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Release Date: November 20, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Reapers
Source: eARC from publisher
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Molly is so excited for her 16th birthday party. She is about to get her first kiss from her crush Rick and her teenage life is finally coming together! Then at her party Rick trips, hits his head and dies right there in front of her. She has necromancer powers so she tries to save him. Molly grabs his souls and shoves it back into his body. The only problem is she only grabbed 3/5 of it. Should be enough though right?! Rath the reaper who was there to retrieve Rick's soul is not happy.
Molly's world was incredibly different than I expected going into this book. It is all about ancient Egyptian mythology. Zombies, ghouls, and different powers are all out to the world. Molly's dad even owns a zombie making business! Everyone also worships Anubis. He visits Molly in her dream and asks her to complete a mission for him. She does what anyone would do faced with a god, agrees to whatever he wants even though she would rather be just a normal girl obsessed with boys and shopping. When destiny calls a lot of family secrets and lies come out and Molly is really angry and I felt she had every right to be. When I was that age I punished my parents too so I felt Molly came across realistic. Far from perfect but a real teenager.
With no choice but to try to follow her destiny, she heads to a Nekyia Academy to help develop her powers. I was expecting something like Vampire Academy but it was more Hogwarts to me. Ghosts and ghouls running around and special studies to teach magic. Molly even has her own ghoul servant named Henry. Henry was such a sweet ghoul. It was a fun place to be and I enjoyed it. While reading I felt like I was right inside Molly's head and there were even little diary entries from Molly with advice for what she is going through. During special studies Rath is back to train her. They have kind of a love/hate relationship. It doesn't really get romantic or head into love triangle territory but there was some great banter and sexual tension. I can see it as the beginning to a great future relationship. Molly is still very into Rick who seems to be stalking her and she couldn't be happier. First love is always strong and I did think Rick was a great guy but he was dealt something he can't walk away from no matter how hard Molly wants to fix it.
There is a good amount of teenage drama but I didn't find it too overly annoying. I think this will probably be a bigger hit with actual teenagers and maybe those like me that very much remember being young. I still squee for spongebob slippers and footie PJs! lol I'm very young at heart. There is a little bit of mystery and action although rather predictable but there was one twist in the end that I actually didn't see coming. Maybe I should of but I was just more caught up in Molly's world. I thought it was a quirky place to be for a quick fun read! After a cliffhanger I am looking forward to getting deeper into Molly's head and finding out more about her mission for Anubis as well as getting to know more about Rath.
"What did you do, Molly?"
"Gah! Fine! I'm a necro, okay? I know how to make zombies. Sorta. I'm in training. So, when I saw Rick's soul, I just...grabbed it. And squished it inside."
Most of it, anyway.
He pushed off from the wall and straightened, keeping his arms crossed.
"You squished his soul back into his body?"
"Lesson One, Molly. Always be prepared."
"You're a jerk."
"Respect has to be earned," I said.
"True. Get up." I rolled onto my hands and knees and got back onto my feet.
Wary now, I walked back to Rath. I watched his feet, trying t ready myself to jump out of the way.
He shoved me.
I flew backward and landed on my ass. Fury boiled through me.
I went to turn off the bedside lamp, but then I felt the cold swish, saw the flash of black. Rath appeared. Damn it. Really? Really?
I sat up. “What do you want?”
“Nice to see you, too, brown eyes.”
Rath stared at me, one eyebrow quirked. “Aw. Does someone have a crush on me?”
“Not even.” He grinned. And my stomach did that tingly-squeezy thing. Rick, I thought, feeling weirdly desperate. Rick is my almost-boyfriend.
Rath was … annoying.
“It’s cute when you scrunch your nose like that.”
I looked up at Rath. “You think I’m cute?”
“Not really,” he said. “I think you’re immature, irresponsible, and ditzy. But the nose thing, that’s okay.”
I wanted to lash out, to tell him that he wasn’t exactly a prize human being—or reaper, whatever—himself. But I was tired. I didn’t want to fight.
So I shut it all down and stared at him mutely. Actually, I was stealing this technique from Ally. It was effective because it made people uncomfortable and they usually walked away. My problem was that I’d much rather spout off. Cold anger was harder to express.
“No searing comeback?” he asked. He pressed a knee on the bed and leaned down. “What? You’re not even gonna stick out your tongue?”
My stomach squeezed and my breath caught. I was unnerved by him being on my bed, and he knew it, too. He was trying to make me uncomfortable. “If you’re through insulting me,” I said, trying to keep the tremble out of my voice, “you can leave.”
“Oh, I’m not through, brown eyes.” He offered another wicked grin that made my insides squirm again. Yikes. “Not by a long shot.”
These inappropriate feelings for Rath were really gigging up my ju-ju. I didn’t even like him. Okay, he had the hotness factor, but he was also an asshole.
“Seriously, Rath, what do you want?”
“I’ll let you know.” He pulled back from the bed, crossed his arms, and looked at me with an expression I couldn’t quite figure out. “See you tomorrow.”
“What? Why?” The grinned turned evil. “Oh, we’re going to see a lot of each other, brown eyes.” He leaned down, way down, until he was mere inches away. “I know Rick is here. He shouldn’t be.”
“None of your business,” I said.
“And by here, I mean on the earthly plane.” His expression turned serious. “You get that, right?”
He had the nerve to flash me a look of disappointment, and then he shook his head. “You have a lot to learn, Molly. I just hope you’re up to it.” Then he disappeared. I slammed back into the bed and muffled my scream of frustration. What was that guy’s problem? And what did he mean about seeing me tomorrow? And seeing me a lot? As if!