Review: The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Niki Loftin

Release Date: August 21, 2012
Age Group: Middle Grade
Received From: NetGalley
IBSN: 1595145087

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 teacher, the beautiful Ms. Morrigan, at the very center.

Then Andrew disappears. Lorelei has to save him, even if that means facing a past she’d like to forget – and taking on a teacher who’s a real witch.

What Lorelei and Andrew discover chills their bones – and might even pick them clean!

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy was some of the most fun I’ve had in awhile. It was definitely the most fun middle grade book I’ve read in a long time. The story is quite sinister. It reminded me a lot of The Witches. I loved that book/movie so much when I was a kid, so this brought back some very fond memories.

Lorelei has had a very tough year. Her mother died, her brother stopped paying attention to her and now her father is remarrying a witch, in Lorelei’s opinion anyway. Even though she has all these things on her mind she still managed to be a very endearing and fun character. She was smart and I loved that she wasn’t easily fooled. I adored her unlikely friendship with Andrew.

The plot was a lot of fun. I loved the school and the enigma surrounding it. Watching Lorelei and Andrew unravel the mystery one thread at a time was very entertaining. Overall, The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy was a extremely enjoyable read. I definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a quick escape read. A word of warning: have some candy on hand. It’s sure to make you crave it.


  1. The Witches? Say no more. I am down to read The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy based on that fact alone.
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  2. Oh it sounds brilliant and fun! I want to read this. I love the cover. 
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  3. I have this one and I am really excited to read it!! Glad that you enjoyed it. Makes me look forward to reading it even more.
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  4. This sounds really good. I love MG books and would love this one. Maybe I’ll check it out of the library.

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  5. Middle grade books can be so much fun and I was hooked as soon as you mentioned the comparison to The Witches! I loved that book too :)
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  6. Why have  I never read the Witches??! What is wrong with me? lol  Great review! This one sounds like a lot of fun!
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  7. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. I LOVE the cover with that awesome font!! And what a great title. I haven’t read The Witches, but I love some middle grade like crazy. Sounds like I have some MG catching up to do. And candy to eat while I’m doing it. :)
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  8. I’m so glad to finally read a review of this! It’s been on my wishlist since I first spotted it on Goodreads. Going to to have to check it out. Great review! :)
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  9. I don’t know that I ever read the witches, but this one does sound great. Now that I know you loved it, I’ll definitely bump it up my list. I love fun middle grade :) 
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