You see that chipmunk over there? I've got to make sure it's dead in less than three minutes. Don't make that face—it's my job.
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 the only ones to stop the attack . . . and this is something he just can't fail at.
Death's Academy turns convention on its head. Root for the "bad guy" in this delicious twist on good versus evil.
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I want to thank Cedar Fort Publishing for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: The Death’s Academy entrance exam for Midnight Smith is quickly approaching. There’s just one problem: Midnight is the worst exam taker the academy has ever seen. If Midnight wants to ever step foot inside the school, he’ll have to join forces with the hated Guardian Angels, and together face the deadliest creatures in the world—the dreaded Unicorns. Becoming a Grim Reaper has never been more hilarious! I have to say that I don't read all that much middle grade literature, although when I do I tend to love it. So when I was approached to review this book, and I read the synopsis of it, I thought it looked great and couldn't wait to dive into it. I was not disappointed in the least. Bast takes middle grade paranormal and makes it funny and charming. Think Harry Potter meets the Grimm Reaper! Midnight Smith is your average kid, if average is wanting to get into Death's Academy so he can become a reaper! But Night has one problem, he's not good at the tests used to get him in and he has no real way of studying for them. So, given the chance to go against the rules and try out some reaping on his own, he inevitably gets caught and starts getting himself into a lot of trouble. I love Night's voice in this book. He's a typical young kid who just wants to fit in. It doesn't help that his father has a "secret" past that has made him some kind of outcast. Every time Night's last name comes up in conversation people shy away from him. Everyone except his best friend Mal. She's quirky and un and really smart. And she doesn't care who Night is because in the end he's her friend, and has been forever. Mal and Night set out to "save the world" from an evil that lurks, which everyone else believes has gone extinct. So, when all the adults leave for the annual Reapless (a sort of vacation for Hoodies and Halos alike), it's not surprising that the world is attacked by the evil that lurks in the dark forest not far from Night's home. This book is full of action and adventure, and mostly clean humor (think 11 and 12 year old boy jokes and potty talk). I love how the kids interact with each other, and even with the adults. The book shows kids the consequences of breaking the rules. But it also shows them they should allow their voices to be heard; that sometimes adults really need to listen to what they have to say because it might just save the day. Kids, boys and girls alike, who love Harry Potter and Rick Riordan will dive right into this book and love it
5 STARS Death's Academy is a fun adventure series. It takes a different look at life and death, heroes and hoodies. I am just a shorty and I bet you are too. The youth have their own game using a skull. (I never want to play that game) Their are bad guys which are Unicorns. Very fresh ideas. The plot is Midnight Smith wants to get in Death's Academy. His family can't afford to get him a mentor. His family name is made fun of but he does not know why. He plays pretty good on his team. He does not to well on tests. So he tries to practice on a chipmunk that he thinks his time is up and gets caught. Then he gets into more and more trouble. When he sees a unicorn no one believes him. The Characters are Hoodies which escort those whose time is up. They have Academy to learn in and if you don't do well or not get in your future looks grim. Their foes and counterparts are Halos. Halos are Guardian Angels who help shorty's. They fight against the Hoodies. Shorty's are humans and other creatures who live and die. Unicorns. Their was a major war long ago and they are all thought to be extinct now or are they really. I think fans of Harry Potters, Ranger Apprentice will like Death's Academy too. It is kids saving the day and each other because no one else can. If they can't stop the bad guys their parents and most adults wont be able to get back. It is a good clean fun imagination adventure that the whole family can enjoy. I was given this ebook to read for purpose of reviewing and being part of it's blog tour.
What a FUN book! A GREAT story to read together as a family! A PERFECT summer read ~ especially for young boys! The opening scene is Midnight Smith trying to plan the demise of a chipmunk. WHY? Because he has an exam coming up... An exam to achieve entrance into the Death's Academy... For you see, he wants to be a "reaper." But things go wrong in more ways than one... And Midnight will have to "join forces with the hated Guardian Angels." Trouble with school~ Trouble with parents~ Dungeons~ Old crazy hags~ Arch enemies~ Unicorns~ And a game where you kick a skull instead of a ball~ This book is filled with humor, adventure, enemies, and friendships.
Hott Synopsis: Night isn’t sure how he managed to fail the test but he did. Now he only gets one more chance to show that he too can be a reaper. He can follow that family tradition or honor instead of traipsing along in his father’s footsteps – whatever that means. But after a brush with the law Night finds himself even more unsure and determined. Hott Review: I’m on the fence with this one. What I liked: I really enjoyed the writing style. It was intriguing & kept me reading even though I wasn’t enjoying some of the plot. What I didn’t like: Night. He’s very much a typical teen – rude and selfish – and he’s very disrespectful to his father. It was very sad, even though I could see that Night was going to prove himself and that his relationship with his father would change in the end, and I just couldn’t read further. More… Author: Michael Bast Source: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media via Netgalley Grade: DNF Ages: middle-grade
Even though this book is called Death's Academy, Night (the main character) doesn't actually spend any time at the Academy. The book is about him worrying over his entrance exam and saving his society from psychotic unicorns. Since this is the first book in a series, I'm guessing that the next book will introduce us to the actual Academy. In some ways, Death's Academy is similar to many other middle grade fantasy novels. However, the setting, the humor, and the unique villains are what made the book stand out for me. Bass has a talent for humor, and it shows throughout the book. Killer unicorns that live in a candy city with jelly bean cobbled streets—how does it get any better than that? Kids will love the laughs and the action in this book. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the way Night treated his parents. He disregarded their rules time and again, and he was extremely disrespectful to his father. I would have liked to see him have more of a conscience when it came to his parents. Other than that, I really liked the book and I think kids will too. It will appeal most strongly to boys, but girls will also enjoy this hilarious romp through the society of Deaths and Halos and murderous unicorns. Content: Clean