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Book Review: Peter Green And The Unliving Academy By Angelina Allsop
Title: Peter Green And The Unliving Academy: This Book Is Full Of Dead People
Author: Angelina Allsop
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Series: The Unliving Chronicles (Book 1)
Publisher: TCK Publishing
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
Summary – Peter Green And The Unliving Academy
Fourteen-year-old Peter Green can’t remember how he died.
All he has are his pajamas, a silk tie, and a one-way bus ticket to Mrs. Battisworth’s Academy and Haven for Unliving Boys and Girls, a strange and spooky school for dead orphans like himself. But that’s all he needs: the Unliving Academy has everything, from vampires in the hallways, to monsters in the cafeteria, to ghosts in the basement.
And that’s just the teachers; the students are far stranger.
As Pete learns to fit in with his new supernatural schoolmates, he starts to discover his own uniquely undead abilities, and even begins enjoying his life after death…but he just can’t shake the feeling that he’s forgotten something (or somebody!) important.
Somebody he left behind in the land of the living.
Somebody he loved very much.
Somebody who’s in terrible danger.
I was approached by the author’s publicist through her publisher about reading and reviewing this book. The blurb sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a try.
I like the colors of the book cover. It’s a cartoon-like design, though the building in the background looks more “real” and ominous.
Peter Green is dead. How he died and why is a mystery to him. However, he’s young and is not allowed to have his memories until he graduates Mrs. Battisworth’s academy. Peter adjusts quite well but he can’t shake the feeling that he’s forgetting something important from his life when he was alive.
Unfortunately, the plot wasn’t as interesting as it sounds. Some parts of the story seemed to drag on for no reason while some parts were too quick. I honestly didn’t get into the story until the end. There was a lot of build up for the last handful of chapters.
It was an interesting concept though. The world was well done and I enjoy the idea of living after you die. Peter wasn’t able to get his memories until after he graduated, which is explained with good reasoning. However, at the same time, I felt like that was just put into place to make the plot more intense or suspenseful, but it didn’t work for me.
I enjoyed all the characters in this book. Peter had a great group of friends and they were diverse with unique personalities and tones. It was easy to tell them all apart and I enjoyed going on the adventure with them.
However, Peter is 14 though he acts much younger in the story. I actually forgot he was 14, which is mentioned in the summary, and went through the whole story thinking he was about ten. It wasn’t until I started writing this review that I realized my mistake.
This is a quick read. It’s not too long, though there are some parts that tend to drag on. The ending was really well done and that was when I started to get into the book. Before I knew it, it was over.
The world building was great and the characters, even though Peter was portrayed much younger than he actually is, were done well too. On the other hand, it was tough to read at times because there were a lot of typos and grammatical errors. Normally, I don’t mention that in my reviews, but there was more than just a handful which made it hard to read at times.
Peter Green And The Unliving Academy By Angelina Allsop
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About The Author
Angelina Allsop lives with her husband, Bryce (and a very old and quite fat bulldog called Roree) in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Allsop enjoys reading, rainy days, and (of course) writing all about the many adventures that take place in her imagination. Peter Green and the Unliving Academy is her first book, and while she’s never personally been to AfterLife, Allsop supposes she will visit one day. As will we all.