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The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant

(The V Trilogy #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  690 ratings  ·  229 reviews
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 paint
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by BenBella Books
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Why doesn't Goodreads allow me to give negative stars?
“Because you’re different from the rest of us,” he says.
“Yeah, well, I was different from everyone back home, too, but.”
“There are different ways to be different, Anne.”
“I don’t suppose you know all that much about being different, Ben," I say, careful to sound as indifferent.
“I’d say I know a lot about a lot, including being different,” he replies.

Kill. Me. Now.

This book is incomprehensibly, horrifyingly, fantastically bad. This might be
Dec 03, 2013 added it
Shelves: arc, own
This is a bit too.. umm.. cheesy? for me.

Some girl goes to a boarding school on a secluded creepy island and then she learns that at that school they're graded after what your "guardian" says is your strength - so basically if he says your strength is being selfish, the more selfish you are during high school the better you will grade...

Wait there's more.

So this "guardian" who happens to be a creepy ugly guy with white crust on his lips (ewww) takes her hand and bobs his head a few times until
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I was pre-approved an ARC of this book from NetGalley

Oh boy. Ok well let me just start this review by saying that I really did want to like this book. I mean, the premise seemed pretty neat, and when I first started reading, Anne seemed like a decent narrator! Self-depreciating, a little sassy--these are all good things.
Then we get introduced to Pilot, who is also sassy and sarcastic. I was excited, folks, because I was hoping that he would be the love interest, and that this book wo
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Wow, where do I start with this book?! The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is book one of The V Trilogy by Joanna Wiebe. I can honestly say that I might not have read this if I knew going into it what it was going to be like. For me, it had a real Dean Koontz feel. By that I mean that it was seriously creepy. This coming from a grown (well past middle age) woman that reads non-stop about vampires, werewolves, gargoyles, and other such creatures. My ratings fluctuated throughout the book. At ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
*Genre* YA, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal
*Rating* 2.5-3

*My Thoughts*


SIXTEEN year old Anne Merchant is the daughter of a mortician who lives in the most exclusive zip code in the country. She's lived with being called nicknames like Wednesday Addams, and Death Chic and it doesn't phase her much. She also has major goals for her life in mind which includes becoming a world renowned artist, and attending Brown University.

TWO years after her mothers death, Anne is sent to Wormwood Island, M
Stuti Rai
Dec 20, 2013 marked it as abandoned to finish or not to finish?

I didn't even get through the first day of school. Three minutes in, she's already been confronted by the ridiculous and mean popular girls, called them skanks and also confessed proudly that she isn't a public bus for anyone to ride- unlike, of course, the aforementioned girls who are pretty and have rich daddies(seriously bitch?). The plot isn't something I care about anymore. I had my sister try it and at least she got through the first day.

So what side d
A finished copy was provided by the publisher for review.

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 charac
Alyssa | Swept Away By Books
You guys, this book was unreal. From the first pages of the spooky and eerie setting I was hooked. I was guessing right up until the very end of the book what might happen and Wiebe's writing was crazy!

Full review to come closer to the release date!
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I received an ebook copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Such a weird, weird book. I have no idea if I found it just average, or if I didn't like it. Probably both.

It's one of those "good ideas, but..." novels for me. Intriguing blurb, a theme (revealed later) that normally fascinates me... I could've liked it, but.

All right, let's start with the facepalming, to get it out of the way:
* Nothing remarkable about the writing style. I've seen worse, but I've also seen much better.
Robin (Bridge Four)
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 for the possibilities for the rest of the series.

This Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant starts out like the life of an ordinary girl put into extraordinary circumstances but everything is not what it seems. The further along you get and the more the mystery unfurls the weirder and more fantastic things become. By the end I really couldn’t wait to see what happened next. It’s High School with a supernatural twist but for once to my amazement it was done without werewol
Nope. Nope. Never again.

fuck this book. FUck this bOoK.

What a great plot, you know? but the fucking "romance" and the "characters" made me want to stab myself in the eyes with tweezers. Oh my god. I would give it no stars, but the premise gets one.

Amy Plum
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.

(Note: I don't give stars to YA books, since that is the age group I write for!)

Wendy Higgins
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!! :)
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to BenBella Books and Netgalley.)
Anne is starting at a new school – Cania Chrsity, a very select school, in a special place. Cania Christy is weird though, and the rules and ideas upheld are also bizarre.
What is special about Cania Christy? And what is so special about Anne that she ended up there?

This story was okay-ish, but it took so long to get to an interesting bit that I was seriously bored.
Jeff Raymond
I'm starting to think we're seeing some sort of Faustian trend in young adult literature.

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is another one of those "a girl goes to a school that is mysterious, and Things Happen" stories. In this case, the school, at first blush, is an ultracompetitive boarding school on an island off the coast, and the school is not one that seems to have a traditional education as much as exists to help kids advance their innermost talents. Very strange way to do it, and A
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe was really interesting, lots of mystery and twists and turns
I enjoyed the MCs history, the relationship with her father, the daughter of a mortician, her mother's mental breakdown. Good stuff (well, not for Anne, but for the book).
The story was written well and kept a good pace, I could barely put the book down for the second half.
Lots of twists and turn, I didn't see the ending coming and didn't connect everything together beforeh
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don't know if this book just caught me at perfect moment or what, but I was absolutely blown away by how involved I got into the story. As a heavy reader, it takes a lot to grab my attention the way this book did.

The best part of this book is you go in not really having any idea what is happening -- everything is a bit off and it will make you edgy. It does Anne for sure. There aren't many clues along to way that sc
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was quite a boring read. It took forever for it to get interesting.

The first half of it was very dull. I just couldn't get into it at all.
Things seemed to be dragged out more than what it needed to be, so it felt really slow.

It did get slightly better in the second half, but i still wasn't overly impressed.

It was good near the end, but not good enough to make me want to read book two.
3.5 stars

Wow, what a handful.
I don’t even know how many times I wanted to give up on this book, but as I kept reading, my pesky curiosity would keep me turning the pages till I figured out what the hell was going on. A big part of me was really glad I did since all the revelations turned out to be worth the frustration, exasperation and pure bewilderment of this novel, but man, what a freaken trip getting there.

Getting a fresh start at Cania Christy boarding school is just what Anne Merchant nee
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Rating: 2.5 Stars

My Review

Filled with rich atmosphere, a mind-bending mystery and romance, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe, began as an exciting and intriguing read but too many dark secrets, odd characters, and a confusing cliffhanger caused me to have mixed feelings towards the story.

Anne Merchant, an art prodigy and the daughter of a poor funeral director, has just been accepted into Cania Christy, an elite and mysterious boarding school that holds many secrets and an
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Reviewed originally@ Blood,Sweat and Books

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant was a book I knew I wanted to read the moment I came across it on Goodreads. I knew based on the description that it'd be good but when I started it I never would've guessed that it would turn out to be one of my favorite books read this year.

One of the best parts about The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is the way it combines so many genres. Murder Mystery, Thriller, Action Adventure, Romance, Paranormal and
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
View the full review here:

There is something to be said for cross-genre books that simply refuse to be confined by one genre. Since the paranormal genre has truly seen its heyday in the past few years, I've avoided it like the plague, but The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant piqued my interest with a premise that promises readers a little bit of everything. From murder mysteries, to drama, to action, horror, paranormal and a touch of romance, this book
Ginny  Gallagher
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it
--3.5 Stars--

The Unseemingly Education of Anne Merchant is book 1 in the V series by Joanna Wiebe. It tells the story of Anne Merchant, the daughter of a funeral director that mysteriously finds herself sponsored to attend Cania Christy Academy, an elite boarding school on an island off the coast of Maine.

Since I am having a hard time starting this review I decided to go with a question and answer format on this one to help me sort out my thoughts on the book.

If I had to use three words to descr
Julia Moniz-Lecce
Originally posted on my blog: Book Bindings Blog

(I received an advance copy from BenBella Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Unfortunately, a little over halfway through, I stopped reading this book. Even though I didn’t finish reading it, I thought I would write a short review based on what I read and explain why I stopped reading.

When I first picked up The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant, I was intrigued by the setting of an exclusive boarding school. I am drawn to bo
This was a pleasant surprise. Initially the cover drew me to look at the book and when I read the blurb I was pretty much sold. It sounded like something Id enjoy. While it did take me awhile to get into, I still loved every word.

Anne is the daughter of a mortician. She has been around death since forever!! When her father sends her to Cania Christy she has no idea how her life will change. She wonders how her father could send her here because everyone is super rich but soon realises that there
May 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: haha
I will make this really short, because there is not that much to say, considering I stopped at about 15%. But: This book is full of judgmental shit and stereotypes. I wish I could give it no stars but oh well.. Let me explain why I hated the book:

1. I did not like the writing at all... it is just really terrible. You can check out the review below me for some examples because they sum it up really well. It is really ridiculous.

2. Anne is a judgemental bitch - she has stereotypes for everyone but
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was so terrible.

Firstly, the main character was a hypocrite with no good qualities. Although the characters were quick to call her a genius for solving the mystery of the school, she actually learned all of it either through hints from other or literally just happening upon resources left out in the open for no reason other than to reveal quite literally the biggest secret of the entire book. Even without those resources, it was unbelievably obvious. Additionally, in spite of the author's a
Rachel Webb
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Two years after finding her mother dead in their kitchen, Anne Merchant's father sends her to an ultra exclusive school on a remote island for rich kids. The only problem is, she isn't anywhere close to being rich, so how did her father pay for it? But that's not the only question Anne has to answer as weird things happen at the school, the teens all seem to be in a highly competitive race for valedictorian, and Ben, the son of the top recruiter for the school, tries to help her figure out the t ...more
Book Review originally published here:

Anne Merchant has always been different. She’s poor, her mother passed away and her Dad has the best job in the world – he’s a mortician. Yet, somehow, Anne ends up at a super-selective school, Cania Christy, a school for the world’s wealthiest teens. How she got there, since she’s poor? God knows. It’s super-important to be Valedictorian at this school, and even though that should usually mean just getting the best g
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Review: First off, a HUGE thank you to Jennifer at BenBella Books for sending me this ARC copy for review! The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant. Beguiling, exhilarating and FIERCE. I loved every minute of it. It's been a long time since I've read any boarding school book, let alone one THIS GOOD,

Characters: One of the things I loved best about this book was the characters, mainly Anne, the protagonist. Anne was truly, your typical teenage girl! She was sarcastic, smart, funny, and most import
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