Monday, November 12, 2012

Blog Tour ~ Undeadly by Michele Vail Review, Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Undeadly blog tour hosted by Itching For Books!
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Undeadly by Michele Vail

Release Date: November 20, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 272
Genre: YA Reapers
Source: eARC from publisher
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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.

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."
"You're disrespectful."
"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. 

Rating: 4/5


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.”
“Shut up.”
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!

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. oh wow, from the excerpt, this sounds really interesting!

  2. LOVE Egyptian mythology and because the YA release list I use does not include Harlequin, I didn't have this on my list. So thanks -- you're the best, as always!

  3. This one looks really good - thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Great review Jennifer. I've seen some reviews where people weren't too crazy about Molly but she didn't seem to annoy you. I'm hoping she wont annoy me either as I really like the premise of this book. The relationship between Molly and Rath sounds interesting and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into it.

  5. Glad you enjoyed. Molly sounds like a unique MC and the chemistry between her and Rath sounds great.
    Thanks for review,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. I've wanted this book for months. Thanks for giveaway.

  7. I just started this one because my tour stop is on the 19th. I'm really loving it so far! :)

  8. Great review and excerpt!! My tour stop is on Sunday. :)

  9. Thank you so much for the giveaway! This book sounds awesome!!

  10. My stop is the 14th (I think), I'm excited to read aother reaper book. Glad you liked it!

  11. Love reaper books!!! This book sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  12. I am finishing this today and so far it is good but the teenage speak is getting a little annoying like the Whatevs and such. I have my review going up on Wednesday!

  13. This book sounds interesting, at least in theory. Your review makes me curious about it, but I just hope there isn't too much teen speak. It tends to annoy me, but it can't be that bad since you liked the book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I agree with you, this is probably better for an actual teen audience or those who are used to younger protagonists. It's mostly why I had issues with it, but I look forward to the sequel. Great review as always! :)

  15. Great review & excerpt. Thanks for participating!

  16. I have this one up next on my reading list. I'm looking forward to the teen drama! lol

  17. This sounds like a fun read!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!

  18. I just a read review for this and I am very much intrigued by the whole concept/story of this book. It sounds very kickass and I want to know more about it. And let's be serious, anything that reminds you of Hogwarts HAS to be cool! LOL ;p And like you I am also very curious about Rath and want to know more about him! Can't wait to pick this up!

    FANTABULOUS review, Jennifer! Glad you enjoyed this!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  19. Oh My God, thank you SO much for this amazing review! I kind of forgot the book, and I had to write a review for it, and now I remember everything! I agree, it was fun with the sarcasm, and the world was entirely fun! haha! Im glad you enjoyed this!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  20. I actually have a copt of this one but have yet to get around to reading it. I might have to try and move it up now. Fantastic review, like always!

  21. I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to enter!

  22. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I love a spooky read, and this one seems to fit that bill. The cover most certainly does!

  23. Egyptian Mythology does fascinate. UNDEADLY looks quite amazing. Thank you for your review.

  24. Great review! I really want to read this book :)

  25. Love Egyptian mythology! Thanks so much for linking up your review in Hot Off the Presses!


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