Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries #1) by Michelle Vail
Book I in the The Reaper series
Publication Date: November 27th 2012 by HarlequinTEEN
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….THE REAPER DIARIES
The Bookish Brunette thought:
Okay FIRST, I must relay how much I ADORED Molly and her “voice”! She spoke my language dude. And I loved it hardcore!
Molly’s in training to become a full fledged necromancer, of the ka heka (Zombie Maker) division.
On her 16th birthday, her boyfriend Rick, takes a nasty fall and DIES. Yeah. Dead as a door nail, instantly. Molly acts in a frenzied panic of “HOLY CRAP!”, grabs his soul as its hovering over his body and shoves it back inside him.
Well, this did not turn out as beautifully as she had hoped and Rick comes back… Wrong. And that’s all I’m going to say about THAT.
Throughout the beginning of Undeadly, we are privy to Necromancer history and different ranks in the Necromancer/Reaper hierarchy. Also how the war between two Gods shaped the modern day. It was super informative and I find myself wondering if it would be inappropriate to teach these “ideas” to my children. Just sayin.
“Most historians agree, however, that it was the Egyptians who perfected the art of raising the dead. No other culture can boast that their zombies built such magnificent monuments.”
She works for her father, Big Al, at Big Al’s Zomporium, doing awesome zombie related tasks for zombie-keeping people…
“Zombies required care. You had to comb their hair, cut their nails, oil their skin, brush their teeth and give them weather appropriate shoes.” – BAHAHAHA! *dies* I love it!!!!
Her grandparents, whom she’s never met, show up out of the blue and tell her of their ‘practically royal’ bloodlines among the Necro community and inform her of the enormous responsibility she’s about to undertake.
Hogwart’s Nekyia Academy she goes… where she’ll encounter much to overcome. Especially since Rick followed her there, and he’s acting all super creepy… Then people start dying.
I thoroughly enjoyed Undeadly! It wasn’t at all what I expected, which was a welcome surprise! Undeadly is awesome, hilarious, suspenseful and intriguing – Molly is a brave, witty and wickedly funny heroine. Rath? Hmmm… I’m seeing potential here! Can’t wait to find out more about him and how he came into the Reaping business!