20 October 2011

Review: The Academy by T.P. Boje

Posted by Meghan @ Books and a Cup of Tea at 1:56 AM

The Academy
  Title: The Academy                   Pages: 264
  Author: T.P. Boje                      Source: Author
  Publisher: CreateSpace            Published: Oct 10, 2011
  Series: Afterlife #1                    Purchase: Amazon
  Rating: 4 out of 5
Have you ever wondered where you go when you die? Meghan is 16 when it happens to her. She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle. On the boat she meets Mick who has been dead for more than a hundred years but still looks like he is a teenager. He helps her through the difficult beginning at the new school in a new world filled with heavenly magic.

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 knows something important.

Soon she is forced to choose between the two worlds. The one she belongs to now, and the one she left.
The Academy had a premise that jumped out at me, one I had not heard of before, which is a great thing with so many similar plots out there.

The characters of The Academy could have been developed a bit more. I didn't feel like I knew the characters as well as some other novels and I wished that their appearances and personalities were described more. However, I'm hoping that book two will shed more light on them.

I also would like to have known how Meghan died and more about her life as a human. It seemed like everyone else had their stories, yet Meghan's was a mystery. Luckily, there were some clues and it seems like that's something that's going to be revealed as the series goes on.

The plot was incredibly unique and I enjoyed learning about the Afterlife world. T.P. Boje did a wonderful job carving out the beginning of the world, as well as the lore that came with it. The plot was pretty straight-forward, but there were a couple twists I did not expect. Also, some of the themes that were presented in the plot surprised me, as they were a lot darker than I expected when talking about some of the students' deaths, but welcome nonetheless. I felt this added a lot of reality to the characters, instead of everyone dying a natural, peaceful death.

The writing wasn't the best for my personal taste. The dialogue just seemed to be a bit old-fashioned. At times it was awkward and almost forced. This is another thing I see getting better with time, though, and something I grew pretty used to. Despite some of the writing, I actually found myself laughing out loud at the more humorous moments.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Academy and tried to go in with no expectations, because I had never heard of this book, therefore I hadn't heard any positive or negative things about it. I wasn't disappointed and will definitely be checking out book two. I recommend this to fans of the paranormal genre and ghosts/spirits.

Cover thoughts: I like this cover, and how the hands are trying to touch. This is a major problem for new students at the Academy, to grab and hold onto solid objects. This is something they learn, though, and I think it greatly symbolizes the story.

I give The Academy a 4 out of 5.


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Samual @ Books For All Seasons on October 20, 2011 at 5:39 PM said...

The book sounds great! Although the cover I can't tell whether or not it is a fantasy or mystery novel. Thank you for the honest review, Meghan. I'm glad I'm able to make comments on your blog!

Best wishes,


Alexa on October 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM said...

This sounds like it would make for an interesting read. I hadn't heard of it before checking out your blog, but now I'm intrigued! Thanks for the review :)

Rasberryswrlgirl on October 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM said...

Thanks for sharing this book - it sounds really interesting and different than everything else out right now.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway. I think I would love to read Darker Still - thanks for suggesting it. The Name of the Star and Daughter of Smoke and Bone are also on my list to read - excellent choices.

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