Thursday, April 30, 2009
Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
The release date for this Puffin title is May 14, 2009, so not too long to wait.
With a past too terrible to speak of, and a bleak, lonely future ahead of her, Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin—son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance— consistently outtalks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at sparring. They are at the top of their class until Dane jeopardizes everything and Aerin is unintentionally dragged down with him. When the pair is given a joint punishment, an unexpected friendship—and romance—begins to form. But Dane and Aerin both harbor dangerous secrets, and the two are linked in ways neither of them could ever have imagined. . . .
I was sooo glad when this book showed up in my mailbox. I'd heard about it awhile ago and it sounded wonderful. It was!! From the minute you first meet Aerin, you can tell that hers is a damaged soul. You can tell from the feel of the writing that she's already been through so much and you immediately want her to succeed and find some happiness. The same goes for Dane. You can tell that his bravado is just covering up a world of hurt and it's so heartbreaking. These two characters are incredibly believable and captivating.
From page one, Academy 7 is just a fantastic read. Osterlund's writing is beautiful. Her descriptions of Dane's home planet, Chivalry, are just breathtaking. As is all of her writing. This is a quick read, but reading it quickly doesn't really do it justice. It will definitely be put immediately into my re-read pile so that I can experience it all over again.
I don't know if she's planning on writing a sequel to this book, but I really hope she does. There just seems like there are so many other stories haunting the halls of Academy 7, plus I want to hear more about Aerin and Dane. I really can't recommend this book highly enough. It has everything, romance, sci-fi, action, and suspense. What more can you ask for?
Thank you so much Anne for sharing your book with me. I can't wait to read your next one!