Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tour Stop: Undeadly by Michele Vail - Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Undeadly by Michele Vail.  The tour is hosted by Shane at Itching for Books.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  My stop is featuring a review, excerpt and giveaway, which you can enter below.    

Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries #1)
by Michele Vail

Release date: November 20, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Purchase: Amazon 

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.

My Thoughts:  I don't typically read a lot of zombie books, but have found myself more interested in them over the last year, so I was looking forward to seeing what Undeadly had in store.  The author has a whole different take on zombies than anything I have seen before, I guess the best way to describe it is "G-rated" zombies, which can be made, controlled, don't turn you into one when they bite you, and come with instructions for care.  Molly's family owns and operates Big Al's Zomporium, and her sister is an advocate for zombie rights.  The book is rooted in Egyptian mythology, and begins by giving you a description of all the different types of necromancers or "hekas," which was interesting, but really hard to keep straight.  

Molly's character has a great since of humor.  She is snarky and funny, which was enjoyable, but she also was rather unintelligent, which became more obvious as the story progressed, and rather naive.  I liked her, but her lack of intelligence kept me from really liking her.  As far as the other characters in the story.  Well, Anubis is the Death God and they have shrines set up to him, pray to him ect., but he was really rather "G-rated" also, and though it seemed like he would be really scary and such, he wasn't.  I did like Rath, he's a reaper who is training Molly.  There was the hint of romance between Rath and Molly, but it really didn't go anywhere.  I would have really liked to have seen a little more romance between them, and I hope the sequel takes things further in that direction.  Molly does sort of have boyfriend, Rick, but things with Rick are kind of complicated.    

Overall, Undeadly is a cute book, and I think preteens and young teens would probably enjoy it, though it lacked the depth, scare factor, and romance that would appeal to older teens and even adults.  The premise for the story is great, and the sequel has great potential, especially if Molly gets a little smarter (she is at the Nekyia Academy so hopefully this will happen), the zombies get a little scarier, and a little more romance is added in the mix.  Also, the evil Set, who is an underworld god and is supposed to be coming to start a war, but hadn't quite arrived on the scene in this novel, hopefully will add a lot as the series progresses.  Again, tweens and young teens will probably really like this and I would recommend that age group giving it a try.  

Excerpt #1:

The CDs that Becks had burned were playing and so far, I'd kept dad away from the sound system.  He'd been bummed that he'd been unable to sneak in the soundtrack to The Breakfast Club (which by BTW, has only one good song on it....well, one good song if you're old and like that kind of thing).  

Presents were piled on a table near the fireplace.  Everyone seemed to have ponied up a gift and I couldn't wait to plow through those babies.  I wondered if Rick would bring me something (oops....... my shallow was showing again) and what that might be?

Excerpt #2:

Miss Neff nodded, though her gaze took on a suspicious gleam.  Did she think I'd stolen the book and then returned to act as though I was looking for it?  That would be a double-trick criminal genius type of move.  Okay, maybe I shouldn't sell myself short--that would be clever of me, had I done it.  Huh.

Well, at least someone would think I was a superspy badass.  

Excerpt #3

No matter how pretty the tourism honchos tried to make downtown, the glam veneer was thin and the real Vegas dirt was thick.  Especially in the nooks and crannies surrounding the shiny pedestrian mall with cheap gambling, cheaper buffets, and "free" entertainment.

I'd been given an earpiece, like some CIA spy, and I could hear other people from the team checking in.  I could not believe I was suddenly some reaper ninja freak.  

.............This reaper stuff was like opening a beautifully wrapped present on my sixteenth birthday and getting a box full of scorpions.

Author Bio:

Michele Vail
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.

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway


  2. Wasn't a fan of this one, at least not enough to finish it. How funny, half of the readers thought she was cute and funny while the other half thought she was annoying and immature.

    1. I thought it may be something younger kids would like, but wasn't very impressed either. Definitely wasn't what I was expecting.

  3. Brilliant review! I've heard some not-so-flattering things about the MC, but I appreciate your thoughts on this book being aimed towards a younger reading crowd. I do like the sound of it and I think my daughter and I might enjoy it. Thank you for the excerpts and for the giveaway! <3

  4. Good review. Awesome teases. Thanks for participating.

  5. I just started reading this tonight, so I skimmed over your review. I'm really glad you enjoyed Undeadly, Ellen. I love those quotes!

    1. I'll be interested to see what you think.


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