Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Blog Tour: Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries #1) by: Michele Vail (Review, Playlist, and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the Undeadly Blog Tour hosted by Itching For Books. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour.

Release Date: November 20, 2012 from Harlequin Teen
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"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."


This book had a very Vampire Academy or Covenant Series feel to it; except this book has reapers with an Egyptian mythology twist to it, and then add in some zombies and you have the makings of a good book. This story was very fast paced and has numerous twists and turns. It is tough to decide who to trust and I think this series has a lot of potential.

Our heroine Molly is very much a sixteen year old; and it shows. She can be incredibly whiny at times and has an extreme case of “why me”. However, that being said, it also makes her character believable. It is clear that she is a sixteen year old who has been thrown into circumstances that are out of her control and she is clearly in over her head. Also I found her to be a bit too trusting when it came to certain things. With all that said she does do her best to deal with the circumstances and when the time comes she does what needs to be done.

My favorite character was Rath and I really wished that he had more of a presence throughout the story. He was incredibly snarky and witty and he always had some sort of comment when it came to Molly. However, he was also there when she really needed him. There isn’t much more about him I can say, because I still feel like I don’t know him all that well. I am hoping to see much more of Rath in the coming novels.

One issue I had with this book is that I think it could have been longer. The story felt a bit rushed to me and I would have liked some points to have been expanded upon. There was a good amount of secondary characters that I would have liked to learn some more about. I would have liked some relationships to be expanded upon and I would have liked to learn more about the school’s society.  The first hundred pages or so contains a lot of background and explanations for the world created, however after this the plot moves along as a brisk pace and events happen one after the other. Also, it did not help that there were two main storylines put into a relatively short book. I would have liked an additional hundred pages to this book to fully expand on certain aspects. Also, I was able to figure out a good chunk of the ending, but this may be just because I read too much.

I really enjoyed the world Michele created in Undeadly. The way she intertwined Egyptian mythology with necromancy was great. In this world zombies and spirits are normal. To the point where people have pet zombies, an aspect I found to be quite entertaining. The Nekyia Academy is much like any other school for the paranormal, so it provides a great setting for mystery and fantasy. The writing style really embodies a teen’s mind. This is something I think readers are either going to love or hate. Personally, I did not mind it, but it did take a little bit of adjustment.

The ending to this book clearly sets up the next novel in the series, and while it is frustrating it is also effective. I am now dying to know what happens and wondering when I will be able to get my hands on the next book. I really believe that this series has a great amount of potential. There are so many characters and aspects that I would love to learn more about. I am intrigued by this world and this school and I would really like to learn more about Rath.

All in all, Undeadly is a quick read in a very fun world of zombies and necromancy. I think paranormal fans will really enjoy Molly’s journey and be eager for some more.


I love when you are reading a book and you can automatically think of certain songs that just belong on the books soundtrack. So, here are a few songs that I felt fit in perfectly with Undeadly.

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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.


  1. Your review has me excited to read Undeadly. And I was happy to see Three Days Grace on the playlist. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I really enjoyed this one too and look forward to getting to know Rath more.

  3. Mmmm Egyptian mythology, reapers, and zombies. That's a different mix. I like the sound of it! Plus having zombies as pets, sounds dangerous.. Haha!

    I really liked this post and the playlist!! Loved your review! This book definitely has caught my interest!

    Magen Corrie

    1. It is a very different mix but it somehow works. I loved the zombies and I kinda wish they were more prevalent in the story.

  4. Great review! This book sounds so great and I plan on reading it next week actually. I love a fast read though it's too bad that it's rushed in some moments. I do love zombies though!

  5. I am hearing really great things about this one, so naturally I'm excited to see how it turns out. I am very curious about all the supernatural in this one....zombies, reapers and Egyptian mythology, it all sounds fascinating. And I am especially looking forward to meeting Rath. Everyone, it seems, was drawn to him. I imagine, I wont be any different! LOL ;p

    Despite the minor issue you had with the book, I'm glad you enjoyed this! And I LOVE My Chemical Romance and All Time Low!! Awesome choices!

    Fantabulous review, as always, Teresa! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair


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