by Michele Vail
What Did I Think?
I liked it, I actually liked it!
I think that Undeadly has a few themes that I have read before. Boarding School, boy issues, family secrets among others. It did not matter though because I still cared about Molly. I wanted to know how she handled these situations. So even though there are some familiar themes, this is still its own story. Molly is a good main character because I think she is relatable (if a bit immature). She is not the most popular girl but she has friends. She already knows about her "power" when the story starts which I like. The birthday party is so tragic in that social awkwardness kind of way that it endeared me to Molly forever. I felt so bad for her.
My main gripe. . . “Whatevs” “Hoo-kay” <----- That is my least favorite!
I know that teenagers use lots of slang and grunts and noises in place of real speech. Reading it in a book is just as annoying as hearing it from my teenage son. I know that the author is going for realism and I appreciate that but sometimes reality is irritating.
The story draws on Egyptian Mythology and I liked that. The world that is created is pretty neat. (I know, I said "neat." It is just the most accurate slang term I could conjure right now!) Zombies are common place and if you disliked a family member in life, you can chain their dead body to some kind of machine when they die and make them your slave. I like this as a punishment for people like Hitler, Stalin and the cast of Jersey Shore. . . Ok, that was mean. Sorry. Kinda.
The point is, I liked this book and I am interested to see where the series goes next. We did get a proper ending but also there are enough threads still open to make me interested in reading more. That is the best way to end a book that is part of a series in my opinion. I think I almost should not have liked this one because there are some things that are just not as good as I hoped but in the end I was happy with it.
BOTTOM LINE: I think this one is not going to please everyone but I liked it.
Source: eCopy via Netgalley for review