Title: The Academy
Author: Emmaline Andrews
Publisher: Evangeline Anderson Books
Cover Opinion: I love how you can't tell whether Kris is a girl or a boy, which makes the likelihood a of this a tad more believable.
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…
Kris(tina) – Growing up in a society where girls are no more than delicate creatures is tough, it’s even tougher when you know how things could’ve been and had been in the past on the Earth-that-was. Kristina hates how she is unable to learn and go to school like her brother. She wants to become a navigator on a ship but being a girl means she’s stuck at home. Kristina says what she thinks and doesn’t back down, which gets her in a hot spot or two.
Kris(topher) – Navigating is really not Kristopher’s passion, he wants to become a musician, but how can he if he’s busy at school? Having Kristina take his place is a great idea as long as no one gets hurt. In comparison to his sister Kristopher seems quite shy and sensitive. He’s not as confident as Kristina so when it comes to decision making he is easily persuaded and overpowered by her.
North (Hot guy with a PAST) – Having had to repeat a year of school, North is in Kristina’s year. Or Kris’ year he thought. I wasn’t a fan of North at the start as he seems like the kind of person who is constantly angry and gets irritated quickly, but by the end of the book I too was in love with him! Understanding his past (when he does actually finally let it all out) is a great leap towards understanding his behaviour and from there on it’s just a step to falling in love with him.
The Academy is set in the future in space yet it does contain some old fashioned ideas. Kristina and Kristopher are twins, so when Kristopher decides that he doesn’t want to go to boarding school Kristina takes his place and becomes ‘Kris’. Easy right?
Not one there’s a bully out to get you for walking in on an awkward situation and a hot guy who you can’t help but fall in love with but who just happens to think you’re a boy too.