Saturday, 26 January 2013

The Reaper Diaries #1 Undeadly

Its the Grim Reapers.....and they are teenagers.....Presenting The Reaper Diaries #1 Undeadly by Michelle Vial.

Here is the summary of the book:

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....

Egyptian Mythology. Grim Reapers. Necromancers, Zombies, Ghosts, Ghouls and TEEANGERS. If that did not interest you then I don't know what will. Ms. Vial has created a world like no other.....well yes some shades of the like have been seen before.......welllll the idea is not new........welllllllllll........oh forget it I'm stuck ......was trying to channel the 10th Doctor, David Tenant (Doctor Who, of course) but no matter The Reaper Diaries is definitely a new and fresh idea. But it still lacks something pretty vital points in my opinion. A bit of balance in the story that could have set this thing off. 

These are the diary entries of Molly Bartolucci, who gets chosen by Anubis to be a grim reaper but unknowingly disrupts the work of another reaper, Rath and off she goes.....shipped off to the Nekyia Academy to be groomed as a reaper. Learning to settle down as a Legacy, nurturing her power and attracting a whole lot of trouble. But at heart it is the Egyptian Mythology that gives the whole thing a pure definition.

Spirited and Snarky. Two words that define Molly perfectly but she is a teenager as well. And well teenager have teenager problems......oh! I am so not elaborating. But she is a likable character and since the whole book is from her perspective, so a lot of drama can be expected......but it was believable. Rath is the pure definition of a bad boy who is hot. I especially enjoyed all the times Molly and Rath were thrown in together, all the banter, all the excitement. A kind of yin-yang if you must. Definitely believable and enjoyable and I am expecting a development there in the next books.

But the one thing.....wee bit.....but the crux of the matter, there is no balance in the story. Too shaky. Too much world building and a mild plot. While it is quite clever of Michele Vial to start every chapter with an introduction into this world she created before the chapter actually begins but it seems she forgot to weigh the plot alongside it which would have great if rectified. Like the point of Molly and Rick.....there was no solidity there.......felt like it was just put these to try to maintain a teenager drama......bit fail there though!!!!

But still I think I would totally give it a chance and hope for a more explosive one on its sequel.

"Likable story and its Anubis.....nothing can go wrong with the Egyptian God of the dead"

Genre :      Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

My Copy Netgalley and Publisher

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)


  1. Glad you loved this one. It seems to be one that people either loved or hated. I'm glad to say that I enjoyed it too. I'm really looking forward to book 2 :)

  2. Lovedd this book.. No idea what the point of the whole Rick story line was either.. Really want to see what happens next .. Great review :)

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