Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Undeadly by Michele Vail

Undeadly by Michele Vail
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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 school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.  Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with. To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly-against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.  - Goodreads.com

As far as debuts go, this one was pretty unique.  Although I've seen the magical boarding school element before, as well as zombies, what Michele Vail managed to do here was to create a unique new setting for those two elements.  I loved the idea of using Egyptian mythology here as a means for explaining zombies and the magic that is the big focal point of this new series.  You don't see Egyptian mythology used a whole lot in YA series, so this was definitely a plus, and very interesting.

One of my favorite elements in this story was Molly herself.  This was such a cute, funny, quirky character.  I just enjoyed reading her narrative, despite what was going on in the story. It was a funny place to be, and she had such a cute way of looking at things. 

Rath was a pretty good "bad boy" character that added some interesting sexual tension to the story.  Although his part of the story has been a little overdone, in my view.  The girl falling for the hot teacher is something I've seen a couple times before, but I think the author saved it by not making the attraction immediately mutual.  It took a little bit of time for the reader to be able to tell that Rath was into her too.  So that helped.  Also unique was that Molly remained confused for most of the book on which guy she should be with.  She gradually worked her way up to this realization, but at the same time, her feelings for the guy are not 100% reconciled by the end of this story.

Bottom line, I liked the characters, and Molly's new friends.  Liked the romance aspect, and loved Molly.  The only complaint I might have is that when it was all said and done, I didn't feel like very much had happened in the story.  It seemed like for all those pages, all those characters, etc... there were very few actual events that occurred. It didn't put me off, however, as I know this is the first in a series, and this book was largely setup.  I am looking forward to check out the next installment.  A very good debut.



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