Broken Destiny by Serena Lindahl – A Book Review

Posted December 27, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reverse Harem, Reviews / 1 Comment

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Broken Destiny

(Hidden Academy – Book 1)

by Serena Lindahl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

Down & Dirty

This book is flat out wonderful – but that might be the book lover in me talking. A Librarian Heroine? I adore it! Magic, mayhem and joy, free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Having spent the last seven years in an orphanage, Zosia is shocked when someone tells her she’s a sphinx and the last guardian of the sentient library of Supernaturals. The elite academy which houses the powerful library rejects her because she isn’t perfect, but she knows instantly that the library is where she belongs. She ignores the academy’s decree and gathers others around her – four guardians who are just as perfectly imperfect as she is.

But her powers, her ability to shift, and her strength are tied up in the memories she can’t bear to access – memories of torture as a young girl – horrible acts which made her the way she is. When the library is all that stands between two ignorant factions trying to cause a war, it’s up to her and her guardians to prevent it. But first, she has to face her worst fears – including believing in herself.

Thoughts on Broken Destiny


A magical library, a broken Sphinx and a quartet of men with various issues of their own…. what’s not to love?! Honestly, you can tell a book lover wrote this, as there are so many phrases only one in love with the written word could concoct. Twisting words, eloquent phrases, deep emotion and the potential for greatness, it’s all here, and woven together in such a way that the fabric of the story compels rather than tells. Truly well done.

Favorite Lines

Give me three meals a day, enough books to read for the rest of my life, a soft bed, and I can be entirely happy with my lot in life. (11%)
The books smell like ink, paper, and possibilities. The library itself smells of magic and home. (96%)


  • Very well written.
  • The formatting is so smooth and attractively our together.
  • Story flows easily.
  • Zo…. I’m loving everything about her.
  • The guardians…. some would call most of them disabled, but their differences are a strength here.
  • The library!!!!!!!


  • None. I adored this.


First Person, Multiple POV

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My Final Verdict on Broken Destiny

4 out of 5 Stars

A SlowBurn delight, this RH takes the Academy genre and twists it with myth and legend, introducing a Library that will charm and intrigue everyone. Fast paced, a touch romantic and fully enticing, this is free on Kindle Unlimited.

Published October 30th, 2019
228 Pages

Please note, this is the beginning of a Reverse Harem series which may feature alternative romantic dynamics and sexual scenes more suited to an adult audience. #WhyChoose

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