Review: ‘Undeadly’ by Michele Vail

Review: ‘Undeadly’ by Michele Vail

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.

Review: ‘Undeadly’ by Michele VailUndeadly by Michele Vail
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 20th, 2012
Genres: Ghosts, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult, Zombies
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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....

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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.


I was gonna get eaten by a zombie. Before I turned sixteen. Before I had my party. Before Rick kissed me, (22)
I caught Rick checking out my ass. Thank you jean gods. (32)
When you’re sixteen, Molly Bartolucci, I will kiss your socks off. (38)
Beautiful girls need confident boys. (56)
When you work for it, when you sweat and you bleed to get it, then it’s worth more. (173)
He was dressed in a tuxedo, and oh-my-gods he looked hot, hot, hot. (241)
The whole world’s in pain, Mol. Doesn’t mean you gotta try to heal everyone in it. (271)





  1. Jen

    February 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    The mythology was the only good thing about this book. Totally agree with all of this! It’s too bad, because the idea was there
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  2. Jaime Lynn

    August 26, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Other than the mythology, I am not sure there are other reasons to try this one out. Maybe one day, but I have been disappointed enough with some books lately!

  3. Christina K.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Oh wow. You really didn’t like her!! I can see why from your review. The concept is awesome though.

    • Giselle

      December 18, 2012 at 1:14 AM

      Can you blame me? She’s very annoying..LOL

  4. craftgirl83

    December 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Thanks for the honest review. I just cannot look past irritating characters, and while I like a good supernatural story, this does sound a bit trite. A shame, personal ghouls sound intriguing.

    • Giselle

      December 18, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      YES! Those personal ghouls were like assistants!

  5. Jennifer k

    December 13, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Sounds interesting. Pretty cover.

  6. Erika

    December 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    After reading the description of this one I thought it sounded interesting but I don’t know if I could handle the main character. As an adult, I prefer more mature characters. Thanks for your review!

  7. Lauren

    December 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    I completely agree with you Giselle about Molly. I actually could not stand her… her character made me hate the book!! Great review!!

    • Giselle

      December 18, 2012 at 1:18 AM

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one lol

  8. Caryl

    December 10, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    LOL at how you described Molly! xD

    • Giselle

      December 18, 2012 at 1:18 AM

      It’s the truth.. I’m glad you find it amusing lol

  9. Brent

    December 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    great review

  10. Samantha

    December 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    When I first heard about this one I was excited to read it, but after hearing all the reviews I’m kind of nervous to pick it up. I’m probably not going to put this one on my tbr shelf but I might pick it up later when I have some downtime and I already read the books I’m excited for.

  11. Heather Wood

    December 10, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Great review! I had the same feelings, the slang was distracting and I didn’t feel like there was much of a story arc.

  12. Ashley

    December 10, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    I know exactly what you mean Giselle. I felt very similarly. I was getting ready to die after the millionth instance of “Hookay”.

  13. Kazhy

    December 10, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    I just got this from NetGalley and, after reading your review, I’m now nervous to read it >_< Guess I just have to go into it without any expectations.

    – Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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