Undeadly by Michele Vail

Publisher: Harlequin

Page Count: 272

Rating: 2/5

The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird…

Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite boarding school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath.

Life at Nekyia has its plusses. Molly has her own personal ghoul, for one. Rick follows her there out of the blue, for another…except, there’s something a little off about him. When students at the academy start to die and Rath disappears, Molly starts to wonder if anything is as it seems. Only one thing is certain—-Molly’s got an undeadly knack for finding trouble….

In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book through Netgalley.com

This book immediately caught my attention when I saw it. It has two things I really adore, Egyptian mythology and zombies. When it comes to Egyptian mythology I’ve been really starved for it since Greek and Roman have exploded onto the scene. So I snapped this one up with the hopes of having a double whammy of fun…but instead I was kind of left a bit underwhelmed.

The plot is fresh and I haven’t personally read anything in the YA catergory with a Necromancer main character. Add that with the great use of the Egyptian myths involving the gods and the soul, and you have a great basis for something that could really stand out. Vail added some great elements with an interesting Necro school, Anubis (my favorite myth god), and the fact that zombies have a rather interesting place in society; but I think what brought it all down was the main character, Molly.

Molly is a bit frustrating. At first it was the way she talked, because she does use some dated language that I haven’t heard since the nineties, but I got over it because it’s just one of those things that I try to give some on. Then it became increasingly apparent that Molly was not going to win any awards for intelligence…in fact I doubt she would be invited to the award ceremony at all. She’s not the typical teenager that just requires a little time to see things clearly, she’s just plain frustratingly stupid. There is a moment where she can’t figure out who the bad guy is that I gave up all hope on her making a come back. She also comes off as increasingly shallow as the book progresses. There is a romance but it’s kind of pointless and a bit sappy, but the outcome while unconventional was still a bit predictable storyline-wise. Rath however was likeable and while there isn’t a ton of him in the book I’m really curious about him, and I want to see more of him

The one thing that really saved this for me was the Egyptian aspect. I loved the detail involved with the soul (ka) and how the different parts are important for various reasons. I also love that there are several different types of Necromancers and that they have different abilities. Of course I loved having Anubis play a direct role in the story as well, because I’ll be completely honest I’m a Anubis fan girl and all you have do is mention him in a story and you get points. I can be forgiving with the fact that Anubis is a bit…fluffy but that’s only because I know he was also a patron to orphans in Egypt, so I can deal but I really wanted more strength from him. I would love to see what exactly being Anubis’ Chosen means because while it’s explained I wanted to see more of what she was going to have to go through.

This wasn’t what I was hoping for and I was disappointed overall.

You can purchase Undeadly on Amazon:

Undeadly (Reaper Diaries)

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7 Responses to Undeadly by Michele Vail

  1. Ah Michelle i am so glad I was not alone in my opinions. Molly was difficult and we never got to learn about any of the other characters. With the Egyptian mythology aspect, zombies, ghouls and necromancers this could have totally rocked the YA world. Great review!

  2. I’ve heard a lot about this book, and the main thing everyone is saying is that the main character is annoying and kills the enjoyment of the story. It’s a shame because I was really excited for this one. Thanks for the honest review!

  3. emaginette says:

    Thanks for sharing. It can be tough being a reviewer, especially when your an honest one. 🙂

  4. I had the same problem with this book: Molly. I was more disappointed to this book than I have been in quite some time, and I really think it’s because I also had high expectations for it. There was sooo much potential but Molly just destroyed it. She really was one of the dumbest(literally) MC’s I have encountered in awhile. I’m glad there is someone else with the same views… I felt so bad when I didn’t like it as much as I expected! Thanks for sharing your review!

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