Wednesday, 21 July 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Undead and Unfinished - MaryJanice Davidson


Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor is fed up of trying to decipher the strange things prophesied in The Book of the Dead. At the end of her tether, she strikes a deal with Satan who promises to help - if she and her half-sister Laura pay a visit to Hell. Hell, it would seem, is more terrifying than Betsy could have ever imagined - a waiting room with bad carpeting, re-runs of 70s TV shows and ancient Good Housekeeping magazines. But when Betsy and Laura find themselves catapulted back and forth through time, they realise they could seriously screw everything up for good...


Whilst I do like Urban Fantasy, I am not a huge fan of a number of titles that appear to be humorous rather than solidly built from the ground up. I seem to miss something as what occurs within a number of these seem to be almost puerile and leaves me wondering exactly what the author is trying to achieve.

What Mary does within this title is something that neither works for me not is something that I’d recommend to any friends o the genre as it feels a little too jokey with a lead female character that really doesn’t seem to be anything other than a 2d cut out. The humour is low in places and I felt that it was aimed more for fans of this series than in any real serious attempt to aid newcomers to enjoy the offering. Back this up with a similar sort of style to Nina Harper and it really was a title that I didn’t get anything out of and was more than happy to see the back of. A great shame to be honest.


Angela Addams said...

Yeah, I don't get the humor for urban fantasy either...I mean...humor as in dark comedy fits but not stupid humor.

Bea said...

I have to be in the mood to read her books. She is light and fluffy to the extreme. That said, she does poke fun at many of the genres conventions and stereotypes and I enjoy that.