Book Review

A Deadly Education


Scholomance is no school you’ve ever been to. There is no adult supervision, no time off, and the cliques are more about survival than friendship. El is determined to survive until graduation no matter the cost, but without a partner, can she survive?

My Thoughts: 

When I read the summary of this book, I was extremely excited. I mean it was a magical school so I was instantly intrigued and the main character sounded like someone I would love to read about. However, I was a little wary of who it was written by. 

I had seen reviews about this author before, but I didn’t really understand why a lot of readers had a hard time reading her books. After the book I completely understand why some people choose to avoid her books. The idea of this book is amazing and I really like the book world and the characters, but I could NOT stand the writing! 

Her writing style demonstrates one of my biggest pet peeves, too much internal dialogue and not even action. The main character, Galadriel (yes named after the one from Lord of the Rings), is hilarious and I really liked her, but her thoughts would go on for PAGES AND PAGES!!! I mean the book was only about 350 pages and most of it was her internal thoughts, memories from her past, and her drawn out explanations of different character’s backgrounds. I felt like it was so much information that my eyes would tend to glaze over. 

The action scenes of the book were not really action ones meaning that the author used so many unnecessary words to explain what was going on that the scenes would lose any sort of urgency or excitement. I mean the main character fights an unstoppable monster and the author wrote it in a way where it lost its luster and it was kinda meh. The last battle of the book was so boring because there were so many needless words that I actually had to skip a couple pages because I couldn’t wait any longer for the fight to actually start. 

The school, the characters, the monsters, and the world were so so so SO cool and unique and I really wanted to like it, but the writing just killed me. I kept checking how many pages were left and it took me a lot longer to finish than any other book. I just kept hoping that it would get better, but it never did. I mean I understand that it was the beginning of a series and that a lot of information about the world and the characters needed to be explained, but I felt like it was a little extreme. I also felt like the author forgot to explain it all in the beginning and just would randomly mention something in the middle of a scene and explain it in EXTREME detail. 

SO this book ended on a cliffhanger, so it left me with SO many questions. Therefore, I will be reading the next installment because I am a masochist and will endure the pain in order to see what happens. I’m hoping the next installment has more action and less description. 

My Book Rating

3/5 Book World

2/5 Romance 

3/5 Plot

3/5 Characters

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Book Details

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik 

Genre: Fantasy 

Published by Del Rey Books on September 29, 2020  

Copy Read: Hardcover 

Pages: 336

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