Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Review: The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin
I don't know how to describe this book. I will try. It isn't very long, and it was easy to read, which I loved, and it was just amazing. Took me some time to finally start it, but once I did I could not stop reading at all. I just had to know what happened next. Another thing I loved about this book is the few drawings inside. I love those a whole lot. They are a bit weird, but perfect :) Wish there had been even more of them, though ;p
The book is told from the point of view of eleven year old Lorelei. Whom I adored. She was pretty amazing. I felt so sorry for her. Which sucked, but was also amazing. She doesn't have it good. She lives with her dad and brother Bryan, and her new stepmom, Molly. I didn't really like her father much. But he wasn't all bad. I'm unsure about Bryan, cause he kind of sucked most of the time, but I do think he might have been an awesome brother. But Molly. I hated Molly. And I kind of want a sequel just to know how things end with her. She was just evil. I really hated how she treated Lorelei.
But anyway. I loved Lorelei. She's kind and loving and strong. But broken too, because of what happened to her mom a year ago. She died. And Lorelei blames herself. Which was awful, but so perfect, because it made a whole lot of sense, and it just made her such a better character. Then there is Andrew. He is really fat, as she says. And oh. I just adored him so. He's kind of the only smart one. And he's just really special. He's different. And oh so kind. I loved him. He just deserves all the best. He really does.
I won't say that much about the plot. Since it is a short book, and also because you can almost read all about it in the summary; but not really, because so many amazing and awful things happened that I had no idea about. But yeah. It's about this school. The Splendid Academy. And the teachers there. Three different women. I hated them all. But oh. At first they seem so sweet, and it was a bit heartbreaking. But also amazing, because this book is all kinds of interesting and a bit mysterious. I loved it all.
This book is also about witches. Sort of. It was pretty amazing, and I loved reading about it all. I'm giving it a four star because while I loved it a lot, I had some trouble with the writing, and a few things about the story I wished had been better. But for the most part I loved it all. Lorelei's heartbreak. Andrew's pain. Their friendship. Yeah. This book has it all. And I just loved reading about everything. Even the evil things that happened at the school.. Shudders. Some things were just heartbreaking.
There is a lot of characters in this book. Many I loved. But even more that I hated. I really disliked Lorelei's friend, Allison. I didn't like her at all. She was just cruel and mean and a bit selfish too. But I did love reading about Vasalisa. Even though her story broke my heart. This book was just so amazing, and you really should read it, because I loved it, and I think you will too. I even enjoyed reading about all the food. Was a tiny bit disgusting, though ;p But I loved it. And the bones.. Ah. Creepy and amazing.
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Thanks for the review, Carina. I remember when this book came out thinking I wanted to read it. Thanks for reminding me to try to get to it. It sounds like great, quick read.ReplyDelete
Sometimes a quick and easy read is all I'm after. :) It sounds like Lorelei is a really lovely character, too! I think my biggest issue with MG books is nearly always wanting more romance, so I can understand your comment there. ;) Great review as always, Carina!ReplyDelete
:D lol, yes, that is my one problem with middle grade (A) I want so much romance. Sigh. But oh. Middle grade books are amazing :)Delete
I also like to read MG books! :) I don't mind the lack of romance, because now, the plot doesn't get overwhelmed by a stupid love-triangle. You had me with the "based on a fairytale" because I love those as you might know now. I also love books about witches and Lorelei & Andrew sound great!ReplyDelete
I have had this book on my TBR list for AGES! I have been in love with the cover since I first saw it. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I am so happy to hear that you loved it so much. Yeah! :)ReplyDelete