Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Review: Undead and Unstable

                                                            Today's review is on Undead and Unstable

I have read all of Davidson's Undead books, and though I was in love with the series in the beginning, it made a downward plunge that ended in a big belly flop at book #10. I wasn't sure I even wanted to read book #11, but I thought I would give MJD a chance to redeem herself and so I made the decision to dive back in.

Unfortunately, the Betsy of the books gone past is still gone and we are still left with the spineless, self absorbed, cry baby Betsy of book #10 and her now cojone-less husband Eric Sinclair. (I would really appreciate it if we could have the other ones back please MJ.) With that said though, Unstable was not a total loss.

Betsy and "family" are still trying to get over the loss of Marc, who committed suicide in book #10, and Betsy is ready to do something to bring him back. (Without of course letting everyone else know, except for Sinclair I mean.) After making a trip to the attic though she sees that she doesn't have to go through all that trouble. Marc is back, dressed in his usual hospital scrubs and he's dissecting Betsy's dead cat. He has been hiding out up there since his death. Thankfully though he's not grose looking and he's not a non-brain eating Zombie, but he is a Zombie none the less. Now Betsy just needs to find out who resurrected him, and the list of suspects isn't very long.

Future Betsy, along with Satan herself, pops in to let current Betsy know that she has in fact brought Marc back from the dead. But that's not the only reason she stopped by.

Current Betsy screwed up the timeline when she went to Hell to find out more about the Book of the Dead and now both timelines are a mess. Future Betsy knows what current Betsy has to do to make things right but she isn't very forthcoming. All we know is that she too wants to "save" herself and everyone else she has loved and lost. But can our spineless and ditzy current Betsy figure it out in time? Will she make the right decision when that time comes?

The rest of the characters, Tina, Jessica, Nick/Dick, Garrett, Antonia, Mrs. Taylor, Baby Jon, and even Laura to a point, all had miniscule importance to the story line. But, seeing that they are all part of Betsy's "family" I guess that they need to be there at least little bit. (Except for Garrett and Antonia. They were totally unnecessary in this installment.)

Though MJD was able to redeem herself somewhat, she still has a ways to go to get back to the caliber of the early books. Maybe she should go back and read a few of them. Sinclair was once a strong character and Betsy wasn't as clueless. Readers want strong characters MJ, especially with a series that has gone this far.

3 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon

Book Description: via Amazon

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: as 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 sibling rivalry to a whole new level, and a dimension where only one sister can survive.

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