Excerpt: Undeadly by Michele Vail

Today we have a great excerpt to share from the YA novel, Undeadly by author Michele Vail.

(The Reaper Diaries, #1)
By: Michele Vail
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: Nov. 20 2012
Genre: YA


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….



We began to dance.

At first, all I could do was think about following his feet and not stepping on them, but soon, I caught the rhythm, and I relaxed. For a dead guy, Rath felt solid enough. And warm. And he smelled really nice, too. 

“Why did you leave? And why didn’t you tell me?” I asked.

“Anubis called me into service.”

“And you couldn’t take two seconds to let me know?”

He studied my expression. “You really did miss me.” He brought me a little closer, and I got the tingles. “Usually getting called in by the boss isn’t something I can control. But I promise, Molly, if I have to leave again… I’ll tell you.”

“Good.” I sniffed. “Because I really want to learn how to kick your butt.”

He laughed.

Then we danced, and he said nothing else.

My stomach felt tight and jumbled. I couldn’t stand it, so I finally asked, “Are you coming back to independent study?”

He looked down at me, his gaze glittering with that odd, dark emotion. It set my heart tripping. “Do you want me to?” he asked in a soft voice.

I could’ve been a smart ass. I could’ve been a liar. But instead, I said, “Yes, Rath, I want you to.”

The arm around my waist pulled me in tighter, and I was pressed more firmly against him. Vaguely, I thought about Rick. But my mind had gone foggy, and I was looking at Rath, at his expression, at his mouth. 

“Molly,” he whispered.

My breath hitched.

He leaned down, his gaze intent, and–


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.

Connect with Michele on on her WebsiteTwitter


5 Thoughts on “Excerpt: Undeadly by Michele Vail

  1. I usually don’t read young adult unless its by Gena Showalter or Kenyon. However, I have to admit the excerpt was good and left me wanting to read more. This is why I read/follow blogs. Thanks and will add to my Christmas list!
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  2. The excerpt got me hooked!

  3. Cool excerpt. Thanks for participating.

  4. *bounces around in chair* I can’t wait to read this! Totally hooked by that excerpt and have to move this up on my TBR list! Congrats on the book and best wishes with the release!

  5. Ahh! What a place to stop the excerpt!

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