Zodiac Academy: The Awakening by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the first book in the series.

You have been selected to attend Zodiac Academy, where your star sign defines your destiny.

If you’re one of the Fae, elemental magic is in your blood. And apparently it’s in ours. As twins born in the month of Gemini, we’re a rare breed even in this academy of supernatural a-holes.

Changelings were outlawed hundreds of years ago but I guess our birth parents didn’t get the memo. Which means we’re totally unprepared for the ruthless world of Fae.

Air. Fire. Water. Earth.

No one has ever harnessed all four of them, until we arrived. And it hasn’t made us any friends so far.

As the rarest Elementals ever known, we’re already a threat to the four Celestial Heirs; the popular, vindictive bullies who happen to be some of the hottest guys we’ve ever seen. It doesn’t help that they’re the most dangerous beasts in the Academy. And probably on earth too.

Our fates are intertwined, but they want us gone. They’ve only got until the lunar eclipse to force us out and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed.

We never knew we had a birthright to live up to but now that we do, we intend to claim our throne.

We can’t expect any help from the faculty when it comes to defending ourselves. So if the dragon shifters want some target practice, the werewolves want someone to hunt or the vampires fancy a snack then we have to be ready. But we’ve been looking after each other for a long time and fighting back is in our blood.

Today’s horoscope: totally screwed.

This book is absolutely fantastic and I enjoyed reading it. The story is brilliant, the characters are great and the pace is great.

Tory and Darcy are both brilliant main characters and are both relatable. They get thrown into this new world with no preparation, yet they cope with it well, even with the bullying going on. I liked the differences and individuality between them even though they are twins. It’s a hard, ruthless world they have to navigate.

The 4 heirs were interesting characters. They go to lengths to make Tory and Darcy uncomfortable and try to scare them. I can kind off see things from their point of view given their upbringing, but they go to the extreme.

Orion was another interesting character. Everything throughout the book is pointing towards him being a bad guy, but then certain events contradict the idea. I’m looking forward to learning more about him.

All the different Orders and characters came in different shapes and sizes which was brilliant to read. I liked the fact that they were essentially, Human, but they could change into these characters and they each topped up their magic in different ways. Each one was different and had their quirks. They were described great and I found it very imaginative.

Overall, this book is absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to read the next. I would completely recommend it. It’s simply brilliant.

My rating: 5/5*

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