Undead And Unwed
by Mary Janice Davidson
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
Told in first-person narrative in a chick lit tone, Undead and Unwed is a story about Elizabeth (Betsy) Taylor. Betsy is a loud, smart-mouth woman with a penchant for fine shoes. After a week from hell, she gets hit by a car and dies. However, she wakes up “undead” – in a coffin. After a few startling discoveries, she realizes that she is not only a vampire, but an extraordinary one. For instance, garlic and crosses don’t bother her in the least, and she has superhuman powers – she can scale a building, and fight off other vampires with a flick of her wrist. And more.
After going against the “code of vampire ethics” and letting her family know she isn’t really dead, Betsy attracts the unwelcome (or is it?) attention of Sinclair, an annoyingly handsome and enigmatic vampire who is interested in her for various reasons. She also gets on the hit list of the ruler of vampires and has a contract out for her head (literally) within days. What’s a girl to do?
This was a great read – I was unable to put it down once starting it. Mary Janice Davidson has a wonderful gift of storytelling and keeping the reader hooked. Betsy is a heroine that is not to be messed with. The romance in this novel is a subplot to the actual story, which keeps things interesting. This novel is not “technically” a chick lit novel, but it’s not a romance either. It effortlessly falls into the paranormal/vampire chick lit category. (If such a category really exists!)
The only downfall to this novel, I felt, was sometimes Betsy was too loudmouthed. Part of her charm is that she doesn’t put up with anything, but occasionally she was just too annoying about it. Some parts of the story were drawn out too long because she refused to listen to anything. I must admit to wanting to smack her into silence a few times.
Overall, I highly recommend this book!