Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries #1)
by Michele Vail
Summary: 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...
Did Not Finish (DNF)
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The cover of this book drew me in and the synopsis is what ultimately made me request to read this book. It sounded absolutely incredible! Sadly, I didn’t get any further than 4% into the book before I just simply couldn’t do it anymore. And that’s saying a lot for me because it’s extremely rare that I don’t finish a book or at least try to get as far as possible before giving up.
If the synopsis would have included a sample of the writing, I would have moved along and not requested the book. Molly narrates the book and her voice is incredibly juvenile. When I discovered from other reviews that the style of writing didn’t improve, I decided it wasn’t worth it. I can read some of the more juvenile narrations, but this was just too much. It felt forced and over the top, as if the author was trying to channel her inner teenager and overdid it. It’s almost insulting because I don’t think the author needed to have Molly be quite so “and like whatev” in order to tell her story from a young adult POV. It’s a shame because I really would have liked to see where the story went.
“It was a mondo ick mess. Finally, Anubis went deep into the Underworld and got some badass magic. We’re talking magic so ancient and powerful, it wasn’t supposed to leave the world of the gods, like, ever.”
This is how Molly narrates EVERYTHING. I don’t understand why, because it takes away all of the magic of the story.
Now, if this style of writing doesn’t bother you, then I’m sure Undeadly is a great book. Everything about it told me it should have been a wonderful story. Ultimately, I thought the premise was intriguing, but badly executed.
Labels: DNF, Review