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Reviewed by Jaqueline Neves for Readers' Favorite
Snakes in the Class (Monster College Chronicles) by Catherine Haustein takes readers on a captivating journey into the world of Manster College, where monster professors strive to teach their students the art of blending into human society. The story follows Professor Gormley Grimn, a cursed Gorgon, who escaped her past and found solace as a chemistry professor at the college. Gormley's life takes an unexpected turn when she embarks on a passionate affair with Dean Ormr Snaakemon, a captivating character who is part smooth-skinned man and part smooth-scaled snake. As she grapples with the local Purity League's mission to eradicate all monsters, Gormley faces a crucial decision about whether to uphold her no-killing principles or align with the anti-Purity League Knobbers. The novel explores themes of love, education, and the choices we make in the face of adversity.
Catherine Haustein's writing in Snakes in the Class is a delightful blend of humor, romance, and fantasy. The plot unfolds at an engaging pace, offering a perfect balance of action and character development. The characters, particularly Gormley and Ormr, are well-crafted, with genuine depth and chemistry. I was intrigued by the unique interpretation of the Medusa curse, as it shed light on some contemporary issues that have significant relevance in today's context. The themes of love and acceptance in the face of prejudice are woven skillfully throughout the narrative. Haustein's storytelling prowess shines through, making the book a desirable read for those who enjoy romance and fantasy genres. Snakes in the Class is a charming start to the Manster College Chronicles series, with its steamy romance and heartwarming happily-ever-after that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.