Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund (May 15th 2009—Puffin)
Grade: 4.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “With a past too terrible to speak of, and a bleak, lonely future ahead of her, Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin—son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance—consistently out talks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at sparring. They are at the top of their class until Dane jeopardizes everything and Aerin is unintentionally dragged down with him. When the pair is given a joint punishment, an unexpected friendship—and romance—begins to form. But Dane and Aerin both harbor dangerous secrets, and the two are linked in ways neither of them could ever have imagined…
Review: Am delighted. Very delighted actually. My previous experience with Ms. Osterlund’s book, Aurelia left me a bit unsettled so I really wanted to try another work by her to just test the water. And I was ecstatic that this book lived up to my expectations.
So I actually am quite stumped on the actual review here. The author intertwines the plots together soundlessly. From Aerin’s father and mother, to the principal’s interest in her, and the connection to Dane. And…and…this sucks. It truly does. Why is it that I cannot type magic right now!? Breathe in and out.
So Ms. Osterlund created a wondrous world where I am still awed at the sheer beauty. Portrayed beautifully, described in lush details, and scenes drool worthy.
The action was great, the humor was there at points, and the romance subtle at first and growing at a nice pace. The characterization for Aerin and Dane were definitely there. They grew and depth, giving reasons for their behaviors and backgrounds.
So Academy 7 was good. Fun. Interesting.
Okay this tops or at least ranks at the top of the worst reviews I have ever done. Forgive me all…-hangs head in shame-
Overall: Definitely read this book if you either liked or disliked Anne’s first book. This one will make you smile as it did to me.
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