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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Gina Review: A School for Villains

Gina Review: A School for Villains

My 11-year-old daughter can’t resist a villain, so I knew she’d like this book as soon as I saw it promoted on Marva Dasef‘s website.  After you read Gina’s review, be sure to visit the site of Ardyth DeBruyn to check out her other titles.

A School for Villains (Dark Lord Academy) By: Ardyth DeBruyn  Reviewed by Gina Salerni

Danny had a perfectly normal and happy life, until his dad decided to send him to Dark Lord Academy to become a villain. He is soon carted off against his will and ends up at this evil school. Danny, newly named Zxygrth (Zex-ee-grith), meets some children who actually want to be villains. 

Zxygrth immediately tries to find a way to get away from this horrid school. He determines escaping is impossible so he tries to get expelled. But, getting expelled from a school for villains is harder than you think. Zxygrth kills a teacher in a prank gone wrong and gets rewarded for it! So, he tries being a good person. Soon, he gets into a whole mess of trouble involving a hateful teacher, a second-in-command minion, and a sword that wants to kill him.

I would recommend A School for Villains to someone who likes humorous books about being evil, like Vordak the Incomprehensible.  My favorite part is when a hero meets Zxygrth and wants to battle him, but Zxygrth just wants him to go away. Iā€™d highly recommend this book.

Special thanks to Gina for writing this review, which she gave me for my birthday and told me to hold onto it until I needed it.  Since I’m knee-deep in revisions for THE CAGED GRAVES this week — I needed it!

13 Responses to Gina Review: A School for Villains

  1. Sarah says:

    What a hilarious premise for a book! I think my son’s a bit too young for it now, but it sounds like something he’d love in a few years. Thanks, Gina! (and good luck, Dianne!)

  2. Taking a peak at it on Amazon, it looks like a nice little escape for the kid in my own brain.

  3. Linda G. says:

    Sounds like a fun book! Thanks for another great review, Gina. šŸ™‚

  4. mshatch says:

    That is a pretty funny concept – and yay Gina for helping mom out!

  5. Funny, it’s like the anti-Harry Potter.

  6. Marva Dasef says:

    I’m a lucky early reader and recommend it highly to folks who like a lot of humor in their fantasy.

  7. Sounds like my kinda twisted humor. Thanks, Gina. I think my granddaughters would love that book. (Good luck with the editing, Dianne.)

  8. Angela Brown says:

    I’ve come to enjoy Gina’s reviews. This one is another great one. I’ll have to check this book out.

  9. I’ve read this book and think it’s a great fun read for middle graders and elementary. šŸ˜‰

  10. Lydia Kang says:

    Good luck on your revisions!

    Zxygryth is such a fun name. šŸ™‚

  11. What a fun premise. Makes me think of Artemis Fowl. I’ll have to check these out further.

    Love the review.

    Good luck with the edits!

  12. Hahahahahhaa this sounds great! I’d love to read it. šŸ™‚