The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant: Book One of the V Trilogy

Hardcover | January 14, 2014

byJoanna Wiebe

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So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.

One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in… and why.

As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.

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So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.One by one, unanswered questions rise. No...

Joanna Wiebe is the author of The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant (2014). She is also the cofounder of Copy Hackers and Page 99 Test. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 14, 2014Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1939529328

ISBN - 13:9781939529329

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! Great writing, great plot (a little confusing but never dull), and overall a great read!
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5/5 Good Read Joanna has an interesting and compelling writing style that hooks you in. I could relate to Anne - being the awkward, silent, geeky type (not artsy at all though). I felt like I was there with Anne and experiencing what she was experiencing. I hated the characters I was suppose and loved the ones I was to love. Oh wait, except for Ben... that kid drove me crazy, which I guess was half the point. Anne is infatuated with Ben. She's told to stay away from him and he gives her the cold shoulder or talks down to her - I just didn't get it. Yes, 16 year-old girls have this tendency to pay attention to the hot "bad" boy, but he wasn't even a bad boy, in my opinion, just a jerk who happened to be hot. However, as the book picked up, and the reasoning for his actions are brought to light, he grew on me. I did have times in the book when I was thinking "Anne why haven't you figured this out yet? I figured it out pages ago!!!!" And most of the time I had figured them out right - no twists or turns in that mystery - BUT other times I was completely off (and so was Anne which was nice). For the first 50% of this book it was building the setting, characters, and stories. You spend a lot of time trying to understand why she can't talk to the villagers and why everyone is so... well weird. No one talks to each other - what's with that??? After that it picks up nicely. I couldn't put it down at that point - and really I didn't. You find there's more to this world then you originally expected. I loved the BIG twists at the end - and I firmly believe there are 4 that I didn't see coming - and I can't wait for the next installment in this series. Really, the only reason why I don't give this book a higher rating is because of the first half of the book. I was too slow for my liking and just kept piling on the questions and it felt like they were never going to answer them. There were times when it felt like it didn't seem to make sense why people were doing what they were doing. In the end, the book answer most of my questions and I'm still waiting for the answers to a couple of questions - but if they answered them all it wouldn't need to be a series I guess. In the end I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from More for romance fans I heard from a couple of people that this was a scary read, but after finishing it, I’m glad to report, it wasn’t. The first thing I want to say about this was that it starts off like cliche high school movie. The main character is completely annoying and every time she would say something judgmental, I felt like throwing the book at the wall. Though the main character was irritating to me, that was just my personal preference. Main character was unlikable for me..I thought it was pretty upsetting that we had a character who had potential, but hopefully she changes for the better. The beginning of this book is somewhat like Mean Girls and Gossip Girl (on steroids) rolled into one and nothing about the mystery of the school she has gotten herself into. But it finally picks up around the middle and the end, (though I had to wait long for it) and it was a rather convoluted mystery that had me picking my brain time and time again. And at one point I stopped caring because I got distracted by another book *sighs* The pacing was slow in the beginning and it better in the end. Though it finally reached a point where I just didn’t care what was happening to Anne Merchant and it was a bit predictable to what was going on, I had so much trouble connecting with her. One other nagging point in the story was there was a dark and deadly demon that resembled a poodle. I just couldn’t picture a poodle being deadly..Dogs are love IMO. And I had to devote an entire paragraph to the romance. This is instant love at its finest. If I remember correctly, she fell in love with our main protagonist within a two week time frame? Seriously? I would have loved this when I was younger, would have gobbled it up and hugged and told everyone to read it..BUT, I’m older, wiser and know that it’s not very realistic. Definitely more for romance fans! Overall, I’m still interested in this series, and would like to know more about it. I would give this a chance, but if you’re looking for a more straight forward mystery, don’t look for it in this one.
Date published: 2014-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books Wow. I am absolutely blown away by how brilliant this book was. From the creepy, eerie and incredibly atmospheric setting of Cania Christy boarding school on Wormwood Island, to Wiebe's ability to weave an incredible story that had me guessing right up until the end, as well as the the unreal plot line that knocked me off my feet. Anne Merchant shows up on the mysterious and fog shrouded Wormwood Island, an island that is bisected by a red line, where the students of Cania Christy aren't allowed to interact with the villagers, where no technology is allowed, and everyone lives by something called their PT (which I can't say anything about because it will give too much away) Let me just say, that I was seriously confused for the majority of this book. And I love when that happens because I find it a sign of really talented writing. Anne is the kind of character who is so stubborn and determined, she will let nothing stand in the way of her getting answers. She doesn't accept the weirdness without question, and she is constantly wary. Wiebe's eerie atmosphere, craggy cliffs, perpetual fog and looming and ominous architecture set the feel for this story perfectly. The questions Anne is constantly asking and demanding answers to often get placed on Ben Zin, a guy who is weirdly familiar to her and decidedly cool and distant from her, yet still tries to give her hints as to what is going on. Again, I can't say much more but this book is absolutely one that everyone should pick up when it comes out in January! It was a brilliant blend of mystery, paranormal oddities and boarding school drama, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is one book that will keep you on your toes and hooked right from the start.
Date published: 2014-01-10

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"This story will envelop you in its mysteries, surprise you with its plot twists, and keep you guessing even to the last page."—San Francisco Book Review“Even when readers think they have it all figured out, Wiebe delivers a blow that will keep them energized and panting for the next installment.”—VOYA Library Journal for Young Adults"From the very first pages, I was spellbound by this deliciously dark tale of mysterious attraction, cutthroat ambition, and how far we will go to keep the ones we love."—Amy Plum, international bestselling author"An original, breathtakingly written, and often chilling tale of what lengths people will go to for love. Joanna Wiebe has crafted a book that is unputdownable. Joanna has officially made my instant buy list."—Lindsey R. Loucks, author of The Grave Winner"She had me at the introduction of the spooky setting—the kind of stuff readers can lose themselves in. Joanna Wiebe is a fun new author to be on the lookout for!"—Wendy Higgins, author of The Sweet Trilogy“School grounds shrouded in mystery, beautiful student body obsessed with the race to be valedictorian, and a gorgeous, infuriating, unobtainable guy. Welcome to Cania Christy.”—A.E. Rought, author of Broken