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Undead and Unappreciated by Mary Janice  Davidson
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0425204332
Date: 05 July, 2005 List Price $21.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Well, Betsy decides it?s about time she found out about all this prophecy stuff and locks herself in the library to read the vampire Book of the Dead. The problem is that if you read for too long at one time it drives you mad. Three hours later, Betsy is the vampire from hell. She?s not just evil; she?s evil incarnate. The next day she wakes in a cell in the basement back to her old shoe loving, mall addicted, valley girl-ish self. But she remembers everything she did. Can she ever make it up to her best friend Jessica, who has locked herself into her room and won?t come out or even talk through the door? Will Marc forgive her cruelty to him? And, Betsy begins to realize that maybe having Eric Sinclair as a consort wasn?t so bad after all; especially since he now barely speaks to her.

So Betsy tries to repair her friendships while she searches for Satan?s daughter and learns that she may have a long-lost stepsister. How much more complicated can life get? Believe me, Betsy is only touching the tip of this iceberg.

While Undead and Unappreciated has the same humorous approach to the vampire milieu as the previous two books it bogs down as Davidson tries to deal with the concepts of nature vs nurture and forgiveness. Can Betsy?s friends forgive her for the evil that she did even though she wasn?t herself at the time? Can Betsy forgive herself because even thought she had outside forces affecting her, she is the one that did the evil? Do our genes determine our destiny or can we shape our own destinies? There?s a lot of thought provoking material in this installment of the series. While the themes are more apparent, they are a continuation of those begun in the Undead and Unwed. It?s hard to maintain the humor when dealing with these issues and this book has its rough spots. Davidson does a remarkable job and you can see the growth of the characters and the writer.

Recommended. Especially, if you enjoyed the other two books.

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