It had been a well-kept secret for centuries, but now the existence of vampires is all over the news, thanks to Betsy Taylor’s half sister (and the frustrated former Antichrist), Laura. Life for the undead will never be the same, and it’s up to Betsy to do some damage control. But her interview on the local news doesn’t exactly put out the fire. It more or less pours kerosene on it.
With all the added attention on supernatural beings, the werewolves are more than a little agitated (never a good thing) and demand that Betsy gets her interview skills, and her family, in order. And while things go from bad to worse in the world, Hell continues to be hell—especially when Betsy’s new parole program becomes about as complicated as you’d expect.
With a PR team launching a vampire-friendly campaign, the devil at large and out to make trouble, and mermaids on hand to see who falls—and how hard—the end isn’t just near. It’s here. And if anyone knows how to go out with a bang, it’s the queen of Hell.
I have to admit a little bit of dramatic book trauma now that this series is over, but at the same time I have to give Davidson props for knowing when to end it.
So few authors know when its time to close one journey and wrap it up when its okay to say goodbye. Instead they tend to strangle the life out of a series until it no longer resembles anything it started out as.
I honestly felt that Undead and Done was one of her most beautiful installments – crazy yes but beautiful because there is a lot of morale conflict and soul searching that our queen brings to the plate.
I should mention a warning about suicide (if this topic upsets you or is close to you should take into consideration if you should read it) its rather deep and may bother some who struggle with the issue.
Also topic of note is how Davidson reaches out and gives a nod to previous cast creatures to other books she’s written which I thought was great. Long time fans will like this.
The big reveal was less Diana Ross and more Marilyn Manson but who are we to judge? Bes let’s the cat out of the bag and it doesn’t go over so well once its out. What happens next is well… The rest is as we say is history.
Its great because despite the craziness and the adage of responsibility everything kind of feels full circle when you consider the entire series and where Bes started out.
She’s taken on her new world, her abilities, the supernatural surrounding her and she’s managed to do it all while still keeping her sanity and if I dare say it her humanity.
But she’s grown as well. She’s matured. She’s become someone that can be respected and understood and related to, also someone not to be miscalculated or messed with but she’s still the same woman you love at the start of it all.
If you haven’t read this series I highly suggest picking it up and starting it all from the beginning.You won’t be sorry.
Undead will be missed but maybe we will get a few glimpses into it sometime in the future. It would be nice to see what happens later on in the world and to our characters and what changes in their lives at some point later down the road.
Bravo Davidson for a fantastic finish to the Undead series. I applaud you. Take a bow, your work is done.
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Krissy’s Bookshelf Reviews received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley/Penguin Publishing
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