So I know that this is not a typical Christmas time read. But sometimes you just gotta have a break for all the sugary sweet Christmas stuff. Right? Well if you are needing a break then this is just the book for you. School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret) needs to be your next read. Any tween girls in the house, looking for a kick ass heroine to relate to? Give them this book! This was a great book, with an awesome twist on old mythology. There is no sex, while there is violence (I mean the title states School of Deaths), it is not real graphic or detailed. The girl is strong, smart AND pretty.
From the Back of the Book:
“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 enslave a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons. 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.”
Great back of the book huh? I love how Suzie chooses her friends, and when to trust them. She really thinks things through before making a choice. None of this “I saw him across the room and knew that I loved him” (cough cough Twilight) stuff. She uses her head to plan out and make all decisions. It shows how girls can be smart, without being bitchy.
So what are your thoughts? Would this be a book that you might entertain, or would the subject make you put it back? Would you let your daughter read about life as a grim reaper?