Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Académie by Susanne Dunlap

Amazon / Goodreads

Blurb via Goodreads-
"Eliza Monroe-daughter of the future president of the United States-is devastated when her mother decides to send her to boarding school outside of Paris. But the young American teen is quickly reconciled to the idea when-ooh, la-la!-she discovers who her fellow pupils will be: Hortense de Beauharnais, daughter of Josephine Bonaparte; and Caroline Bonaparte, youngest sister of the famous French general. It doesn't take long for Eliza to figure out that the two French girls are mortal enemies-and that she's about to get caught in the middle of their schemes.

Loosely drawn from history, Eliza Monroe's imagined coming of age provides a scintillating glimpse into the lives, loves, and hopes of three young women during one of the most volatile periods in French history."

I have to say that if you love Historical Fiction, then you will love this book. Unfortunately, I am a Contemporary lover, I just can't ever seem to get into Historical. Knowing right away that this was Historical, I did decide to give it a try anyways. I had a really hard time connecting with the characters mainly because the POV changed a lot. Susanne Dunlap is a good writer, the descriptions were well written, however I just didn't get a "wow" feeling.  Her authors note at the end was a very good addition to the book and made me appreciate the time an effort Susanne Dunlap put into this book.

Overall, I rate The Académie 3.5 out of 5 stars-

Special Thanks to Bloomsbury Children's Books and Netgalley for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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