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Apr 02, Stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult , mystery-thriller , arc-galley. This review and others are posted at Read, Rinse, Repeat. Like many other bloggers, I take notes while reading to aid in the writing of my reviews. The synopsis describes a thriller plot, but what I was actually reading was more of the mundane This review and others are posted at Read, Rinse, Repeat. The synopsis describes a thriller plot, but what I was actually reading was more of the mundane aspects of boarding school life: an obnoxious roommate, teenage crushes, and late-night pranks.
Yes, the thriller parts were there, but they confused me more than frightened me. Most notably, I wondered how a sinister and seemingly dangerous man was allowed to torment Camden. All of my notes went out the window. A nice twist, but then I remembered the Goodreads synopsis. It's right there! WHY, Scholastic? That one sentence is going to spoil the book for many readers. Fortunately, I read the intriguing synopsis some time prior to requesting the book from NetGalley, so I had pretty much forgotten about it by the time I began to read the book.
I'm afraid this won't be the case for many people. Note - Even though the GR synopsis contains the spoiler, I'm going to dance around it in the next paragraph. But if you glossed over the synopsis like I did, I may highlight something that didn't really stand out to you, so proceed with caution.
I'm going to include a suggestion to Scholastic in my NG feedback, so hopefully they will delete the spoiler. Incidentally, the Amazon synopsis does not include the spoiler. It is impossible not to compare this book to the film to which The Last Academy synopsis compares itself.
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In that case, the twist worked magnificently. In The Last Academy, the twist was not as successful. While there were no major plot holes, I had to plod through a great majority of the book to get to this point.
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This makes me wonder if the twist was even necessary; perhaps I would have liked the book more if I knew from the beginning where it was headed, and it could have explored these points in more length and depth. There were some interesting insights and moving moments, but it's unfortunate that they came too little and too late. View all 4 comments. I don't think I've had much look with Point books yet. But, okay, let's get on with this. At first glance, "The Last Academy" and its blurb sucked me in. Boarding schools? Middle school protags?
Okay, cool. Weird stuff happening? Yes please. But the blurb is probably the best part of this book, which is the saddest part of all. Where to start? Even at the ARC point of things, this book really needed at least two more drafts to I don't think I've had much look with Point books yet. Even at the ARC point of things, this book really needed at least two more drafts to get really readable.
Usually if there's even just one other technical area that's somewhat stronger, I can let the dialogue slide just a bit. But here, it just stuck out more - from the first sentence, which should ideally hook the audience, it was awkward and stilted, and just felt like the author was trying to write what a young teenager would say.
The Last Academy by Anne Applegate
Second: the MC. She's said to be 14, but she sounds at most like a very young The character building for all of the characters up until I DNFd this was nearly non-existent, and they all felt so very 1D it nearly physically hurt. Also, we have her boyfriend talking down to her, and the author actual dumbs down the MC for the audience - which really just broke the camel's back for me since everything else non-existent sensory language, shoddy worldbuilding just wasn't there. One of my huge pet peeves within writing is dumbing down characters or ideas for the audience to digest.
Seriously, guys, even kids aren't as simple as you think they are.
There's also writing down to the audience, which occurs here. While I did like the idea of this plot of vague supernatural mystery, it needed to start getting clearer the further we went through the book. It didn't. It stayed vague, and thus, really didn't develop, or help the characters develop in every way. So, as I said before - needed at least two more drafts before getting to the ARC point of things because this felt more like first draft material. So disappointing, and I had high hopes for this one.
But that's just how I feel about it. Hopefully it'll work better for you than it did for me. May 06, Donna rated it it was amazing Shelves: challenge , maytbr.
I read TONS of books every year and one of the things I love is when an author doesn't make things too obvious. Now don't get me wrong, it still has to make sense and there has to be clues and facts that lead to the ending. I love the characters. They all have their own issues and back stories. Camden becomes part of pretty awesome circle of friends.
They bend over backwards to help each other and to understand what is happening at their new school. I was literally I read TONS of books every year and one of the things I love is when an author doesn't make things too obvious. I was literally almost done with the book and I couldn't figure out what was going on. The ending literally blew me away. The facts and hints were all there but I just never connected them. In fact, I saw one of the clues and thought "Hey that's an interesting coincidence".
It wasn't a coincidence at all and I still didn't connect it. Well done, Miss Applegate! You have won yourself a new fan. Dec 15, Maddison Dru marked it as to-read Shelves: ya , supernatural-general. Honestly, it's because of the cover. View 2 comments.
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Mar 01, Jen rated it it was ok. Honestly, I just don't even know. The only way that I can describe this book, is weird. Like, I can't even describe.