Series: The Reaper Diaries #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 20th 2012
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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 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...
Over the last couple of years, I have found I have a love / hate relationship with zombie reads. There is something about zombies on the page that just seems to be lacking. Either they are too over the top or missing that spark completely to make them interesting. With Undeadly, the mix was just about right.
Although, Undeadly is about zombies and all the myths that go along with it, it would be hard for me to consider Undeadly a 'true' zombie book. While there are moments of true zombie action bliss, Undeadly, overall, was quite tame. Focusing more on the reaper and myth elements than the zombie killing, which I didn't mind one bit.
There is plenty of potential with Undeadly. Some elements worked, while some fell a little short.
What worked: Molly. I adore snarky main characters… when done right. And Molly was right up my alley. Her humor. Her wit. I loved it all. But the girl does need to work on the brain department. My main character doesn't need to be an all out brainiac, but some common sense goes a long way.
What fell a little short: the romance and the reaper abilities. For the romance, part of me didn't get it. Rick was an annoying character, who only got more annoying as Undeadly progressed. I don't see what Molly found interesting enough about the guy to keep him around, and go through so much for. As for Rath, there is a lot of potential here, but I need more of him. What are his motives? His back story? There are plenty of questions that need answers.
Now, for the reaper abilities. Here, it was hit or miss. I loved the back story Michele Vail provides. Plenty of details. Rich history interwoven. But I would have liked to have seen more about the reaper abilities. The details that are given were a little bit of an info dump in the beginning, only to be barely discussed or even mentioned later in the read.
While Undeadly may lack true substance, there were plenty of elements that made Undeadly an enjoyable read. There are a few tweaks that could have gone a long way to make this a phenomenal read, but as it is, I liked what I got.
Will I read the next installment?
More than likely. With the niffy cliffhanger ending and some unanswered questions still floating around, I need to know more.