Schooled in Magic
Most of the ideas are copied from Harry Potter - there is a defense against the dark arts class led by a grizzly one eyed teacher, a magical creatures class, a headmistress that is stern but really kind once you get to know her, a game like quidditch but worse... it just keeps going.
The author refers constantly to other peoples work. I'll find an exact quote later (on my phone), but things like this are said every other chapter: "...like Harry Potter only. ...more
"From an author who doesn't give a crap about grammar comes a story
about Harriett Potter, a teenage girl from the 21st century. Sucked into a medieval world where magic solves everything (apart from indoor plumbing) and noone ever has sex, she enrolls at Hogwarts and sets out on a quest to bring all the advantages of modern life to this world (except indoor plumbing), including pollution and global warming, while fending off the advances of Slim Shady, the ev ...more
It was fairly entertaining until I realized how much was taken out of other books. But when I read " but that magical world suffered from a shortage of imagination " in reference to the Harry Potter world,I thought to myself if the author is trying to be funny, it is more disrespectful than anything else considering they stole so much from the world of Harry Potter.
Others have already mentioned that this girl-comes-to-a-magical-world-and-learns-magic-novel is a Harry Potter knock-off, but that isn't even the worst thing. It fails on basically all levels. Character building, world building, satire, commentary, basic science.
It really fails on gender issues:
Emily nodded in understanding. Most trans...more
The premise: Emily, a young woman, is pulled from modern Earth to an alternative world with medieval-like features, due to a mistake as to her identity by a bad guy. Rescued within a day/chapter by a wizard, she i ...more
first things first...Harry Potter
The 1st book really got me hating on it because of this. Not only because it DID rip off Harry Potter but also because it constantly said how Harry Potter missed this, lacked this, didn't go more into detail, or outright saying it was stupid - *not a direct quote* "it's stupid in Harry Potter to have such taboo on the death curses when the simplest spell can kill someone"
I have to give the a ...more
Aside from that, it's a decent story overall. The pop-culture references by the mai ...more
The story is of a young nerd named Emily. Emily is sad because she has a verbally abusive stepdad and a constantly drunk mom and hates school because it doesn't teach her anything useful. Quite out of nowhe ...more
We have a "child of destiny". A magic school with almost a direct one for one with Hogwarts. Evil magicians and dark wizards. Sprinkle in a bit of LOTR so you can have the fey, Orcs and Goblins and you don't get a derivative piece of YA fiction, you get a copy. I put it down in anger a few times thinking how much of an ass can an author be to actually try to rewrite Potter and in doing so, actually mention Har ...more
If you liked Harry Potter you may hate this book. This book takes so much from Harry Potter you may find yourself not liking it based on that alone. Basically, this book is not original. I loved the Potter books and they were the books that got me into reading. I had to get past the Harry Potter knock-off parts of this book before I could even think about liking it. So if you ...more
Schooled in magic is a fairly average teen fantasy novel. Emeley our fourteen year-old protagonist finds herself from one moment to the next in an medieval word full of magic and evil necromancers. As it turns out an evil necromancer brought her over to his word thinking she is a 'Child of Destiny' and sacrificing her will give him great power. She is however saved at the last moment, but now has to adjust to a totally new world and burge ...more
The main char has been told to her face that
1) the school knew her tormentor was a bully, and cultivated this behavior
2) that they considered this valid teaching tool, in lieu of competent teaching
3) and that they lost control of the bully, leading a first we ...more
This was a good book. Emily is a 14 year old taken from earth to another world to be used as a sacrifice in a necromancers plan for unlimited power. Why Emily you might ask? Because the necromancer needs to sacrifice a Child of Destiny in order to gain his power and his minions brought him Emily. There is one small problem though, Emily's mother's name is Destiny. So while she is a literal child of destiny, is she a figurative child of destiny? She is saved by a rouge magician j ...more
I'll start with what I liked because I think it is worth following the series and seeing if some of the problems improve. Because the story is actually interesting, enough so that I just purchased the second book.
The concept is a bit too Harry Potter meets Time Travel/Other World travel. But the author actually points it out, pokes fun at it, and tries to avoid to much overlap o ...more
Ok, so I was looking for a good workout book.
You see, when I go to the gym, I enjoy listening to a mindless novel (especially while I'm doing the elliptical). So I was tooling around on in my Kindle store looking for a light read with an Audible option when I came across this book. It looked interesting and was getting pretty good reviews so I decided, what the heck.
The book starts out a little weakly. The first part of the story seems rushed and there are some corny references to popular fanta...more
Well, her mother's name IS Destiny. . . .
A powerful sorcerer rescues her and then, because she is magically powerful and it's not easy to send her back (and he's not good at teaching apprentices), sends her off to school on dragon back.
Many things ensue. The care necessary for alchemy, the marches of Martial Magic (and the importanc ...more
I hope there will be a second book and a third. ...more
These days, a bit simplistic and the computer coding similes irritated me a little
2020 reread: DNF'd at about 15%. Didn't even remember that I had read this before :S ...more
Also you can tell the author is a cis male when a story takes place in a medieval society and the main character doesn't seems bothered by her menstrues ...more
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|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA Fantasy series. Teen girl from Earth is summoned to another world by spirits/ fairies(?) at the behest of a Necromancer. Necromancer asked for a "Child of destiny" and main character's mother's name is Destiny. Read 2011-2017. Spoilers. [s]||7||100||Mar 22, 2021 12:21PM|
|Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish||1||1||Nov 05, 2015 07:37AM|