Dickensen Academy 
by Christine Grabowski

Dickensen Academy
by Christine Grabowski
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 12th, 2018
The Wild Rose Press, Inc

This school may be her dream come true…or her worst nightmare.

Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.

Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.

When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?


I have to tell you Dickensen Academy was very surprising and unexpected.  I have no clue what I expected when I started reading but I can tell you straight up that I was pleasantly surprised.

As a YA novel, the age was slightly younger than I usually go with, here Autumn and the rest of the group were around 14/15 but it really did not affect the quality of the storyline. I mean honestly, you can make them all a few years older have them be Freshmen in College and it would have made little difference.

In this book, it is all about the mystery that surrounds the Dickensen Academy and we go through the motions with the group of friends.  When we get to discover what happened, I was holy cow, I do not think I have seen this in a story off the top of my head in like ever…

So for me, that was pretty amazing!

If you want to know what it is, my lips are sealed (so to speak).

I finished it over 2 days, as I had tons of work to do, and I truly enjoyed it. there were interesting changes of paces, I sorta wanted to kick Autumn’s dad ass… You read that book and you will agree with me.. and I truly enjoyed everything about it.

However, at the moment my only gripe with it is that for me there were way too many questions left open at the end of the book, and there was no indication there is a second volume coming soon.

I could list right here some of my question such as:

Ok, all of this is great, what is it for?

What happens when the kids graduate and leave the Academy?

What do they learn next?

I need closure, and right now the priority is for me to know if I am going to get a book 2 or not!  I really think Christine wrote something deeply original and smart and well as you read above I would like to know more because I have tons of questions that need answering!

I am going to very much recommend Dickensen Academy if you want to read something uniquely different and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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“I feel like there’s something big we don’t know about. Something those students were protecting. I mean, really, why are we here?”

I thought it was just me who was confused. “Well…the recruiters said we’re creative and focused.”

“Yeah, that’s what Principal Locke said too.”

“And we have the right personality.”

Ben looked up at the sky, sighed then turned toward the forest. “What did he say…something about how it will soon become clear why we’re here, and there’s some ultimate purpose for our creativity?”

“I know. That whole creativity part was a bit bizarre.”

He shrugged. “It seems everyone is going with the flow. But I have so many questions.” Then he touched my arm to stop me, so I turned toward him. “I’m thinking they’re isolating us for some special reason,” he admitted in an embarrassed tone.

I tried not to laugh—he was acting paranoid. But I didn’t know Ben well. Maybe he was joking, trying to freak me out. Or was he hitting on me? The flutter in my chest moved to my stomach. I was already anxious about being away from home and whether or not I could hack the academics. I didn’t need to obsess about anything else. But I still had to know about Ben’s dream.

“So…I also had a dream about Dickensen before I accepted the offer.”

Ben’s head snapped toward me. “You did?”

Author’s Bio

Dickensen Academy is Christine’s debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading.

When she isn’t reading or writing, Christine can often be found running, skiing, or hiking. She lives in Newcastle, Washington, with her supportive husband, two avid teen readers, and their energetic wheaten terriers.

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