Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Last Academy by Anne Applegate Review

"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 is another ghost story with mixes of Greek mythology and high school drama. (And ghost stories, Greek Mythology, and high school drama should never ever ever mix together ever again unless it's written by Riordan.) There's a lot of references to places in the Greek mythology. (Whoops, spoiler). For example, Lethe is obviously referring to the river Lethe in the Underworld. And what else? Eh, disappearing girls, well that seems to be new. And an academy instead of the Percy Jackson waiting room in The Lightning Thief? Wow, this has to be the first. 

Yeah, you probably don't understand half of what I'm saying. And I don't expect you too, unless you already read The Last Academy. (Spoiler, without spoiling. That's interesting.) 

The Last Academy is exciting although I hate the middle and end parts of The Last Academy. There are parts where I want to scream "Damn it CAMDEN FISHER!!! You are such a lousy idiot of this world and I don't care which world are I am talking about." (Yeah, I'm in a pretty bad mood today. I don't plan to be this hilarious, usually.) 

The plot is incredibly slow like slower than a freaking turtle. And that's pretty slow. I notice that YA books tend to be quick and fast, but not too fast or else the readers will tend to get bored quickly enough (and maybe even get lost), but The Last Academy is... I don't even want to go any further. Then there's the writing. The writing is so much better than the plot. I love the web Anne Applegate created in the beginning because it truly is addicting and fun. There's a lot of sympathy for the main character before The Last Academy starts to go...

Wacko. That's the ending too. That's all I'm going to say for now. 

Now onto Camden Fisher. She's a damn idiot. Sometimes I just want to her to smack herself in the head and die. (Oh wait, she's already...) 

Rating: Two out of Five

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