I have another tour stop for you today! I am bringing to you my review of Undeadly by Michele Vail. This is an interesting new take on reapers that utilizes Egyptian mythology. If you enjoy reaper books and want something a bit different you should check out Undeadly. I am excited to be on the tour! Here is a bit more on Michele:
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. Be sure to visit Michele on her website, twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.
Michele sounds like a fun gal, and I agree wholeheartedly with her about chocolate!
Here is my review:
Undeadly (Reaper Diaries #1) 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...
Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: November 20th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Three Stars: A book rich in Egyptian lore and mythology.
Molly is attempting to make it through another boring day at work. She works for her father at his business that specializes in creating zombies. When one of the client's mistreated zombies tries to eat her, she decides to call it a day! Luckily on her way home, the hot football player with whom she has been flirting offers her a ride. She invites Rick inside and they are on the verge of lip lock when her dad bursts in and interrupts them. Rick with his polished manners calms her father and assures her that he will make good on that kiss tomorrow at her sixteenth birthday party. He does indeed come through with a mind bending kiss, but right after he mysteriously falls, smacks his head and dies.....Molly without thinking uses her new found reaper abilities and grabs three parts of his soul, as two more wriggle away, and thrusts them back into his body. Obviously, with missing soul parts things are bound to get weird....Will Molly learn to wield her Reaper powers?
What I Liked:
- I appreciated the way this book opens up and thrusts me into Egyptian mythology. I enjoyed learning about the different abilities of reapers and the way the various parts of the soul can be used to reanimate a corpse. Grabbing one part will create a zombie, a servile creature that must be fed and cared for. Another portion of the soul will make a ghost, while others are used to make ghouls and shadow slaves. I really liked the spin Ms. Vail puts on zombies, ghosts and ghouls. Her world populated with all these dead servants is imaginative and fun.
- I like that this book utilized the Egyptian mythological gods Anubis and his adversary Set. I always enjoy reading books that use mythology and I enjoyed the way it was all incorporated into the story. I can tell Ms. Vail spent some time researching the Egyptian history to craft this book. Truly, learning about the different parts of the soul and how the reapers can use them was fascinating as well as the Egyptian beliefs.
- I loved the Ghoul Henry. He is a butler, servant who is bound to serve Molly. This guy is uber cool and I liked that he was not creepy and scary like ghouls I have encountered in the past. I thoroughly enjoyed him, and wouldn't mind having my own personal ghoul.
And the Not So Much:
- I did not enjoy Molly's character. She came across as immature and irritating. I realize I am not the target audience, but I found her use of slang and teen speak over the top annoying. She tries to be flippant and snarky and what happens is it is so overdone that it becomes like fingernails grating across a chalkboard. Her constant use of phrases like "whatevs" just don't work. There is a fine line when it comes to snarky, and this is an example of it going too far and becoming irritating.
- Unfortunately, the story line in this one is all over the place and it is not cohesive. I was frustrated at how choppy the read was. There are so many questions and hardly any answers....for instance what happened to Molly's mother and aunt? What does it mean for Molly to be Anubis' champion? I was left with a whole mess of unanswered questions after this one, not to mention a cliffhanger ending.
- This book has a lot of predicability as well as the worn out mean girl theme. I was not surprised at all with the revelations at the end, it was fairly obvious as to who was stealing the souls. The whole situation with Rick was a fizzle as well.
- Finally, the other thing that I did not like was the way Molly treated her father once she learned some family secrets. Yes, I understand her being upset but her behavior was troubling and I was disappointed that there was not any reconciliation in this book.
Undeadly is a book that immerses you into a world with zombies, ghosts and ghouls who are servants for the living. This book is rich in Egyptian mythology and presents an entertaining and creative look at spirits and the spirit world. This book does have some flaws including an over the top, dramatic and somewhat immature heroine, but it does present some fun ideas. I am hoping that the sequel will tighten up and continue with some of these unique concepts.
"Not feeding a zombie isn’t like not feeding your cat. He. Will. Eat. You. And your cat."
"I’d brushed my teeth twice and refrained from food and drink. Because I wanted our first kiss to be perfect—you know, without Doritos taint."
"I wasn’t model-thin, because I was raised in an Italian family whose motto was, “If you’re not eating, you’re dead.”
"A girl could only do so much wrong during one day. My conscience was being stabbed by too many guilt knives."
"Sometimes, you choose your destiny, sometimes it chooses you, and sometimes ... it’s a little of both."
I received a copy of this book as part of a promotional tour. I was not compensated for my reviews and all opinions expressed are my own.
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