Thursday, 3 July 2014
Review No. 15: School of Deaths - Christopher Mannino
Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal
No. of Pages: 270
Published on: May 2nd 2014
Published by: Muse It Up Publishing
Source: Goodreads group- Making Connections YA Edition (free copy in exchange for an honest review)
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Description: Thirteen year old Susan begins to lose weight at an alarming rate. She eats more and more food but she continues to look like a living skeleton. She's starting to worry that she might have some kind of terminal illness, the likes of which has never been seen before. She soon discovers that her soul is being pulled to the land of the dead and she will die if she doesn't live in the land of Deaths for a year. She's forced to attend the College of Deaths (it turns out that Grim Reapers are actually real, but they're known as Deaths). Suzie is in for an interesting year in this all-male world of Deaths. Will she survive in this world where everyone is against her? Why is she the only female Death in a million years? Read it and find out.
What I think about it: The concept behind this novel grabbed my interest from the very beginning. An entire world of Deaths, a school where Deaths must learn how to reap souls! It was fascinating! There was surprisingly little action, but things were certainly mysterious enough to keep me distracted at every turn. I did have a problem with the romance that was introduced later in the book but it was bound to happen from the very beginning (a world filled with males and only one female, at least one of them was going to have feelings for her). Aside from that, this was a well-written fantasy/mystery and I quite enjoyed it.
Character Analysis: (I'm only going to talk about a few characters, so please don't be mad if I leave out some important characters)
Susan (Suzie) - She's a curious person by nature. Once she had her eyes on the puzzle there was no stopping her from solving it! I wasn't attached to her but it was interesting to see her story.
Billy - Maybe he's her friend but maybe he isn't. He has some kind of 'mood swings' that leave us wondering.
Frank - I think I can honestly say that he was my favorite character from this book. He is really sweet but there's more to him than meets the eyes.
Conclusion: 3.5/5 stars. Go check it out, it's a fun, easy fantasy read that will have you in suspense throughout the entire thing.