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Blog Tour with Review – Dickensen Academy by Christine Grabowski

Blog Tour with Review – Dickensen Academy by  Christine GrabowskiDickensen Academy by Christine Grabowski

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.

Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.

When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?


In an Oyster Shell – It would be a good middle school book but it lacked depth and enough action to propel it forward enough to capture my interest completely.

The Pearls – The concept of a mysterious academy is always a winner in my book. It’s a common story that can have so many outcomes so it never gets old for me. I liked the dream conveyance they talked about. It’s an interesting subject manner all itself.

There was a little bit of YA romance hinted at that was sweet.

The camaraderie among the classmates was adorable. I liked the interaction between the main character and her roommate along with some of her classmates. I adored the den mother. She was so sweet I wanted to go have tea with her as well.

The Sand –  The story often lagged there was nothing to tie me to the main character. I had high hopes for this book and it just did not pan out for me.

3 Pearls!



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About Christine Grabowski

Dickensen Academy is Christine’s debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading.

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