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- Publisher: Mills & Boon
- Format: Paperback | 267 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 23mm | 227g
- Publication date: 20 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: Richmond
- ISBN 10: 0373210469
- ISBN 13: 9780373210466
- Sales rank: 105,755
"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 pluses. 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....
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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. Please visit her on Facebook at http: //www.facebook.com/MicheleVailBooks or her website at MicheleVail.com
By Suzanne Finnegan 21 Jan 2013
Undeadly by Michele Vail
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've read a lot of mixed reviews of this book, most of the negative ones seemed to have a similar quarrel, Molly. So, needless to say, I went into this with extremely low expectations. And lo and behold, I really enjoyed it.
Molly is a reaper in training, and even with making the mistake of bringing her "almost" boyfriend back to life missing some of his soul, she's still picked out by Anubis to be given special powers and sent to Nekyia Academy, where she can train to be Anubis' champion.
I did like Molly. A lot of reviews claimed her to be too immature but I thought she was okay for a 16 year old. I would find in a lot of YA novels that the main character comes across quite mature for their age. So, I was able to enjoy Molly's voice. I could have done without the diary entries though, and after the first couple, I stopped reading them.
I also liked Rick and felt it a pity that we got to see so little of the real him. He felt quite promising. And the way things turned out for him was just so sad.
Rath, the hot bad boy who I couldn't not enjoy. He was probably my favourite. His interactions with Molly entertained me and I'm interested in seeing if any romance between the two of them in future books.
While I was intrigued by the world that Michelle created, I did find it a lot to take in. I still don't really know the different parts of the soul and the different kinds of people who deal with each. And with reading on my kindle, I wasn't going to keep flipping back to remind myself like I might have done with a paperback.
I was quite annoyed about the way Molly reacted to her dad after the "bombshell" was dropped. And while I've never been in her situation, and I don't normally like to judge actions unless I've lived them myself, I just felt she went overboard and didn't see the bigger picture here. This could have been one of the reasons that other readers would have thought her to be immature.
This was a book I had been highly anticipating so when the negative reviews started flowing, I was really disappointed. I started reading with a lot of trepidation and hesitation but was happy that, after a small amount of info dumping, I found myself really enjoying it. I'm now really looking forward to the next instalment.
By Andrea Thompson 20 Nov 2012
With a spirited, snarky main character and a fun take on zombies and reapers, Undeadly is a fast and fun ride.
Undeadly is a book that I've been looking forward to for a long time. I loved the cover, loved the synopsis and was excited to dive into the story. I found the story to be really fun, unique and a bit quirky. The thing is, I'm not a big zombie fan. But in this book, the zombies, and all of the supernatural beings were given a lighter spin. So I enjoyed the story for the very reason hardcore zombie lovers might have not. Also, I loved the world of necromancers and Egyptian history that Vail created. It was in-depth and creative, without feeling like a huge amount of info to work through.
Another reason that Undeadly worked for me was the dialogue. Molly talked like a true teen. Now that I really think about it, she sounded a lot like my friends and I did in the 90s. I found the fact that she dealt with the upheavals in her life with sarcasm instead of despair to be sort of refreshing.
My review would be lacking if I didn't mention the two men of Undeadly, Rick and Rath. Rick was a sweetie, but I would have liked a bit more to his and Molly's relationship to form a better connection with him. Rath was great, sexy and mysterious. Again, I would have liked to have had waaayy more of Rath in Undeadly, but am hoping to get that in book two.
Overall, I liked Undeadly. Like I've said (probably too many times!), it was a fun journey. Molly was left at the edge of a big discovery and I'm interested to find out what happens next.