May 7, 2013

Blog Tour + ARC Review: The Last Academy by Anne Applegate (Review + Giveaway)

Title: The Last Academy
Author: Anne Applegate
Publisher: Point 
Publication Date: April 30th 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback ARC

Blurb:

Curtis Sittenfeld's PREP meets THE SIXTH SENSE in this spine-tingling, unforgettable debut.



Camden Fisher arrives at boarding school haunted by a falling-out with her best friend back home. But the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy are like nothing Cam has ever known. There are gorgeous, preppy boys wielding tennis rackets, and circles of girls with secrets to spare. Only . . . something is not quite right. One of Cam's new friends mysteriously disappears, but the teachers don't seem too concerned. Cam wakes up to strangers in her room, who then melt into the night. She is suddenly plagued by odd memories, and senses there might be something dark and terrible brewing. But what? The answer will leave Cam--and readers--stunned and breathless, in this thrilling debut novel.

My Review:

The Last Academy was pretty middle of the road for me. I felt that the characters were not very deeply developed. The main character Camden was likable enough, though there were some points where things she said or did got under my skin a bit. For example, when she gets to Lethe Academy, she refers to a group of girls as her "friends", after only having one or two interactions with them. To me, that seemed odd. Also, there were quite a few boarding school cliches in the book, and some of the situations between the students were a little too obvious and predictable for my taste. That being said, the plot itself was fast-paced and exciting enough to keep the me turning the pages. I read the book in one sitting. I will admit that I was surprised when I finally learned what was really going on at Lethe, and the mystery and suspense leading up to the reveal was quite spooky at times. I really enjoyed racing along with Camden as she tries to figure out what is happening at the school. I do feel that some of the flaws I found in the book might not bother a younger reader quite so much. I just didn't quite connect with the whole boarding school experience and social situations. I did connect with the deeper emotional aspects of the book, but to tell you what they were would be a spoiler. I will say that there are some really deep parts to this book if you can overlook some of the more superficial character flaws. While reading, I found quite a few things annoying; but after turning the last page, I felt as though I had learned something important and profound. (If that makes any sense.)
All in all, The Last Academy was an enjoyable read. It was suspenseful, thrilling, and the end had my heart in my throat! I would suggest that if the blurb catches your interest, then go on and pick this one up. It is a fast paced thriller that will keep you on your toes and turning the pages late into the night!

My Rating: 

3½ STARS

Note: I recieved a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About The Author:


Anne Applegate was born in Chico, California.  Most of her childhood was spent moving across America with her family, nomad style.
When Anne was fourteen, her parents sent her to boarding school so she could spend four years in a single educational system.  As it turned out, her family then promptly settled into a small mid-western town and lived there for the next sixteen years.  Anne still hasn’t figured out if this means something.

After graduation, she went on to Tufts University in Medford, MA, where she had a wicked good time. Eventually, she  wound up back on the west coast, where she married a fantastic Californian guy.  Together, they have three children.
For the last twelve years, Anne has lived  in San Luis Obispo County.  This is by far the longest time she has stayed in any one place her whole life.  She immensely enjoys living  where 1) the sun always shines and 2) she isn’t the weirdest person in town.
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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for participating!

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  2. Sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway. The book sounds interesting.

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  4. Great review this book looks and sounds very interesting and intriguing!

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