Monday, May 6, 2013

Blog Tour: The Last Academy Excerpt and Giveaway

Today we have the pleasure of hosting the Blog Tour for The Last Academy by Anne Applegate.  Be sure to check out the blurb and excerpt!  Plus, don't forget to enter the giveaway to win a finished copy of The Last Academy at the bottom of this post!

What is this prep school preparing them for?

Camden Fisher arrives at boarding school haunted by a falling-out with her best friend back home. But the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy are like nothing Cam has ever known. There are gorgeous, preppy boys wielding tennis rackets, and circles of girls with secrets to spare. Only . . . something is not quite right. One of Cam's new friends mysteriously disappears, but the teachers don't seem too concerned. Cam wakes up to strangers in her room, who then melt into the night. She is suddenly plagued by odd memories, and senses there might be something dark and terrible brewing. But what? The answer will leave Cam—and readers—stunned and breathless, in this thrilling debut novel.

That night I dreamed I was swimming in an inky ocean under a sky full of stars.  Flashing red and white lights reflected on the waves.  Sirens droned in the distance, but I felt peaceful.  The perfect night for an end-of-summer pool party, I thought.
Then I was back at the chapel with Rachel.  Candlelight flickered through the stained glass and made Rachel look like she was on fire, her skin melting.  She yelled, 'Run!' and laughed at me as her hair began to smolder.  She became a young man with emerald eyes and mocha skin.  Jessie's brother grinned at me and rattled the chapel wall, the muscles in his forearms standing out with the effort.  Stop it!  I tried to say.  Inside the chapel, someone screamed.  I was screaming.
And then I was awake and falling out of bed.  Landing knocked the wind out of me.  On the floor, wrapped up in my bedsheets like a freshly caught fish in a net, I tried to catch my breath.  The sun shone through the crack of the curtains of our room, too bright.  Confused, I glanced at Taara's bed, but it was mae and she was gone.
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