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(The Reaper Diaries #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,823 ratings  ·  391 reviews
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 Ac
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
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Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, arc
You know me and my love of zombies. I couldn't resist this any more than I can resist chocolate. But unlike chocolate, Undeadly left quite the sour taste in my mouth. Not right from the beginning, where I actually found myself amused by the sarcastic personality of our protagonist, but about half way through I started to get annoyed by things I could previously ignore, or irritated by our main character who I realized is not very... smart.

You will notice right away that Molly has quite the sense
Meoshi yui
Nov 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
I hate it when you read a book summary and want to read it so badly only to realize that it's not even out yet!

So frustrating!
Michele Vail
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote UNDEADLY, so I may have a slight (meaning: overwhelming) prejudice regarding the novel's awesomeness. If an author doesn't think her work is worth reading, then it certainly shouldn't be worth writing. And UNDEADLY was worth writing. I love creating this world and these characters, and I especially loved the use of Egyptian mythology as the foundation for how and why Molly's world works.

I would love to talk to you all about UNDEADLY and teen reaper Molly Bartolucci any time! Below are l
Steph Sinclair
Apr 12, 2012 marked it as due-to-reviews-lost-interest

The blurb for this book reminds me of The House of Night series. That's not a good thing. :/
Nemo (The ☾Moonlight☾ Library)
I was realy looking forward to this. This is what I wrote on my STS post when I requested it from Netgalley:

"It sounded cool! A teenage reaper. Awesome. And a boarding school story? I like those as well."

But I just can't do it. When the second paragraph reads like this:

Rick's lips ghosted across mine. He angled his mouth against mine and I opened for him. My eyes fluttered closed. Tentative, I met his kiss and felt electrified. I clung to him, completely unsure about what I was doing.

I just can'
Claude's Bookzone
1.5 Stars

1) Zombies - Yaaaas!

2) Necromancy - Squeeeee!

3) Chosen Champion of Anubis! - *Faints with excitement*

4) Incredibly annoying, whiny and immature muppet as the main character - *throws arms towards the sky* For Anubis' sake! Whhhhhhhhhhhhhy! *runs out of the room crying but comes back in because it was the wardrobe. Tries another door but it's the ensuite bathroom. Stares around in confusion.*

5) Cliffhanger ending - will she ever find her way out of her room let alone slay the bad peeps?
Jan 30, 2012 marked it as to-read
this reminds me of the vampire diaries. Get it? ' The Reaper Diaries, The Vampire Diaries'? ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reapers
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 l
Faye, la Patata
First and foremost, I love zombies. In 2012 alone, I've spent the first 4-5 months reading zombie novels only. Most of them weren't in the YA genre though, so I've been on a mission ever since to look for awesome YA novels (although I really doubt any could live up to Charlie Higson's The Enemy series). So just imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw this novel on NetGalley! Unfortunately, it didn't really live up to my rather high expectations. Even my love of zombies did not save this book.

Undeadly has an interesting concept. Necromancy and zombies isn't exactly my favorite genre, but I liked some of the ideas that Vail brought into this story.

But sadly I felt that the plot and it's characters were overly hyper, overly quirky and all over the place. I had a hard time connecting to our main character, Molly and while the writing is decent I struggled with the pacing and flow.

Not for me.

(Arc provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Teen)

Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Undeadly had potential to be an intriguing story about necromancy, but the plot wasn’t very interesting, and I couldn’t connect with the characters, so I couldn’t really get into the book no matter how hard I tried.

First of all, Molly was a super annoying character, and she really hit you hard in the first several pages with her diary entry. Wow, oh, wow. For those, who just couldn’t stand it, like me, hang in there because I promise the rest of the book won’t be like that. Don’t get me wron
Oct 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
The book itself is ok until you realize the MC is a complete idiot.After all when a !reaper! tells you that bringing someone back to life will have consequences and all you can think of is that they're "jealous"of your super-duper speshul powers it does not show great judgement on your part.And it got worse from then on. ...more
Nov 13, 2011 marked it as to-read
I seriously love anything with Anubis, or Ancient Egyptian culture.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Molly's world was incredibly different than I expected going into this book. It is all about ancient Egyptian mythology. Zombies, ghouls, and different powers are all out to the world. Molly's dad even owns a zombie making business! Everyone also worships Anubis. He visits Molly in her dream and asks her to complete a mission for him. She does what anyone would do faced with a god, agrees to whatever he wants even though she would rather be j
Addie R.
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I had some really high expectations for Undeadly. I wasn’t even entirely sure what the book as about but I was still excited. I mean, reapers AND zombies? Does that not sound awesome enough? Unfortunately, Undeadly ended up disappointing me. I’m honestly not sure whether to give it a 2.5, 2.7, 3, or what. I just had so many mixed feelings throughout reading.

One of the main problems I had with Undeadly was our MC, Molly. Molly was supposed to be s
Jun 01, 2016 marked it as dnf
I just really don't want to waste my time with this anymore. ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Three Stars: A book rich in Egyptian lore and mythology.

Molly is attempting to make it through another boring day at work. She works for her father at his business that specializes in creating zombies. When one of the client's mistreated zombies tries to eat her, she decides to call it a day! Luckily on her way home, the hot football player with whom she has been flirting offers her a ride. She invites Rick inside and they are on the verge of lip lock when her dad bursts in and interrupts them.
Teresa Mary Rose
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, ya, arc, blog-tour, 2012
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This book had a very Vampire Academy or Covenant Series feel to it; except this book has reapers with an Egyptian mythology twist to it, and then add in some zombies and you have the makings of a good book. This story was very fast paced and has numerous twists and turns. It is tough to decide who to trust and I think this series has a lot of potential.

Our heroine Molly is very much a sixteen year old; and it shows. She can be incredibly whiny at t
I have to say, this book was basically a half-hearted rendition of the House of Night series. (Jacquelyn, you say, you're always slamming book reviews that compare books to other books. Aren't you being a hypocrite? The answer is - in my opinion - no. The book reviews I always judge are the ones that compare one little aspect of the book to that of another book - usually one that's more popular - and call the book unoriginal because of it. In this case, this book was pretty much the same thing w ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Molly is a necromancer. She brings dead people back to life by turning them into zombies! The zombie’s owner must then care for them. They can do menial jobs, but they are stupid, and you must keep them well-fed with Ghoul-aid, or they will eat you.

At Molly’s 16th birthday party, a strange man turns up who only she can see. He gives her some cryptic clues about
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

Undeadly is the first book set in this trilogy and what a bang it was. I can't stress to you enough what a great read this was for me. It had everything in it from Necromancers, Zombies, and Gods. What more could be in one book and set the record high this book did. Man when I started reading it I was hooked right from page one. I really loved how the author built this world up.

All Molly wants to do is blend in at school. She does not want to be popul
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Who knew reading about Egyptian mythology, reapers, necromancy, ghosts, and zombies could be so much fun! Well, heck, if you haven’t read debut author Michele Vail’s butt-kicking new series, The Reaper Diaries, yet, you wouldn’t know, now would you? Not to be confused with The Vampire Diaries. No, no, no, this is a new kind of awesomeness all on its own. But let me assure you, this is the first book in a splendid new series you don’t want to miss out on. It’s way better than its blurb promises i ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Undeadly is another book where I think the sequel will be stronger than the first one. Michelle Veil has created a very unique spin on the whole idea of reapers and that spin is what kept me glued to the pages. I am still really new to the whole reaper world but I have to say that I am very impressed with the Lore that has been woven into this story. The gods that are used make for a very interesting twist and I am very curious how it will play out.

Undeadly is your basic boarding school, new gir
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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Undeadly was packed full of potential, the idea is awesome and refreshing, the storyline good and entertaining but it just lacked something.

As I said, I really liked the idea. This is the first time I have read a book about zombies, necromancers, Egyptian mythology and high school. It was very new and the way it played out was very interesting.

I also liked Rath, he is a male character I can easily get behind and I wished there was more of him, hopefully th
Courtney A.K.A The Book Addict
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was surprisingly good. I loved the whole eygptian mythology adaption in the story. Im defenitely going to be reading the next book in the series. Just two little problems I had with the book and these were
- It came across a little over-sarcastic at times and that made the main character look a little childish and immature at times.
- second problem was the book was too short and therefore a little rushed at times.

I loved Barbie and the rest of Molly's new friends at the acade
All Things Urban Fantasy
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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 UNDE
Amy Softa
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book to read, not knowing beforehand what it was about. This is only the second book with a zombie paranormal storyline that I have read. The first one was alright, I really do prefer my vamps, but this one was great! The book is definitely YA and the language and sarcasm is geared towards that market, but don't let that stop you you closet YA reading adults out there. This book is highly enjoyable and has plenty of twists, romance, and action in it for all lo ...more
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I read Undeadly a few years ago and totally forgot to review (oooppppsss). Undeadly is one of the books I constantly refer to in library lessons when we cover our Zombie Reading Theme (yes, I know cool right?). Undeadly shows the depicition of zombies as they would appear using magical abilities to return the dead to the world of the living. However, all actions have consequences as we soon discover.

The use of Egyptian mythology provided a unique basis for the story and the characters were compe
Oct 19, 2011 marked it as to-read
This sounds good! And it's going to be released on my birthday!! ...more
Dec 12, 2011 marked it as to-read
Okay, this book sounds kind of cliché, especially with the whole boarding school thing, buy it also sounds freaking cool. I can't wait. ...more
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Michele Vail writes young adult paranormal fiction about zombies and reapers.

She likes reading, dogs, cats, board games, ghost-hunting shows, and Halloween. She believes in magic, in the impossible, and in the restorative powers of chocolate.

Michele lives happily-ever-after with her Viking and their family.

Other books in the series

The Reaper Diaries (3 books)
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