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IceyTween Reviews: VILLAIN SCHOOL: GOOD CURSES EVIL by Stephanie S. Sanders

Posted by on March 15, 2012

Villain School: Good Curses Evil 
Villain School: GOOD CURSES EVIL
Stephanie S. Sanders
240 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: August 30th, 2011
Source: Hardcover
Rating: MEH

Rune Drexler, Big Bad Wolf Jr., and Countess Jezebel Dracula are students at Master Dreadthorn’s School for Wayward Villains. It’s like military school for the children of famous villains; it’s where you learn to be bad. But Rune is failing at his villainous studies, so when he lands himself in detention (again), Master Dreadthorn assigns him a Plot. In one week, Rune and his friends must find a henchman, steal a baby, kidnap a princess, and overthrow a kingdom. There’s only one problem: Rune’s not very evil. In fact, his behavior seems suspiciously heroic. . . .

This hilarious adventure stretches across a fairy tale world where the mistakes of famous villains become valuable lessons for our heroes-er, villains. The mix of familiar characters and a wholly original Plot will delight young readers.

Master Dreadthorn’s School for Wayward Villains is for villain kids who have done good or un-villain things in their lives. Dracula’s daughter, Jezebel, is there – she likes hot cocoa instead of blood. The Big Bad Wolf’s son, Wolf, is there – he saved a human child from drowning.

Rune Drexler, Master Dreadthorn’s 12-year old son, is at villain school, too, but he didn’t really do anything good. When his father calls him to his office and gives him a Plot – a dangerous and evil test, Rune sees his chance to be the villain his father wants him to be. But can Rune kidnap a princess, steal a baby, find a henchman, and overthrow a kingdom in just 7 days (Of course yes with his 2 conspirators)?

I really loved the cover and story, but the writing didn’t really live up to my expectations. It didn’t have a simple flow. But still it didn’t really matter to me because the story was funny. I loved all the characters, but I think Jezebel is a little to mean. I especially loved Cappy; he is really funny and loyal for a Capacaun. The Plot – not Rune’s Plot, the plot of the story – is really obvious. The story doesn’t have any twist-and-turns, which I love to see in all books.

So I’ll give Good Curses Evil 3 and a half stars. Hope fully the next book Stephanie S. Sanders comes up with will be much better.

This review was written by my 11 year old sister, Asma! 


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