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.