The Afterlife Academy by Frank L. Cole
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
With monster hunter books apparently a thing now, we get The Afterlife Academy, which pits a kid directly in the war between angels and demons. The afterlife is a thing, the academy not so much, and the result is a questionable story on a whole.
We start with someone who is killed, ends up in the afterlife, and is quickly assigned to a kid to help protect him, sort of like a guardian angel. The kid is quickly front and center in a quest for a summoning book that demons want to get their hands on, and it becomes a mad race to sort everything out.
The story mostly doesn't work, with a lot of disjointed narratives and hanging threads to ensure that we're not really taking anything too seriously and making a book that really doesn't work as a result. It's not especially funny, yet there is a lightness to it that persists. It's not especially dangerous, but we're supposed to feel like there's a massive interdimensional threat in play. It's just kind of rough around the edges, and really could be done better on a whole. Definitely pass on this one.
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