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Undeadly by Michele Vail

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 pluses. 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….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373210466
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Series: Reaper Diaries Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 946,035
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 5.32(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

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. Please visit her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MicheleVailBooks or her website at MicheleVail.com.

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Undeadly 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
BethanyL More than 1 year ago
Undeadly has a lot going on. It’s a book of discovery—Molly, a girl who believes she’s nothing more than a necromancer, which, you should know, is totally common place in the near-to-present-reality setting of this book—turns out to be a very special kind of reaper, chosen by Anubis, the Egyptian god of the afterlife himself, who is a god that teens learn about in school since the world they live in is rife with zombies, ghosts, and ghouls. But that’s not all—Molly meets another reaper, Rath, during a very bizarre situation, learns about her mother’s background, meets some long-lost relatives, enrolls in fancy boarding school, is inducted into a high-fallutin’ secret society, has visions, fights some crime, and starts training to be a kick-ass reaper. All in less than 300 pages. To say the pace of this book is brisk is an understatement. And though it’s a crowded plot, the book is fun. Molly reminds me of Evie from Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series: she’s perky and yearns to be nothing more than a typical teenage girl. But she accepts her fate with resolve and goes for it with everything she has. However, this book was a little shallow for me—I wanted Vail to dig deeper into some of the emotional scenes, because, seriously, Molly has A LOT going on in this book. There were some things that I think Vail could have taken a little more time with—and a couple plot points that could have perhaps not been introduced in the first book at all—that would have allowed for Molly to grow a little more as a character than she did. Overall, Undeadly is a fun read that mixes Egyptian mythology, necromancy, boarding schools, ghosts, and hot reaper dudes. It’s perfect for a night that you don’t want to go out, but also don’t want to read anything heavy. It will keep you entertained throughout and serve as good company while you’re snuggled up on the couch.
lovelysheild More than 1 year ago
So this was the first book I've read with zombies, necro, Egypt, reaper all mixed in it, and well it was pretty darn good. Concidering I don't like zombies, like my husband does. I do love Eygpt and that makes it cool. We have Molly a necro gifted girl in zombie making training. Yup a normal thing out in her world. She and her sister work at zombie imporium, a family run business. So far her day is normal, but then she gets biten by a zombie, gets a ride home from a cute guy who wants to be her new boyfriend, oh and has a dream with Anubis in it. You think it's okay, but Ally explains that people who are visited by the God on their 16th birthday are meant for something great. Molly is now 16 and it's time for her birthday party. All goes well until Rick and group of uninvited girls. The head girl is mad that Rick likes Molly, and so throws punch on her. Once that mess is cleaned up and Molly now longer punched covered, a whole new problem comes up. Rick has just died...well sort of but I won't say about that. The following day Molly gets a huge surprise. Her grandparents from her mom's sides show up and they want to take her away. They went and found out what her destiny is and want to take her to this big fancy school that will help with her destiny. Oh and Al isn't her real dad, but he took her as his own. The last chapter tells who the real dad is, and it's a big surprise! Now at this new school, Molly is still taking everything in. She got a fancy new wardrobe, a room that takes up nearly the entire floor, and her own personal ghoul. Oh yeah, she finds out that she is the heir of her family, plus she does make a group of friends in one day. Since she is special she gets to join a society, without having to apply for it, not that she even wants to be in it. She sorta HAS to just because she is a legacy. Sometimes being a legacy isn't all its made to be. At the end of the first wee she and the society take a trip to Vegas in order to find a soul eater, which turns out slightly dangerous. She sorta gets forced to steal a soul, locked up and then rescued seconds later. At this point she finds out Set is behind things and is only getting closer to being free. (Set arch rival of Anubis.) One of the captors gets killed and turned into a ghost. Molly follows him to a hidden room. He reveals where other stolen souls are, and then she gets rid of the guy and frees the trapped souls. Once that has been dealt with, Anubis shows up and takes Molly to her home, where she can spend some time with them. Soon she is taken to Rick, she had Henry save him. You'll figure out what he did as you near the end. To help him she must save his soul, by having his soul weighed. But first it must be made whole, then if worthy the soul will be free and move on to the next world. Now she must head back and continue to prepare for her destiny.  This book was really good, and I was able to finish it fast. It's a quick read but full of detail and a kick-but story. I did like the style of the book, with the designs at each chapter and some cool quotes, but that's just me. I like those random things. Overall this book was super awesome, and I need the next book.
danibookworm91 More than 1 year ago
This book has been sitting on my TBR list since its release way back in 2012. It was one of those books I wanted to read if I got the chance. Well, I finally got the chance. My feeling on this book are a bit mixed. I really liked some aspects of it, but others, not so much. I read this book in one sitting, but there were times when I wanted to put it down. However, I knew if I put this book down, I most likely wouldn’t be picking it up. I was hoping this book would be similar to the Mythos Academy book series or the Covenant series, but it was a bit different than that. I think I might have just been expecting more from this book than it was able to deliver. I’ll start with what I did like. I really liked the main character, Molly. Michele Vail did a fantastic job writing a character who jumps off the page. Molly voice was one I really liked; she actually sounded like a 16 year old girl. Through her entries in her reaper diaries, you really got to see that Molly was sarcastic and sassy, but also tough and caring. Molly loves her family, despite what she finds out about herself. I was glad that the story was told from Molly’s point of view because she had enough attitude to carry the story. If she wasn’t so strong of a character, I probably would have put this book down and not looked back. I really loved the idea of this book. Greek gods and goddesses have been the focus of a lot of retelling recently. It was refreshing to have book focused on the Egypt gods. Personally, I love Egyptian mythology, and was glad to see this book had a focus on Anubis. It is also a zombie book, but not in the way you would expect. Zombies are common place in this world, and they don't want to eat your brains. Ghosts and spirits also are abound in this book. But with the focus on Anubis, God of the Afterlife, that is almost to be expected. However, there were also things I didn’t like. I felt like most of the secondary characters, with the exception of Molly’s family, were very bland. They lacked depth and were forgettable. I can’t even remember the names of her friends at Nekyia; they ended up blending into the background. And then there is Rick and Rath. I found nothing interesting in either of them. I know that Rath is supposed to be the hot reaper tutor, but I felt like I knew nothing about him. He was just there to serve as love interest. The romance was stale and felt not existent, both with Rick and Rath. Molly’s feelings for Rath came out of no where, and that annoyed me. I really wished that the secondary characters had more substance to them. The pacing of this book was a bit off. I was interested in the plot, but things would happen too fast and without a lot of explanation. I would have to accept some plot points without really understanding them. Other parts of the novel dragged, or just didn’t fit with what previously happened. It was a struggle to continue reading when the pacing was all over the place. While Undeadly did not meet my expectations, I enjoyed most of it. Molly was a great character who was able to make me laugh and sympathize with her. I definitely want to see what happens next, especially with an ending that is a cliffhanger. The concept of this book was very intriguing, but failed to deliver at sometimes. Despite the issues I had, I do plan on continuing this series to see where Michele Vail takes us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 13 Looks: brown hair...brown eyes...grey tshirt and jeans My heart is broken...but its taped up a lil... Fave song: big city dreams (NeverShoutNever) Fave color: blood red Fave person: Finn the Human (lol) Fave 2song: Midnight memories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AGE: 24 <br> WEIGHT: 131 lbs. <br> HEIGHT: 5ft. 11in. <br> PERSONALITY: Dangerous, creative, content, rebellious <br> APPEARANCE: Brownish-black hair (short around the sides and made into a fauxhawk on top), green eyes, usually has some sort of injury, scars. <br> Clothing: black combat boots, black jeans, black leather vest, Gothic Cross dogtags, gun belts around his waist and over his left shoulder, hip holsters <br> WEAPONS: Machete (gun belt, back), twin sawed-off 20-gauge shotguns (hip holsters), LeMat revolver (gun belt, waist), ammo (gun belt, chest) <br> SKILLS: Splicing wire, lockpicking, pickpocketing, hotwiring, weapon creation, engineering, detonation <br> VEHICLE: Harley-Davidson chopper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi im madieanna i prefer madie. I love to skateboard and fight. Ive done cheer even though i hate girly girls. I dont wear dresses and if i do i dont wear them with heels. I hate putting my hair up to make it look "se xy" to me i find that "sl utty". I have light brown long wavy hair with some highlights, hazel eyes out of all my siblings, cheek bones, no dimples :(, im skinny but i dont have curves like most of my sisters. Im the second to younget sister. The oldest i have is Victoria then her twin Vanessa then me and then the youngest, Valentina. I love my younger sister more than anything. I have two older brothers, Carter and Nick. Im single ;) and also, i hate badboys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age 15. Hair blond with black streacks in it. Looks wears shorts and a blue under armour sweatshirt. Personality is funny nice and loyal. He wears basketball shoes. His hobbies are killing walkers and having fun. Crush none. Weapons are a crossbow and two tomahawks. Team. Noahs. Family he has a brother named will and a sister named katy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Mariah Geller Age: 17 years old Race: White Height: 5'6" Weight: 120 pounds Eye Color: Light hazel Hair Color: Dirty blonde. Other: Hair reaches my middle back, it's wavy and long. I wear glasses, ray bans. I have my nose peirced and my ears as well. I'm tan and lean. I usually wear skinny jeans, converse, beanies, and crop tops/ tank tops. I don't have much of a family history considering i can't remember half of it. I am sweet, loyal, and carrying. Needs training though. Team: Noah Friends: Noah, Kenneth, and Zach. Anything else, ask. Deuces....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
name: zachary quiskstaf, prefers zach. Age:18 rank:team technition, wepons builder. Working on cure. Titaniun arm replaces the one he cut off to stop the infection. Small amount entered bloodstream but is held back by test cures he makes. Wepon specalty: mg-42 dragonov(a russian sniper rifle.) and bow and arrows wears his military uniform. Never takes off his dogtags unless necisary. Team:noa friends:noah kenneth mariahect. Enimies: pat and hood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Team:fireflies captain Looks:blue eyes, blackish blondish hair,tan,and no scars Personality:nice,helpful(unless mad),drinker,etc Weapons:nail gun, sawed off shotgun,magnum,etc House:has large masion in georgia heavily fortified with a wall claymors in the woods and other traps and with turrets on the wall and balcony. More:my favorite place is Georgia with the spanish moss and savanna. I hate kenny noah. I love running and fighting and paige. I own a tank and humvee. Need more ask.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name hood team pat weapons bow and arrow two pistols and one m-16 rifle semi automatic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age:35weapons are his claws and teeth he is a necromorph wich is a zombie/mutant thingy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name savannah ann kayla issabella Palmer sort of related to kiki palmer. Looks dreamy brown eyes and brown black hair alsways in a ponytail. Wears super skinny jeans converse tanktop with croptop over and a slapback always. Likes to sing dance kill listen to music cook talk to noah. History i was walking home from school came in and saw my bros and parents shot. Military note left saying your next. Killed the military officer who killed them. Friends noah kenneth the girl zach and z. Team noah duh. Body type slim with muscles 5'4 grew two inches.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age:14 Weapons: whatever i can scavenge and my black 67chevy impala History:to bad a.ss to describe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age: 15 weapons: gun, khife, bow and arrow, sword, can do gymnastics. Appearances: has brown hair, and brown eyes, can sing, and shes smart. Her history: she saw her family get eatting my zombies. But now shes the only one left to defeat her goal. Her safehouse: res 8. Anymore you want to know ask;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age;15 weapons;tomahawks 2 shotguns sub-machine gun combat knife pistol hidden in my shoe Team;Noah Height;5'8 Weight;175
S_Huston More than 1 year ago
Sometime, you choose your destiny,, sometimes it chooses you, and sometimes...it's a little of both. Undeadly is about a girl named Molly who is a necromancer-in-training. The world Molly lives in is full of people who have &quot;pet&quot; zombies and a world where spirits are the new &quot;illegal&quot; slaves. Everything is going along normally for Molly until the night of her sixteenth birthday when she has a dream/vision of Anubis and accepts his challenge to become one of his chosen. But Molly isn't just one of the chosen, she's THE chosen. Her destiny is to become Anubis' champion when Anubis' uncle Set breaks free from his prison. After having the Anubis vision, things start to go downhill; first her new love interest falls and cracks his head, then she accidently resurrects him but kind of makes a mess of it, she finds out her family isn't what she thought, and then she is shipped off to a new boarding school where students are turning up dead. Not feeding a zombie isn't like not feeding your cat. He. Will. Eat. You. And your cat. People who forget to pick up a case of Ghoul- AID sometimes don't live to regret it. Capisce? The beginning starts off a little slow due to all the backstory that needed telling in order to get readers up to speed but a few chapters in and things speed up. Michelle Vail does a really good job of keeping readers interested even with all the info that she has to go over and really gives the book a decent pace once things start rolling. I also loved how Michelle created a world where Molly doesn't have to hide her necro abilities from anyone. It's refreshing when a book world is set up so the characters don't have to hide who they are. Though that does change a little after she starts school. You will sweat. You will bleed. You will ask for mercy and not get it. Get stronger. Get meaner. Get reaper. There are a lot of surprises that turn up and a sense of mystery because there is a lot about her family and destiny that Molly doesn't know about. The end took quite a turn and the epilogue leaves you dying to know what happens. I'm excited to see where the next book takes Molly and what her relationship with Rath will evolve into. Not to mention the battles brewing between Anubis and Set. Overall it was a fantastic and exciting read that I highly recommend to fellow readers.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Turning sixteen is a milestone for teens, right? For Molly, I guess we could say it was more monumental and is the turning point in her &ldquo;regular&rdquo; life. Was Molly&rsquo;s life regular? Sure, if working in your father&rsquo;s zomporium could be called regular, and having necromancy talents is thought of as regular. For Molly, turning sixteen brought huge changes in her life, huge talents, huge mistakes, and huge revelations that rock her to her snarky core. Undeadly by Michele Vail is a unique and slightly quirky take on zombies, most definitely not mainstream zombie horror. Cleverly adding mythology and gods to the whole zombie thing and giving them attitude and personality, as they withhold valuable information, makes them totally likable and almost human as Molly stumbles along, unsure of her new talents and her role in the future. Written in Molly&rsquo;s words, full of her mental and verbal snark, there is a lot of humor to be found, especially as she writes her personal thoughts in her journal. To call her colorful would be an understatement, so be advised that you need to think &ldquo;teen&rdquo; all the way. Michele Vail bravely gave Molly free rein with her mouth and if I hadn&rsquo;t known better, I would have sworn I was inside the rollercoaster/tilt-a-whirl mind of a strong-willed teen. Ms. Vail keeps it all moving along with some interesting mythology, some unfortunate mishaps and a moment when Molly finds she must grow up and do the right thing, no snark involved. Undeadly is a light read, that I got several laughs out of, along with a couple of eye-rolls. I would say that if dark zombie tales full of gore and guts aren&rsquo;t your thing, or that the idea of necromancy is too scary for you, this suitable for young teens read might be a good way to &ldquo;test your mettle&rdquo; as the battle of good vs evil rages on and Molly is caught in the middle. I received this review copy as part of an upcoming Blog tour for Michele Vail.
KaribbeanIsland1 More than 1 year ago
**2 Stars** I was very disappointed in this book. I went into it expecting a great book based in Egyptian mythology. What I got was an annoying, self centered main character whose main goal in life is to have Rick as her boyfriend.  There was little to no world building. Everything was kind of thrown at you and it didn&rsquo;t let you connect with the settings or the characters. I thought it was going to get better once Molly started going to Nekyia. But it actually got worse. Instead of building up the academy and it&rsquo;s obvious rich background, information is just thrust at you and it is hard to absorb.  I gave the book 2 stars because it did have a lot of potential. The story was there, it just needed a lot of world building and better character development. I probably won&rsquo;t be reading the next one. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book but i can't read it, because all pages are blank please fix now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. It was cool how it transitioned from a sort of historical history and the main characters point of view. I can not wait for the second book to come out. :)
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
Undeadly was a unique take on the teen supernatural boarding school story. The characters were well-developed, the plot was intriguing, and the pacing was perfect. I could not put this book down. This is one reaper story you won't want to miss. In the beginning of the book, Molly was pretty annoying. She was a whiny, spoiled brat. However, the plot was so interesting that I gave her a chance anyway. I'm glad that I did. Her character grew immensely throughout the course of the novel, and by the end, she was a completely new person. I really like the direction her character was taking, and I can't wait to see what happens to her next. My one complaint with the characters is that we didn't get to know any of the secondary characters very well. Since this is a series, though, I assume that there will be more time for relationship building in the next installment. On the plus side of no relationships being firmly built, there was also no insta-love. Yay for that. My favorite characters so far are Henry, Anubis, and Rath.  The plot is unique for a reaper book and for a boarding school book, and I really loved the incorporation of Egyptian mythology. I'm not going to go into anymore detail about the plot because I'd hate to spoil the novel for you. I'll just tell you that it's super intense and will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's non-stop suspense. Also, it was a quick read. I read it all in one sitting, but unfortunately, it ended on a cliffhanger.  The world-building was also fantastic. This novel takes place in a world that knows reapers and necromancers exist. There is an open market for making zombies, and they teach necromancy history in public schools. That within itself fascinated me, and I had to learn more about this world. Vail did an excellent job of describing this new reality, and the world felt real to me.  Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves YA paranormal novels. Give Undeadly a try. You won't be sorry. 
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Who knew reading about Egyptian mythology, reapers, necromancy, ghosts, and zombies could be so much fun! Well, heck, if you haven&rsquo;t read debut author Michele Vail&rsquo;s butt-kicking new series, The Reaper Diaries, yet, you wouldn&rsquo;t know, now would you? Not to be confused with The Vampire Diaries. No, no, no, this is a new kind of awesomeness all on its own. But let me assure you, this is the first book in a splendid new series you don&rsquo;t want to miss out on. It&rsquo;s way better than its blurb promises it to be. Imagine having a ghoul as a butler, who obeys your every command (and he can braid your hair like a pro). Got you curious? You haven&rsquo;t seen anything yet. I know I&rsquo;ve said this a million times before, but for those new to my reviews, one of my pet peeves in books are weak, whiny female characters. Luckily, this is not the case and Molly&rsquo;s character is really great. She&rsquo;s strong, smart, fun, has a snarky sense of humor, and tackles her fears head-on. It was easy to step into her shoes, as well as those of all the supporting characters &ndash; most of them likeable, and a few not so much, and immerse myself in Molly&rsquo;s utterly fascinating world, which &ndash; I might add &ndash; changes drastically after the events at her sixteenth birthday party. For those of you who, like me, are attracted to books with bad-boy characters, &ldquo;Undeadly&rdquo; has a seriously yummy one who goes by the name of Rath. The chemistry between him and Molly is tangible, and their contemptuous bantering elicited a good chuckle from me every so often.  Two more things I really loved about this book is that, one, there&rsquo;s no love-triangle (thank goodness!), and two, there are so many twists, secrets and revelations it will make your head spin - but in a good way. It certainly kept me turning the pages in a frenzy to find out what happens next. After the second chapter I simply gave in and lost myself in this wonderful book, and before I knew it, I finished it in the space of a couple of hours. Just so you know, this one has a cliff-hanger ending, but fortunately book two is on its way.   &ldquo;The Reaper Diaries&rdquo; is definitely a series with attitude that is sure to generate a huge following.  It will not surprise me if this is made into a hit tv series. It has so much promise and potential, and the author&rsquo;s writing style is fresh and unique. I highly recommend this book as a must-read - as in place this right at the top of your to-be-read list, without delay.  &ldquo;Undeadly&rdquo; deserves far more than a mere five stars. Yep, it is that good, and makes my list of most unforgettable books read in 2012!  I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.