The Academie

The Academie
By Susanne Dunlap
Published by Bloomsbury
Published on February 28, 2012
Source: NetGalley

Summary taken from 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.

The Cover:  I was immediately drawn to how pretty this cover is.  I actually put it in a Waiting on Wednesday post months ago because I loved the cover so much.  I love that it is very.... coquettish.  I will leave it at that because I think that it the perfect word to describe it.

The Characters:  Bland.  I really struggled liking any of the characters (except perhaps Madeline at the end of the story).  I never really got to know any of the characters really well.  I learned more from the author's note in the back of the book about the characters than I did in the entire novel.  I didn't even realize until halfway through the book that I was reading about Eliza MONROE daughter of PRESIDENT MONROE.  I wish the author would have put her note in the beginning instead.  It would have put more context and setting to the book.

The Story:  I dislike writing negative reviews.  This book just wasn't for me.  I love historical fiction, but honestly nothing really happened in this book until the very end!  The relationships and emotions felt fake and I think that is for one simple reason.  This book is told from multiple points of view. Not only two- but three (maybe four, I can't remember).  This really hurt the book in my opinion.  I didn't enjoy this story, but Justin over at Justin's Book Blog did and I would love if you went over to his blog to read his review (to be fair to the author).

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