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I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Abigail Revasch, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Tara Sands, Listening Library
Progress: 67/473 minutes
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 58/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
50 Girls 50 and Other Stories
Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Gary Groth
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: A Novel
Becky Chambers
Progress: 148/441 pages
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas, Bill Homewood, Naxos AudioBooks
Progress: 667/3165 minutes
A Matter of Oaths
Helen S. Wright
Progress: 101/277 pages
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Professor Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses, The Great Courses
Progress: 34/725 minutes

Nightschool: The Weirn Books (vol. 3) by Svetlana Chmakova

Nightschool: The Weirn Books, Vol. 3 - Svetlana Chmakova

One volume away from the end of the series, and there is still lots of stuff going on. I suspect I'm going to be really disappointed by volume 4.

A few things didn't make much sense. Like the magical circle bit, which took up several pages and didn't seem to show readers much that wasn't better explained elsewhere. And the grieving Hunter dad, whose anger over the Hunters' decision not to send someone after his son's killers prompted him to...try to kill more teens his son's age. Because that makes so much sense. Also, I'm now even less sure of what the Hunters are supposed to be. They don't seem to be human, and some of them have abilities much like those of various Night beings, and yet they are very adamant that they are a separate group. So, what are they? And is Daemon a special sort of Hunter, or could any Hunter eventually become as powerful as him?

I still enjoyed this volume and am looking forward to reading the last one. Daemon was awesome, as was Mr. Roi (in flashbacks, anyway). I unfortunately did not get the meeting/showdown between Alex and Mr. Roi that I had expected to see, but I'm assuming it will happen in the next volume. Because that's the only volume left.

Readers are finally given an explanation, of sorts, for the mysterious ghostly cloaks that keeping popping up, although I'm curious about whether Chmakova will show what happened that turned Alex's hair white and made her think she's cursed. Things are definitely coming together, and now everybody who wants to capture/kill/study Alex is about to find her.

That's pretty much all I can say without spoiling anything. There was lots of action, a few explanations, and a teeny tiny hint of romance (a new character named Eron, who has a massive crush on Alex's sister; Cassidy, a Hunter who I continue to think has a crush on Teresa).


The volume ends with a chapter called “Nightschool: The Keeper's Books,” set prior to the beginning of the series. The Day Keeper is having a hard time keeping Nightschool activities a secret from daytime students and teachers and begs the principal to finally hire a Night Keeper. Enter Sarah, Alex's bumbling older sister.

There is also a 1-page author's note in comic form, seven pages of fan art, and four full-color main story pages.


(Original review, with read-alikes and watch-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)