Title: School of Deaths
Author: Christopher Mannino
Published Date: May 2nd 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy and Paranormal
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?
Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.
Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.
As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn’t an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.
I am so into middle grade/YA fantasy right now and this book was right up there with my recent reads! It transports you into the heroine’s mind and leaves you dangling with anticipation. This is truly and riveting story! The premise is wonderful and the character development was on point!! In School of Death, we have thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio, who just happens to be the first female death in a million years. Talk about pressure! She didn’t even think grim reapers existed much less there be a school for them with JUST HER AS THE ONLY GIRL!! Like being a girl during your early teenage years is enough to pull your hair out. This book provided the reader the privy of looking inside of her and her struggles with being different. Although a fiction story, young readers can gain a lot from understanding Suzie’s struggle to with being different. I don’t think Mr. Mannino anticipated a lesson within is pages but if he did, Congrats. I think all young tweens should read this! It provides them with a determined and head strong heroine to look up to. 5 Stars and a tip of my Nerd Girl hat!!!
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