Category: Boarding School

School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

Posted August 31, 2016 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Death, Dragons, Elementals, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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School of Deaths by Christopher ManninoSchool of Deaths by Christopher Mannino
Series: The Scythe Wielder's Secret #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Muse it Up Publishing on May 2nd 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 270
Format: Kindle
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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.
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My take on this book:              Wow. School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino was awesome and it kept me thinking about Suzie and her friends whenever I put it down to do something else. We follow Susan, Suzie as she likes to be called by her friends, on a sort of regular day for her in our world before she is whisked away by a Death to become a Death herself or to go back to the normal world thanks to an end of year test for the first years.

Suzie is able to make it through most of the first year with some hiccups as she is the only female in an all-male environment and not everyone is happy to see her there. Suzie is able to stand up for herself against some of the other students and even some of the teachers there that aren’t happy to see her there in the World of Deaths.

There is also a bunch of twists and turns that we unravel with Suzie as the book progresses that makes you want to read further and further into it. I was making guesses here and there about what I think is up with Suzie and most of my guesses were right.

Schools of Deaths by Christopher Mannino is different than with what I normally read as Young Adult book but I have to say that it was a good different and it truly kept my interest. I immediately thought that it was like Harry Potter but completely different as Harry was eleven when he was thrust into magic and Suzie is thirteen.

Suzie is a wonderful character with a lot of character development about with what she thought of the World of Deaths. Along  with everything else, that happens to her. She also learns more about the mystery regarding her being picked to go the School of Deaths. She also is able to help some other people out.

Schools of Deaths by Christopher Mannino is a great book. It has a great world developed for it and I love the different species that he added to this world. It’s also one that will keep you wondering about it while you are doing all those boring normal everyday life things. All of that and other things I have mentioned above makes this book for me five star rating. I will totally recommend this book to other people to read as it is a great book for both young adults and adults.

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About Christopher Mannino

Christopher Mannino’s life is best described as an unending creative outlet. He teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland. In addition to his daily drama classes, he runs several after-school performance and production drama groups. He spends his summers writing and singing. Mannino holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University, and has studied mythology and literature both in America and at Oxford University. His work with youg people helped inspire him to write young adult fantasy, although it was his love of reading that truly brought his writing to life.
Christopher’s debut novel School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret book 1) was published in May 2014 by MuseItUp Publishing. The second book in the trilogy, Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret book 2), was published in August 2015. The third book Daughter of Deaths is expected to be released in 2016. His series has received rave reviews and been compared to Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.


Vampire Academy Movie

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Book to Movie, Review, Urban, Vampires / 0 Comments

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vampire_academy_blood_sisters_ver4_xlgVampire Academy Movie

Plot Summary

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human-half vampire, a guardian of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discreetly within our world. Her calling is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi.

My take on this movie: I got this movie shortly after I started to read the series and I decided on to watch the movie after a little bit. Since I didn’t want to watch the movie before I finished the book.

Everyone always think that when a book turns into a movie that the movie would suck and not work very well. For me I was a little bit worried about watching it since I had read some reviews about the movie sucked but after I started to watch it I decided that I did like it.

The reason for that is because it is really good. The only point of view we got from the Vampire Academy book series is Rose Hathaway’s view and in the movie we have a bunch of other views. It’s a really good movie and I actually love what they did to it. Everything about the movie reminds me a lot of the book and even more so since they added their own twists and stuff to it that the author Richelle Mead said that she would have liked to added it to the books.

This movie is really good and I recommend anyone that has read the books and liked them to watch the Vampire Academy and not fall in love with this movie. I mean even my mother liked the movie and she didn’t even read the book series at all.

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Review, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Bloodlines by Richelle MeadBloodlines by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Penguin Group on August 23rd 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 421
Format: Kindle
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I wasn't free of my past, not yet.
Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist - one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.
When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.
The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside - and within - the school grounds. Now that they're in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

This is the first book that Richelle Mead has written that takes place I guess three years after Lissa takes the throne and we realized that Jill is her sister. Anyways this book is after something that happens to Jill at the Moroi Court and she has to be taken into hiding which is where Sydney comes in along with an evil Alchemist by the name of Kevin and some other people. Sydney if we remember was homeschooled and isn’t really known for being very social friendly which is why she takes to living at a boarding school in California very different than her own home life.

Sydney takes her job as an alchemist pretty carefully but also she is trying to live a normal life at the school with her ‘siblings’ while also trying not to seem too friendly with Jill and Eddie in case Kevin tells their superior’s and she is shipped away while her younger sister is put in instead. This book is a really good book since I mean yeah it isn’t in Rose’s perspective which is all we had in the last series but this one is in Sydney’s view. In the last series I always wondered, after we were introduced to Sydney, with what made that girl tick and with why she is like she is. I got some of those answers to some of those questions just in the first book of this incredible series.

I mean this book is a start to a really great series of six books much like the Vampire Academy series. I am curious with why Sydney’s blood is soo different than that of a normal Alchemist blood? Guess I shall find out in the next book once I get done with some other books first!

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About Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.


Redeemed by PC and Kristin Cast

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Redeemed by PC and Kristin CastRedeemed by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night #12
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 14th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 310
Format: Kindle
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In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

All I can think of is finally it is done and I read some other reviews last night before I bought the book. They all I noticed had bad reviews about the book saying that it was boring and the battle was cut short and a bunch of other things.

Now that I have finished this book I got to say that all of those stupid filler books led up to a good book at the end of the series. I mean I know in my inner editor that the Casts could have made this book series not lasted as long as they made it to be. The things that I liked about this book is that Zoey is able to stop being a babbling idiot of a teenager that the Casts made her out to be, Kalona finally went back to Nyx which made the two immortal gods very happy, Aurox self-sacrificed himself to keep Neferet imprisoned, and finally Neferet had been defeated.

Through the whole book I can’t help but think that yeah Neferet was defeated the same way Kalona did by A-ya and the Cherokee Wise Woman. I can’t help but think that Neferet will probably get out the same way that Kalona did one day. I hated the fact that Thanatos had to die as she was such a fabulous character. The afterward part and other things are quite good. I actually didn’t think that I would love this book but I did even with my high expectations.

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About Kristin Cast

Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

About PC Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.


Revealed by PC and Kristin Cast

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Revealed by PC and Kristin CastRevealed by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night #11
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 15th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 306
Format: Hardcover
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Revealed is the spellbinding eleventh and penultimate installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling vampyre series by PC and Kristin Cast.
Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever—and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?
The House of Night series is an international phenomenon, reaching #1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on The New York Times Children's Series bestseller list for nearly 150 weeks and counting. With more than 12 million copies in print, rights sold in thirty–eight countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is unstoppable. Now, in the eleventh and penultimate installment of the series, the action is more intense and the stakes even higher as Zoey and her friends battle to protect their school and home from devastating evil—all while balancing romances, precarious friendships and the daily drama of the House of Night's halls.

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

I know that you guys were probably awaiting for my review on the eighth, ninth, and tenth books of this series but I just didn’t feel like writing them and reading them again. Instead I am going to put them into this review. Which I hope won’t confuse anyone that is reading this review. If it does please let me know and I will answer any questions you might have.

So for the eighth book that one was called Awakened it takes place a while after the last one. Zoey is back from the Otherworld with Stark and with Kalona back in his own body. Let’s just say that this is another filler book. But this is one has a sad ending and I mean really sad. I can’t believe that the Casts would kill poor Jack Twist. But yeah sorry about that spoiler but anyone that has read that book would know it.

The ninth book was called Destined. That one is also another filler book. I feel like all of these books are mostly filler books. Anyways this book we find out that Neferet is really evil that she kills Zoey’s mom because her mom has blood from a Native American woman that was basically an Elder. Zoey’s grandma was but she couldn’t find her. Now from that blood we get a creature that is basically a boy but turns into a bull. I know weird right? I feel bad for Zoey in this book since her mom started to realize that maybe her daughter was right about her husband after all but at least she was happy about what she did before her life had ended.

The tenth book was called Hidden. This book isn’t entirely a filler book. In this one thing’s get interesting. At least in this one Zoey and her group tried to get rid of Neferet. Erin turned her back on the Goddess and turned to Darkness just to date Dallas. Let’s just say that didn’t turn out well for anyone. Plus in Destined I believe we got a new student called Shaylin. She was a blind person and was marked by Erik. When she did get Marked she got turned into a red fledgling and when that happened she got her sight back. Along with that she got two affinities. In this book I believe Kalona became the Oath Bound Warrior to Thanatos and Aurox (the creature that was created by Zoey’s mom getting killed) also put his faith into the Goddess. Oh and Aurox has Heath’s soul in him. See I told you he was weird.

Now in this book we have Zoey and her group of friends stuck in the House of Night because let’s just say that Neferet killed Aphrodite’s dad who is the Mayor of Tulsa and no one is allowed to leave. Along with having Erin reject the change in this book after getting Neferet kicked out of the school grounds. We have a lot of death’s in the book. They were Erin, Aphrodite’s dad, Dallas, Elliot, the other kid that Elliot went to the front of the school to put his loyalty to Dallas, and two humans. This book was actually quite good despite being a filler book. We have had quite a lot of stuff happen in here. Especially with the whole thing of Nicole and Shaylin might be a thing after they kissed. Also I give this book a five star because I actually think that it was good and better than the other filler books that we got stuck with in the past. Might be because it’s the second to last book in the series. Though between us book fans I actually like Shaylin since she has an interesting back story and actually doesn’t seem so Mary-Sueish like Zoey. Granted Zoey did let the Tulsa police arrest her as she thought that she killed two humans thanks to Old Magick. I think that might be the only good thing that Zoey has done besides some other things in the series that I can’t think of right now. But yes this is it I hope you like this review!

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About Kristin Cast

Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

About PC Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.