Book Review: “The Last Academy” by Anne Applegate

Book Review: “The Last Academy” by Anne ApplegateThe Last Academy by Anne Applegate
Published by Point on April 30th 2013
Pages: 320

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.

When it comes to books, I’m an instant sucker for pretty covers and/or mentions of an “academy”. Therefore, the decision to read The Last Academy, was pretty much inevitable. The minute I saw the blog tour sign-up – I applied. Although, The Last Academy didn’t end up making my all-time favorites list, the ending was nothing short of spectacular.

Okay, let’s break this one down…

Ballsy main character. There’s a lot of spooky incidents and sketchy people running about Lethe Academy. If I was at this academy and like Camden, begun witnessing the extra-creepy that goes down, I’d probably be permanently attached to the underside of my mattress. Even though she practically faints at the sight of her crush, Camden always managed to keep it together when it counted the most. When she felt like her friends were in danger, she fearlessly ran towards and stood-up to whatever or whomever was the cause.

Amazing supernatural twist. So I’m kind of spoiling the fact that there is a supernatural aspect… but I won’t divulge any exacts. I will say however, that the ending was totally mind-boggling!!! I’m pretty good at guessing the big reveal, but not when it came to The Last Academy. My theories were not even close! Major props to Applegate for adding some new spice to the YA mix. She proves that there is still new material out there to work with.

A dragging storyline. Like I said, there was a lot of spooky bits to The Last Academy. Being personally freaked out a time or two, I was constantly begging for the big reveal – or heck even a tiny one – while reading. The ending was outstanding, but the beginning and middle included nothing near-as stellar. This book could have easily been cut in half and still have been a decent story.

Instant love. Nuff’ said.

Overall, The Last Academy was an enjoyable couple hours. Sure, a lot of aspects frustrated me, but the ending left me with more positive than negative feelings which means I definitely look into future Applegate books.


3 thoughts on “Book Review: “The Last Academy” by Anne Applegate

  1. I have yet to figure out why so many authors feel the need for their characters to experience the "instant love" as you so put it. I'm not sure whether it's because they are working with a limited amount of pages or if they just feel like readers won't want to wait to find out, but I like the ones where they slowly build it up. Plus HELLO so much more realistic when the characters *gasp* don't fall in love the second they meet each other. This isn't Twilight! (despite my deep love still for that series LOL).
    Great review Lauren!
    Emily @

  2. I get that insta-love is SUPER easy to create (a least a billion time easier than steady genuine love), but it still drives me crazy when it's in books. It's such an unrealistic and lazy way of writing romance. I just got finished reading a book that was intense long and could've been cut to 1/3rd of its size and still have been a complete book (as complete as it could be I guess). I'm glad there were still some pros for the book!

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