Royals of Villain Academy 1: Cruel Magic by Eva Chase

This is the first book in the Royals of Villain Academy series.

I thought I was ordinary Rory Franco: college student, artist, and over-protected daughter. Then mages barge into my family’s home, murder my parents, and whisk me off to a university known to the rest of magical society as Villain Academy.

It turns out I’m Persephone Bloodstone, the long lost heir to one of the five royal families of dark magic. I’m destined to learn how to manipulate the world with fear—and to stand beside the four other scions: the scorching-hot, arrogant young men who rule this school.

Unfortunately, I’m having trouble locating my supposedly wicked skills. I don’t want to use a power that feeds off people’s pain, but I have to tap into my talents fast if I want to survive. I’ve got no time to grieve for my family. The students here are even more vicious than the teachers, and my fellow scions are worst of all.

The four of them crush anyone who doesn’t kowtow. No way will I bow to any villain, no matter how brutally alluring. They can turn on the charm or tear me down, but they can’t break me, even if I can barely get my magic working.

They’ve never met anyone like me before. I don’t care about ruling. I just want to avenge the people I loved.

It doesn’t matter what kind of power runs through my veins. I’m taking Villain Academy down.

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great, the plot developed well and the characters were good.

Rory was a great main character. She was thrown into the new life and went through such a tough time. She never backed down and stuck to her beliefs, even after everything which happened to her. You have to admire that will power. I’m looking forward to seeing her grow more.

Malcolm is an arsehole. He is so adamant on knocking her down. Jude was much better. Connar started to grow on me until nearer the end. I’m hoping he redeems himself. Declan is better than them all, but he isn’t sticking up for her either. I’m hoping he grows a backbone at some point.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It was an enjoyable read. The storyline is great and the characters are great. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

My rating: 5/5*

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