boil: the oh-so-sexy Sinclair. Now, she’s really treading on dangerous ground high heels and all.
“Being a soulless denizen of the undead was really hard sometimes.”
I’m sad to say that the second book of the Undead series fell short of my expectations.
The first third of the book is pretty boring: Betsy has financial and termite problems, so she needs a job, and a new place to live.
Then a group of vampire hunters appears, killing vampires all over the city. Betsy is enlightened that as a queen she has certain responsibilities.
“We’re getting reports of quite a few staked vampires.”
She looked at me.
“Ah, no,” I whined. “What, this is my problem?”
“You’re the queen.”
“Oh, so I have to protect the city’s vampires?”
“The world’s vampires, actually,” she said gently.
On top of this, she gets some upsetting news from her stepmother, and a little girl as a companion, whose entity is a surprise only for Betsy, but not for the reader.
The intended turns of the story are too obvious – I mean the antagonist supporting the above mentioned vampire hunters, aka the Blade Warriors, aka the Broody Warthogs. Although their appearances are great and laugh-out-loud funny, I soon get tired of them.
I hoped for some development of Betsy, but she has the same naïve, self-centered, negligent attitude she had before. But even so, she is funny most of the time. 🙂
The final action scene is just lame; I expected a more spectacular ending. I don’t despise the fact that Betsy escapes almost miraculously, thanks to her being a supervamp, but that the whole scene, especially the revenge, is performed poorly.
All in all
Despite the flat action, the predictable plot turns, and the uninteresting, but at least quickly disappearing new characters, Undead and Unemployed still has enough laugh-out-loud situations and sparkling dialogues to have a good time with it. A light and amusing read!
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