Publishing Date: May 2014
Publishers Description: 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.
Review: This had a unique storyline, what with a world where Deaths are taught to transport souls to the hereafter. Yet if followed a Harry Potter formulaic theme where young adults are thrust into a dark mystery and the villain is seemingly benign but expected in his machinations. Like Harry Potter’s Quidditch, Deaths play a unique game with scythes called “Boskery”. The amount of time playing and explaining Boskery hints at the authors novel-to-movie aspirations. I liked Suzie’s character and she developed well with the movement as did Frank. This world has room to expand and encompass a better storyline that is void of “Potterisms”.