The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

When Lorelei's old school mysteriously burns down, a new one appears practically overnight: Splendid Academy. Rock-climbing walls on the playground and golden bowls of candy on every desk? Gourmet meals in the cafeteria, served by waiters? Optional homework and two recess periods a day? It's every kids's dream.But Lorelei and her new friend Andrew are pretty sure it's too good to be true. Together they uncover a sinister mystery, one with their t...

Details The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

TitleThe Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy
Release DateAug 21st, 2012
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mystery, Fairy Tales, Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

  • Sandee
    The blurb said something about this book was a Hansel and Gretel retelling. But I believe, that I got more than that. This book was so good plot wise and character wise. I just had a little problem with how perfectly it ended up, how easy it was. But other than that, this book is highly enjoyable and on some parts, hilarious.Full review to follow.
  • Leah
    http://theprettygoodgatsby.wordpress....2012 is the year of retellings and until now, I can't think of any other retelling of Hansel and Gretel. The moment I heard about this book, I desperately needed to read it. Luckily I was provided with an ARC (thank you, thank you, thank you!!!) and were it not for work - and, trust me, I was seriously tempted to call off - I would have finished The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy in one sitting.Lore...
  • Claire Legrand
    I started Nikki Loftin's THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY on Saturday and would have read it all in one sitting were it not for, you know, real life. As it was, I finished it in a veritable reading FRENZY both last night and this morning. I just could not put it down!This book is, like all the best fairy tales, wildly imaginative and bone-chillingly gruesome. There were moments when my heart started pounding with the suspense of what wa...
  • Samantha Clark
    Quick confession, I got an early copy of this book by begging the author, who thankfully lent me one of her ARCs. How much did I like it? I can't wait until it's in stores so I can buy a copy for myself.The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy is the kind of middle grade book that's a fun adventure, bringing readers into a world we'd like to inhabit, even if there is some spooky stuff there.But like all good stories, this novel also tells a dee...
  • Sarvenaz Tash
    The sinister sweetness of Roald Dahl lives on (and I do not say that lightly) in this extraordinary book that combines fairy tale folklore with streaks of effortless originality all its own. The story is delightfully dark and deep: perfect for kids (and adults) who suspect that sometimes adults really have no idea what's going on and that it's up to kids to see the magic (and evil) right in front of them.
  • Paul Hankins
    Ask any middle grade reader about school and you might get a response along the lines of "School is tough." But Splendid Academy is not like any other school. Here, students and faculty meet for breakfast each day, students are allowed to run from place to place, and candy dishes that never seem to empty are to be found in every desk in every room. Education reform aside, most would agree that this would be a fantastic school to attend.And the no...
  • Jessica
    A deliciously creepy take on Hansel and Gretel with elements of The Witches, The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy is a solid debut novel from author Nikki Loftin. She provides middle-grade readers a story with well-developed characters, a plot that's full of surprises, and strong friendships.Lorelei has dealt with a lot the past year: the death of her mother, her father's remarriage to her evil stepmother Molly, and now her school has burnt...
    3.5 stars.First I was "eh." Then I was "whoa!"At the end, I was ".... Mmmmmmmeh."It's not even that it was middle grade, and I am clearly not the target audience. I'd just finished another middle grade a few days ago, and it was fantastic! Wasn't afraid to dig deep. This one's a pretty shallow read imo.And this is about as literate as I can get with my review.
  • Nafiza
    The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy is a middle grade novel which restructures fairy tale elements in a contemporary urban setting. When Lorelei, who has lost a mother and gained a stepmother, finds that a school has risen almost overnight in her neighborhood, she is intrigued. Then when her old school burns down under mysterious circumstances and she has a chance to go to the amazing school with its even more amazing playground, she is th...
  • Erica
    Since I heard about this book ages ago, I have been SO excited for The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy. I love middle grade - it is a growing love of mine. I keep finding more and more fantastic middle grade, which is awesome. I am happy to say that The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy did not disappoint in the least and I have found a new favorite.With all the elements of a good fairy tale, Nikki Loftin has woven a tale that is fill...
  • Bonnie
    Tagged as 'Coraline' meets 'Hansel and Gretel' but this also reminded me a lot of 'The Witches' by Roald Dahl (in a good way!)As of late, Middle-Grade books seem to be popping up everywhere but there have been some amazingly good ones that I never would have thought I'd be able to enjoy. This is one those stories that is perfectly suited for the younger crowd but are still a fun adventure for adults as well. Highly recommended!This debut novel wa...
  • Elizabeth Meadows
    Wow! This was a fantastic book. Not only was it exciting, suspenseful, and "sinister," it covered several other topics that are relevant to middle grade readers and people of all ages. One of the underlying themes was mental health and being able to forgive yourself for something horrible. Another theme was obesity. I thought the author did a great job of showing the reality of how overweight students are treated by peers. The main character was ...
  • Gabrielle Carolina
    I positively devoured this middle grade debut over a few hours and suggest you do the same when it is released.Those with a sweet tooth for sweet treats and a sweet tooth for sweet books, this is the tale for you!I would also like to mention how clean this ARC was! It really says something about both the author an editor- and I always appreciate the effort as a reviewer.
  • Irene Carracher Kistler
    My class adored this book! As a read aloud, it is so much fun. The witch voices are fun to create and I loved pointing the "wand" at kids as I read the final chapter. They giggled and shrieked, so you know they loved it!
  • Heidi
    When my mom was alive, she read me stories every night. ”Use your imagination, Lorelei,” she’d say, “and your whole life can be a fairy tale.” I wanted that to be true. But I should have paid more attention to the fairy tales.Because not all of the children in them come out alive. And sometimes there are witches hiding in the woods.These are the first lines of Nikki Loftin’s The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, and all that it ...
  • Khai
    I loved reading this book, a real page-turner. The story, the characters, the darker elements, the deeper themes - all very well crafted. Reminiscent of Roald Dahl's works. It may be a bit of a harder read for those who struggle with disordered eating, just as a head's up/trigger warning. However, I felt like that sensitive subject was handled fairly well in this particular book and context.
  • YA Reads Book Reviews
    Originally posted on, reviewed by NicholeA deliciously spooky middle-grade debut that’s Coraline meets Hansel and GretelLorelei is bowled over by Splendid Academy–Principal Trapp encourages the students to run in the hallways, the classrooms are stocked with candy dishes, and the cafeteria serves lavish meals featuring all Lorelei’s favorite foods. But the more time she spends at school, the more suspicious she becomes. Why ...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Originally posted at A Reader of Fictions.Middle grade fiction is my new favorite thing. I still haven't read that much, but I have yet to be seriously disappointed by any of the ones I've picked up. The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy is incredibly delightful, one of my favorites thus far. Full of dark humor and classic fairy tale plot elements, it's a story that delighted me from beginning to end, giving me a perverse desire to eat every...
  • Merin
    I will say upfront that if you call something a fairy tale retelling, I am probably going to read it. My love of fairy tales really knows no bounds, and I am always especially intrigued when an author sets the retelling in modern times. The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy is indeed set in modern times, and is one of those books where hardly anyone realizes just what's happening and how odd (or magical) the occurrences are. The narrator is ...
  • Bethany Ainsworth
    I think this book was amazing. I don't know if it's horror or not, but I marked it as such. (view spoiler)[I mean, killing kids, using their crushed up bones for sand, a knife with blood on it, pushing a principal into boiling water, the image of bones sticking out of skin, a little girl thinking she murdered her mother, and parents and a brother flat out abusing a girl? (hide spoiler)]That's pretty horrifying right there.The abusive stepmother t...
  • Lexie
    This book helped remind me why I still adore middlegrade.It managed to be cute, sweet, genuinely emotional, and creepy, sometimes all within the span of a few pages. In a YA novel, that'd be almost bizarre; but in here? Not in the slightest. Children have such a fantastic array of emotions, and are so very capricious. They can switch from delighted to horrified to curious within the span of minutes. And they have this honest, black and white view...
  • Laura Jennings
    I think the thing that struck me the most about about this book was how fun it was. It was ridiculously fun, in a way that adults far too often disregard when writing for children. When you're a kid, adults are strange gods and weird tyrants, especially in landscapes twisted by emotional turmoil and social doubt. Far too many authors forget that kids still hanker for whimsy, and accept the ludicrous, because to kids, the ludicrousness of adults w...
  • Elizabeth
    Sinister Sweetness had some charm to it; I liked the overall concept and I enjoyed the fairytale references. I liked Andrew and I wished he had a bigger role to play, especially as the book went on and Lorelei began to be more annoying. Boy, was she annoying. She kept flipflopping between angst and arrogance (which I suppose is pretty accurate for that age group) and I stopped cheering for her as the protagonist and wished the book would end so t...
  • Reading is my Escape
    Creepy reimagining of Hansel & Gretel   This book is creepy. I mean, I'm an adult and I was scared for Lorelei. She is a girl facing a great deal of sadness and guilt. We learn early on that her mother died last year and for some reason, Lorelei feels guilty about this. When a beautiful new school with an amazing playground suddenly appears, and their old school mysteriously burns down, Lorelei and her brother are enrolled at Splendid Academy....
  • P.J.
    I'll admit I've been in a bit of a slump when it comes to middle grade reading. Maybe I've gotten pickier? Maybe I just haven't found the right books? But when I managed to snag an ARC of fellow-Austinite Nikki Loftin's debut novel, I started it and fell absolutely in love! And as it turns out, today is Nikki's release day, so please help me offer up congratulations for her and her amazing novel!THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY by Nikki...
  • Meredith Burton
    I am a voracious devourer of fairy tale retellings, and since Hansel and Gretel is one of my favorite tales, I decided to give this book a chance. The lush food imagery had me salivating, (and the school is a children's paradise!) Well, seemingly so, anyhow.Lorelei is wracked by guilt. She blames herself for her mother's death, and her father and brother are so very distant. When Lorelei's father remarries and the school where she and Bryan atten...
  • tarawrawr
    Review originally posted Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin was a fun and engaging, and incredibly magical, middle grade story from the get-go. It had so many elements of my favourite middle grade story – magical settings, mystery and intrigue, and an awesome protagonist.This might be slightly off topic, but first of all, I LOVE the title – The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Acad...
  • WTF Are You Reading?
    This may be a middle grade read, but it is a tale with real bite. It seems as though life has not been going very well for Lorelie Robinson; with the death of her mother, her father's remarriage to "Molly", and her school mysteriously burning down. Just when she thinks that things are strictly downhill, along comes Principal Trapp and Splendid Academy.With a playground straight out of a fairytale and a curriculum that seems to be focused on frien...