dickensen academy

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?


I thought was a very interesting book, it started off as many YA fantasy books do with a teenager going to a school they think is normal and something unusual or superatural happens.

Autumn was an interesting main character, she grew lots as a person over the course of the novel. I liked her interaction with her room mate, it was a good friendship. They had each others backs and there was even a little normal teenage girl jealousy which sorted itself out.

The romance was sweet and it grew at a decent pace, there was no insta love which I liked.

The bit part that makes this book unique is the dreams, it is very well done and actually made me smile when I started reading about it. I would have liked a little more detailed as to how the founder of the school found out about his special talent and more detail on how the dreams were sent. But as this is a book aimed at teenagers I can forgive this.

Overall I really enjoyed this book but it seems to be a standalone and I feel there are a lot of loose ends.

4 out of 5 stars