School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1) by Christopher Mannino #mf #review #ya @Ctmannino

School of Deaths

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.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16tbird - sarah - tag

School of Death is about a girl named Suzie who is having nightmare and has been losing weight rapidly. Her body looks more like a skeleton, causing her family to worry and try to find out why.


Soon she is pulled away from her family into a world of deaths. It is learned that she is the first female death in millions of years, and must stay a year as a death. Once she finishes, she can take a test and return home, but if she fails it she is stuck there for the rest of her life.


Personally, I loved the story though there were a few things that confused me in the beginning that took away from the story. If I could, I would give it a 4.5 but I have to settle on a 4 because of the confusion lasted all the way thought the book plus a few scenes felt off for me.


There is romance in the story, but it doesn’t take away too much from the story itself if you are a person who doesn’t like reading about love. So if one is looking for a romance book, you might want to look somewhere else. Though it did have many twists that I didn’t see coming and thankfully proved me wrong when I thought it was going to use a tired cliche.

It’s definitely on the paranormal side, seeing how it deals with deaths, but it does feel like it could be real. With how it is explained, it shows how this kind of a world could actually work, which impressed me. Overall, I hope to have more books to continue this story because I would love to see what happens to the characters after this kind of an ending.


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