Title: Death’s Academy
Author: Michael Bast
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Midnight Smith has a problem. He’s a hoodie. Well, almost. He has to go through Death’s Academy so he can learn how to snuff out shorties (humans, like you and your friends) and outsmart those pesky halos. Then he’ll get his shroud and calling and become a full-fledged Grim Reaper. But to get into Death’s Academy, there’s a real killer exam… and Midnight stinks at exams.
What he doesn’t know is that the exam is the least of his worries. When the hoodies and halos go on their yearly retreat, the time is ripe for an old enemy – the diabolical unicorns – to strike. That leaves Midnight and his friends as the only ones to stop the attack – and this is something he just can’t fail at.
Death’s Academy tosses convention on its ear. Root for the traditional “bad guy” in this delicious twist on good versus evil.
How to describe this book… well I liked it. At first I really didn’t like Midnight (“Night”). In fact, for half of the book I thought he was an arrogant, egotistical brat! He lies, disrespects his parents, doesn’t seem to respect anyone, and is just plan rude. Good news, after the first half you barely notice this and he grown (both on you and as a character).
The other complaint I would have is that it takes half the book before you get into the action. Really, it takes half the book just to get to story that was described on the back of the book. That being said, I liked the beginning (ignoring the fact that I wanted to smack Night a couple of times). It familiarized the reader with the universe and the main character and his friends. You got an idea how he fit in his world and what was important to him. The second half was the most interesting and, clearly, the most adventurous! Did you read the summary??? UNICORNS! But forget your typical unicorn – these ones are mean! So yeah, I liked the book! It was well written and I loved the fact that it was more conversational. It felt like Night was talking to me and bringing me along for the ride. If something happened in the book that was typical for our universe, Night would stop what he was doing and help us Shorties out so we knew what was really happening.
Overall, it was cute (for a reaper and angel story) and fun. It is definitely worth reading the first half in order to get to the action! And hey, there’s nothing wrong with Skull Ball – thoroughly explained in the first half but think kickball, soccer, football, and baseball.