Undeadly by Michele Vail
Published: 20th November 2012
By: Harlequin Teen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've read a lot of mixed reviews of this book, most of the negative ones seemed to have a similar quarrel, Molly. So, needless to say, I went into this with extremely low expectations. And lo and behold, I really enjoyed it.
Molly is a reaper in training, and even with making the mistake of bringing her "almost" boyfriend back to life missing some of his soul, she's still picked out by Anubis to be given special powers and sent to Nekyia Academy, where she can train to be Anubis' champion.
I did like Molly. A lot of reviews claimed her to be too immature but I thought she was okay for a 16 year old. I would find in a lot of YA novels that the main character comes across quite mature for their age. So, I was able to enjoy Molly's voice. I could have done without the diary entries though, and after the first couple, I stopped reading them.
I also liked Rick and felt it a pity that we got to see so little of the real him. He felt quite promising. And the way things turned out for him was just so sad.
Rath, the hot bad boy who I couldn't not enjoy. He was probably my favourite. His interactions with Molly entertained me and I'm interested in seeing if any romance between the two of them in future books.
While I was intrigued by the world that Michelle created, I did find it a lot to take in. I still don't really know the different parts of the soul and the different kinds of people who deal with each. And with reading on my kindle, I wasn't going to keep flipping back to remind myself like I might have done with a paperback.
I was quite annoyed about the way Molly reacted to her dad after the "bombshell" was dropped. And while I've never been in her situation, and I don't normally like to judge actions unless I've lived them myself, I just felt she went overboard and didn't see the bigger picture here. This could have been one of the reasons that other readers would have thought her to be immature.
This was a book I had been highly anticipating so when the negative reviews started flowing, I was really disappointed. I started reading with a lot of trepidation and hesitation but was happy that, after a small amount of info dumping, I found myself really enjoying it. I'm now really looking forward to the next instalment.
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