Friday, September 03, 2010

[Book Review] UNDEAD AND UNWED by MaryJanice Davidson

Fiction/Paranormal Romance

Jason Sharp reviews UNDEAD AND UNWED by MaryJanice Davidson (Berkley Sensation, 2004)

Note: Book 1 of 9 in the Queen Betsy Taylor series
This is an interesting twist on the classic vampire story as it infuses the genre with humor and romance instead of darkness and whiney teenagers. It involves a woman walking up in a morgue and humorously trying to (unsuccessfully) kill herself after finding that she has awoken as a vampire. She goes on to learn that she is a nearly invincible queen of all vampires and is continually pulled into vampire power struggles that she has no interest in.

The book is usually genuinely funny and light hearted, although there are a few moments that feel like bad stand-up comedy jokes. The main character is a strong and outspoken female who is very interested in fashion and shoes and although this reviewer is a male with no interest in fashion, I did not feel that it was overdone or detracted from the book itself.

If you are looking for something a little different when it comes to vampires, this is worth a look.

Parental advisory note: Although the majority of the book is safe for young teens, there are a few instances in which the book becomes quite graphic in its detail of some sexual encounters.

Jason Sharp, Humanities Department

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