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The Academy: Love Match by [Seles, Monica]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in Academy (2 Book Series)

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"An enticing combination of suspense, romance, mystery, fashion, and, of course, sports." "--""Booklist" "Readers will find themselves pulling for this scrappy teen as she navigates fame and relationships." --"Kirkus Reviews""" "Seles writes what she knows, providing a fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes business aspects that are a huge part of today's sports scenes. Readers who need a break from the violence, cruelty, and relentless menu of crises that are so much a part of current teen fiction will find a welcome diversion here." "--""VOYA" "For readers who can't get enough of series like Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" and Zoey Dean's "The A-List."" "--""School Library Journal "on "Game On""" "This is a series premise with a lot of potential: The world of high-stakes athletics and its impact on teens hungry to succeed is compelling . . . the premise will attract readers, and the cast of characters is varied and interesting enough to hold them." "--""Kirkus Reviews "on "Game On"

An enticing combination of suspense, romance, mystery, fashion, and, of course, sports. "Booklist"

Readers will find themselves pulling for this scrappy teen as she navigates fame and relationships. "Kirkus Reviews"

Seles writes what she knows, providing a fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes business aspects that are a huge part of today's sports scenes. Readers who need a break from the violence, cruelty, and relentless menu of crises that are so much a part of current teen fiction will find a welcome diversion here. "VOYA"

For readers who can't get enough of series like Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" and Zoey Dean's "The A-List." "School Library Journal on Game On"

This is a series premise with a lot of potential: The world of high-stakes athletics and its impact on teens hungry to succeed is compelling . . . the premise will attract readers, and the cast of characters is varied and interesting enough to hold them. "Kirkus Reviews on Game On""

"An enticing combination of suspense, romance, mystery, fashion, and, of course, sports." --Booklist

"Readers will find themselves pulling for this scrappy teen as she navigates fame and relationships." --Kirkus Reviews

"Seles writes what she knows, providing a fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes business aspects that are a huge part of today's sports scenes. Readers who need a break from the violence, cruelty, and relentless menu of crises that are so much a part of current teen fiction will find a welcome diversion here." --VOYA

"For readers who can't get enough of series like Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl and Zoey Dean's The A-List." --School Library Journal on Game On

"This is a series premise with a lot of potential: The world of high-stakes athletics and its impact on teens hungry to succeed is compelling . . . the premise will attract readers, and the cast of characters is varied and interesting enough to hold them." --Kirkus Reviews on Game On

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More cut-throat competition and non-stop drama in the second book in a hot new series inspired by the teen years of tennis superstar Monica Seles

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408842998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408842997
  • ASIN: B00HYXWSMO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,141 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Getting in to the Academy was the easy part for Maya Hart, it's staying there that's proving tricky. After the explosive ending of Game On, in which Maya's rival Nicole tricked her then boyfriend Jake Reed in to thinking Maya had cheated on him, and Jake promptly fell in to bed with Nicole, Maya is trying to push the betrayal to the side and focus on her game, not the drama. Unfortunately Maya has been pegged by Nicole as a threat, and Nicole has plenty of tricks up her sleeve, especially when Maya is approached by Nicole's agent after a spectacular showing at the Semi Finals of a Tennis Competition.

Maya's focus is firmly on, but her showing in the competition brings plenty of media attention along with a potential agent. There's plenty of gossip going round about Maya and the Reed brothers, not helped by Maya's renewed feelings for her ex. Which one...I hear you cry! Well let's just say Jake's plan to get her back is....flawed. Along with her new found stardom comes a modelling gig, that causes some waves in her relationship with a Reed brother. And some drama involving Nicole, who's determined to destroy Maya.

Maya however, is not the only one with Drama. Soccer star Diego finally arrives at the academy, and Renee is smitten with the boy who's determined to get her to see her beauty is nothing to do with what's on her plate. Cleo has won her first big golf tournament, but is ripped to shreds in the press for her hair and her look, not to mention a certain blogger making her life hell. The Reed brothers? Well they're being pitted against each other more than ever by their father, the press and their love for Maya. Never a dull moment at the Academy.

I have been waiting for this book with baited breath, I loved Game On, and the ending left me wanting more...
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The Academy: Love Match by Monica Seles was a quick, fun read. I enjoyed the first book in the series, Game On, when I read it last year. YA books involving sports are definitely something I'd like to see more of. I think the idea of a superstar sports academy involving the top young athletes is an amazing idea. And while I wish there were better character development in general, I did still enjoy Love Match. There's quite a bit of drama amongst Maya and her friends and the other students at The Academy...

Love Match starts off a couple of weeks after Game On left off and Maya has decided to focus on her sports training. And this paid off quite a lot as Maya is playing against top competitors in a mid-level tennis competition and manages to hold her own against one of her tennis heroes. And in playing so well in this tournament Maya gains the attention of a sports agent and starts receiving a lot of attention from other players and the media that has been very surprising.

What I like about this book in particular is the different issues that have come up. I like how Maya's friendship with alternatively-dressed golfer, Cleo, brings up the issue of image and staying true to yourself. And Renee starts dating soccer-star Diego and begins to see a different side to her wealth and privilege. These are things I'd like to see developed in future books.

Of course one of the main aspects of this series seems to be the relationships between Maya and the Reed brothers, Travis and Jake. This is the thing that drives me slightly crazy though. I'm not fond of story lines in which one character sways easily between two love interests. Things start off strong with Maya focusing on herself and her sports career but towards the end, it seems to be the last thing on her mind. Still. A book that was an enjoyable way to pass an afternoon!
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I only have love for one trashy series at a time, and GAME ON secured Monica Seles's The Academy series as my chosen. LOVE MATCH cements its position with more drama, and occasional sport.

Yes, sport. There are plenty of physical female characters in YA fiction, but usually they're defensive or violent, so it's great to see sport have a starring role. Tennis player Maya Hart's point of view guides the entire novel, even though her own storyline is so-so. Her on-court career is going great, but her off-court life is less successful - mostly due to her dual attraction for gridiron-playing brothers, and the occasional upstaging in the media by her rival.

Chinese golfer Cleo has won a junior invitational tournament yet keeps being criticised by a particular blogger. First for her outfits, then for her "partying", and lastly for being "Americanized". This storyline is awkward because the characters seem to equate criticism with "trolling"/"bullying". It turns out the blogger's motives are good, but the execution is not. Cleo's sub-plot wraps up neatly with a happy ending.

South African/French swimmer Renee Ledecq is a little heart-breaking here. The daughter of wealthy parents, she's extremely generous to others...but doesn't treat herself half as well. However, her latest relationship could teach her to love herself more, and hopefully this will be expanded upon in a future novel.

This addictive series has hooked me fully, and further books set in the Academy 'verse would be most welcome. Yes it's trash, but it's MY kind of trash.
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