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A Tale of Two Proms

(Bard Academy #4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  25 reviews

It was the best of prom, it was the worst of prom.

Miranda Tate returns for her senior year at Bard Academy and she is counting on two things: Prom with her boyfriend, Heathcliff, and then graduation from the haunted boarding school where fictional characters come to life. Fate, however, has other plans.

When Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff's long-lost
ebook, 231 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Cara Lockwood (first published December 11th 2011)
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Veronica Morfi
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am glad I decided to finish this series. This would have probably gotten 5 stars if I read it back in the day but still was extremely entertaining and I loved the characters and story so well deserved 4 stars :)
Lady Entropy
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
ARGH! If I had to choose a word for this book is FRUSTRATION. I give it a 2.5 stars, reduced to a two because of serious stakes and good conflict, but otherwise it's just too damn annoying. Let me try to sum up my grievances without going into a rant -- note that some grievances are related to previous books and culminate in this one:

- Why does Heathcliff suddenly fall in love with the protagonist? Yes, they spend a year in school together, but he already had fallen for her during the first. No,
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone loves a happy ending.
Kat (Why Read)
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, e-reader
This was a fun light read. I adore the world of a merging between fiction, ghosts, and reality. If the level of world building of this final novel is any indication of the first three books of this series then I encourage you to read this saga from the beginning. Do as I say and not as I do! A Tale of Two Proms is retaining and twist on the Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities. Our protagonist is drawing near graduation where she is on the cusp of adulthood. Yet there is one last adventure. She ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been so long since I read the previous three books so I wasn't as invested in the plot, but it was a nice ending. A little predictable, but super fun to see fictional characters come to life in this way.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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Miranda Tate has survived a lot during her years at Bard Academy. Now she is finally closing in on graduation after a completely uneventful Senior year. But she does have a decision to make: go away to college at Ivy League school Penn State, or stay on the island and marry Heathcliff who has just proposed to her. Because he's a fictional character and tied to his story, Heathcliff is unable to leave the island. Does Miranda hav
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, young-adult
Miranda's finishing up her senior year at Bard Academy, a school for delinquents on a haunted island, where the teachers are all ghosts of famous authors (stuck there as a sort of purgatory), and there is a thin line between reality and fiction. Her boyfriend, Heathcliff, is actually the Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights and wants to be with her after graduation, only that doesn't seem possible, since he's supposed to return to his fictional world to keep the balance between the two worlds. Out ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
It took me such a long time to get through this book. I loved the first three books in the series but there was something about this one that I struggled with. It was probably the fact that the first part of the book was just Miranda going on and on about her relationship with Heathcliff. I was never behind this pairing from the very beginning. Then there was the whole pair the spares thing with Hana and Ryan; I don't have anything against these two hooking up but it does get a little old that i ...more
Warning: this review might contain spoilers about the first three books of the Bard Academy Series

At First Sight: It's Miranda Tate's senior year and with prom looming at the horizon, she has to face the fact that her time at Bard Academy is coming to an end...which means her time with Heathcliff is also coming to an end as he's supposed to return to the pages of Wuthering Heights were he belongs.

Only that he's not quite ready to go quietly, and soon Miranda is torn between the boy she loves an
Rachel Harris
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: made-me-laugh
I LOVE the Bard Academy series! Cara Lockwood has found an ingenious way to retell the classics, and make it fun and fresh again. With names like Wuthering High, The Scarlet Letterman, and Moby Clique, you can't go wrong. It's been three years since the last Bard book, and I admit things were looking bleak for Miranda to get the ending she deserved, but then the Christmas season came and we got ourselves A Tale of Two Proms.

Seriously, how cute are these names??

On one hand, it's sad to see this
Julie Graves
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Miranda is in her Senior year at the Bard Academy. Her boyfriend Heathcliff(yes Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights) has just asked her to marry him. Miranda is torn, does she marry Heathcliff the love of her life and have to stay on the Island forever or does she leave all of Bard Academy behind and go to Penn State University where she has been accepted?

Before Miranda can make a decision though strange things begin to happen. After all, it is Bard Academy, where strange is normal. Catherine show
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Upon starting this series ages ago, I was hooked. The idea of the worlds of classic literature mixing with the present reeled me in. And at first, it was entertaining. Now, in A Tale of Two Proms, it’s simply redundant.

Aside from the worlds playing switcheroo and allowing the characters to travel into the classics, not much differs in the plot. Miranda, her friends and the school are still in danger, and she’s still trying to be together with Heathcliff. But as a reader, I just wasn’t convinced
Pamela Todd
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
A Tale of Two Proms is the fourth book in the Bard Academy series. Miranda has returned to the elusive school for her senior year…and to boyfriend, Heathcliffe. As in, the Heathcliffe.

With an acceptance letter to her top choice of college’s burning a hole in her pocket, Miranda already knows this year will be full of difficult decisions without Heathcliffe adding to the mix with a bombshell of his own.

As the rest of her class gets excited for prom, Miranda’s mind is firmly on other things…like
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-series
Thanks to NetGalley and Cara Lockwood for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Miranda and her friends are back at Bard Academy for their Senior Year, things start out normal, well normal as far as Bard is concerned. The same enchanted forest, trouble-making teenagers and ghost instructors. Senior year brings more than just prom and Parker problems for Miranda; she also has to decide whether to go to Penn State University where she has been accepted, or stay on the island and marry her
Nasty Lady MJ
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I thought it was a great way to the end the series. All my questions were answered and there was a definite ending. As usual, Cara Lockwood pulled me into the story pretty effortlessly. Be that as it may, there were a few things that bothered me about the book. Nothing really major. I just thought a couple of the plot lines were just wrapped up a little too conveniently. Since I'm a sucker for perfect endings though, this didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. The one ...more
Shy The WidowMaker
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Let me start off by saying I have never read any of the books in this series but will defintely have to. I loved this book and am glad that I was able to read it without reading the others. This book has a really cool premise. Bard Academy is a school on a seculded island with ghosts for teachers. The twist is that the ghosts are some of the liteary greats. As if that doesn't make it different enough fictional characters from the books are brought to life. In this book we get to hae more of Mira ...more
Alice Law
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This is the fourth book of Bard Academy series. I was not a fan for classic, but after finished this book, I am so tempted to pick up some of the titles, especially A Tale of Two Cities and Wuthering Height! Thus, kudos to author for bringing the classic characters to life in this series!

The story is generally filled with suspense(though its plots were quite predictable) and adventures(after the 1st 100pgs). I personally enjoy banters bet
This definitely didn't hold up to the rest of the series for me, but I did like having it wrapped up nicely. I particularly didn't like that (view spoiler). I can ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This was such a silly series, but I liked it. I usually don't like these kinds of novels but they were great. Light-hearted and fun, you can really see the development of the writing and the characters. It also makes me really excited to read the classics mentioned (even if some spoilers were given) and I believe it can make anyone appreciate the value of literature.
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it
This series is fun but this one felt like it was rushed unlike the other ones. Don't get me wrong, I liked this and I'm glad I read it but if it is like the end of the series, I'm kind of sad but glad it ended the way it did.

Time traveling into different classic titles=fun
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't know if I needed to read the first books of the series before I read this one. It was kind of confusing about half way through the book.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I care not one whit about the romance between Catherine and Heathcliff; I just like to nerd out at all of the literary stuff. You know, like the big lit nerd that I am.
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ingenious way to end (if this is truly the end) the Bard Academy series and spin classics together. Thanks Cara Lockwood from keeping my attention from beginning to end!
Leila Roy
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Full review at my blog.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, more than the third one, The Moby Clique. This book had a great story, and the ending made me smile. It was a great ending to this series. (:
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