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Review: ‘The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant’ by Joanna Wiebe

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

Review: ‘The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant’ by Joanna WiebeThe Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe
Series: The V Trilogy #1
Published by BenBella Books on January 14th, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: requested from publisher
two-stars
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.

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review

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I heard from a couple of people that this was a scary read, but after finishing it, I’m glad to report, it wasn’t. The first thing I want to say about this was that it starts off like cliche high school movie. The main character is completely annoying and every time she would say something judgmental, I felt like throwing the book at the wall. Though the main character was irritating to me, that was just my personal preference. Main character was unlikable for me..I thought it was pretty upsetting that we had a character who had potential, but hopefully she changes for the better.

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The beginning of this book is somewhat like Mean Girls and Gossip Girl (on steroids) rolled into one and nothing about the mystery of the school she has gotten herself into. But it finally picks up around the middle and the end, (though I had to wait long for it) and it was a rather convoluted mystery that had me picking my brain time and time again. And at one point I stopped caring because I got distracted by another book sighs The pacing was slow in the beginning and it better in the end. Though it finally reached a point where I just didn’t care what was happening to Anne Merchant and it was a bit predictable to what was going on, I had so much trouble connecting with her. One other nagging point in the story was there was a dark and deadly demon that resembled a poodle. I just couldn’t picture a poodle being deadly..Dogs are love IMO.

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And I had to devote an entire paragraph to the romance. This is instant love at its finest. If I remember correctly, she fell in love with our main protagonist within a two week time frame? Seriously? I would have loved this when I was younger, would have gobbled it up and hugged and told everyone to read it..BUT, I’m older, wiser (in the love department) and know that it’s not very realistic. Definitely more for romance fans!

Overall, I’m still interested in this series, and would like to know more about it. I would give this a chance, but if you’re looking for a more straight forward mystery, don’t look for it in this one.


quotes

No one knows anything about you, which means you can rewrite your history. (2)
Nothing can prepare you for the suddenness of a constant source of love and support vanishing so quickly. And so permanently. (5)
Rich guys are always bored so quickly. That’s what happens when you’ve had everything handed to you and have perfectly easy access to more of it at any time. (22)
Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. (53)
You should want to look beyond the surface. Find the greater truth. Look at all the layers and reject them, one by one. (163)
Most people would give anything for one more day with someone they love. (230)
There’s nothing wrong with safe. Safe’s good. If you want your boyfriend to be there for you, you choose a safe guy to be your boyfriend. Or am I going to be one of those dimwit girls who falls for the risky, elusive, unattainable guy in the hopes that she’ll be able to change him? (238)
What’s wrong is never getting the chance to tell someone you love how deeply you love them. What’s wrong is having someone you were born to protect ripped from your life. (274)
If I’m not smart, I’ll be dead before I know it. (293)

rating

2/5

two-stars

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