Wednesday, April 24, 2013

REVIEW: GEORGETOWN ACADEMY (Georgetown Academy, #2) by Jessica Koosed Etting & Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Title: Georgetown Academy
Series: Georgetown Academy, #2
Authors: Jessica Koosed Etting & Alyssa Embree Schwartz
Publisher: Coliloquy
Publication Date: October 24, 2012
Genre: YA, Contemporary Fiction
Reviewed by: Books4Tomorrow
Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley
My star rating: 5/5


In the halls of Georgetown Academy, gossip and rumor abound. But when photographic proof shows up on the front page of The Huffington Post? Then it’s a national scandal.

While Ellie tries to put her life back together, Evan just might get everything she’s ever wanted—the perfect boyfriend and her dream career. But her loyalties will be put to the test when it turns out to be the very people she’s closest to who are standing in her way.

Brinley is determined to find out who is behind the photo leak, all while her own dirty secret spirals out of control. And California girl Taryn is sick of being walked all over and ready to start playing by the rules of D.C., for better or for worse.

In a world where reputation and appearances are everything, knowledge is power. But you’ll have to learn how to use it if you want to come out on top. 


I can honestly say this series just keeps getting better and better. The further I read, the more entangled I became in Ellie, Brinley, Evan and Taryn’s lives. These are four spectacular young women who each with their own complex personalities bring intrigue and excitement to a gripping story with heaps of twists and surprises.

The story picks up exactly where it left off in the previous book. New alliances are formed, secrets are spilled, and a couple of interesting discoveries change the course of a few lives. One of the many things I’m enjoying about this series is that the relationships between the characters in their friendships, their love lives, and between them and their parents, are hugely realistic. These characters came to life for me because everything about them and their interactions with others are very real and true to life. Ellie’s unwavering loyalty to her mom, the close relationship between Brinley and her brother Brooks, Evan’s friendship with Luke and the sacrifice she’s willing to make to protect his status, gave a very authentic feel to these characters and the overall story. The trials Ellie and Taryn had to endure and the choices they had to make, speaks of two strong characters and I’m all about independant female leads. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the authors are going with Ellie and Taryn’s storylines, but I’m just as curious to find out whether Brinley is going to kick her addiction and whether Evan can keep up the ruse with her fake boyfriend.

If you enjoyed the first book, you’ll enjoy this one even more. I’d suggest you read the first book to really get to know and adore these characters and to catch up on all the drama, but book two can also be read as a stand-alone as enough background is given from the previous book to enjoy this story on its own. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this awesome read. Now it’s on to book three and hopefully the authors will hurry up and write a fourth instalment to this breathtaking and fun series. Georgetown Academy is without a doubt a hard-to-put-down reading experience.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.




Georgetown Academy (Book 2) by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz has 14 reviews on Goodreads. Read it here.



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