January 21, 2014

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

Title: The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant
Author: Joanna Wiebe
Publisher: BenBella Books
Genre: YA, Mystery, Paranormal
Release Date: Jan 14th 2014
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.

One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in… and why.

As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.
Oh. My. God! This book was totally amazingly awesome! I will admit, at first, it really mad me irritated how everyone was acting and treating Anne. I was so mad that I found myself yelling at the book at times! But it was so phenomenal that it had me second guessing everything. Usually I can figure out where a book is going and what is going to happen, especially with mysteries, but this one had such an awesome plot twist that it totally threw me off!

I really enjoyed Anne's character. She was always trying to figure things out but still couldn't see what was right in front of her. She was kind of irritating at times, especially with the more obvious situations, but she was a very strong individual and never gave up on anything.

Ben was a mystery. Hot one minute, cold the next. He seemed like he was hiding something every time you turn around. Always cryptic. I think that is what drew me to him, I am a fan of the mysterious ones, I enjoy trying to figure them out.

Pilot was charming. He was so charming that you knew that there was something off about him. He was also very secretive, but enjoyed living life. He really opened up Anne. I think in a way he was good for her.

The story, as mentioned above, was a total shocker. When you first start reading this and you see how the people treat Anne, you would start to think that she was a pariah. But as the story unfolds into more mysteries, you start to change your point of view on things and start thinking something totally different. This one will keep you on your toes. And with the cliff-hanger ending, you will be screaming for more!


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