Early Review – The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin

July 11, 2012 Bonnie Book Reviews, Early Review, Middle Grade, Read in 2012 1 Comment

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki LoftinThe Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin
Published by Razorbill on August 21, 2012
Pages: 305
Genres: Fairy-Tales/Retellings, Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars

When Lorelei's old school mysteriously burns down, a new one appears practically overnight: Splendid Academy. Rock-climbing walls on the playground and golden bowls of candy on every desk? Gourmet meals in the cafeteria, served by waiters? Optional homework and two recess periods a day? It's every kids's dream.

But Lorelei and her new friend Andrew are pretty sure it's too good to be true. Together they uncover a sinister mystery, one with their teacher, the beautiful Ms. Morrigan, at the very center.

Then Andrew disappears. Lorelei has to save him, even if that means facing a past she'd like to forget – and taking on a teacher who's a real witch.

What Lorelei and Andrew discover chills their bones – and might even pick them clean!

Tagged as ‘Coraline’ meets ‘Hansel and Gretel’ but this also reminded me a lot of ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl (in a good way!)

As of late, Middle-Grade books seem to be popping up everywhere but there have been some amazingly good ones that I never would have thought I’d be able to enjoy. This is one those stories that is perfectly suited for the younger crowd but are still a fun adventure for adults as well. Highly recommended!

This debut novel was extremely well-written and will keep any reader entranced till the end. Not just an entertaining read, this comes equipped with a deep message that I feel will be easily understood by younger readers.

In addition to the near-perfect cover, there were several pictures throughout the story that I loved. The artist to the cover  is Alexander Jansson. I would highly recommend you check out his website and view some of his other works – they’re amazing!

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