Friday, December 14, 2012

Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries) by Michele Vail

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....


When I read what Undeadly was about, I felt like it had promise. The story sounded interesting, original, and one that I could easily get into.

When Rick, the guy Molly is seeing has an accident and dies right before she has a chance to even open her gifts at her 16th birthday party she is shocked of course. But she is quick to act, and it is because of her actions that events go from normal to strange in an instant.

“All the colors around me bled away until everything was gray and covered in shadows. Above the dark, dead figure of Rich a ball of white light pulsed. It glittered, like starlight, and emanated comforting warmth.”
“Rick’s soul.”
“I knew that I had to capture the light before it took the journey into the afterlife. Rick needed it to live. All I could think about, focus on, was catching it and sticking it back in.”
“I had no tools, no magic spells, no perfect way to fix what death had broken. All the same, while Curt pounded on his friend’s chest, I stepped around him, knelt at Rick’s side and grabbed his soul.”
-Michele Vail, Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries)

When I read that, I thought that this would be a cool story. I did like the story, but I felt like it could have been better. I couldn't really connect with the main character, Molly Bartolucci.  Even though Molly is a 16 year old, her voice seemed really young. I have read books before were the characters were 13, 14, and 16 and I didn't get that feeling.  The words she used at times left much to be desired. When I began the book, I did not mind it. That’s just her personality I thought, but as the story continued, I started to get annoyed and that sort of killed it for me.
Things like...“mondo ick mess”, “Total suckitude”, and “whatevs.”

“Anubis’s legacy was to rule the Underworld and Set was all, “Nuh-huh. I want to rule the Underworld.” So they had this huge freaking war.”
“It was a mondo ick mess. Finally, Anubis went deep into the Underworld and got some bad-ass magic. We’re talking magic so ancient and powerful, it wasn’t supposed to leave the world of the gods, like, ever.”
-Michele Vail, Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries)

This is one of those books, that even after I finished reading it, I was not 100% how I completely felt about it.  The story felt a little over the top at times, but it was still entertaining.  There were some exciting moments that occurred. The ending leaves room for the 2nd book in the series. If you are into young teen paranormal books then this would be for you.

Rating: 2½ -3 out of 5.

** I received this book from Harlequin Teen/Netgalley in exchange for nothing, but my honest review. Thank you!** 

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1 comment:

  1. When I first started reading your review...I reacted the same way, this sounds really interesting!

    Then when you showed the quote with the weird young language I was turned off. I'm not sure I could stand that.

    Therefore I have come to the conclusion that I probably won't read this book. My TBR pile is really big already. :)

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