Sunday, November 25, 2012

Undeadly by Michele Vail

Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries, #1)
“The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird...”

Undeadly by Michele Vail isn’t perfect but boy do I love reaper stories and necromancers.  I think YA paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi is a great genre; however, sometimes the stories are too repetitive or are trying too much to be like the previous hit.  Reapers are awesome though, because death is real.  Does not matter that reapers might not be real, but death is and so I like the spin of reaper stories.  I believe that those are the stories that make you think about life and death on not just a superficial note but also can sometimes help readers think on a subconsciously real note. 

Undeadly is the story of Molly Bartolucci, our average MC who wishes to be kissed by the most popular boy Rick at her birthday party… why is that so hard to accomplish.  Sorry Molls, but you have been selected to be a zombie-raising reaper, chosen by the god Anubis.  Of course this could have all been avoided if she had not unintentionally stopped Rick from dying and undoing Rath’s work.  Rath is reaper, I do not know how I feel about the name Rath… well I like it but, anyway Rath shows up at her party to claim Rick’s soul, Molly undoes it and is told that she comes from a line of reapers. 

Nekyia Academy, academy to reapers, is where Molly finds herself after the eventful night of Rick’s “death.”  Here are some cool moments like Molly comes from an old family of reapers so she has a ghoul that waits on her hand in foot—he can be fun at times.  Molly also meets some friends that are not too stuck up and help her adjust to life at the academy and also with some strange going-ons. 

Of course it is not enough to have to deal with learning your true identity and everything that comes with that, no.  There is also something happening on campus.  Students are dying and Molly might be at the center of the reasoning behind the killing spree.  What will Molly do about the dying students, her weird alive again boyfriend Rick, Rath’s aloof gorgeousness and training to be a reaper?

Molly was a fun character and I didn’t highly dislike any of the characters.  This was an enjoyable first book the Reaper Diaries Series.

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