Saturday, January 5, 2013

Review: The Academy by Emmaline Andrews

Hi all!

I quite enjoyed this familiar but unique YA story.




Title: The Academy
Release date: 2nd August of 2012
Published by: Evangeline Anderson Books
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: YA, Sci-fi
Pages: 244 pages in e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

The Academy
Where things are not always as they seem…

My name is Kris Jameson and I’m a student at the Royal Academy. I’m at the top of all my classes, what they call a “model student.” There’s only one problem—the Academy is an all boys school and I’m a girl.

It started as a prank when I took my brother’s place. But things got complicated when I caught Broward, the school bully, in a compromising position. They got even worse when I was assigned my roommate—the handsome but enigmatic North who saved me several times from the bully’s attacks.

Now the consequences of my deception are coming back to haunt me. The penalty for fraud at this exclusive school is much worse than simple expulsion—I could lose a hand. Worse, so could my beloved brother.

With so much at stake, it’s imperative that I keep my secret safe. And the person I’m closest to, North, is the one I have to be most wary of.
The trouble is, I think I’m falling in love with him…

Review:

For some reasons I like stories with the heroine dressing as a boy and winning the heart of the hero in disguise as a male before the secret is lifted. Especially if it’s a manly man questioning his sexuality. I just find it cute, I don’t know why. The problem, however, with these stories is that they usually follow the same pattern and are quite predictable and while the same to an extent can be said for this book, I didn’t or have time to care in the least because of how fleshed out, likable yet realistic the characters were created, not to mention the unique setting of the story was something impressive. Such a storyline could also produce a lot of angst, but luckily, there was no excess of it here, in just the right dosage angst can be really enjoyable – as in this book.

Really, this was a charming story. Some aspects were more mature than your average YA, besides, I don’t recall many YA with sci-fi elements. Sexuality was a big topic in various different forms between different (well…male) characters (violent, comforting, love, teenage lust, ...), more so than in most such books, for example, the sexual identity struggle that North experienced was a lot more emotional, realistic and you could feel his hesitation, confusion and inner battle to come to terms with his feelings for his roommate. It didn’t seem like too cliché and I really liked the outcome and journey to him being clear on what he is and what he wants – all this without any parts in his point of view. There was nothing overly explicit but the atmosphere had a lot of spark and kink, if exactly THAT is your thing.

My only complaint is that at times some actions/resolutions/problems were overly convenient/slightly unbelievable/too easily solved, but I can overlook these as they are compensated with all positive in this book. Also, while slightly predictable, but at the same time not at all, in the way it unraveled, I absolutely adored the ending.

Characters:

Kris was a great heroine, someone I truly liked and could admire. While her idea and attempt to attend and not get caught in the academy, if I think logically, is beyond ridiculous, she was brave, determined and with an actual backbone enough to go trough with such a whacko plan. I liked that she was still feminine and adorable in disguise and didn’t attempt at being a total butch. She was sweet, smarter than most and talented

North was more fleshed out than many YA heroes, despite him not being present all the time and in the center of action constantly. I really liked him for his realness, as much as there was showcased. He was manly and tough yet soft and sensitive, especially after he opened himself up emotionally and showed a different side of him than the one he carries at school. Like Kris, a very likable hero. I also have to mention that I loved the way his home planet was described, created and how North acted there, it left me sunny and happy inside.

There were some other sympathetic and intriguing characters in this book as well. Hinks, hmmm, he makes me kind of iffy but then again he was like a fairy godmother of sorts (emphasis on the fairy part). I also liked Wilkenson despite his vague intentions and interests. Broward was utter jerk and more.

Overall:

Again, another surprisingly enjoyable and fluffy read I discovered in Kindle store totally by accident. Emotional, romantic and cute. I recommend! P.S I think the cover is quite spot-on and FINNALY a standalone book!



4 stars!

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3 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really good book I hadn't heard of it yet!

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  2. Neither had I, but there seeme to be many hidden gems in Kindlestore. I hope to find all of them! :)
    Thanks for the feedback, I really recommend this if such a plot is your thing!

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  3. Do you know of any other books like this? I've already read Babe in Boyland

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