BOOK REVIEW: School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

Title: School of Deaths

Author/s: Christopher Mannino

Publication Date: May 02. 2014

Publisher: Muse it Up Publishing

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 270


“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.”

My Thoughts


This book took me out of my reading slump. Reason why I loved it so much other than <i> it was such a fascinating read with characters who have developed a lot, a twist you’ll never see coming, and a plot that was well-written.

An action packed with a bit of romance, a pinch of humor, and lots of adventures.

Susan, the main protagonist, who at first was afraid and all she ever wanted was to go back home. Grew to a girl who would fight for what she knows is right, and who started caring for the people around her. Thanks to Billy, Jason, and Frank who’s been a good help and friend to her. Each character had their own voice that’s been greatly spoken.

I just find is odd that as a thirteen year-old, Suzie’s more matured than me. It’s unrealistic, but hey this book shouts fiction.

The world building was unlike any other else. It was brilliantly made. From how perfectly it was describe, to how frightening the deaths and the activities are in their world. And their kind of game! It was truly extreme.

There are points when the pacing of the story is fast, times when it’s slow. Still, I found it really difficult to put the book down. It took me an estimated time of 4 hours to finish the book.

I kept on asking for more. It was truly engaging.




Thank you

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