Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review: Undeadly by Michele Vail

  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Source: eARC provided by Itching for Books as part of tour
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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....

 My Thoughts

I have gone back and forth on this and don't really have a whole lot to say. I had been looking forward to this book for about a year and was so excited to read it. Unfortunately, it was a big let down for me. I was so sad and disappointed because I wanted so much to like it and I just couldn't get into it. That's not to say that I didn't like some things about it, just not enough. The Egyptian Myth was really interesting and cool, and I did enjoy getting a little lesson on that. I usually won't continue reading a book that I feel like I won't enjoy, but for some reason I kept pushing on and hoping maybe I would end up enjoying this one. Sadly, that wasn't the case.

My number one downfall of this book was Molly. I am a BIG character person, so if I can't like a character, or at least enjoy reading them, I'm not going to be able to get into a book. I couldn't stand Molly. I found he so annoying that I literally wanted to start banging my head on the wall at some points. I tried to just think of her as the teenage girl she was, but the chick just really had a way of getting under my skin. Not only was she annoying, but she was seriously dumb. Like not just a little ditzy dumb, but the "are you for real?" type dumb. Anyways... moving on.

I really don't want to get to into things because I hate to feel negative. So yes, Molly was a big issue for me, which that alone wouldn't be a big deal if the story kept me sucked in. That didn't happen either. Like I said, I liked they myth aspect, and thought it was interesting, but I found so much of it cheesy, but not in a fun and entertaining way. The romance was so not doing it for me either. The whole keeping zombies thing I found to be pretty entertaining, but then again, pretty cheesy too. There were some truly funny parts, but really, I'm just grasping for anything at this point. I thought maybe as I got closer to the end of the book it would make me second guess all the things that were bothering me and maybe blow me away, but instead the ending seemed very rushed and made the fact that I forced myself to finish even more of a let down. 


12 comments:

  1. Awww, I'm sorry you didn't like Undeadly. I actually didn't mind Molly too much. But I went into the story w/different expectations b/c of the reviews if read. Nice review, hon.

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  2. When I started reading it I had only read one review. I think I had just been so excited for it and then it was just so much different than I thought it would be. Also I didn't like Molly's voice. I'm glad that you enjoyed it though. I see that it's either a book people really enjoy or really don't.

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  3. I've heard about Molly's annoying nature from a lot of bloggers so I removed this book from my TBR list. I don't think I want to waste my time reading about some seriously dumb character. It's too bad though since the book seems to have such great potential with the whole Egyptian mythology! Connecting with characters is so important, so I can see why you didn't enjoy it!
    Thanks for the honest review, Amy!

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    1. I was so sad that I spent 2 days reading it, hoping that I would eventually like it and it never happened. :( I had such high hopes for this one too.

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  4. "the "are you for real?!" type dumb" bahaha yes.

    I tried to read this one and I made it to about 15% and I couldn't torture myself anymore so I DNF'd. And I am with you that I was so disappointed because I was really excited for this one. Damn deceiving pretty covers!

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    1. Hahaha!! Ugh! She drove me nuts. I normally won't finish a book when a character makes me want to slam my head repeatedly on the wall, but I wanted so much to like this one. Lesson learned.

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  5. I'm sorry this one didn't hit the mark for you doll. Nice review!

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  6. eh.. i can see why it disappointed you.. This wasnt a big wow for me either.. Sucks that you disliked molly that much though, cuz she was okay for me! Anyways, great review Amy!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  7. Sigh, I hate when you crave and wait for a book you think you'll love, only to have it disappoint you. Oh, I hate MC girls who make me wanna slap them! I just requested this on NG too, idk if I wanna read it now though, lol. Props to you for finishing it though. I'm seriously gonna have to force myself to let go of some books when I don't like them instead of forcing myself to finish them!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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    1. I have been trying to do that lately. If I am having a hard time I just DNF. With so many other books to read I don't like wasting time on a book that is probably only going to get a 2. That's why I don't tend to have many reviews on my blog less than 3 because I usually won't finish them.

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  8. Sorry you didn't like this one. I've wondered about it a few times but I too much like the characters so I think I'll pass. Thanks for being honest.

    Valerie

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    1. This seems like one that people either love the MC and the story or really don't. I unfortunately couldn't get past Molly annoying me and the story wasn't making up for the lack of character enjoyment for me.

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