Undeadly by Michele Vail
The Reaper Diaries #1
Release Date: November 20th, 2012
Number of Pages: 272
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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...
Okay, I seriously hate doing this kind of review, but Undeadly just did not work for me. It felt really messy, and annoyingly so. There were too many things that stopped me form really getting in the story, and the first thing that really got on my nerves from the beginning was the narrator’s voice. Without that part, I think I could have enjoyed the novel. The thing is, she sounded like the kind of people I just can’t stand. That’s not good.
Sadly, the characters didn’t really impress me either. Like the characters, they sounded wrong. The main character, Molly, seemed really innocent (not in the good way), or to say it plainly, stupid. That got on my nerves form page one, and it never stopped. That doesn’t start well. After that, the other characters sounded strange way to often for me to really like them. Even her diaries entries sounded bad. The characters simply made me cringed way to often in this novel to really enjoy it. And I cannot not talk about Rick, a character whose addition I didn’t completely understand.
Now, I do have to say the premise of the book, and the world the story was set in had a lot of potential. I liked the idea of the necromancy, the gods, the powers and everything else related to the story. Yet, I’m not sure how it all fitted in the world. Being a necromancer seems really normal. I would have liked a little more back-story, to really understand the world completely.
Overall, I have to say that this novel ended being disappointing. The summary sounded simply amazing, yet the novel didn’t. This book might please many readers, but I’m definitely not one of them. Sadly, I won’t be picking up the sequel. A novel full of potential that sadly didn’t satisfy me.
About the Author:
Michele Vail writes young adult paranormal fiction about zombies and reapers.
She likes reading, dogs, cats, board games, ghost-hunting shows, and Halloween. She believes in magic, in the impossible, and in the restorative powers of chocolate.
Michele lives happily-ever-after with her Viking and their family.