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School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder's Secret) Paperback – April 16, 2015
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"I loved this book. I was so engrossed in the story with all its mysteries and conspiracies, I couldn't put down my e-reader." - Dinara Tengri Reviews
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Book One of The Scythe Wielder's Secret Trilogy
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Imagine then that you're transported to a strange new place, a school where you are to be trained as a Death, one of those black-hooded, scythe-wielding specters you've read about, responsible for transporting souls to the afterlife.
Now imagine that you're the first female death at this training academy in a MILLION years.
You face bullying from students, sexism from teachers, and want nothing more than to go home. But something else, something nefarious, is coinciding with your arrival...
Christopher Mannino has written an engaging, fun-to-read story about Susan Sarnio, a brave young girl with a stout heart and a streak of justice. Thrust into a world she wants nothing more than to escape from, she finds herself at the forefront of an oncoming war that threatens to erupt between Deaths and Elementals.
I love that Mannino didn't make Susan seem too old, nor too young. She's awkward and teenager, which is what you'd expect surrounded by boys all day, but she's also fearless and takes crap from NO ONE, which is how I like my heroines.
I look forward to the next book in the series!!
Deaths go to school to become professional reapers. My mind was swirling in anticipation, with a mist of Harry Potter and Terry Pratchett.
The book is very entertaining and fast pacing, sometimes too much.
One minute Suzie is being accused of anorexia, the next she’s in another world, starting a new life.
Instead of a hero, Susan arrives at school to become the most hatted person they had ever wanted around. As hated as Lovethar had been.
Suzie is constantly bullied for being a woman. This does not defeat her. She’s a strong girl and she’s ready to make them respected her. Suzie has a rough time, but friendship makes it all better.
Suzie’s connection to Lovethart story keeps us on the edge to know more about it.
It has a lot of action and I recommend it to all of Harry Potter fans who miss the adventures of curious students during a school year in a fantastical world. But, I must say when the author steps aside from the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or other big seller format, the writing gets better and much more interesting.
I can’t wait to start the second book.
As you can imagine, it would be really easy to slide into a Harry Potter type knockoff pretty easily. Instead, Christopher Mannino goes very much his own way, creating a likeable cast of characters, with some truly nasty looks at how a closed society can treat outsiders. Suzie goes through the usual hazing rituals and more, taking it all in stride, even though she is lonely and afraid at times, and desperately want to go back to her family. If she doesnt pass her test, she will never see her family again. On top of that, she has come across a conspiracy that can effect the entire world of the Deaths, possibly hurting or killing those friends she has come to love. Will Suzie and her friends be able to overcome such huge odds? Well, you'll have to listen to find out, although it is definitely worth your time.
I was really impressed with Joel Froomkin's narration. He did an outstanding job, especially considering the disparity in voices, ages and accents he had to handle. He really helped bring this story to life.
Any fan of Harry Potter or similar books should really enjoy this book, as will fans of fantasy in general.
I was given a copy of this book at no charge by the author in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Boom.
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