Monday, November 12, 2012


Author: Michele Vail
Goodreads Rating: 4.19
Pages: 304
Format: E-ARC for Blog Tour

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 school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Who seems to hate her guts.
Rath will be watching closely to be sure she completes her first assignment-reaping Rick, the boy who should have died. The boy she still wants to be with. To make matters worse, students at the academy start turning up catatonic, and accusations fly-against Molly. The only way out of this mess? To go through hell. Literally.

I had really high hopes for this book. I got this book for the Itching for Books Blog Tour hosted by Shane. I was looking forward to this book since I saw it in the Harlquin catalog. The whole idea sounded to great, and I couldn't wait to read it. It seems that reapers and zombies are the new thing in YA lit.

So what did I like in this book, I liked the concept and I loved that it was based on Egyptian mythology and their gods. When I was younger, I loved reading all about the different mythologys and their customs, and I always found that Egyptian was not given enough attention. I also thought the whole idea of Zombies being the norm was really cool and funny, especially with the way that it started.

This book was pretty easy to read, I read it in a day during the Sandy blackout, and I am interested to see what will happen in the next book. I think that my biggest issue when it came to this book was that I didn't like Molly. I found her to be the epitome of a stereotypical teenager, and that drove me insane. Granted, at one point or another I was the exact same way, but it made me angry to no end that she was so ungrateful and rude.

I could not believe the way that she treated her father, and while she seemed to have a quasi good reason, for being upset, her level of rudeness was infuriating. (I'm intentionally being vague because I don't want to give away some spoilers.) I also didn't appreciate the text acronyms in the story. I understand that this is about a teenager but, OMG, you can just write out "oh my god" or "Ohmigod" something other than OMG. It also seemed like it was going to start as a journal, in which case I may have forgiven it, but it didn't go that way.

I was glad for the lack of insta-love and a love triangle, but I wish there had been more about her friends at this new school because they all seemed like they would have been really interesting to get to know and have fun with. All in all, I'm still excited to read book two and to see how things change for Molly.

The Courts Decision:



  1. Great review! I had some mixed feelings about this too, but look forward to the next book. :)



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