Monday, May 7, 2012

Villain School: Good Curses Evil

Villain School: Good Curses Evil (Villain School #1)
Stephanie Sanders
Bloomsbury, 2011
$15.99, Hardcover
April 17th, 2012

Genre: Horror, Humor
Age: 8+
Description: Rune Drexler is a warlock who gets detention. Jezebel Dracula prefers candy to blood. Big Bad Wolf Junior would rather save Little Red Riding Hood than eat her. They all attend Master Dreadthorn’s School for Wayward Villains were they are expected to learn how to be bad. Since they aren’t progressing in the Villain Levels, the Master assigns them a Plot—four tasks that must be completed in a certain time period or else they will get expelled. This really sucks for Rune since Master Dreadthorn is his father! Plus, the plot they’ve been given is impossible—kidnap a princess, steal a baby, find a henchman, and overthrown a kingdom placing a ruler of their choice on the throne! Things actually seem to go alright as the tasks fall into their lap until they find out that Chad, Rune’s not-so-helpless-as-we-thought roommate has been given a plot to make sure Rune and his friends don’t succeed! How can they ever win?
Opinion: This book wasn’t as good as I hoped. I love the villain reform school idea. Some characters are funny. Chad, before he goes all evil, prefers cooking to villainy and has a knack for baking gingerbread men cookies that scream and bleed when you eat them. The henchman they find is a Capcaun (described as an ogre creature) who actually is supposed to be an evil creature but is super nice and loves hugs. The book has its moments but I’m not inclined to seek out the sequel.

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