Dark Fae (Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac Book 1) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the first book in the Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac series.

What do a heartless Dragon Shifter, a cold-blooded Basilisk, an arrogant Lion Shifter and a brooding, tattooed Harpy have in common…?


Elise Callisto. Vampire. Angel of vengeance. And a girl on a mission to destroy one of them for murdering my brother. I just don’t know which one did it yet.

When I kicked the ass of a Werewolf who was high on a new and dangerous drug called Killblaze, his final words painted a dark reality for me. The King of Aurora Academy killed my brother. The trouble is, there’s four kings at that school and each of them have motive and cutthroat natures.

Aurora Academy isn’t a place for the faint of heart. To put it lightly, my town is the asshole of Solaria where the dodgiest Fae in the kingdom reside. The school itself is divided by the two gangs who run this town. The Lunar Brotherhood and the Oscura Clan. And guess what? Two of the kings run the gangs at the school, their hatred for each other so fierce I hear a day doesn’t go by without blood being spilled in the halls.

I might be a petite, lilac-haired girl who looks like a fragile doll, but they haven’t been introduced to my fangs yet. And they don’t know why I’m really here. Or that I’ll do whatever it takes to bring down the Fae who took my flesh and blood from me.

I don’t believe in fate, but I do know this… the King who killed my brother is a dead man walking. And I’m prepared to sacrifice my heart, body and soul to ensure I get my revenge.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a spin off of the Zodiac Academy series, although it is a completely separate series.

The characters are great and the storyline is good and develops at a good pace.

Elise is a brilliant character. She’s strong, unforgiving and on a journey for vengeance. She is so unlike other main characters I’ve come across.

The 4 boys are interesting characters. I think the two gang leaders are ruthless and yet Elise’s connection towards them is interesting. I really likd Gabriel and Leon. They are both different. I think her connection towards Gabriel was on the next level though.

The storyline was great and things definitely got interesting towards the end. I’m looking forward to seeing how the plot develops in the next book. I would definitely recommend reading this series.

My rating: 5/5*

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