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The Last Academy

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The Last Academy

Camden Fisher does not know why she is being sent to boarding school. She was never one of those kids that had trouble at school, who needed a different environment. Yet here she is, standing on the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy. At first, Camden’s life seems hopeless; her roommate hates her, her former best friend still haunts her and Barnaby Charon, the creepy board member at Lethe Academy, seems to be watching her.

"Anne Applegate gives her novel hints of foreboding as well as a creepy, paranormal aspect as well. I could not get enough of her writing, and I do not think you will be able to either."

That's not all. One night, Camden’s friend Jessie goes missing, yet none of the teachers are concerned. With the help of Nora, Camden’s friend, and Brynn, one of the most popular girls at school, Camden begins slowly piecing together the story of her friend’s disappearance. One fact the girls are sure of? Barnaby Charon had something to do with Jessie’s disappearance. Just when the girls begin to think they have it all figured out, something changes everything they thought. Soon, Camden is alone in uncovering the truth about what happened to Jessie, and what happened to her as well.

THE LAST ACADEMY by Anne Applegate is full of surprises. First, there is Camden. At the beginning, there seems to be nothing special about this character. Through the events at Lethe Academy, however, we discover that not only is Camden brave and smart but that she is also extremely loyal. Of course, the characters are not the only elements of this story with surprises. The plot itself is so intricately woven that you will not have a clue what really happened to everyone at Lethe Academy until the final page.

What readers will really enjoy about THE LAST ACADEMY is the tone of the story. Anne Applegate gives her novel hints of foreboding as well as a creepy, paranormal aspect as well. I could not get enough of her writing, and I do not think you will be able to either. Overall, THE LAST ACADEMY is a thrilling, mysterious novel. The characters stun you with their hidden qualities, but the plot still holds the biggest surprise of them all.

Reviewed by Kate F. on June 10, 2013

The Last Academy
by Anne Applegate

  • Publication Date: April 30, 2013
  • Genres: Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Point
  • ISBN-10: 0545502047
  • ISBN-13: 9780545502047