Thursday, November 15

Review ~ Undeadly


by Michele Vail

3- Pizza on a Monday night. It’s Good Stuff.





Synopsis:  (From Good Reads)

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.

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. 

Buy it Now: (Clicking the cover below takes you to Amazon)


Source: eCopy via Netgalley for review


  1. Thanks a lot for your honest review! :) This is the next book on my tbr pile and while my expectations are pretty high (thanks to the gorgeous cover and really intriguing premise), reading your thoughts helps me adjust my expectations a bit. :)

    Fictional Distraction

    1. Thanks Carina! I hope that you enjoy it. It felt like a guilty pleasure. Something that maybe you shouldn't like but you do anyway!

  2. I liked this one too! Undeadly takes you into a world where the “living dead” are citizens. I love it! :)


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