Early Review: Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries #1) by Michele Vail

November 11, 2012 Review 3

*This title will be released on November 20, 2012*


(The Reaper Diaries, #1)
by Michele Vail

Genre: Paranormal YA |
Excerpt: Yes | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Netgalley

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (November 20, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0373210469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210466


Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.

Sexual Content



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 Cabilities 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.


I’m split right down the middle with UNDEADLY.  I loved the Egyptian mythology based world that included reapers, zombies, and ghosts.  The pacing was excellent especially the chapter endings which made it nearly impossibly to put the book down.  And there were numerous surprise twists.  What was less enjoyable was Molly.

As a protagonist, Molly had a very strong voice.  Unfortunately, it was hard to stomach for most of UNDEADLY.  She’s very young, very self-absorbed, and very annoying.  Every other page it was ‘whatevs’ or ‘hel-lo‘. She only sixteen, but she came across more like a petulant eleven year old.  It’s a testament to the plot and pacing that Molly didn’t completely ruin the book.  About halfway through, she seemed to tone down the more annoying aspects of her personality, but she still cast and unfortunate cloud over the book.

UNDEADLY has potential with strong world building, unique Egyptian mythology, and an exciting and fast-paced narrative.  If only the protagonist had been more palatable.  The character of Molly makes this a read that will likely only appeal to younger tweens.  The Reaper Diaries continues in 2013 with UNCHOSEN.

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  2. Unchosen

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3 Responses to “Early Review: Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries #1) by Michele Vail”

  1. Breana M.

    I was interested at first, but I don’t think I’ll be a fan of Molly. I might still read it just to see some of the Egyptian mythology. Thanks for the review. 🙂