The Last Academyby Anne Applegate (Website)
Published by Point on Published April 30th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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 Last Academy comes with an intriguing blurb and a great mysterious cover. I addition, I love boarding schools so of course I jumped when I got a Review Copy.
Upfront I admit that the book was sadly not what I expected. It starts with a very weird situation and then we jump ahead when Camden is leaving for this boarding school. The whole story is filled with all the weird and odd situations Camden tries to get behind all the mysteries going on in this weird school. I was confused. Most of the times I simply was confused and I had no freaking clue where this story was going. But, this had a certain allure that I wouldn’t completely dismiss and I’m sure some readers will enjoy this mystery.
Camden… *sigh* What can I say about you?
I just couldn’t connect with her – at all. One of my main problems was her obvious young age. Camden was 14 and she behaved very much this age maybe even younger. She was very (very) naïve and she sadly annoyed me with her behaiour most of the times. It was just impossible for me to feel for her and connect with her and obviously this ruined the mood for me ….
In addition the romance was just a no-go for me. I just didn’t get it. Why did she fall for Ethan, and why the heck did he fall for her? It wasn’t reasonably explained and I just didn’t feel it, at all. Ethan was also a little weird and some of the situations with him left me completely dumfounded with disbelieve.
The Ending! Oh you saving grace!
Well, the ending was extremely surprising and nearly managed to rescue this story for me. I figured out part of this a little earlier, still the whole story slowly lived up to this very moment of complete truth. I was shocked and it was like a lightbulp went up over my head. While the ending tried to connect all loose ends and explained everything we were wondering during the whole weird moments of the book. However, not everything was tied up neatly and some storylines weren’t left open. As this is a standalone, I didn’t truly liked this and I would have wished for a complete all-embracing ending.
For once now I have to give two ratings, as I spend so much time with the book being annoyed even the amazing ending didn’t manage to change my irritation with the rest of the story.
2 Stars for the characters and the story and 4 Stars for the phenomenal ending
The Last Academy definitely stands out among the YA Novels as it comes with a phenomenal, mind boggling and twisted ending. The characters completely annoyed me and I couldn’t connect to the story until the very last minute where it was sadly already too late. I’m sure though that this story will find it’s fans who will have nothing else than praise for this book!
So, what did or do you expect from the synopsis? Figuring out what this Academy was the biggest and most surprising mystery in this book. Did you figure it out early? And might you even be inclined to read it now because you would like to figure out the ending?
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