Published by Amazon Digital Services on February 10th, 2011
Number of Pages: 266
Genres: Fantasy, Humor, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
All schools have ghosts, of course, but the school attended by Milrose Munce, our sarcastic hero, is unusual by virtue of the sheer number of disgusting ghouls that waft cheerfully through its halls. These phantoms -- most of them Milrose's close friends -- have thus far been assaulted by a world-class exorcist, and it is difficult to imagine things getting much worse. After all, the new Home Economics teacher is a benevolent warlock of no little renown, and he specializes in humiliating world-class exorcists.
Unfortunately, his skills are not well suited to the latest assault on the school: a conspiracy of shady students bent on creating loathsome and voracious forms of magical plant life rarely witnessed in even the scariest gardens.
These plants -- which are reasonably intelligent and repulsively large -- tend to separate happy couples, either by devouring one party, or by turning the other party into something mossy and indigestible. Milrose and his beloved, the exquisitely pretentious Arabella, are chief among the couples threatened in this way.
As if this isn't vile enough, rumors of something even more powerful and grotesque begin to filter down into the unhappy school: somebody, or something, is determined to resurrect the monstrous Corpse Flower.
I liked the first book in this series better than this one, but this one isn’t bad at all. It has a twisted kind of humor, and uses some big words, so I’d recommend it for the older YA crowd as well as adults.
There were a few slow places that I don’t remember the first book having. And one of my favorite characters gets kidnapped early on, so we don’t get to see much of her. I’m not sure how to describe this series honestly. It reminds me a little bit of Neil Gaiman movies like Coraline and the Nightmare Before Christmas, but there’s also lots of mentions of vomiting and other icky things that appeal to little boys. And larger words than you usually see in kids and young adult novels.
I don’t think I’ve actually come across another book quite like these. I’d recommend trying them if you haven’t read them already.