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REVIEW! A Tale of Two Proms by Cara Lockwood.

Jan
07

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A Tale of Two Proms by Cara Lockwood

It was the best of prom, it was the worst of prom.

Miranda Tate returns for her senior year at Bard Academy and she is counting on two things: Prom with her boyfriend, Heathcliff, and then graduation from the haunted boarding school where fictional characters come to life. Fate, however, has other plans.

When Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff’s long-lost love, appears on campus, suddenly everything she thought she knew about Heathcliff is changed forever. Catherine seems determined to win Heathcliff back, even if that means destroying Bard Academy and banishing its ghostly teachers – for good.

Miranda and her friends face their most daunting challenge, yet, which will take them for the first time inside the classics that have powered their mysterious boarding school. It’s up to them to save Bard Academy – and prom. Can Miranda change her destiny and Heathcliff’s? Or is this one story that was written in the stars?

MY THOUGHTS:

Upon starting this series ages ago, I was hooked. The idea of the worlds of classic literature mixing with the present reeled me in. And at first, it was entertaining. Now, in A Tale of Two Proms, it’s simply redundant.

Aside from the worlds playing switcheroo and allowing the characters to travel into the classics, not much differs in the plot. Miranda, her friends and the school are still in danger, and she’s still trying to be together with Heathcliff. But as a reader, I just wasn’t convinced of the insecurity – or rather, the need of it . How much more could the poor boy do to prove his love? It felt straining even to me. The aforementioned danger is rather predictable (if you’ve read the previous books in the series); it’s new, but not new. New in the sense that it involves different classics and enemies, yet not new in that they’re all still after the same thing/ending. The drama is certainly at the forefront of A Tale of Two Proms, and not the story or character development. If you’re hoping for more from Miranda and the gang, you won’t find it in here.

And maybe it’s just me, but this time around I feel the writing itself is a bit lacking. Sentences don’t flow smoothly and the narration is highly repetitive. Most times I wanted Miranda to stop thinking and get a move on with the story. Then again, it didn’t help that I could predict the upcoming events.

What kept me holding on to the story was wanting to know its resolution.  I’d followed the series this far. I wanted to know how it ends.

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REVIEW! Wuthering High: A Bard Academy Novel.

Sep
12

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Wuthering High: A Bard Academy Novel
Cara Lockwood

FROM THE COVER:

Welcome to Bard Academy, where a group of supposedly troubled teens are about to get scared straight.

When Miranda, a slightly spoiled but spirited fifteen-year-old from Chicago, smashes up her father’s car and goes to town with her stepmother’s credit cards, she’s shipped off to Bard Academy, a boarding school where she’s supposed to learn to behave. Gothic and boring and strict, it’s everything you’d expect of a reform school. But all is not what it seems at Bard…

For starters, Miranda’s having horrific nightmares and the nearby woods are eerily impossible to navigate. The students’ lives also start to mirror the classics they’re reading – tragic novels like Dracula, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre. So Miranda begins to suspect that Bard is haunted – by famous writers who took their own lives – and she senses that not all of them are happy. Complicating things even more is the fact that Ryan Kent – a cute, smart, funny basketball player who went to Miranda’s old high school – landed himself in Bard, too. And the attention he’s showing Miranda is making some of the other girls white as ghosts. Something ghoulish is definitely brewing at Bard, and Miranda seems to be at the center of ominous events, but whether it’s typical high school b.s. or otherworldly danger remains to be seen.


My rating: 4 stars.

MY THOUGHTS:

I love that this book (and the rest of the series) includes references to classic literature; it gives Lockwood’s story an edge that the plot needs. The interaction between the character classics and the implementation of them works well with the modern aspects. They meld into the story, rather than appear awkwardly separate.

Miranda’s a spunky, relatable character. Her voice is real, both in dialogue and narration. Some of the other characters are bit one-dimensional, weak and stereotypical, but Lockwood tweaks them here and there to keep them just interesting enough. And surprisingly enough, the relationships formed are neither shallow nor happen quickly; they have reason behind them, and thought.

Wuthering High is good in that it’s different from other teen mysteries. It has the right level of depth and suspense, without weighing down the story’s teen appeal.

EXTRA: The sequels are The Scarlet Letterman and Moby Clique. Both are just as good as the first.

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On a quick side note, I’d like to thank Jessi, from The Elliott Review, for passing along the One Lovely Blog Award to me! You can check out my original post about the award here.

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