Review: The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant (The V Trilogy #1) by Joanna Wiebe

ARC provided by Benbella Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.

One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in… and why.

As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.


This book gave me goosebumps! I couldn’t put it down because I just had to know what was up with the students and the island. There were so many questions that I wanted answers to. Why is there a red line separating the students from the villagers? Why is everyone always so cryptic around Anne? Who can she trust? 

The students in this school were weirdly competitive. Almost everyone wanted to keep to themselves and the animosity was off the charts. I’m not exaggerating when I say everyone wanted to be Valedictorian. This was the biggest mystery for me. Why did everyone want the Big V? 

You don’t know who to trust in this book. Everyone seems to have a hidden agenda. 

Ben, the boy who ignores Anne in public, but keeps giving out hints when they’re together. Anne feels a connection between her and Ben. She can’t figure out why she’s drawn to him. 

I loved the twist at the end! I wasn’t expecting that! I thought I had it all figured out. 

This book is great for people who might be looking for a paranormal book that’s different and not about vampires and werewolves.

5 stars!


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