Saturday, October 8, 2011

Interview/Review/Giveaway: The Academy by: T.P. Boje


- The Book - 

Synopsis: Meghan is 16 when she dies.
She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle.
It is a school everybody has to go to before they are let into Heaven.
On the boat she meets Mick who has been dead for more than a hundred years but still looks like a teenager. He helps her past the difficult beginning at the new school in a new world.
One day some of Meghan's roommates find a mirror in the cellar of the school and they persuade her to go through it with them - well knowing it is strictly against the rules of the school. Meghan ends up back on earth where she meets Jason. But Jason is in danger and Meghan know something important. Something that is a matter of life and death. Soon she is forced to choose between the two worlds. The one she belongs to now and the one she left.

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- About The Author -






T. P. Boje is a mother of two, a stepmother of another two and a hardcore cartoon lover, Tim Burton enthusiast, and enjoys any movie the Coen Brothers have made (with the big Lebowski being her favorite strongly followed by Burn after Reading). She is also a writer of Y/A Paranormal Romance, fantasy and mystery. She is originally from Denmark but currently living in Florida, USA. Her books are translated into several languages.

To learn more follow her on Twitter, visit her fan site on Facebook or check out her web-page: http://www.tpboje.blogspot.com/







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- Author Interview - 
  
Q: Tell us a little about yourself! When is your favorite time of day to write? Can you write whenever you like or do you have another job as well?

I am from Denmark but two years ago my husband and I moved to Florida. I started out as a mystery-writer and have three mystery-novels published in Denmark, Norway and Germany. When I moved to Florida I started writing in English and since I wanted to try something new I started writing fantasy and paranormal romance.
I write when the kids are in school. So that is from 9 am till 3 pm. Then I leave the story but the story never leaves me. The characters are still walking around doing stuff inside of my head and talking even when I am not at the computer. 

Q: The Academy is a self-published book. Did you choose to be self-published and do you like being that way?

I have been publishing my Danish mystery-books through a big publishing house and I have to say it is not as much fun as self-publishing. It takes forever to get a book out and the whole process is killing my creativity. So when I moved here and discovered self-publishing I decided that I wanted to try that as well. And it is so much fun. I can actually write excactly what I want. I have hired an editor to read all of my books, but other than that, I feel that they are more mine.

Q: Writing about spirits versus just Angels is really unique, where did you get the concept for The Academy? Do you believe in the concepts you presented in the book? Who do you think your book/series most appeals to?

The concept just came to me one day. I remember thinking a lot about life after dying as a kid, but not as an adult. Then one day the thought just popped into my head. What if we have to go to school when we die? I mean if it is true that we leave our physical bodies then we must get another body, right? So it must take some time getting used to that and someone has to teach us to go through walls and fly and stuff, right? So that was when The Academy appeared. Then Meghan showed up and started walking around in the corridors of the school that had to be in an old marble castle and absolutely had to be run by angels.
I do believe in heaven and a life after death, but I normally never try and imagine what it is like, cause I really do not think we can imagine it fully. My book is just a good story.

Q: With The Academy it seems we get two delicious boys... Mick and Jason. Personally, I'm a Jason girl :) but, I've seen another who is shall we say Team Mick. Did you intend for the story to be a love triangle?

Oh yes. I have already written the sequel and it will be out soon, and they are in for a good old love triangle. I am planning on writing six books in the series, so a lot is going to happen to the three of them. You just wait and see.

Q: How about some fun questions! :) Tea or Coffee? Zombies or Unicorns? Favorite TV Show? Do you like writing in silence or with music or maybe something else?
Tea, I am not a coffee-drinker. I would love to be, because it smells so good, but I do not like it. So I stick to my tea.
Unicorns! Everyone loves unicorns. I always try to put one in my books. It will show up later in the series.

Q: Finally, is there anything I haven't asked that you'd like to share with us? About you, about the book, the industry... anything? :)

A lot of people ask me why I write books. And I like to answer them that all I really want is to entertain my audience. I love getting mail from people telling me they have read something I wrote. That is what it is all about. Spellbinding people so they forget time and place.


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- My Review - 

Thoughts: The Academy is a quick, fun and unique read that I think many readers will enjoy. I have to say too.. that I love the cover! I think it's really pretty, and the concept fits so well with the story :).


We start with Meghan, who finds her self on a flying boat and realizes that she is dead. She doesn't remember how she died, and she's not supposed to, though she some how feels like something is off. She comes to quickly realize that she is Ru'ach or a spirit and must attend The Academy, which is a school for spirits when they die. There she learns new things she could have never imagined and even finds comfort in the adorable cook, Mick. As times moves on, Meghan and her friends discover a way to go to earth, and there she meets Jason. She ends up getting to know and like Jason and when she discovers a terrible truth she must make a decision, and each decision has consequences.


The Academy has a lot to offer, with its unique concept, a strong lead, a group of enjoyable friends, two cute guys, and huge moral about fate, you cannot help but enjoy it. In so many YA books, you see talk of Angels but what you don't see is the story revolve around spirits. Of course, Angels are in the story but they are in the background and I really liked this detail. I thought it made the story very unique.

Meghan is a lead character I enjoyed reading about. I loved watching her figure out the afterlife. I loved watching her getting to know Mick and especially Jason. Her character shows you that there is always consequences to any decision and that you cannot have light without dark. Now, with the two boys... I'm a Jason girl! Don't get me wrong, Mick is sweet and caring but there's just something about Jason with his sand-color hair, sweet personality, and the troubles that he faces that just made me love him. I'm totally rooting for Jason... especially after that ending! 


Overall The Academy is a quick, fun read that I think many YA readers will enjoy. It seemed to me it was suited for the younger side of YA, but it was still very enjoyable and I'm curious to see where she takes the rest of the series. :)
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- The Giveaway -
Because Therese is so kind, she is giving away TWO eBooks of The Academy! :)

- There will be TWO winners.
- The giveaway will last for one week and will end October 15th EST.
- International
- Winners will be chosen randomly

This Giveaway Is Closed

1 comment:

  1. I love the determination of self-published authors! It's always inspiring to see them get their books out there. Haha, okay, I'm sold on all her books now that I know they include a unicorn at least once :P

    Fantastic interview and review! This sounds like an intriguing story that definitely adds something different to the YA market! I don't have an ereader, but good luck to all who enter!

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