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Monday, 20 April 2015

BOOK TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

School of Deaths

by Christopher Mannino 

Release Date: 05/02/14
270 pages       

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

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* Disclaimer * - I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

Suzie lived a normal boring life for a thirteen year old. That was until she started losing weight and looked like death. The doctors couldn’t figure it out and Suzie ate more than she normally did. Everything changed the moment that fateful knock on her front door started. Could she change the course of the future, could she come back, or would she want to?
This book was a good read. It was fun and had a great plot. There were parts of the story that reminded me of another very popular series but with obvious differences as well as a completely different story line but I enjoyed the similarities. The idea of humans being “chosen” to become a Death and a Death college was a new idea for me. The author did a great job with his descriptions of the people becoming a Death, the college, and the grounds and the surrounding areas of the college. I loved the sweet innocence between Suzie and Billy and the friendship that formed so easily between the housemates. I appreciate the fact that the author did not make the problems that Suzie had to deal with worse than they were, as he could very well have done based on the idea she was the only female in a male driven society.

My only complaint about this book was that it lacked to draw any real emotion out of me. I felt some emotion while reading the book of course but nothing that is of mention. This will not keep me from reading more of this authors work and I do hope that he makes this book into a series, as it will be a series that I will read. It simply didn’t make me sit on the edge of my seat or feel extremely sad, upset, or happy.

Go pick up a copy of this book and give it a shot. Again, the story line was fun and interesting. It kept me reading and wanting to see how the author chose to write about a Death college and how a Death lives their “life”.  It’s a great story!


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About the Author

Christopher Mannino’s life is best described as an unending creative outlet.  He teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland.  In addition to his daily drama classes, he runs several after-school performance/production drama groups.  He spends his summers writing and singing.  Mannino holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University, and has studied mythology and literature both in America and at Oxford University.  His work with young people helped inspire him to write young adult fantasy, although it was his love of reading that truly brought his writing to life.  

Mannino is currently working on a sequel to “School of Deaths” as well as an adult science fiction novel.

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  1. Thanks for the review. Perhaps the sequel will grip your emotions a bit stronger, it goes into three Points of View, and the story gets significantly darker. Sequel releases early June.

  2. Great review, sounds good.

  3. Love the concept of the only female in a "school of deaths"! Would have enjoyed reading an excerpt here.