Wednesday, July 20, 2011

UNDEAD AND UNDERMINED: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDEDUNDEAD AND UNDERMINED
BY MARYJANICE DAVIDSON

ABOUT THE BOOK:
All-new in the New York Times bestselling drop-dead funny series.

Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor thought she couldn't die. So what's she doing in the morgue? It could have something to do with a time- traveling trip she made, and a foe with a wicked agenda that could finally be the real death of Betsy-if she's not careful.
EXCERPT FROM UNDEAD AND UNDERMINED: 
When the awful racket started up, when the coroner got ready to open my skull with what I later found out was a Stryker autopsy saw, I was fine with it.
No, more than that . . . it seemed like a really, really good idea. Not just a good idea for me. It would be great for everyone involved. And if you took the long view, it would be good for humanity. Because I’d had enough. Case closed, everybody out of the pool, time to shut off the lights and lock up, hit the trail, shake a leg, beat feet, get gone, get out.
I was out.
How sucky was it that I knew, knew the one thing worse than waking up on an embalming table was waking up inside a body bag? I did not ever want to know that. No one should know that.
Oh, and while we’re compiling a list of things no one should know? No one should know that they grow up— grow old, anyway— to torture their friends. That they either brought about (or didn’t bother to prevent) a scary- ass nuclear winter apocalyptic event resulting in the very real possibility of freezing to death on the Fourth of July. No one should know that, on the off chance they turn into an ancient evil vampire crone, they forget all sense of fun and, worse, fashion. Gray dresses!
To finish reading this excerpt, visit MaryJanice Davidson's website HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.

And from Penguin Publishing's website, here is a brief interview to learn more about this very talented author:

Q. Do you really have a shoe fetish like Betsy?
A. No! Strictly a Payless “buy one pair get the second pair half off” girl. I can’t see spending that much money on something I will walk through who-knows-what in!
Q. How do you come up with your ideas?
A. A long time ago a teacher told me “see what’s out there, and then write what isn’t.” I really enjoy putting extraordinary characters in ordinary circumstances and then watch them handle them as regular people would have to.
Q. What other genres are you interested in pursuing?
A. I love murder/mystery. I have some ideas for projects outside contemporary/paranormal romance and I hope I get a chance to try them out.
Q. Why cyborgs, vampires, werewolves, etc.?
A. I love to read these kinds of stories myself, but all the characters seemed so dark and monotonous—same kind of personality, very unapproachable. My characters are all just regular people thrown into extraordinary circumstances, then they have to face ordinary challenges just like the rest of us but from a completely different perspective. Can’t find a parking space, need a job, etc. Don’t you think this is funny?!
Q. Are you going to write more Undead books?
A. Absolutely! I've got the series plotted out through book five, and hopefully I'll be able to write even more than that (it depends on my publisher and, of course, the readers!).

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
UNDEAD AND UNDERMINED by MaryJanice Davidson is the second book in a trilogy and so Davidson gives a review of what has happened so far in the beginning of the book. This is good for me as I had not read the first book. The book is about Vampire Queen Betsy surviving and figuring out how to deal with a parallel dimension and time travel. Betsy seems to have some attention deficit disorder and Davidson writes a whole lot about how Betsy is very sarcastic which became a little tiresome after a while. The story has many characters that come from the first book and from other time periods.

There is Dick, who from what I can tell, used to be called Nick, and used to hate Betsy but now he doesn’t as he is in this different world due to this kind of time travel thing.  Evidently, he wasn’t fond of vampires (hmmm, wonder why?). Betsy has a roommate named Jessica who is eight months pregnant and it appears that Dick (Nick) is the father. He seems to be really in love with Jessica. Other characters who enter the story are Garrett who is alive in this new world and then there is Laura who seems to be a very frightened girl who has slowly come to accept her destiny. Betsy’s love interest is Sinclair who does seem crazy in love with her. And also there’s a character named Thing who evidently has followed Betsy back from another time in the future.

What I got from all that was while Betsy was time traveling, she changed some things and now everything is messed up. What she changed in the past evidently has made things in the future change as well and someone is out to get her to fix things or die trying. I honestly must say that this is definitely not my kind of book. I know that MaryJane Davidson is a talented author but this genre just didn’t appeal to me. I felt lost most of the time and wonder if I had read the first book if it would have mattered. Sorry to say, I don’t think so. However, if this paranormal type book is in your kind of read, I will say there were some pretty humorous parts to it. 

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ALEXANDRIA AND FRIENDS AT
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56 comments:

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I really like the paranormal genre. It is one of my favorites. I think it is one of those genres that you either love or hate it.
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I gave the first book a try and wasn't too sure about it, but one of my good friends think Betsy's the greatest character! Always worth another shot. Thanks!
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