A Tale of Two Proms: Cara Lockwood

I am a big fan of the Bard Academy series and was so happy when Cara wrote a fourth book.  I was a little concerned though when I found out it was only going to be in e-book  since I’m sort of opposed to e-books that is (I just like the feel of a real book beneath my hand, it just feels more permanent  and it doesn’t strain my eyes) and I don’t have an official e-reader.  However,  I was able to download it to my iPod touch and had only one headache throughout the entire time reading.  Anyway, was the fourth book a proper conclusion to this amazing series.  Read on to find out.

General Summary:  If you haven’t read the Bard books before, what you need to understand is that Bard is a boarding school for little rich juvenile delinquents that is ran by the ghosts of famous writers.  No joke.  The principal is Charlotte Bronte and the basketball coach is Ernest Hemingway.  Needless to say, this causes lots of conflict especially since it’s very easy to make fictional characters appear into real life.  Miranda Tate, the protagonist of the series, even finds herself falling for one of these characters: Heathcliff from Emily Bronte’s  Wuthering Heights to be precise.  Of course their relationship is destined to fail or is it?  Well, A Tale of Two Proms answers this question as well as many others.

Review:  I really liked this book.  I thought it was a great way to the end the series.  All my questions were answered and there was a definite ending.   As usual, Cara Lockwood pulled me into the story pretty effortlessly.  Be that as it may, there were a few things that bothered me about the book.  Nothing really major.  I just thought a couple of the plot lines were just wrapped up a little too conveniently.  Since I’m a sucker for perfect endings though, this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book.  The one thing that is probably my biggest issue with the series is the personalities of  the authors/teachers at the school.  Their personalities seemed a bit diluted in comparison to their real life counterparts.  For instance, I think Headmaster B and Ms. A would not get along, due to Headmaster B’s harsh words about Ms. A’s work.  I honestly kind of wanted that to be alluded to more.   But then again, I am a lit geek.

Best Feature: Literature: I love all the allusions to literary classics in this series and the best thing it doesn’t come out cheesy or hokey like this.

The sad thing is I think they were trying to get kids to read with this movie.   

Worst Feature: E-book.  This has nothing to do with the book itself.  But I really, really wish there would’ve been a paper copy out there.  I get that times are tough and for that matter I should be grateful that there is a fourth book.  I just wish that publishers wouldn’t keep trying to shove e-books down people’s throats because they’re cheaper to produce.  While they’re great for riding in airplanes, I still prefer an old fashion hardback/paperback.  Because what happens when your reading device dies? You lose all your books.  And that just sucks.  Besides, with good old fashion books you don’t take up excess memory of your device and can download more Angry Birds.

Blockbuster Worthy: Oh, God yes.  This series sort of has a Lost in Austen vibe to it.  And I loved that miniseries, so why wouldn’t this be turned to a movie/TV show?

Of course, Lockwood’s story involves Heathcliff not Mr. Darcy, but I wouldn’t say that there aren’t cameo appearances by Pride and Prejudice characters.

Anyway, here’s who I’d cast:

Miranda/Catherine: Sarah Hyland:  Can’t you see her as Miranda?  Well, I can.  

Heathcliff:  Ethan Peck:  Because who else could play young Heathcliff in today’s world?

Overall Rating: Nine out of ten stars.


4 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Proms: Cara Lockwood

  1. Thanks for the follow, returned the favor btw. Ah yes, Ethan Peck don't you just love him. I think one of the reasons he appeals to me, especially for that role, is he seems to have got the classic movie star looks from his granddad you can really see him playing a classic role like Heathcliff.

  2. *giggleS*I LOVED YOUR REVIEW!It was awesome.And I agree with most of what you said. 🙂 I really loved this book and I'm a huge fan of the series. I do wish this had been a regular book because I just wanted to have it with my other three, hanging out in my bookshelf.That being said, I do own an e-reader so it wasn't such a big hardship for me to jump on board. I loved your picks for the cast of the story annnnnnd you made me wanna see Lost in Austen which surprisingly, I haven't seen.

  3. Exactly. I have the first three on my shelf and I really wish I could have the fourth one in paper form just for organization purposes. I'm really anti e-reader myself too. I just like felling of opening a book, but that's just me.

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