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Mary Janice Davidson vereint in ihrer Persönlichkeit einige sehr unterschiedliche Vorlieben: Sie kauft gerne ein, engagiert sich für den Frieden und spricht über sich selbst vorzugsweise in der dritten Person. Außerdem zählt sie zu den Glücklichen, die für das, was sie am allerliebsten tun, auch noch bezahlt werden: das Schreiben. Seit Ende der 1990er-Jahre arbeitet sie erfolgreich als Autorin moderner Vampirromanzen für Frauen. Ihre Bücher tauchen regelmäßig in den Bestsellerlisten auf, bekannt wurde sie u. a. durch die "Betsy Taylor"-Romane, die "Mermaid"-Serie und die "Untot"-Reihe.

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Betsy Taylor, undead vampire queen, has been given a new nickname by her nearest and dearest: Bridezilla. Because whether you're alive or undead, planning weddings is a bitch. Especially when your groom thinks the whole thing is a waste of time. Betsy's also dealing with a full house: she lives with a ghost (Cathy), a werewolf (Antonia), a gay physician/human (Marc), her fiance and vampire king (Eric Sinclair), her best friend (Jessica), a recovering Fiend (Garrett). But when Sinclair disappears, Betsy begins to get seriously uneasy... -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Also ich habe jetzt vor kurzem dieses englische Buch gelesen, da meine Sucht nach den Betsy Romanen sehr groß war und die deutsche Variante noch nicht verfügbar. Da ich kein wirklich einwandfreies Englisch spreche, geschweige denn, lesen kann, habe ich mir viel mit einem Internet Dictionary weitergeholfen und letztlich auch alles recht gut verstanden.
Die Story: Betsy bereitet ihre Hochzeit mit dem König der Vampire vor, jedoch mit kleineren Streitigkeiten. Jessica liegt im Krankenhaus um ihren Krebs mit einer Chemotherapie behandeln zu lassen und nach und nach verschwinden plötzlich alle Personen aus Betsys Umfeld. Zuerst Tina, die nach Europa geht, um einige Dinge zu erledigen. Anschließend Sinclair, der, wie Betsy vermutet, einfach ne Auzeit braucht von den ganzen Trubel und sie traut sich nicht ihn mal anzurufen. Direkt nach ihm verschwinden Antonia und Garett. Und zu guter letzt auch noch Marc, Laura und Cathie.
Nun ist sie völlig allein, als auch noch ihr Vater und ihre Stiefmutter bei einem Autounfall ums Leben kommen und sie sich um ihren Halbbruder kümmern muss. Bis eines abends ein paar Werwölfe vor ihrer Tür stehen und sich einen interessanten Kampf mit ihr liefern.
Betsy fängt langsam an zu begreifen, dass irgendetwas nicht stimmt. Leider ist es schon beinahe zu spät als sie Sinclair, Antonia und Garett findet. Der Rest wird hier nicht verraten, dass nimmt sonst die Spannung.

Nun mein Fazit: Die Folge ist wirklich sehr spannend und hat meine Erwartungen in manchen Bereichen übertroffen.
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Habe die ersten Bände der Queen Betsy-Reihe wirklich verschlungen. Auch dieses Buch ist - wie die anderen auch- sehr leicht zu lesen und man muss nicht groß sein Hirn anstrengen.
Allerdings finde ich persönlich, dass leider immer weniger Handlung in den Büchern vorhanden ist. Im Prinzip finden die halbwegs spannenden und für die Story wichtigen Handlungen alle so ca auf den letzten 25 Seiten statt. Alles davor plätschert so dahin.

Ich habe mit diesem Band jedenfalls erstmal genug von Betsy, "Sink-Lair" und Co. Die nächsten Bände habe ich zumindest vorerst mal von meinem Wunschzettel gestrichen...
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Another brilliant 'Betsy' book! MaryJanice Davidson has done it again and did justice with this 6th book!

I have to admit I was worried after her little note in 'Sleeping with the Fishes' but it turned out alright. I have to say it was weird having Betsy going through everything on her own and doing way too much thinking...although it was great to have the 'Wyndham Werewolves' making an appearance and helping her out a little!

Well I guess it will be another year or more before Betsy #7 but I hope to keep my addiction at bay by reading more of her 'Jennifer Scales' series she writes with her husband and also the new mermaid book coming out soon!
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Another brilliant 'Betsy' book! MaryJanice Davidson has done it again and did justice with this 6th book!

I have to admit I was worried after her little note in 'Sleeping with the Fishes' but it turned out alright. I have to say it was weird having Betsy going through everything on her own and doing way too much thinking...although it was great to have the 'Wyndham Werewolves' making an appearance and helping her out a little!

Well I guess it will be another year or more before Betsy #7 but I hope to keep my addiction at bay by reading more of her 'Jennifer Scales' series she writes with her husband and also the new mermaid book coming out soon!
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Betsy Taylor, Queen of the Vampires, is down to the wire on the wedding plans; she has just two weeks to the big day and she has yet to pick out a wedding dress. Her groom isn't being very helpful, Sinclair feels that the wedding is unnecessary as the Book of the Dead already recognizes them as married. He is getting grumpy and Betsy and he are not getting along.

While she finalizes the plans she faces one of her biggest obstacles to date. Unfortunately when Betsy needs everyone the most, no one is there for her; everyone has disappeared, leaving the Queen of the Vampires alone. Betsy is forced to fend for herself for the first time since she woke up Undead.

The best part of this book to me was the visiting Werewolves. While Betsy struggles through her days solo, we get an unexpected visit from Antonia's Werewolf family, the Wyndhams. The initial meeting between Betsy, Michael, Jeannie, Lara and Derik, was hilarious and fun. I hope they make a habit of appearing as I have missed them.

While I enjoyed this book, I couldn't love it like I have all the other Undead books. With Betsy's eclectic entourage MIA, the story was missing a lot of the laughs and action each of them usually draw. I really felt the void each character's absence left.

The ending was a bit anticlimactic to me and I couldn't help muttering "duh!" when Betsy finally put the pieces together. There was also a bit of unfinished business; Derik has an odd reaction to BabyJon and we never find out why. This is still very good read but not quite the great read I am used to by Ms. Davidson or this series. I gave this a 4 star rating, but I would say it is more 3 ½ stars.
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HASH(0x9e803360) von 5 Sternen All Betsy - all the time! 5. Juni 2007
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This episode of the Betsy the Vampire series (book 6) is all about Betsy. Just Betsy. While the other friends make almost guest appearances, this book shows Betsy's maturing as a Vampire Queen, and how she is coming into her own in the world of vampire diplomacy. This book is different from the other books in the series in this way. Betsy is still charming, funny, annoying, and vain, but she is a force to be reckoned with who is ever under-estimated by others. I agree with another reviewer that the Editorial reviews give away way too much plot, so I am reticent to discuss particular details of the book for fear of even more spoilers. But I liked the book due to its advancement of the overall plot and the underlying message that Betsy is Queen --and no one to mess with.
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HASH(0x9e80090c) von 5 Sternen Missing the supporting characters 6. Juni 2007
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I got this book today and powered through in about an hour and a half. I smiled a lot and laughed a little.

Mary Janice Davidson clearly set out to isolate Betsy and force her to act on her own. Betsy does, and in the process, really comes to understand that she Is The Queen. My problem with the book is that I like the other characters; the ones who seem to have gone on sabbatical this time out. We have minimal interaction with Mark, Sinclair, Antonia and Garrett while Tina, Jess, Nick and John are fairly powerless to help our Betsy. My biggest problem was with Betsy's mom and sister, both of whom acted completely out of character.

It seems like I'm complaining more than I intended to. I'm really not. Undead and Uneasy is a classic MJD romp which is quick, fun and leaves you looking for more. Which is what I'm doing. Looking for more. So MJD write quickly, because I want to know what happens next. Okay?
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HASH(0x9e7ff534) von 5 Sternen In which our shoe-loving vampire queen finally gets married 18. Juli 2007
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If I'm reading the author's acknowledgements/preface/introduction rightly, then this is probably the last volume in the series about Betsy, Queen of the Vampires. And the somewhat crowded feeling, as if a few too many things were happening and being crammed all into one book, reinforces that suspicion.

That said, it's always better for a book to have too much happening rather than too little. And since we already know that the series is lightweight, if some of the action is improbable for the characters involved, or flat-out silly to think someone would ever do that, well, that's part of the series: several of the characters have always been purely stereotypes for the sake of laughs. Either you learn to live with that, or don't.

For those of you who haven't read other books in the series, you really should read them in order; the events of this book make no sense unless you already know who the players are. Don't try and read this one first just because it's easily available, thinking that if you like it, then you'll go back and read the rest of the series. Doesn't work that way. You've gotta already know about Betsy's dad and stepmother, about her half-sister Laura and who Laura's mother was, about why Jessica has a mansion full of weirdos. Some of what you need to know isn't even in the series directly; the whole thing about Antonia and Garrett is from a novella contained in an anthology of Davidson's werewolf series stories, Dead and Loving It (ISBN-13: 978-0425207956). (No, I don't really know why a book of werewolf stories has a title as though it were mainly about vampires.) That said, to give you an idea of whether the series is for you at all, you should know how it stacks up against other vampire series. Davidson writes humorous romance; she's not a fantasy writer first and then a romance writers. The vampires in this series are fairly traditional as to powers; they are not "out" in society nor considered legally human; mostly, they lead lives separate from humans, not holding down "day jobs" or trying to socialize outside their own kind. Several of the volumes have murder mystery plots; others are more frivolous. There are no deep, dark thoughts of immortal life and its meaning, nor any attempts at deep explaining why and how vampires exist at all. Even when there's eeeevillll, it's a rather superficial sort of evil. The vampires are a mixed bag between evil and neutral characters. There are numerous other supernatural beings: ghosts, werewolves, the Devil - but other than those beings, this is pretty much our world, our time, our Minnesota - it's not a separate fantasy universe.

As far as the plot itself in this volume, I think that between the publishers' reviews and all the rest, you don't need me to tell you more. Let me say that I'm a bit tired of the Booke of the Dead. Enough happens to enough of our regular characters to feel that Davidson has tied off a lot of loose ends, again hinting that it's the last book in the series. Perhaps one of the most unusual events in this volume is: Betsy actually realizes that she's whining. And makes an attempt to deal with it.

In short: if you've been reading the series, you've gotta read this one. If you haven't been reading the series, don't start with this one. And if you prefer your vampires dark, brooding, and discussing their immortality, lack of souls, and all the other philosophical implications of their condition, this is not where you're going to find it. But if you're looking for easy-reading humor with snappy dialog and just enough plot to hold the humor together, then this should be your cup of tea.
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HASH(0x9e7ff6e4) von 5 Sternen Will Betsy be able to see the light of day again? 9. Juni 2007
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The latest installment of the MaryJanice Davidson's Betsy the Vampire Queen series is a little darker than the previous five. Undead and Uneasy marries the Betsy series with the Wyndham Werewolf series bringing both groups of characters together in a mirthful clashing of vampire and werewolf culture.

Betsy is preparing for her imminent wedding to Eric Sinclair, Vampire King, even though the Book of the Dead proclaims them to already be married under vampire law. Without warning, her friends and family begin to disappear; some die, some leave of their own volition, some are kidnapped, and some are kept away by coincidence, but it leaves Betsy alone with Derik and Michael of the Wyndham werewolves to discover what has happened to everyone she loves.

Betsy Taylor's usual smart mouth is tempered a bit by the worry she has over Jessica who is on death's door due to cancer. She is also forced to visit Jon Delk, the hunky teenage vampire killer who has a crush on her, which she handles with aplomb. Due to circumstances beyond her control, she finds herself in custody of BabyJon and is forced to let go of some of her selfishness in order to care for him. Even though Queen Betsy seems to mature a bit in this novel, Davidson splashes much pop culture into the plot and Betsy still talks, and thinks, like a shallow valley girl from California rather than Queen of the Vampires but without as many snappy, sarcastic musings as usual. Even as Davidson tries to grow the series, she is strangling it from refusing to let the plot and characters expand.

The plot seems somewhat recycled with Betsy concentrating on holding onto her humanity, but for no good reasons except that she is stubborn. While the series began as a lighter, humorous, romantic paranormal novels rather than the serious and more violent writings of authors such as Kim Harrison, Lilith Saintcrow, or Laurell K. Hamilton, Davidson's soda pop seems to have lost its fizz. It looks as if this may be her last vampire novel to see the light of day.
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