I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 20th, 2012
Genres: Ghosts, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult, Zombies
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....
Molly is your regular teenager who so happens to be a Keka. A person who controls souls and brings them to justice. When she finds out she’s from a long line of legacy families, she’s shipped off to a boarding school just for teens like her.
There has never been a more annoying character than Molly. I could not understand for the life of me why she talks like a preteen. If she managed to say, “Hookay” one more time, she’s hitting the top of my Most Annoying Main Characters List. I don’t believe I’ve ever disliked a character as much her, other than Ana from Fifty Shades of Grey. She felt way too immature for me, and completely naive. Can I also say how incredibly shallow she is? Comments about a car that her crush drives, or how her butt looks good in her jeans when she’s fighting? To quote Ron Weasley, “She needs to sort out her priorities.”
What I enjoyed about this book was the Egyptian mythology. Anubis, the Afterlife, the powers that each person has. That was interesting to read. Yet there was also a lot of info dumping, and I had to re-read what the history actually entailed. If there was more structure, if there was an actual plot, I would have enjoyed it. MINUS Molly’s annoyances. The chemistry was hot, sure, but it snuffed the light out for me with her teenage thoughts.
Very very little. I wished Molly matured a bit.
Good pacing. A little slow at the beginning.
Cover & Design
Love this cover. It’s pretty and I really love the title.
I couldn’t exactly pinpoint a plot. It was more like an introduction to Molly’s boarding school life.
Be wary of no plot, and a wildly annoying character..If you want to ignore her, then I’m sure the book will be a great read. I just couldn’t get into it.