Monday, May 13, 2013

The Last Academy Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Thank you for stopping by Unabridged Bookshelf's blog tour stop for The Last Academy bu Anne Applegate. While I have a review and a tour-wide giveaway, make sure to check out all the fun by clicking the banner above. 

The Last Academy
Title: The Last Academy
Author: Anne Applegate
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Buy The Last Academy: Amazon 

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.

 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.

The Last Academy by Anne Applegate is a breath of fresh air in young adult books. When I started The Last Academy, I was not sure if I was just reading a book about boarding school with a dash of mystery or something else. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was something I have never come across in young adult fiction, and I really loved discovering every detail.

Camden has a fight with her best friend before going off to boarding school at the Lethe Academy. The longer she is there; the perfect picture of the happy academy life starts to blur. Camden is used to being a follower, but once she gets to Lethe she starts to come out on her own. The more she grows into her own, the more I grew to like her spunk.

The final line of the synopsis is entirely true when it comes to The Last Academy, the storyline is unlike I have ever seen, and I really think all readers would appreciate the creativity that went into the story. Even when I started to suspect the story was taking a turn, I was still not sure where it was turning. This factor alone is something that does not happen a lot when I read anymore, and it was refreshing to experience it again.

For a debut novel, The Last Academy is on a different planet, and I would love to visit that planet. I know that I would read another book by Anne Applegate. Seriously, it is hard to discuss anything about this book, because I just do not want to give a single morsel away to readers.

**Unabridged Bookshelf recieved this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review**

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Shane @ItchingforBooks said...

Good review. Thanks for participating!

Pamela DuMond, D.C. said...

Looks like a fun read. Tx for the review!

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