She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle.
It is a school everybody has to go to before they are let into Heaven.
On the boat she meets Mick who has been dead for more than a hundred years but still looks like a teenager. He helps her past the difficult beginning at the new school in a new world.
One day some of Meghan’s roommates find a mirror in the cellar of the school and they persuade her to go through it with them – well knowing it is strictly against the rules of the school. Meghan ends up back on earth where she meets Jason. But Jason is in danger and Meghan know something important. Something that is a matter of life and death. Soon she is forced to choose between the two worlds. The one she belongs to now and the one she left.
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Q: Writing about spirits versus just Angels is really unique, where did you get the concept for The Academy? Do you believe in the concepts you presented in the book? Who do you think your book/series most appeals to?
I do believe in heaven and a life after death, but I normally never try and imagine what it is like, cause I really do not think we can imagine it fully. My book is just a good story.
Q: With The Academy it seems we get two delicious boys… Mick and Jason. Personally, I’m a Jason girl 🙂 but, I’ve seen another who is shall we say Team Mick. Did you intend for the story to be a love triangle?
Q: How about some fun questions! 🙂 Tea or Coffee? Zombies or Unicorns? Favorite TV Show? Do you like writing in silence or with music or maybe something else?
Unicorns! Everyone loves unicorns. I always try to put one in my books. It will show up later in the series.
We start with Meghan, who finds her self on a flying boat and realizes that she is dead. She doesn’t remember how she died, and she’s not supposed to, though she some how feels like something is off. She comes to quickly realize that she is Ru’ach or a spirit and must attend The Academy, which is a school for spirits when they die. There she learns new things she could have never imagined and even finds comfort in the adorable cook, Mick. As times moves on, Meghan and her friends discover a way to go to earth, and there she meets Jason. She ends up getting to know and like Jason and when she discovers a terrible truth she must make a decision, and each decision has consequences.
The Academy has a lot to offer, with its unique concept, a strong lead, a group of enjoyable friends, two cute guys, and huge moral about fate, you cannot help but enjoy it. In so many YA books, you see talk of Angels but what you don’t see is the story revolve around spirits. Of course, Angels are in the story but they are in the background and I really liked this detail. I thought it made the story very unique.
Meghan is a lead character I enjoyed reading about. I loved watching her figure out the afterlife. I loved watching her getting to know Mick and especially Jason. Her character shows you that there is always consequences to any decision and that you cannot have light without dark. Now, with the two boys… I’m a Jason girl! Don’t get me wrong, Mick is sweet and caring but there’s just something about Jason with his sand-color hair, sweet personality, and the troubles that he faces that just made me love him. I’m totally rooting for Jason… especially after that ending!
Overall The Academy is a quick, fun read that I think many YA readers will enjoy. It seemed to me it was suited for the younger side of YA, but it was still very enjoyable and I’m curious to see where she takes the rest of the series. 🙂
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