Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Blog Tour & Review: Undeadly by Michele Vail

Today WinterHaven Books has the opportunity to review Undeadly by Michelle Veil as part of Itching For Books blog tour. Thank you Shane for allowing us to participate!

Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries, #1)Undeadly by Michele Vail
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Purchase: Amazon
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

My Thoughts:
Undeadly is another book where I think the sequel will be stronger than the first one.  Michelle Veil has created a very unique spin on the whole idea of reapers and that spin is what kept me glued to the pages.  I am still really new to the whole reaper world but I have to say that I am very impressed with the Lore that has been woven into this story.  The gods that are used make for a very interesting twist and I am very curious how will play out.

Undeadly is your basic boarding school, new girl, special powers, mean girl story.  What makes this book different than most is that .zombies and reapers are well know by everybody and it is not uncommon to see a zombie walking down the street with its owner for lack of a better word.  I wasn't expecting that to be a part of the story as most of the paranormal I read now these kinds of things like zombies are hidden from the human world.  It was a nice touch in my opinion to have everything out in the open.  So in this world we have Molly who has just turned sixteen and has discovered that she has been chosen to help Anubis, the God of Death.  This is not something to take lightly and after certain events happen at her birthday party she decides that the safest place for her is at a boarding school for people who are necromancers.  I really liked Molly as a character, but I wished she would have been toned tone a bit.  I think in the sequel we will see her mature a bit more and I think that will help her become more likeable.  The secondery characters played their part pretty well and I am very interested in seeing more about Rath (the maybe love interest) and Rennie.  I think they will both play huge roles and they stole my interest from the start.  I will say I was a little bit upset by Rick and I wished things would have been different for him  His whole part in the story seemed a little off to me but I think he was there to show what Molly could do so I guess he played his part.

As far as the story there is one there, but it gets kinda lost among all the other stuff.  I would have liked to have seen a tighter plotline because the authors ideas were really interesting and honestly some of the best I have seen in awhile.  I am really hoping that the sequel will focus more on the reapers and what Molly is supposed to do instead of the typical boarding school like and side stories.

I enjoyed the story I saw behind the scenes and I hope that Ms.Veil brings it to the forefront in the sequel.

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About the Author:
Michele Vail writes young adult paranormal fiction about zombies and reapers.
She likes reading, dogs, cats, board games, ghost-hunting shows, and Halloween. She believes in magic, in the impossible, and in the restorative powers of chocolate.
Michele lives happily-ever-after with her Viking and their family.

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