Neverland Academy by Daelynn Quinn (Review by #NerdGirlKelly)

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Title: Neverland Academy

Author: Daelynn Quinn

Published Date: October 3rd 2014

Genre: YA


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Seventeen-year-old Daphne Werring knows trouble. She’s had her fair share of it back in Atlanta, but now that her parents have moved her and her brothers to rural Georgia (more like royal Bored-ga), nothing has changed. A chance encounter with a not-so-ordinary boy leads her to run away on an adventure beyond any she’s ever known. From secret underground tunnels to tales of abuse and imprisonment at the Neverland Academy for boys, Daphne, her new friend, Finn, and his band of ‘lost’ boys embark on a quest to bring the horrific truths to light and to stop the wrongdoings before the headmaster runs them out . . . or worse.

Extended Description:
It was the worst day of Daphne’s life. Not only had her parents moved her from Atlanta to the middle of nowhere, but her boyfriend broke up with her in the middle of a crowded club and her parents grounded her for a month for sneaking out and stealing the BMW. All in one night! If she were back home in Atlanta it would be no problem. She could always find ways of getting around her punishments. But this was rural Georgia. And there was nowhere to go but woods and farmland. That is, until Finn showed up at her window.

Finn was the invincible mascot of Neverland Academy where Daphne’s brothers attended. For the five years since he’d been expelled from the all-boys boarding school, he lived in the old slave tunnels under the former antebellum plantation home. He and his band of outcast boys lived for pulling pranks on the school’s professors, and especially the headmaster, Byron Trappe, who had a personal vendetta against Finn.

Daphne grew to love life under the academy. But there was one problem. She was falling for Finn. Hard. She knew he didn’t want a relationship or anything that resembled growing up. But when the wall she built between them begins to crumble before her eyes, will she stay at the academy and face impending heartbreak? Or will she leave her heart behind and escape the dangers of criminal life, including a perilous encounter with the vengeful headmaster?


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***#NerdGirlKelly’s  Review***
Parents just don’t understand. Daphne is 17 and has normal teenage issues and is constantly getting in trouble with her parents. Her brothers are sent to Neverland Academy, an all boys school. She is brought along on the school tour. Daphne has a bad feeling about the headmaster but can’t figure out what it is. She also meets Finn, an outcast at the academy. Daphne has a falling out with her parents and runs away with Finn who is living at the academy with the “outcasts”. These are other boys who parents have more or less written them off. Finn and the outcasts have become family. Daphne becomes part of the gang and they go along pulling pranks on the headmaster and professors. While things develop between Daphne and Finn we also learn of the sinister acts that are going on at the academy. As they all work to set things straight they all learn a few things about themselves and a few life lessons. Here are a few things to look forward to:

“As long as we stay hidden and out of sight, we can keep partying like it’s 1999 until we’re old and gray.”

“Her skin tingled from her shoulders downward, like a rain shower of fairy dust.”

“the outcasts…They’re legends here. They’re like the gremlins of the school.”

“You can’t control everything that happens to you. But you can control your perception.”

You experience a rollercoaster of emotions. New love is exhilarating. The pranks gets your blood pumping and are adrenaline filled. An amazing coming of age story with all the craziness that the lost boys can bring. This will remind you why you never want to grow up.


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