Academy of Six by A.K. Koonce – A Book Review

Posted September 5, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reverse Harem, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Academy of Six

(Origins of the Six – Book 1)

by A.K. Koonce & Aleera Anaya Ceres
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Slow Burn, Academy RH, PNR
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

One of the better Academy books I’ve read lately, though not perfect. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Deadly monsters live in all of us.

The Academy of Six has just never seen a monster as terribly mundane as Izara Castillo. And that is a dangerous problem. She has four semesters to not only understand her supernatural abilities, but harness them as well.

Everything at the Academy is a disaster, from Interdimensional Travels through hell to the other hell they like to call Gym.

Bullies push her, test her, and simply try to kill her. A few broodingly protective roommates and a scary fake boyfriend could help. Or make her life impossibly harder.

Pretend to date the emotionally detached demon, they said. What’s the worst that could happen, they said.

It’s make or break within this prison of a school. If she succeeds, she’ll finally know what she’s capable of, who she truly is, and where she came from.

If she fails…she dies.

This is Reverse Harem series containing M/M themes. Recommended for readers 18 and over. 

Thoughts on Academy of Six

I don’t know about your kindle recommendations lately, but mine have been awash with Academy reads. Enjoy 1 and the algorithm decides that’s ALL you want. Fortunately, I took a chance on this one and came out a winner.

A slow burn RH, it presents multiple POV throughout the narrative, teasing and hinting at what our FMC is while showcasing the inside of a college that is really more of a prison for the sadly uncontrolled.

It ebbs and rolls, following a few days before skipping ahead a few months, but it keeps a steady pace with the plot and drags these mismatched fools together. Fair warning, it ends on a cliffhanger.

Favorite Line

Slaughter limb from limb one little ex, one time, and people treat you like you’re dangerous or something. (2%)


  • World building it awesome.
  • Who do you trust?
  • Good use of multiple POV
  • STILL don’t know what she is, not really.
  • Phoenix is fantastic. So are the others.


  • Cliffhanger… but the next is already out, so….


First Person, Multiple POV

Ending Type




Romantic Dynamic


Character Age Range



4 out of 5 Stars

A good start to an interesting Academy read, with just enough tension to keep the slow burn of the Harem moving. Free on KU.

Published July 20th, 2019

280 Pages

Please note, this is a Reverse Harem series which features alternative romantic themes and sexual scenes more suited to an adult audience. #WhyChoose

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Your Turn

What are you reading today? Have you read this book yet? How about other books by A.K. Koonce or Aleera Anaya Ceres? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!


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