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Laurell K. Hamilton has a lot to answer for, bringing on the world a plague of tortured vampire hunter romances (many from writers who should realise that a bandwagon is something to be avoided). Thank goodness for writer like Charaline Harris and Mary Janice Davidson who have added their own spin to the vampire romance sub-genre. In fact Mary Janice Davidson's Undead and Unwed takes it in a whole new direction: vampire chick-lit.

Betsy Taylor is your typical chick-lit herorine. She's 30 or so, stuck in a dead end job and single - with a thing for designer shoes. Then one day it all changes. She loses her job and gets run over. That's not the end of her problems. She's undead and her step-mother has stolen all her shoes. Oh, and she seems to be the Vampire Queen of prophecy. Not really what you want to happen when all you really want is a new set of Prada pumps. Especially when one vampire clan has decided you're their champion in a war against an interloper with a thing for the Gothic.

Normally you'd expect this to be the beginning of a tale of angst and desperation, mixed in with animalistic sex. However it's the basis for a witty and clever novel, that mixes two genres and comes up with something more than a little different. Oh, and a touch of animalistic sex.

Not deep literature, but highly enjoyable all the same, Davidson delivers an amusing light read that's ideal for the tube, with a sequel just around the corner.


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Aug. 1st, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oooh, this will have to make my next amazon order then - I've really rather like LKH ;) Have you tried Bitten et al? Forgotten the author's name though, will go find it.
Aug. 1st, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for memories and keeping a list of everything I've read this year. She's Kelley Armstrong.
Aug. 2nd, 2004 03:30 am (UTC)
I want the two hours I spent reading a Laurell K Hamilton book BACK. I could have been doing something better - like sticking forks in my eyes.
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