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(Magical Creatures Academy – Book 1)
by Lucia Ashta
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
YA/NA, Academy Fantasy
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down and Dirty
A well done Academy Fantasy worthy of a look.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
Rina Nelle Mont has never been a part of the paranormal world. Until now.
Well, maybe not. The Magical Creatures Academy only accepts supernaturals, and she’s been invited to the school, but she has none of the powers she’s supposed to. Blip. Nada. Not even a spark.
The school hasn’t made a mistake in a century, but she might be the first one. That’s just the kind of thing that would happen to her. Especially since no one has any idea what kind of creature she’ll be … assuming her powers ever decide to make an appearance.
The Academy is the leading institution for paranormal creatures in the world. Its students are the finest of shifters, vampires, and fae.
Speaking of fine fae … Leander Verion, prince of the elves, is off limits. Not only is he arrogant, stubborn, and totally not her style, he’s her brother’s best friend. She will not fall for him. No way. Besides, he’s not interested … is he?
When two men who head the Shifter Alliance, a rebel faction of shapeshifters who seek to escape the control of the Enforcers—the supernatural police force—find out about Rina and her potential for a different kind of magic, they hunt her. For them, the stakes are as personal as they get.
Whether she’s ready or not, Rina is about to find out what she’s made of…
Night Shifter is the start of an exciting new magic-filled urban fantasy, starring a girl with lots of moxie, fine brawny shifters, BFFs with questionable morals, and pygmy trolls in need of an attitude adjustment.
With a dash of Harry Potter, a touch of wonderland and a sprinkling of fairy dust, this tale emerges as an engrossing and compelling YA academy read of the magical kind. It caught me from the first chapter and refused to let me go, throwing me knee deep into a world filled with every manner of mythical creature, and a few that would serve double duty on eBay (trolls!) It was fun, bringing with it an air of discovery and just the right amount of intrigue to keep me reading.
I will note, however, that the blurb is a bit misleading. It states that Rina has never been part of the paranormal world – which is false. She has ALWAYS been part of it, via her family, she just didn’t know if she had powers or not.
First Person, Single POV
G rated – YA with some flirting.
- Leander…. stone cold elf with more secrets than his princely guise can hide.
- Ky, a well loved brother who plays his role, and his creature, well.
- Other Characters, from a snooty skunk to a talking owl, they envelop this story and give it legs to run.
- Well edited.
- Some parts struck a little too familiar or trite, nothing untoward though.
Great start to a new series – if you enjoy Academy stories, this is definitely one to pick up.
Published April 1st, 2019
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