Monday, May 6, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Last Academy by Anne Applegate [REVIEW (with gifs) + GIVEAWAY]

Publication Date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Point
Pages: 320
source: publisher via Netgalley
Summary from Goodreads (here):
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.
Going into this I was a bit wary. I LOVE boarding school books and then add freaky-mysterious secrets??? Um, YES PLEASE *grabby hands* Then I saw the mixed reviews and i was like...
Then I actually started to read it and AH! I tis love it!!! *phew* I really like it when that happens with a book. This book starts with Camden realizing that her BFF was NEVER her BFF at all. That part may have seemed like it didn't really do anything with the book BUT it was actually what I liked because it made Cam the girl that she was at boarding school. It made her be careful of who to make friends with and gave her an unexpected courage that I much liked! Also this girl was HILARIOUS in a witty-sarcastic way. See...
Her tone implied I had asked her to stick her finger in a pot of honey and go slap a bear.
She usually seemed so...I dunno. Southern. It was like watching Scarlett O'Hara scratch her armpit.
Hysteria bubbled. I had a crazy idea that I might run away screaming. That's the cool way to impress guys, I hear.
Hehehe. I think the funny balanced the serious in the book. It definitely made keep on reading. That plus the secrets the student's had. I really liked that from the start the boarding school ambiance took me in. LIKE THIS! It felt like I was back in school and it made me connect with the story more easily. It added an eery factor since it looked like the perfect place...except there a cemetery next door and the school founder is buried in the chapel. YUP normal :P
As soon as Cam get's to school things start to get weird. She thought she had been choked in the airplane on her way to the school. Then she keeps on seeing and hearing things that aren't there O_O It made me question what was real or not in the book. She also has some weird dreams that kinda give you answers/foreshadowing to what is going to happen next or what already happened. Which was an interesting way to make give you the answers without outright giving them.
Now one thing that I REALLY really liked was that the author gave depth to each character. They weren't just rich or mean or nice. NO. They each had a reason for being there and they weren't all nice backstories. I think the one that made me cry the most was Jessie's story. It seriously made me hug my sister. Then there's Nora, whom was nice but to me seemed creepy, in a dangerous way. Especially with her secret room O_O AND THEN we have Barnaby Charon! EEK *chills* he was just...I have no words to explain him. I mean nothing makes a great first impression than scarring away and choking someone that just happens to be a student...on a school you own.
OVERALL: This story surprised me in a good way. I wasn't expecting the twists, secrets, and depth to this story. The thing that made me really love this book was Camden's sarcastic humor and the creep factor I got. It was a really great debut and will definitely please fans of boarding school books!
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Now about the author herself!

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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  1. Good efforts. All the best for future posts. I have bookmarked you. Well done. I read and like this post. Thanks.

  2. Great review! This one looks like it's going to be one that I love when I finally get my hands on it!

    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Thanks Kimberly and YOU SO WILL!! Much <3 for commenting!

  3. This is one of those books that I will read regardless of negative reviews. I love boarding school books. The premise for this one piques my curiosity in a big way, and I need that curiosity to be sated. So read this I will! Thank you for your great review!

    1. RIGHT!? Who doesn't love boarding school books XD Thanks for stoppin by Jaime, MUCH <3!

  4. Alright, now I really got to go read this. Thanks for the awesome review! I love that you said its a good blend of being serious with comedy.


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