Zodiac Academy 4: Shadow Princess by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the 4th book in the Zodiac Academy series.

The shadows are in my blood.
I can feel them crawling through me, slithering under my skin and taking me hostage.

But the darkness within me, isn’t nearly as bad as the darkness that lives around me.

The four heirs will stop at nothing to destroy the lives of me and my sister.

But they haven’t figured out yet, we’re the strongest creatures they’ve ever known…

I absolutely love this series.

This book was brilliant to read. The storyline is brilliant, the plot develops well and the characters are fantastic.

I love Darcy and Tory. They are so different from one another, yet together they are invincible. They are written so brilliantly that you really feel everything they feel. Their journey is fantastic to read. They keep developing amd becoming stronger as the books go on.

Darcy and Lance’s relationship is everything. It’s brilliant. I love them together. Their moments together are spectacular to read and their connection to eachother is absolutely brilliant.

Darius is having a brilliant character development as the books go on. I really like him now, although he is far too stubborn, which only adds to his connection with Tory.

I really hate Seth. He’s written so well that I really do hate him. He is the worst one of the Heirs. Everything he doesn’t is cruel whilst at least the others have moments where they’re alright.

The world building is part of what makes this series fantastic. You can visualise everything so well. The Orders are brilliant and each one has its own unique characteristic which spills out to how they act in fae form. The concept behind star signs having such a prominent meaning is brilliant. The faebook posts and horoscopes just add to the greatness of it. You can’t fault this amazing world.

The whole plot with the shadows has been great to read. It has been interesting seeing Darcy and Tory learn to deal with this new 5th element, and the added aspect with Clara made it all the more interesting.

The ending.

What have you done? It was absolutely gut wrenching, not just once, but twice!

The whole book helps develop you emotionally towards these characters, and then the ending happens. It’s an emotional roller-coaster to read and has left me feeling a bit shell shocked.

I don’t know how it’s going to be fixed, but somehow it better or I don’t think I can cope.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. It’s absolutely brilliant. The character development is fantastic, the storyline is brilliant and the writing is faultless. The next book couldn’t come soon enough because the ending needs to be fixed somehow.

My rating: 5/5

Conviction (The Sophisticates Book 2) by Christine Manzari

This is the second book in The Sophisticates series.

The Others are out there. Somewhere. And the Program wants the Deviant Dozen to find them.

As a member of the Dozen, Cleo is still learning to master her deviation and she’s not having much luck. With the ability to cause explosions with just a thought, losing control always results in fiery disaster, making Cleo feel like a monster. She vows to ignore the urge to use her deviation and reclaim her humanity. But when terrible things start to happen at the Academy and Cleo is blamed for actions and events she doesn’t remember, she fears that the monster is taking over and she is becoming the dangerous weapon the Program created her to be.

The one bright spot in Cleo’s life is Ozzy, the cocky Sophisticate with perfect aim who makes her heart race. But it seems whenever things start to heat up between them, Ozzy is sent away on another secret mission, and Cleo is left alone to ponder their relationship and deal with the aftermath of the accusations made against her.

As the evidence against Cleo becomes more compelling and her closest friends turn against her, she finds her own conviction waning as she wonders if she really is as innocent as she wants to believe. And Cleo isn’t the only one struggling. Ozzy has always defined himself by his perfect aim and superior deviant skills, but after failed missions and bad choices, he realizes he can no longer trust his skills—or himself.

Caught in a storm of shocking allegations and harsh punishments, will Cleo’s conviction finally break her?

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was good, the plot continued to develop well and the characters are great.

I like Cleo. She’s a great a main character. She’s becoming strong, in the physical sense and strong willed, and yet she has such a strong compassionate side to her. I also loved how Ozzy had a point of view in this book. It was great to see what he was really thinking as well as what was happening when he was away. Both of their points of view gave a brilliant overall story and I enjoyed reading their relationship grow.

I love the other characters as well. Arabella, Sterling and Quinnie are all strong characters, and I did also lime the rest of the Dozen. I also liked Cassie. Her strong personality fitted amongst everyone great. Rune was a great addition to the story.

The storyline was great. I really felt for Cleo when all the accusations occurred and especially the result of them.

The ‘Others’ were brilliant additions and I liked the part they played in the story.

I found the ending to be a little unexpected which was a great change. We knew the Dozen planned to do that but to actually be told by Younglove was a nice twist, although the reason behind her doing so, not so much.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book and seeing how the unexpected turn of events changes things.

I would definitely recommend this book. It has a great storyline and the characters are great.

My rating: 5/5*

Deviation (The Sophisticates Book 1) by Christine Manzari

This is the first book in The Sophisticates series.

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

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

I like the idea behind the story and what makes the Sophisticates different. The group of them which are different with their own special gifts was a nice addition which made the story more exciting. I also liked the twist at the end with the ‘Others’.

Cleo is a great main character. She’s clever and very capable, but not in the sense for the military side. It was good to learn about this side of the program with her. I liked reading about her relationship with Ozzy. He’s a great character. He starts of quite mysterious, but we gradually get to know him and his secrets.

The rest of the group are interesting characters as well, particularly Arabella and Sterling. I also liked the mean girl vibe which went on between her and Quinnie. I’m intrigued to see whether they are able to work together towards the ‘Others,’ or not. They are all part of the Dozen after all.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was good, the characters were great and the plot developed at a good pace. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

The Sorcery Trial (The Faerie Race Book 1) by J.A.Armitage and Claire Luana

This is the first book in The Faerie Race series.

Welcome to The Faerie Race—an epic adventure through a realm as compelling as it is deadly…

Fame. Fortune. Your most extravagant wish granted. These are the prizes promised to the team that wins The Faerie Race, the first and only reality television show to venture into the dangerous realm of the fae. But that’s not why Jacqueline Cunningham wants in. She’s after any sign of her sister—who vanished without a trace into the faerie world two years ago. Jacq thought getting into the race would be the hard part. But she didn’t count on the other competitors—who will stop at nothing to finish first. Or her distractingly-handsome jerk of a partner, who seems to be hiding secrets of his own.
Plunged into a world where everything wants to kill her, what starts as a hunt for the truth turns into a desperate contest for survival. Now that Jacq’s in the race, it will take all her wits to make it to the finish line alive.

I enjoyed this book. It was fun, the storyline was good and thr characters were good.

Jacqueline was a good main character. She was strong, yet thrown into these trials and the world of the fae, she wasn’t the most experienced, especially with magic. She learnt as she went and found out she is strong enough to make it through.

I liked the fae characters and how Orin turned out to be the one she could trust. He’s a mysterious character, but as the story progressed, we slowly got to know him.

I like the fact that there was a bigger storyline going on besides the trials with her sisters disappearance and all.

Overall, this was a fun story. The characters were good, the plot developed well and the storyline was good. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I would definitely recommend recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*

Magic Gambit (Hidden World Academy Book 3) by Sadie Moss

This is the third and final book in the Hidden World series.

Okay, so things have gotten a little bit crazy around here.

The good news is, we know what we’re up against now.

The bad news? I don’t know if we stand a chance.

I have absolutely loved reading this series. The characters are brilliant, the storyline is great and the plot developed well.

Gabbi has been brilliant from the start. She has grown in to this strong person who’s adapted to this strange life she never know existed. I’ve loved reading her journey.

The boys have been brilliant too. Each of them has their own unique features, yet they have worked so well with Gabbi. Their connection was great to read.

The storyline was brilliant. It was a good end to the series, and I loved how it concluded for everyone.

I loved how Roxie ended up in this book. I felt like we really got to know her just through what Gabbi experienced, but having her turn up more in this book was great to read. They may look alike, but their personalities are so different.

The ending was very satisfying for everyone. I’m sad that the series has ended, but at least it’s ended in the best possible way.

Overall, I have absolutely loved reading this series. The storyline has been great and the characters are brilliant. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Savage Fae (Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac Book 2) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

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

There’s more to my brother’s murder than I realised…

Shadows in the halls, mysteries lurking around every corner.

Whoever killed him is covering their tracks well.

And now I’m walking a dangerous line between getting close to the four kings for information and wanting to crawl deeper under their skin for my own desires.

I can’t trust anyone.

I can’t let my guard down.

And I must keep the urges of my body separate from my heart.

But I’m starting to break all of my own rules.

I just hope I’m not falling for my brother’s killer

I love this world. This series is a spin off of the Zodiac Academy series. It’s great to see this side of it, the rougher class compared to the upper class of Zodiac Academy.

The characters are brilliant, the storyline is great and the plot is developing well.

I love Elise. She’s such a strong character. Strong in strength and strong willed. I’m enjoying reading her journey in investing her brothers death.

The boys are great too. We’re starting to see the depths of them in this book. I quite like them all now although I would like to see her give in to Gabriel more.

The storyline is great. There’s a bigger plot unravelling with the Black Card and with what happened to her at the end of the last book, but also with both the gangs and the end of this book.

Her brothers death might be driving her, and may be whaf she’s looking for, but there is far more to the story. I’m starting to think that all 4 of them didn’t murder Gareth.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. The world building is incredible. The characters are great and the storyline is enjoyable to read.

My rating: 5/5*

Royals of Villain Academy 2: Vile Sorcery by Eva Chase

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

In a month, I’ve gone from magicless to one of the most powerful dark mages in the world. You’d think that would make my life easier.

But all that power is only potential until I learn how to wield it, and my enemies have a huge head start. While I’m picking up every skill I can, adversaries both within Villain Academy and beyond it are working to knock me down.

My fellow scions? I can count at least a couple of them among those enemies. The others… Let’s just say the lines between light and dark have gotten a lot more blurred.

Nothing’s safe here—not my mind, my heart, my magic, or the few people who’re proving themselves my allies. When the danger turns deadly, will I be able to save all of them and myself?

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

Rory is a great character. She’s having everything thrown at her, but still she stays strong. It’s great to see how much she’s developing as a character as the story progresses.

Malcolm is still an arsehole.

Connar also annoyed me in this book. She needs to get over himself really and stop doing every little thing Malcolm says. Rory has every right to dislike him. Jude actually almost came across alright compared to Connar and Malcolm. Almost. His unfair views are what let him down. Declan is still the best of them. I can understand his mindset, but I also think he still needs to grow a backbone. At least he’s being half decent though.

I think Rory needs to follow her instincts more. She knows the boys are dicks, Declan aside, and needs to stop falling for their charms.

I like the concept of the magic in this series. It’s got its own unique twist with the four different types.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. The storyline is enjoyable, the plot is good and runs at a good pace and the characters are great.

My rating: 5/5*