Review: School of Deaths



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.
Caught in the middle of a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths, Suzie must uncover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.

Rating: 5 stars


School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino is a dark fantasy that features a young woman  being singled out…it doesn’t surprise me that a woman is going through these issues. Women have been going through these struggles to fit in with men as their equals for a long time. Now, presented inside this stunning piece, readers will get to meet the first ever young woman Grim Reaper. She is the first and only female in a world of male-dominated college that contains all male Grim Reapers. Already the tension and trouble brewing sucked me into the plot.

From there, I was following Suzie as she figures out her destiny and how to deal with the new trouble that is brewing within her world. The whys and hows of what’s happening have blown me away. The intrigue and suspense have kept me turning the pages as I continued to follow Suzie on her path for answers. The School of Deaths is definitely a must read for all. Danger even in the world of death is scary. Christopher Mannino’s YA fantasy is one that I highly recommend to readers everywhere. His talent shines through his writing, and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.


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