Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Last Academy by Anne Applegate

The Last Academy by Anne Applegate
2013, Point

Synopsis: What is this prep school preparing them for?

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.

The Good: An interesting premise with a great cast of characters. Well written and I honestly could have found myself loving this book if not for some major foreshadowing issues.

The Bad: The entirety of this book hinges on one big reveal and the repercussions of what that discovery means. That usually works well, but when you see the big reveal coming a third of the way through the book it's a huge letdown to be proved right. It's just too obvious, to the point where I found myself wondering why no one on the road to publication suggested vague-ing the situation up a bit.

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