Vampire Queen Betsy (Don’t call me Elizabeth) Taylor and her wacky crew are back in the 12th installment of MaryJanice Davidson’s popular Undead series. Betsy has just killed Satan, an act that makes her half-sister Laura the new Antichrist, and Betsy wants desperately to make amends. But as we all know, making amends in Betsy’s universe doesn’t come easy, and it always comes at a price. Besides trying to mend fences with a family Thanksgiving, Betsy also has to contend with husband Eric’s newfound tolerance for sunlight (and love of his twin doggies, which turns the formerly formidable king into a mushy pile of goo). There’s alsoher best friend’s pregnancy, which to Betsy’s mind has gone on FAR too long…but things really shake up when the Antichrist decides to abandon Betsy in…you guessed it…Hell.
Davidson’s writing style is frenetic and fun, as usual, although even the vampire king’s baby talk with the puppies can get a bit jarring at times; overall, another fine addition to one of the quirkiest vampire series out there. Four stars – ROCCO Lo Tempio.
Vampire queen Betsy ?don’t call me Elizabeth” Taylor is back?and there’s going to be Hell to pay?in MaryJanice Davidson’s ?one of a kind” (Darque Reviews) New York Times bestselling series?
It’s no surprise to Betsy that her trip to Hell with her sister Laura landed them in hot water. Betsy isn’t exactly sorry she killed the Devil but it’s put Laura in a damnable position: assuming the role of Satan (she may not have the training but she looks great in red)?and in charge of billions of souls as she moves up in the world. Or is that down?
But Betsy herself is in an odd new position as well?that of being a responsible monarch suddenly in charge of all things more earth-bound: like her vampire husband Sinclair who has gone from relieved to ecstatic to downright reckless now that he can tolerate sunlight. And if Sinclair isn’t enough to contend with, Betsy’s best friend Jessica is in her sixth (and hopefully last) trimester. Considering she’s been pregnant for eighteen months, she’s become a veritable encyclopedia of what not to expect when you’re expecting. Oh, the horror?
And speaking of growing pains, Betsy and Sinclair’s adopted little BabyJon is finally starting to walk. And if the increasingly unpredictable toddler is anything like his extended family, precisely where he’s headed is anyone’s guess.