Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Undead and Unwed, by Mary Janice Davidson

This book was a free download from NetLibrary.com, was narrated by Nancy Wu, and was 9 hours and 10 minutes long.

This one may cost me what few credibility points I have in regard to my taste in books. I was browsing the slim pickings in the humor section of NetLibrary, and saw that there were 5 in the "Undead" series. They sounded like they were probably funny mind candy. I was mostly right. The chewy center snuck up on me.

This was the first in the series about a laid-off secretary named Betsy Taylor (cue the Liz Taylor gags) who walks into the path of an SUV, dies, and rises out of her casket to discover that she is one of "the undead". Her first reaction is to be appalled at what her family let her wear into eternity.

Soon after she begins her sojourn in the land of the living, she finds out that she is actually a vampire and has some strange new powers. The vampire community believes she is their prophesied queen, but she is having none of it.

This is an exceedingly silly book that reads like a sitcom. Though it is a likable sitcom at first, I felt ambushed toward the end when it turned into a smutty romance novel. It was a fairly sexy book before it got graphic. Ms. Davidson did a pretty good job of demonstrating how vampires can be a good vehicle for eroticism. I felt it went over the edge about 15 or 20 minutes before the end.

I give it 2 stars because I actually did laugh at some of it.

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