Monday, December 3, 2012

Undeadly by Michele Vail

Undeadly
By: Michele Vail
Released: November 20, 2012
Source: Netgalley
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

"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...." (Summary from goodreads.com)

I liked Undeadly and at times it was an enjoyable story. I have been looking forward to this book for quite a long time now. The summary sounded great, it has zombies and reapers which are my favorite things. However I think my expectations were too high when I began reading this one.

Molly has just turned sixteen and she is a reaper. I liked Molly at first because she was funny. I thought she had a strong voice. However the more I read, the more I began to dislike her. She just didn't make great decisions and at times she came across as whiny. I didn't find that Molly developed through the course of the story much. I also struggled to really like the side characters too.

The plot was a struggle to get through at times and this book took me quite some time to read. It took a while to get into the story but after a few chapters, I began to really enjoy it. Then, however, it would slow down a bit for me again. There were a few good twists that I didn't expect though. I think what I was struggling with the most was the characters. 

I did really like the whole concept and thought that was really interesting. I also enjoyed that every couple of chapters there was a diary entry from Molly. I thought it blended into the story well. Overall I liked Undeadly and will still most likely read the sequel.    

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12 comments:

  1. I'm glad that you were able to enjoy this. I just couldn't stand Molly and it felt like some sort of sick torture trying to read her "voice". I did like the idea of the book, it just didn't hit the mark for me.

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    1. I read a couple of people had that problem too. I'm happy I was able to get through it.

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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It does sound really good. I'm not sure I can put up with Molly and her whininess though.

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

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    1. I definitely wish that Molly was a more likable character because I could have enjoyed the book much more if she was.

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  3. I've been wanting to try this one, but a whiny main character is tough to take. I may still give it a try if I find time. Great review!

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    1. Thanks! I definitely would recommend trying it out because I do know that some people have loved it.

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  4. I hate when you have expectations and the book doesn't meet them, but at least you did enjoy the book!! It looks and sounds good, but I don't know if I'll pick it up. But Great review!!!!


    Magen Corrie

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    1. Thanks Magen! I hate when a book doesn't meet my expectations :( I try really hard to not have high expectations.

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  5. I felt the same as you. This book simply did not live up to my expectations. Molly bothered me as well and she really got on my nerves at points. Great review.

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    1. Thanks Teresa! Sorry you couldn't love this one either

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  6. With so many books on my TBR, slow isn't going to do it for me. I appreciate the great, honest review.

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  7. I gotta say, I was uber-disappointed with this one. I loved the sound of it from the premise, and reading it in the beginning, was really digging it. I didn't really mind Molly. The problem I had was the plot because for the majority nothing happened. Then the end when the action started, it sped up. I also found it way too similar to the Mythos Academy/House of Night series. I'm glad you were able to enjoy this one though! Even though I don't plan on reading the sequel I'll be interested in reading your review on it.

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