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Peter Green and the Unliving Academy by Angelina Allsop Book Review

I must admit I didn’t expect it to be THAT level of good but I ended up really enjoying Peter Green and the Unliving Academy I got asked to review it by tckpublishing through Inside A Dog. They seemed to see that I am a reviewer and sent over an ebook copy a few months ago. Finally I sat down with my computer in front of me and started to read.


Fourteen-year-old Peter Green can’t remember how he died.

All he has are his pajamas, a silk tie, and a one-way bus ticket to Mrs. Battisworth’s Academy and Haven for Unliving Boys and Girls, a strange and spooky school for dead orphans like himself. But that’s all he needs: the Unliving Academy has everything, from vampires in the hallways, to monsters in the cafeteria, to ghosts in the cellar.

And that’s just the teachers; the students are far stranger.

As Pete learns to fit in with his new supernatural schoolmates, he starts to discover his own uniquely undead abilities, and even begins enjoying his life after death…but he just can’t shake the feeling that he’s forgotten something (or somebody!) important.

Somebody he left behind in the land of the living.

Somebody he loved very much.

Somebody who’s in terrible danger.

Peter Green and the Unliving Academy is the captivating first installment of Angelina Allsop’s Unliving series of young adult fantasy novels. If you like reading about fun-filled adventures, fully realized new worlds, and the most unlikely of heroes, you’re sure to love Allsop’s spirited coming-of-age tale.

Fans of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, the Charlie Bone Series by Jenny Nimmo, and The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton will enjoy this young adult fantasy series.

You’ll love the Peter Green series if you like reading these types of books:

Young adult and YA fantasy novels
Ghosts, zombies, and mythical beasts
Young adult adventure stories

I have to admit this book reminded me of a cross between Harry Potter and Twilight with the magical feel of Wundersmith. Come on it had ghosts, spies and WEREWOLVES!! What more could you want?? I’m probably older than the intended audience but this definitely would’ve been a book I would’ve loved as a 10-14 yer old! I had a serious paranormal obsession as a young person and yes… I was one of those cringey Twilight readers as well as a massive overwhelming fan of The Mortal Instruments. In short this would’ve been down my alley!

I’m older now and of course my taste has changed I still love paranormal and supernatural (but I also discovered I love fluffy romances!) I have learnt to differentiate between what I believe a “good book” to be as well as a “bad book” but even I could agree this book was really engaging and really entertaining. I would definitely recommend it to others!

Let’s start off with characters: Peter Green was so cool he WAS A SPYYYY!!!!! and he went to an unliving academy filled with all sorts of creatures! He seemed to be kind of shy-ish but he seemed very realistic and relatable in his views (he liked being a hardcore spy fighting dead guy!) I didn’t really get a feel for the other characters as such, they seemed to be all introduced at the start of the novel. If the characters were introduced in different times or stages in the book the reader probably would feel less overwhelmed and would feel more of a connection to the previously introduced characters.

This next point isn’t so much with the book but it’s more of a personal thing. I don’t think ebooks are for me. I don’t absorb the story easily or as much as a paper book. This one was an ebook and I think if I had a physical copy I would’ve preferred it more and would’ve gotten really really into it. As said before just a personal note but I still enjoyed it nevertheless.

All in all a strong debut novel, I would definitely recommend it to middle grade readers who are interested in the supernatural! Thank you to the publisher and Inside A Dog for my copy!