Nightworld Academy: Term One by LJ Swallow – A Book Review

Posted May 14, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reverse Harem, Reviews, YA/NA / 1 Comment

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Nightworld Academy: Term One

by L.J. Swallow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Upper YA/NA Paranormal Slow Burn RH

Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

A Decent start to a new YA/NA Academy series.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Welcome to the Nightworld Academy, attended by vampires, shifters, and witches. A place filled with harmony and mutual respect between the supernatural races. Sometimes. 

I’m told my curse is a gift. A valuable one that could cost me my life. 

My lifelong visions of the future are weird, but my new academy is weirder. All lessons take place in the evening, and the majority of students are on an advanced program where they take extra classes late into the night.

My parents enrolled me here after I was expelled from school for one misdemeanour too many. I expected to meet other troubled teens, but the pupils here are predictable for an English boarding school. There’s Ash, the rugby team captain and the academy’s most popular guy. Then there’s Andrei, the moody guy with a bad attitude who takes pleasure in annoying me. And Jamie who’s studious and friendly but intense.

I thought I had the academy figured out: the mean girl, the quirky friend, the nerd, the emo, and the jock. But on the evening I swear allegiance to my new school house things spin out of control. I realise I’m dealing with more.

Much more.

One of us will die, and I know who.

Term One is the first in this new upper YA/NA series of magic academy books. The main characters are eighteen and older, and this is a slow burn RH. As the series is set at a school in England, the books are written in British English.


Overall, this was a decent Academy read and a good start to an intriguing series. Mauve is an interesting character with strong opinions and a clear cut way of looking at things, something that may hinder her in the world she has suddenly found herself in.


First Person, Multiple POV

Ending Type



R (Slow Burn)


  • World building is on point.
  • The Academy stands out among other academy books.
  • The other characters bring life to the narrative.


  • Mauve is a bit TOO clear cut. One part seems to be intended to show her morality and staunch belief in right and wrong; instead, it showcases her nativity and ignorance, not to mention the stark danger of her immaturity. This happens at least twice.


Favorite Line

…but an academy full of girls isolated on the Yorkshire moors is likely to become Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies. (3%)


4 out of 5 Stars

It’s decent. There are some issues, but those may be smoothed over or solved in Book 2. Worth picking up.

Published April 16th, 2019

266 Pages

Please note, this is a Reverse Harem series which may feature adult scenes and themes more suited to an older audience.

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