Magic and Misconduct by Zara Zenia – A Book Review

Posted June 29, 2020 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reverse Harem, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Magic And Misconduct

(Sleepy Hollow Academy – Book 1)

by Zara Zenia
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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

Down and Dirty

An innocent witch raised in a human community is off to brave the wide world of college…. what could possibly go wrong? Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Welcome to Sleepy Hollow University, where the students are supernaturals and danger lurks behind every smile and corner…

Life as a young witch isn’t easy, especially when the rest of your family is human.

Sleepy Hollow University is the place I can learn to control my powers and be among other supernaturals.

But academic competition isn’t the only kind I face.

With a fae, a vampire, a shifter, and a warlock who should be my enemy all vying for my attention, it’s hard to keep my head on academics.

I’m as inexperienced with matters of the heart as I am with magic.

And when one of my suitors is accused of murder, being afraid of what goes bump in the night takes on a whole new meaning.


It includes a strong heroine, four men of mystical backgrounds, mystery, romance, passion and suspense with elements of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy. RH

Thoughts on Magic and Misconduct

3.5 rounded up

This is labeled a bully romance, so I was a bit hesitant – but it’s not, at all. I’m not sure why it’s tagged or even titled that way to start with, as most bully romances revolve around some type of actual bullying, either by the main male character or from other around the FMC. This doesn’t include that. Instead (and thankfully) there is one character that outshines the others in her general dislike of the Marina, though we aren’t sure why – and the worse thing she does is yell at her. That’s about it. So, ignore the bully tag – it doesn’t apply here. Maybe in Book 2?

This is all about college age students, attending a paranormal school ripe with discord the humans who don’t want them there. But that’s about it. All in all, it’s a very slow paced book that feels more like introductions than an adventure. Very little really happens, though there are a few pivotal moments. Also, it ends at 83%, so there’s that.


First Person, Multiple POV

Ending Type




Romantic Dynamic

MMMMF (more?)

Character Age Range


My Final Verdict on Magic and Misconduct

Slow going, this seems to be meant more as an introduction to the world and to the characters than an actual stepping stone in the story. There are interesting moments and tidbits that tell me the overall series will be decent. That said, this book lacked some punch for me, though it is free on Kindle Unlimited.

Magic and Misconduct

Published June 7th, 2019
340 Pages

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