Zodiac Academy: Origins of an Academy Bully by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is a prequel novella to Zodiac Academy: The Awakening, the first book in the Supernatural Bullies and Beasts series.

Dark magic is forbidden at Zodiac Academy.

That’s why I hide it so well.

But now I’m supposed to mentor Darius Acrux: the son of the most ruthless Dragon Shifter in Solaria.

If he’s caught using blood magic, he’ll lose his claim to the throne.

The problem is? Our families are up to something, and we’re determined to find out what. No matter what dark power we must turn to…

This was an interesting insight to Darius and Lance Orion. It puts an understanding to their behaviour in Zodiac Academy: The Awakening.

They come across down to earth in this book, but being controlled by their families. The consequences unfortunately make then revengeful and bitter.

I still don’t particularly like Darius in Zodiac Academy:The Awakening, despite his background. He really is a right bully in it, and I don’t think his background is enough of an excuse for some of his behaviour.

The insight on Orion also had just made me even more intrigued about him. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

I would definitely recommend reading this along with the Supernatural Bullies and Beasts series.

My rating: 5/5*

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*

Desi Pere (Swirling Secrets Book 1) by Roze Wallin

Magnhild, is a freak. From her name, right down to her naturally bizarre visage – she’s an odd duck.

Her life has taken a swirling plunge into the drain the past few months, but it’s nothing compared to what’s coming. All she wants is to finish school, and start over somewhere fun.

Fate, has other plans.

Enter the Desi Pere underground organization, and three of it’s loyal members. They’ve enlisted Magnhild’s cooperation, whether she likes it or not. They mean to exploit her superhuman gifts – secrets she didn’t think anyone knew about. The bait: reuniting her with her mother…who’s supposed to be dead.

Overnight, she’s dragged into a hidden world – and a war – the normal world knows nothing about.

Danger, confusion, deception, and self-loathing fog each decision Magnhild faces.

She desperately hopes to find her mother, and bring meaning to her past of abuse and isolation. Will she see through the web society has spun around her, or fall captive to century-old lies? In her search for the truth, she discovers she cannot find what she seeks, without first accepting herself, finding her inner strength, and embracing her bizarre life…

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great and the plot developed well.

I liked the idea behind the story and how the organisations are described. Magnhild’s gifts are interesting to read, although I don’t think we saw enough of them.

Magnhild was an interesting main character, although she was annoyingly stupid at times. I caught on to the truth way before she did. As much as I enjoyed the story, it took her way too long to realise what was going on. While I don’t mind naive characters, she was a little bit too naive. In general, she was a likable character though.

I liked all the other characters as well. They were all interesting and had their own parts to play.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was great. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*

Elf Doubt (Elf Mastery book 2) by Bryant Reil

This is the second book in the Elf Mastery series.

Several weeks ago, Kyla saved the world.

Or did she? Though Erebus, god of darkness, remains trapped in Kyla’s care, the world has fallen into disarray. Former followers of Erebus roam as bandits and desperate refugees struggle to survive. The people of the World of Order doubt King Oberon’s reports of Erebus’ defeat.

Meanwhile, a mysterious patron has imposed herself on Kyla’s life and sends her on a series of dangerous assignments. Can Kyla cope with the discovery of her patron’s true identity? And who can she trust when the World of Order falls into chaos?

As the world falls apart and the wicked struggle to claim control of it, Kyla must keep herself together against the pain of her own internal struggles.

The storyline is great, the plot develops well and I enjoyed reading this book.

I like the characters. I still like Eunoe and Aspen the most. They both have great personalities and are always the voice of reason amongst Kylas crazy adventures.

Kyla is a great main character, but once again, she is still childish. It is just in her character to be such which is fine, but sometimes she just doesn’t think about what she is about to do. Her character is what makes the story what it is though, but once again, she would never be where she is without her friends, and various other characters there to always save the day.

I really love the wide range of characters which come in all shapes of forms. There are so many creatures and each one is described well. For me, that is what makes this story special.

Once again, the one thing that I did find annoying are the layout of the characters. One minute, it’s following Kyla, the next, it’s following someone else. I would prefer each character having a separate chapters. I can also understand why there are multiple characters plots in the same chapter, and the point of view in which is is written does mean it works. It’s still just a personal preference though as I find the changeovers a bit abrupt.

Overall, the story is great and I would definitely recommend reading this series. I’m definitely interested in reading the next book and finding out where the story goes next.

My rating: 4/5*

Harley Merlin and the Mortal Pact by Bella Forrest

This is the 9th book and the final one of this storyline in the Harley Merlin series.

Without magic, Harley knows the odds of defeating Katherine are stacked against them. Yet a sliver of hope survives in the pages of her parents’ Grimoire. The final, mind-boggling spell entails making a deal with a Child of Chaos. But what must be offered in return?

Finch wants to be the one who ends Katherine. Mother Dearest brought him into the world, and he wants to take her out. He will give anything for that chance—even his life.

Meanwhile, Katherine needs Harley’s body, or her carefully crafted façade will crumble. And she can’t let that happen, not when she’s so close to becoming a goddess walking the Earth.

Unbeknownst to them all, Chaos still has surprises in store—ones that not even Eris herself could predict—in a showdown of epic proportions.

I absolutely love this series. This book provided a satisfying conclusion to this storyline. The story has been brilliant and the plot developed at a good and fast pace.

The characters have been brilliant. I love them all. Harley is just great. She’s strong, brave, kind and always looks out for everyone else. Finch was the true hero in this book though. It was great to have his point of view included. It was also good to have Katherine’s point of view. Reading her thoughts whilst the events unfolded put another perspective to everything.

This book had me completely drawn in to it. There were highs and lows for everyone. There were losses and victories. It was a roller-coaster of a plot.

Overall, I absolutely have absolutely loved this series and it has become one of my favourites from the very first book. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

The Reckoning (The Culling book 3) by Tricia Wentworth

This is the 3rd and final book in The Culling series.

In the final moments of “The Fracturing,” Reagan Scott was taken. While the rest of the country casts their votes for the next Presidential Couple, Reagan must now fight to survive.

It’s no longer just about winning the Culling, it’s about ending the war with the drifters once and for all. As the darkness spirals out of control and threatens to destroy everyone and everything she loves, Reagan will be forced to make some difficult choices.

Who will make it out alive? How will the drifter attack alter the course of the Culling? And who will be the next Presidential Couple?

I have absolutely loved this series. The storyline is brilliant and the characters are great.

Reagan and Lyncoln have been brilliant characters. Individually, they’re both strong, clever and brave. Together they’re a force to be reckoned with. Watching their relationship grow has been a story on its own.

I have loved all the secondary characters as well. Attie, Jamie, Henry. All their friends and families. Each one has added something to the story.

The plot has been great. It hasn’t only been about The Culling and presidency, but about the bigger threat with the drifters.

The ending was great and satisfying. It’s sad that it’s the end though as I have completly loved these books.

Overall, these books have been brilliant and I would definitely recommend them.

My rating: 5/5*

The Fracturing (The Culling book 2) by Tricia Wentworth

This is the second book in The Culling series.

In the final moments of “The Culling”, Reagan Scott was betrayed. This betrayal changes everything. Not just for the Culling but for the country. As the competition for Presidential Couple continues and the final four are solidified, the campaigning begins, sending Reagan on a tour of the townships to vie for the votes and hearts of the nation. Though she’s finally with the one who has always had her heart, everything else seems to be spinning out of control. With enemies both within the Culling and outside of it, it’s not a matter of if something will happen… but when.

When the world comes crashing down around her, will Reagan break under pressure? How far can she make it in the Culling? And more importantly, how far is she willing to go to protect the ones she loves?

This series is brilliant and I enjoyed this book. The storyline developed well and the plot moved at a good pace and I love the characters. I read this book incredibly fast and have been absolutely engrossed in it.

I love Reagan. She’s a brilliant character. She’s strong willed, yet caring and compassionate. She is a natural leader, but has a good sense of humour. I’m rooting for her all the way.

Lyncoln is also a great character. He is strong and fierce, but protective and passionate. I think Reagan and himself make a brilliant couple and I have loved seeing their relationship develop.

There were so many brilliant moments in this book, that I was expecting something to go wrong. The ending, however, I did not expect it to be like that. I’m now going to have to read the next book because I need to know what happens!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next. The chapter lengths were perfect in this book and I still loved the fact that the book is on the longer side. I would definitely recommend this series.

My rating: 5/5*