“Marc has killed himself and Betsy wants him back even though she has seen the future Marc thing, Laura has been getting too cosy with her devil Mother, Betsy discovers that the book of dead is made from Sinclair's skin, Bets freaks and can't figure out how to stop the terrible past from...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I'm officially done with Betsy. Her constant ignorant chatter and her inability to concentrate was annoying but to have everyone in her life call her stupid or remind her that she's easily distracted by shiny things is beyond palatable. She thinks she's as dumb as a box of rocks. Her friends...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Marc has killed himself and Betsy wants him back even though she has seen the future Marc thing, Laura has been getting too cosy with her devil Mother, Betsy discovers that the book of dead is made from Sinclair's skin, Bets freaks and can't figure out how to stop the terrible past from happening, helping Laura and Marc, so she kills the Devil and now Laura is beyond angry .”pandora cain wrote this review Saturday, October 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Today's review is on Undead and Unstable
I have read all of Davidson's Undead books, and though I was in love with the series in the beginning, it made a downward plunge that ended in a big belly flop at book #10. I wasn't sure I even wanted to read book #11, but I thought I would give MJD a chance to redeem herself and so I made the decision to dive back in.
Unfortunately, the Betsy of the books gone past is still gone and we are still left with the spineless, self absorbed, cry baby Betsy of book #10 and her now cojone-less husband Eric Sinclair. (I would really appreciate it if we could have the other ones back please MJ.) With that said though, Unstable was not a total loss.
Betsy and "family" are still trying to get over the loss of Marc, who committed suicide in book #10, and Betsy is ready to do something to bring him back. (Without of course letting everyone else know, except for Sinclair I mean.) After making a trip to the attic though she sees that she doesn't have to go through all that trouble. Marc is back, dressed in his usual hospital scrubs and he's dissecting Betsy's dead cat. He has been hiding out up there since his death. Thankfully though he's not grose looking and he's not a non-brain eating Zombie, but he is a Zombie none the less. Now Betsy just needs to find out who resurrected him, and the list of suspects isn't very long.
Future Betsy, along with Satan herself, pops in to let current Betsy know that she has in fact brought Marc back from the dead. But that's not the only reason she stopped by.
Current Betsy screwed up the timeline when she went to Hell to find out more about the Book of the Dead and now both timelines are a mess. Future Betsy knows what current Betsy has to do to make things right but she isn't very forthcoming. All we know is that she too wants to "save" herself and everyone else she has loved and lost. But can our spineless and ditzy current Betsy figure it out in time? Will she make the right decision when that time comes?
The rest of the characters, Tina, Jessica, Nick/Dick, Garrett, Antonia, Mrs. Taylor, Baby Jon, and even Laura to a point, all had miniscule importance to the story line. But, seeing that they are all part of Betsy's "family" I guess that they need to be there at least little bit. (Except for Garrett and Antonia. They were totally unnecessary in this installment.)
Though MJD was able to redeem herself somewhat, she still has a ways to go to get back to the caliber of the early books. Maybe she should go back and read a few of them. Sinclair was once a strong character and Betsy wasn't as clueless. Readers want strong characters MJ, especially with a series that has gone this far.
3 of 5 stars
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“I am glad that Marc is not dead but I'm also a little sad that he's a zombie. I'm curious to see what happens between Betsy and Laura, though. While I do like Laura, I totally hope Betsy wins in the end.”Erin K. Davis wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Overall, I LOVE this series. I didn't like this 3 story arc, though, and I'm usually a fan of time travel, but this title wasn't bad. This book summed things up and set up the next one in the series.”Chris S wrote this review Saturday, April 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Betsy has changed the timeline, and Marc is dead. Now, Betsy wants to change the timeline again, and save Marc. This book is weird with lots of twists and turns, and random characters popping up. If you have been reading the books thus far, this book follows Undermined, and continues with the science fiction of time travel and visits to hell, and people out of the timeline showing up. Not a fan of the new direction.”Alyssa C wrote this review Wednesday, December 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm done with this series.”Jody S wrote this review Monday, October 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty good book in this series. This series makes me laugh out loud when i am listening to it. I do hope there is at least one more to wrap up the story and this isnt the end of the series.”Heather P wrote this review Friday, October 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The previous three before this (Unwelcome, Unfinished, Undermined) was dark and disturbing and I found Betsy truly annoying. I felt her nuttiness morose, her potty mouth overdone and her derogatory remarks very insulting. I was afraid that MJD was selling out and Betsy's story was getting old and uninspired. Undermined really left me shell shocked and I was half expecting that the story will cease to be a fun chick lit and shift to Urban Fantasy territory. Betsy going to the future and Ancient Elizabeth (her future self) revealing sordid details that Betsy is yet to commit is both depressing and nail biting. The ending left most of the series' fans in a conundrum which begged the question What now, MJD?
And when you think you're cornered, or wrong, you lash out and say mean things - Mark to Betsy
When I started UNDEAD AND UNSTABLE I was a little nervous because I'm scared of what MJD will do this time! I mean these characters went through a lot already and that small glimpse of the future she showed us wasn't good, in fact it was terrifying! I don't want THAT Betsy and I was afraid that maybe the evil transition will start in book 11. So I was glad that it's back to being fun though there are still a lot of things that Betsy needs to do and take care of to bring it back to how things were but it's still a good start.
In UNDEAD AND UNSTABLE, I'm glad that we have the old sweet but abrasive Betsy back, her comebacks still burns but you can once again feel the "care" behind them. Here MJD tries to set things right after shuffling it around with Ancient Elizabeth and the future. I don't want to reveal too much but Ancient Elizabeth went back in Infant Betsy's timeline hoping she can reshape the future by manipulating Infant Betsy's choices a little bit, just a little nudge in the right way. Not only that someone is back from the dead, a couple are leaving and another one bit the dust. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the last part but I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of this person yet.
This is on you, it all comes back to you. It always comes back to you. - Dickie/Nickie
Now I am missing a couple of things: (1) Betsy and Jessica's friendship; (2) Alpha Sinclair and his trusted sidekick Tina back in the forefornt; (3) Betsy's relationship with the devout Christian Antichrist, Laura and their sibling scuffles and silly bonding. I loved the old juxtapositions and ironies that MJD put together for us but on the other hand I also like how the story is developing, albeit scary, it's needed to give the plot depth. Betsy and Laura have serious responsibilities riding on their backs and the significance of their roles are HUGE, Queen of the Undead and THE Antichrist, so those points have to be driven at one point.
And MJD is nailing that perfectly. So even with great trepidation, I am anxiously anticipating book 12.”
“I freaking love Queen Betsy!”Patricia Schmitt wrote this review Thursday, August 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This series is dragging. Feel as though I am only reading this series now to see if it ever comes to a resolution. Wonderful chick lit if looking for something light and entertaining to read. ”Chlo wrote this review Wednesday, August 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No