Book Review: The Academy by Emmaline Andrews

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: The Academy
Where things are not always as they seem…

My name is Kris Jameson and I’m a student at the Royal Academy. I’m at the top of all my classes, what they call a “model student.” There’s only one problem—the Academy is an all boys school and I’m a girl.

It started as a prank when I took my brother’s place. But things got complicated when I caught Broward, the school bully, in a compromising position. They got even worse when I was assigned my roommate—the handsome but enigmatic North who saved me several times from the bully’s attacks.

Now the consequences of my deception are coming back to haunt me. The penalty for fraud at this exclusive school is much worse than simple expulsion—I could lose a hand. Worse, so could my beloved brother.

With so much at stake, it’s imperative that I keep my secret safe. And the person I’m closest to, North, is the one I have to be most wary of.
The trouble is, I think I’m falling in love with him…

Review: THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ SO FAR! The Academy by Emmaline Andrews mixes traditional with dystopian and my word this book was an adventure to read! I love a good girl-disguised-as-a-guy-due-to-misogyny book and this one is at the top of that list!

The book starts with Kristina and her twin brother Kristopher, video calling their dad. Their father demands that Kristopher is to be sent to a high class, boys-only boarding school for elites to train to become the captain of a spaceship. Kristopher, who’s true passion is music, is defended by his sister, however, the father threatens her with marriage. Kristina is truly in love with aerospace navigation and she dreams of becoming the navigator of a ship. Kristina offered that her and Kristopher swap places, with him staying at home so he may follow his passion for music and with Kristina pursuing her dream of becoming a navigator.

When the book started I imagined that if Kris’ family was this strict, then so was everyone’s. However, Kristina lives in the highest of society where just stepping a tie out of line meant that you were shunned from society and this just made it that much more exciting!!

I love how the love interest developed, it seemed so realistic! The slow pace and, to be honest, the arguments made it very exciting. Although this book is more suited to the NA side of the spectrum as it does contain some scenes of violation, so just be aware. Although our knight in shining armour does save Kris from bullies everlasting times!

This story was a whirlwind of emotions and was engaging to say the least!! I would recommend this a million times over, it was amazing and deserves more than five stars!!

PS: if you have any recommendations for girl-disguised-as-a-guy-due-to-misogyny books please comment them!! Would love to have another book binge!

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