Publisher: Muse it Up Publishing
Publication Date: May 2, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
Book Links: Goodreads
Synopsis: Can a timid girl from Maryland become 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.
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.
Review: Suzie Sarnio from Damascus, Maryland is having a rough summer – no matter how much she eats, she’s skin and bones. Her family is worried and has even sent her to a counselor. However, she doesn’t have an eating disorder or any other psychological issues. She finds out she’s been chosen to be a Death. Leaving behind her friends and family, she travels to the World of Deaths only to find out she’s the first female Death in a million years. A majority of the other Deaths, including her teachers, hate and fear her and what she means to their world. Determined to find out the truth behind a plot to overthrow the current way of life in the World of Deaths, she must learn why she was chosen and what really happened to the most infamous female Death of all time.
Living in Maryland myself, I always get a little excited when a character is from Maryland or a book is set in Maryland. SCHOOL OF DEATHS features a main character from Maryland – Suzie Sarnio, who is the first female Death in a million years. This book features a unique premise set in a place with which we’re all familiar – school. The Death School is no different than any other as there are bullies, mean teachers, and difficult homework. SCHOOL OF DEATHS is a thought-provoking and enjoyable story. I enjoyed all the characters and following Suzie’s journey as she navigated a treacherous new world. I am definitely a fan of how we learned the truth along with Suzie and her friends instead of knowing before they did. SCHOOL OF DEATHS is a well-written YA novel with an intriguing premise and solid characters.