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{November 29, 2012}   {Review} Undeadly by Michele Vail

undeadlyFrom Goodreads: 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 boarding school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath.

Life at Nekyia has its plusses. Molly has her own personal ghoul, for one. Rick follows her there out of the blue, for another…except, there’s something a little off about him. When students at the academy start to die and Rath disappears, Molly starts to wonder if anything is as it seems. Only one thing is certain—-Molly’s got an undeadly knack for finding trouble…

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This was a very interesting novel, though similar to others I’ve read, such as Vampire Academy and Half Blood.  But even though the premise of all these novels seem to be on the same page, for me, it’s all about the execution of the story and the different types of characters involved in the plotline.  In Vampire Academy, it’s all about vampires, which was interesting, but a bit overdone, in my opinion.  In Half Blood, it’s all about demi-gods, which I loved, and with Undeadly, it’s all about necromancers, which is extremely interesting, and something I haven’t read too many books about.  I’ve been in love with the Death Series, by Tamara Rose Blodgett since those book first started coming out, and it really piqued my interest about necromancers.  And, since I enjoyed Half Blood so much, I really couldn’t wait to read Undeadly, since it deals with both a plotline I enjoy, and a group of characters I want to know more about.

Molly is a great character, though she struggles to accept her role in life as a pawn of Anubis’.  I can relate, I don’t think I would like learning that everything I even know was a lie, including my parentage, but even so, I also wouldn’t be making promises to gods when I have no idea what they’re asking of me.  So.  Molly seems a little naive.  I like her a lot, but her blindness to the truths around her, especially when it comes to the dead, makes her a bit daft, in my opinion.  But, love does make us blind, right?  It’s easy to critique others where we’re on the outside looking in, but in all honesty, if I was in Molly’s shoes, I might have done the same thing.  Who knows.

I like the idea of the evil in this novel.  Those who are “evil,” versus those who are “good,” made this really interesting because it was difficult to tell who was really on what side.  I had a good inkling throughout much of it, but my thoughts weren’t always spot on, which made for a fun read.  If you are looking for an intriguing novel full of necromancers, uncertainty, and a few harrowing experiences, check this novel out.  Three stars.

3 stars

Harlequin Teen has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley.

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