{ARC Review+G!veaway} Undeadly by Michele Vail

November 16, 2012 Giveaways 14

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Paperback272 pages
Expected publication: November 20th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Age Group: YA
Source: eARC from Publisher
Series: The Reaper Diaries #1
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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 school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.
Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with. To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly-against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.

Undeadly is unlike anything that I thought it would be. I was expecting another reaper book, with the main character collecting souls, but it is so much more than that. It is mainly mythology, which is such a nice twist because I love mythology books. And what is even cooler is that it is Egyptian mythology! The Egyptian view of the underworld is one of the most fascinating takes on death and the afterlife, in my opinion. I loved how Michele Vail laid everything out and explained it. Undeadly is a great book and I know The Reaper Diaries is going to be one of my auto buy and auto read series. 

I read a recent review of Undeadly right after I finished reading the book myself and the blogger was saying that she didn’t enjoy the language that the characters used. It was very much teenage slang and sarcasm. And for the exact reasons that she didn’t like it, I loved it! The writing is one of my favorite parts of Undeadly. I loved the voice of the main character, Molly. She is sarcastic and the way she explains things is hilarious. I caught myself chuckling throughout the whole book. It reminded me of some of the smart ass heroines and writing of Meg Cabot, and she is one of my favorite authors because of her writing style. Michele Vail shares this awesome style. 

Molly is a great mixture of curiosity, kindness and spunk. She is not afraid to speak her mind and she is inquisitive. I loved watching her interact with the various people in the book, mostly because there were so many different reactions towards her. In this world, there are all sorts of things- Zombies, SEERs (which are creepy ghost slaves, that sounds so awful) spirits, ghouls, and even more. Some people are freaked out by these creations but most people seem to accept this as normal. I loved the description of all of this at the start, plus I loved the originalness of the idea. 

Undeadly is such a great read. And hello! How beautiful is that cover? I love it! It lagged a few spots in the middle, but never more than a few pages so it wasn’t bad at all. And then it picked right up again in the second half of the book and I didn’t set it down at all. I needed to know what was going to happen. There is a lot packed into this one book. I do wish we saw a little bit more of Rath and that the situation with Rick was explained a little better, but I am sure we will be seeing more of Rath in the next book and that makes me really happy. Undeadly is a must read for fans of mythology, zombie, and paranormal books. 

4/5 gavels
Author Bio:
Michele VailMichele 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.

twitter: https://twitter.com/michelevail

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14 Responses to “{ARC Review+G!veaway} Undeadly by Michele Vail”

  1. Denise Z

    It sounds like you really enjoyed Undeadly, I certainly like the premise, which to definitely sounds like a taste of something different. I also agree with you about the cover, it is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing today!

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