Released: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
A good, solid middle-grade book that should appeal equally to boys and girls. I'm already starting off this review pretty paint-by-numbers, but that's kind of because this is a pretty paint-by-numbers book. Which isn't a bad thing. See, here's what you get:
- Feisty ghost sidekick
- Shy living boy who geeks out in all the right ways and finds his inner strength and confidence
- One-note villains who aren't complex, but also don't need to be
- Steady pacing that isn't breakneck, but isn't slow either
- Super short chapters
- Clever, but not overly complex world-building
- A Big Reveal that isn't super predictable
The Afterlife Academy is a good contribution that deserves a spot on gift lists and library shelves. This is a standalone, but it has a solid enough base that I could easily see it going on to become a steadily successful series. Recommended, especially for Rick Riordan fans.
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