Review: Undeadly by Michele Vail

Publisher: Harlequin Teen (November 20th, 2012)
Paperback: 272 pages
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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….


Undeadly is a cute reaper story but it has its ups and downs.

Molly lives in a society were zombies and ghosts isn’t so out of the ordinary, magic and such has been around as far back that it’s normally to have Necromancy history class. Though not everyone has powers, Anubis, Ruler of the Underworld, has given some chosen humans, one of five gifts of a reaper. Molly has Ka heka, the ability to turn the dead into zombies. But on her sixteenth birthday everything changes when she’s visited by Anubis in her dreams and agrees to be serve him.

What I love about this book is the history of the Reapers, the rules and regulation that death must abide by. It’s fantastic. Molly is sixteen and thankfully not that annoying but she is kind of dense and I would wonder how the heck she managed this far without total disaster except for the fact that nothing of consequence really happens to her. Nothing. She sorts of just manages to skim by all things okay. As a result the plot is a little lacking. It has potential but right now it’s just sitting in middling room with the  somewhat clichéd plot devices waiting for the bottom of the floor to fall out (where hopefully something intense and exciting will occur). Even the some what sorta cliff-hanger/intro to the new conflict in book 2 is just meh. Oh there was also an slew of introduction to a  bunch of characters (including Rath, the hottie Reaper aka  the love potential, Anubis  himself, some new friends including a emo ghost, and the mean girl queen bee) that I assume we’ll get to see more of soon. My favourite character is Henry. He’s just plain adorable.

Overall, it’s not a bad book. The reapers and Egyptian mythology is great, there’s morbid humour and Molly isn’t annoying (though a tad stupid). It was just a bit lacking in the plot department for me.  Hopefully book 2 pulls up it’s metaphorical socks and really scythe it to me.

{* Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an e-ARC.


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0 Replies to “Review: Undeadly by Michele Vail”

  1. Good review. You captured the gist of it pretty well. Not sure I’ll be checking out book 2 when it comes out though.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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