Brassmere Academy for the Extraordinary is a school for orphans with strange and wonderful gifts. Twelve-year-old Plum has lived there forever, and each night, she ventures into her dreams alongside her three best friends, Vien, Gwendle, and Artem, to fight monsters and journey on dangerous quests. But one night, Plum gets a mysterious warning that she and her friends are no longer safe. And the next morning, Artem is nowhere to be found.
As Plum, Vien, and Gwendle search for their friend—in both the dreaming and waking worlds—they start to uncover alarming secrets about Brassmere and its intentions. Will they be able to find Artem before it’s too late, or will they be next to disappear?
Out July 3, 2018
Born in New Haven, CT, The United States
October 13, 1984
Genre: Young Adult
I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
This is not my first Lauren DeStefano book that I’ve read and reviewed over the years.
I am the biggest fan of Lauren’s and her writing of middle-grade, children’s books. This particular book is as good as it gets! Lauren came through once again.
If you love books about superheroes and great adventures tied together in a well plotted book, full of twists and turns to keep you interested and beautifully well-honed characters fully fleshed out and no where near perfect, then this book is for you.
The premise has a great hook, the setting is a school for gifted and strange children who can do amazing things. There’s monsters and quests, adventures filled with exciting details and questionable challenges. The characters all deserve their own book so we can see what their stories are about and the MC of this book is fully developed, grows and succeeds with her goals with the help of the secondary characters driving her forward and successfully toward a great conclusion and resolution of plot.
A school with secrets, ones needing discovery. <sigh> Sound like another school we all know and love? That’s about as far as it gets to being like Hogwarts although I can’t deny other similarities.
I loved this book and will look forward to Lauren’s next onnnnnnnnne!
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