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Xavier: St Griswold College for Abandoned Boys - E.M. Cooper

I'm not quite finished, but I'm enjoying this so far. E. M. Cooper does a great job setting the mood in the first chapter. There is mystery and a sense of foreboding because you know something bad is happening, but you don't know what it is.


This book and Griswold College feels a little like Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children, but not nearly as nice a place to be. There's no sense of family or real protection there.


Xavier is sort of a lost puppy type boy in the beginning. He wanders the hall and does what he's supposed to while hoping his parents will come back to get him. He's not super social, but he's a good kid. Things start to get interesting when Gabe appears out of nowhere claiming to be an angel sent to help Xavier. But is he really an angel? He doesn't remember things very well before he appeared and he's having to learn everything as he goes. Even more interesting is the fact he thinks Xavier might be something more than human as well.


There are voices and other spooky things happening around St. Griswold College. I'm excited to keep reading to find out what happened to Xavier's parents and what he really is.


I'm giving this book a 4 and will update if needed when I reach the end.


1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure