Darkblood Academy: Book One: Half-blood by G.K. DeRosa

This is the first book in the Darkblood Academy series.

Welcome to Darkblood—oops, I mean Darkhen Academy.

There are three rules to survive the elite supernatural school:

  1. Do not talk or even look at The Seven, the uber-powerful supes that rule the academy.
  2. Never go into the Fae forest on a full moon… or else.
  3. And most definitely do not fall for one of the extremely hot and unattainable instructors.

Too bad I’ve never really been a rule follower…

A year ago the supernaturals came out of the closet on primetime TV, and about a minute ago I, Luna Hallows, found out I was one of them—well, a half-blood anyway.

So here I am at Darkhen Academy, the only human and no magical abilities to speak of. The only reason I’m here is because of my father—a man I didn’t even know existed until now. He’s crazy powerful, and they think I could be too. But what could I possibly contribute to an exclusive squad of dragon shifters, fae, witches, and vampires?

I guess we’re about to find out because the merging of the supernatural and human realms isn’t going as smoothly as planned. If word gets out that humans are no longer safe from the supes, our worlds will once again be closed off.

It’s up to us to stop that from happening.

I enjoyed this book. It had a good storyline and the characters were good.

Luna was a good main character. She may be human, but after being thrown into this new life, she copes well. It was good seeing her character develop into the strong girl she ends up as at the end. I’m looking forward to seeing how she continues to grow and develop alongside her powers.

The other characters were good. The 7 were all interesting characters. They were all different and had their own traits. I’m looking forward to seeing how the relationship between Luna and the squad grows now she’s a part of them.

Ryder was a great character. I loved reading the relationship between Luna and him grow. It was a little frustrating at points, like, just go for it, but I understood his reservations. I’m intrigued to see how the relationship develops in the next book.

I liked the storyline although it did take me a little while to get into. The last third of the book did really pick up though. I also felt the way it went around swearing was annoying. Either do it or don’t. Don’t do the annoying half swearing/word switching thing that was going on. It was annoying to read.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The storyline was good, the characters were good and the plot generally developed well.

I was debating over my rating for this book, whether it be 4 or 5*. The last third of the book really grabbed me though so I opted to go higher, but it’s only just scraping that 5. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next book though.

My rating: 5/5*

Dragon Fire Academy 2 – Second Term by Rachel Jonas

This is the second book in the Dragon Fire Academy series.

The good news: my four guardians are more than just a brood of cocky dragons. I was drawn to this island to find them … my mates.

The sucky news: an ancient evil has marked me as its vessel, but I suppose one girl can’t have all the luck, right?

I was warned that second term would be a challenge, but nothing could have prepared me for this. As if things aren’t already hard enough, one innocent slipup threatens to cost me big time.

Every day, it gets harder to tell friend from foe. Especially with more than one enemy who wants to make sure I lose everything.

Thing is, no one has any idea how fiercely I’m willing to fight. I guess they’ll learn the hard way that I’m no pushover.

Giving up simply isn’t in my blood.

I enjoyed reading this book. The storyline progressed well from the last, the characters are great and the plot developed well.

Noelle is a good main character. It’s interesting to see how she’s coping after going through the big change that she did. It’s also to see how she differs from everyone else. Things go right and things go wrong. She fights through everything regardless.

I love the four guys. They’re strong, caring and fierce. It’s great to see how Noelles relationship with all of them progresses and how she treats each one of them.

The island tradition and the way of life for the hives is interesting to read. Noelle is an outsider, so seeing her learn about all these new ways has been good.

Things definitely got interesting near the end. I’m interested to see what happens in the next book.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. The storyline is good, the plot develops well and the characters are great.

My rating: 5/5*

Alchemy Academy

Preorder Alchemy Academy and receive it on 17th February.

Welcome to Alchemy Academy.
We’ll give you the building blocks to harness your natural power and control your magic. You’ll learn to let the waters flow and let the fire burn strong, to let the earth shake and the winds blow. The only limit is yourself.

I was never meant to be on this island, but my own curiosity got the better of me. The Shadowmaster let me stay for whatever reason. Everyone seems to be able to do magic, except me.
Yes, magic is indeed real.
I don’t belong here.
But I’m Roxy. I make the best of any situation and this one will be no different.