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Out of a young woman’s ambition comes a love triangle that could destroy more than her heart. Firia has always wanted to be a witch, but even though she’s a natural in magic, there’s a problem: She’s human. Considered by the elven elite to be inferior, Firia needs an edge to be accepted into the Magic Academy. Out of sheer desperation, she summons the demon Varuj, a terr Out of a young woman’s ambition comes a love triangle that could destroy more than her heart. Firia has always wanted to be a witch, but even though she’s a natural in magic, there’s a problem: She’s human. Considered by the elven elite to be inferior, Firia needs an edge to be accepted into the Magic Academy. Out of sheer desperation, she summons the demon Varuj, a terrifyingly gorgeous spirit who helps her win the entrance competition. But at what price? As the commanding demon does everything he can to penetrate every aspect of her innocent life, Firia still finds herself drawn to her study partner, Mae’lin. Not only is the sweet elf completely different from the powerful Varuj, but their relationship is forbidden. How is she supposed to choose between the demon she owes her life to and the innocent elf who makes her a better person? This thrilling coming of age new adult romance is from fantasy romance author, Jillian Keep.


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Out of a young woman’s ambition comes a love triangle that could destroy more than her heart. Firia has always wanted to be a witch, but even though she’s a natural in magic, there’s a problem: She’s human. Considered by the elven elite to be inferior, Firia needs an edge to be accepted into the Magic Academy. Out of sheer desperation, she summons the demon Varuj, a terr Out of a young woman’s ambition comes a love triangle that could destroy more than her heart. Firia has always wanted to be a witch, but even though she’s a natural in magic, there’s a problem: She’s human. Considered by the elven elite to be inferior, Firia needs an edge to be accepted into the Magic Academy. Out of sheer desperation, she summons the demon Varuj, a terrifyingly gorgeous spirit who helps her win the entrance competition. But at what price? As the commanding demon does everything he can to penetrate every aspect of her innocent life, Firia still finds herself drawn to her study partner, Mae’lin. Not only is the sweet elf completely different from the powerful Varuj, but their relationship is forbidden. How is she supposed to choose between the demon she owes her life to and the innocent elf who makes her a better person? This thrilling coming of age new adult romance is from fantasy romance author, Jillian Keep.

30 review for Magic Academy (A Fantasy New Adult Romance)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tai

    So good! My thoughts are such a jumble right now after finishing this book, I’m not sure what to say about it, or how to really describe what I feel without giving away the crux of the story. Did I like it? Yes! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the world that the authors built, with the elves and human hierarchy, though I did find myself hungry for more details on how this world came to be. I also loved all of the characters, even though I’m not sure I should have, and would have liked more backs So good! My thoughts are such a jumble right now after finishing this book, I’m not sure what to say about it, or how to really describe what I feel without giving away the crux of the story. Did I like it? Yes! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the world that the authors built, with the elves and human hierarchy, though I did find myself hungry for more details on how this world came to be. I also loved all of the characters, even though I’m not sure I should have, and would have liked more backstory on all of them as well. But there was so much more to this book and its characters than your average adult fantasy novel. It does have some dark elements to it. And although nowhere near as dark as many other books I could name, it does tinge and taint a lot of what happens in the story. My thoughts and feelings were in such turmoil every step of the way due to this, but I found I could not put the book down. Had it not been for the fact that I was continuously torn from the book for the past few days for family revelry and shopping due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I would have finished this book much sooner. That’s how much I felt myself embroiled in Firia’s situation. The ending did seem incomplete to me, however, so I am really keeping my fingers crossed in the hopes that there is a book 2 to this, as I really wish to know what happens next. It’s like an obsession, I need to know what happens in the next phase of Firia’s life, and how everything plays out. **An ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

  2. 4 out of 5

    texxie-PRUFreads.blogspot.com

    Originally reviewed at http://prufreads.blogspot.com/ My rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars "I would see the world burn for you, Firi, and judge it worthy." ~Varuj ***Please note, the book was gifted to me by the author(s) in exchange for an honest review*** Firia is a human sorceress aspiring to be admitted into an academy to nurture her craft. Unfortunately, with the exception of her father, no one believes she is worthy of such an honor. She is, after all a mere human and a humans life span isn't long e Originally reviewed at http://prufreads.blogspot.com/ My rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars "I would see the world burn for you, Firi, and judge it worthy." ~Varuj ***Please note, the book was gifted to me by the author(s) in exchange for an honest review*** Firia is a human sorceress aspiring to be admitted into an academy to nurture her craft. Unfortunately, with the exception of her father, no one believes she is worthy of such an honor. She is, after all a mere human and a humans life span isn't long enough to learn all that is needed to be considered truly powerful, worthy. Determined to prove them all wrong, Firia, aka Firi, tests her powers that results in a bit more than expected and he, a demon, goes by the name of Varuj. Varuj is the ultimate, love to hate/lust type of male lead. In many ways, I felt this should have been more his story than Firi's. He exploded onto the scene immediately and held my attention to the point where his absence, although brief, was hard felt and stunted the pace of the book. I almost didn't know what to do with myself as the story continued. The feel of it changed, although it was necessary given our other male lead who is the polar opposite of Varuj. Mae'lin is sweet and unassuming, he's innocent and shy. Our heroine has a tough choice to make and the author does a great job "selling" each of them. It's a pick your flavor sort of thing but with dire consequences. With a little dose of jealousy and all hell breaks loose! I can't say that I'm in love with the cover. That may very well be due to my obsession with Varuj. I almost NEED to see him on the cover! lol The cover also has a bit of a YA (Young Adult) feel to it, which is a bit misleading. This is New Adult Paranormal Romance Erotica (phew, that's a mouthful!) There is cursing, blazing sex scenes and some dark elements that hovers over that line. There is also a great supporting cast that I hope we get to know more about as this series continues. I'm especially curious about her father. He's a simple man, of whom wants much more for his only child and offered an astounding sacrifice for her to live a better life than he had provided for her. They aren't high in society and there is often not much to eat in their home but he is a great father and I teared up during a very touching father/daughter moment. Firi's constant talk of "being along" and "unwanted" drove me up the wall. Someone please this girl, quality verses quantity! Also, everything and everyone (ahem) felt "right" and "natural" which for me made Firi a bit flighty. I can't say I'm sold on the heroine, and some repetitive terms were a bit off putting. I did, however, enjoy the world that was created and those, both the good and the evil, that will surely make the rest of the series a bumpy ride!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eva Millien

    This is a wonderful new adult erotic fantasy romance that has lots of intriguing elements and surprises. In a world where humans are considered inferior to elves, Firia needs an edge to get into the magic academy. She summons the demon Varuj who helps her win the entrance competition. At the academy, she meets a sweet elf, Mae’lin, who is completely opposite from the powerful demon. She must choose between the demon she owes her life to and the innocent elf who makes her a better person before th This is a wonderful new adult erotic fantasy romance that has lots of intriguing elements and surprises. In a world where humans are considered inferior to elves, Firia needs an edge to get into the magic academy. She summons the demon Varuj who helps her win the entrance competition. At the academy, she meets a sweet elf, Mae’lin, who is completely opposite from the powerful demon. She must choose between the demon she owes her life to and the innocent elf who makes her a better person before this love triangle destroys more than just her heart. While the plot has a couple of slow parts, it is mostly fast paced and smooth flowing with an intriguing concept and strong bewitching characters. The author brings the story to life with lots of intense details and vivid descriptions that make the reader feel as if they are part of the story. The chemistry between Varuj and Firia explodes off the pages singing the reader, while the attraction between Mae’lin and her is soft and sweet nut no less passionate and the sex scenes are scorching hot. The author conveys the motivations and emotions of each of the characters with clear, concise detail that makes it easy for the reader to relate. I love that the heroine is willing to go after what she wants in a world where she otherwise would be left behind. The setting of a magic academy has some intriguing and unique elements that set it apart from others and the world has some intriguing twists. The author has brought together all the right ingredients to capture the reader’s attention and keep it to the very end; suspense, drama, romance, and wonderful paranormal characters and including sizzling sex scenes. The only problem I had with the story was the authors repeated a couple of phrases a little too often, but not enough to take away from the overall story. I can’t wait to read the next one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nucking Futs the Fire Fairy Book-a-holic

    I got this book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book destroyed my idea of a dream hero. How can I root for a sinister demon over a kind and gentle elf? But I did! I like Varuj and I think he's hot! Anyways, this book has lots of surprises stored. For the first 60% of this book, I got a Harry Potterish feel in the story. Firia's first year in the Academy reminded me of Harry's first in Hogwarts. And on the last 40% of the book it turned into erotica. I'm not compla I got this book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book destroyed my idea of a dream hero. How can I root for a sinister demon over a kind and gentle elf? But I did! I like Varuj and I think he's hot! Anyways, this book has lots of surprises stored. For the first 60% of this book, I got a Harry Potterish feel in the story. Firia's first year in the Academy reminded me of Harry's first in Hogwarts. And on the last 40% of the book it turned into erotica. I'm not complaining, I enjoyed reading it. As I've said before, Varuj is hot! Seriously, this book is exciting, magical, and romantically erotic. If this book won't have a sequel I'm gonna hound the author for a long time. Nevermind if Firia is a fickleminded, two-timing witch. She can't help herself that she's softhearted. I gave this 5 stars just for Varuj alone coz he's hot and sexy! I really, really, recommend this to Paranormal Romance fans who love to read about sex with demons. Nah! This is a great read. Probably one of my favorites this year.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meka

    Review originally posted at http://thebookpushers.com/2013/12/17/... Jillian Keep is the pen name of the two people that make up the duo of J. M. Keep. I was first introduced to J. M. Keep’s works and really enjoyed them. They are pretty dark, twisted, and edgy with HEA’s that are not at all typical for the romance genre. Jillian Keep is the name that they are using for this book and for more longer, softer works. If this is what is considered soft, then yikes. This book gave me all kinds of comp Review originally posted at http://thebookpushers.com/2013/12/17/... Jillian Keep is the pen name of the two people that make up the duo of J. M. Keep. I was first introduced to J. M. Keep’s works and really enjoyed them. They are pretty dark, twisted, and edgy with HEA’s that are not at all typical for the romance genre. Jillian Keep is the name that they are using for this book and for more longer, softer works. If this is what is considered soft, then yikes. This book gave me all kinds of complicated feelings. I hate love triangles, don’t really care for what is considered new adult, and do not really enjoy morally gray characters. And yet, I read this book knowing that all of this was going to happen. Firia is a human in a world where elves are more superior. While they all go to classes together at least in the beginning, elves are automatically at the upper echelon. Humans often do not have much sway and will most likely be accused of a crime before an elf will. The class lines are pretty clear. Even the lowliest of elves would more than likely be considered to be better than the richest of humans. Firia wants to be better than them and make her own way in the world. Hungry to learn but with little actual magical experience, she needs help making it in to the magic academy. Enter the thing that we know she should not do–summoning a demon to ask for help. Varuj promises her that he will take her all the way to the top and assist her in meeting those goals. He’ll assist her with her powers, be there for her, and always remain by her side. Enter Mae’lin–the sweetest elf ever. He doesn’t treat Firia like other elves do and shows her a considerable kindness toward the beginning that made me adore him. All three of their lives intersect in the academy, for better or worse. Firia was difficult for me to like. She was portrayed as being incredibly lonely due to her status as both a human and being poor. Her emotions were all over the place as she tried to figure out how to deal with Varuj, the trials to get in to the academy, and academy life itself. I didn’t think she was particularly thankful enough for the help that she received from the demon. She was always both wanting to pull him away and pull him closer, which I could understand, but after a while it did seem to be a little much. I didn’t really get to see her in her element, but it was really fascinating to see the changes within her. She went from a weepy hot mess to becoming more confident in at least her studies. She found herself both drawn to the demon and to Mae’lin, two men who were completely different but totally committed to Firia. I loved her ambition and desire to win at any cost, even as it made me cringe. It’s hard to put my finger on why I didn’t feel as though she had enough depth. Perhaps it is because there were so many other things that were happening in the book as well. Mae’lin was one of my favorite characters. It was difficult to watch him constantly get the short end of the stick. He and Firia made a pact that they’d both study together and be partners in this new world that they found themselves in. I look forward (and please tell me book 2 is coming soon) to seeing him grow from his experiences even more. Varuj is hands-down my favorite in this book. We spent a great deal of time not seeing him in parts of the book, and like Firia, I wondered if he were ever going to come back. He pulled something in the middle of the book that makes me wonder how Firia is going to react if she ever finds out. To me, it was absolutely unforgivable. I don’t know what game he is playing, how committed he truly is, and toward the end of the book, he went in a different direction than what I was expecting. The love triangle is both awesome and awful. Who is she going to decide on? What will happen next? How can she love two very different men in different ways? Can’t they just get along and make a nice little menage? I want someone to make a decision and I can’t even tell you which team I am on. I would consider this book to be darkly erotic. The sex scenes were smoking hot. There is a lot of dubious consent so be aware of that going in. While I enjoyed those scenes and felt as though they were definitely great in keeping the plot going, some of the word choice usage threw me out of the story. One such term is really archaic and it interrupted the flow for me. While I get the feeling that this universe is a fantasy setting, there was phrasing in dialogue that made it seem more like urban fantasy. That also threw me out of the story at times as well. My favorite aspect of the book was the world building. Jillian Keep has built a world full of humans and elves, magic and intrigue. They went in to great detail describing the types of magic being used, magical classes, how the university worked, and all kinds of other little things that made this a very cohesive realm. I always love reading descriptions and details of how things work in an alternate universe, and they did it without bogging the story down. This story does not end with everything wrapped up in a neat and tidy bow. I have more questions than answers. With one character left to an uncertain fate and the upcoming year of even more classes, I need to know what will happen. Who will Firia choose? What game is Varuj playing? Can everyone find their version of a happily-ever-after? I certainly hope so! So while love triangles, moral ambiguity, and new adult may not be my thing, somehow Jillian Keep has made me want more of this story, even if I am fearful and uncertain of how it is all going to turn out. With so much world building happening in this book, it’s my hope that next time we’ll have an of an opportunity to see Firia grow even more. I hope to see her show some real self-reliance and self-confidence that is not born from either Varuj or Mae’lin. With its dark, edgy, and sexy backdrop, I give Magic Academy a B.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zosia

    I will not summarize the book here, as this is a review, and really how could I give a synopsis better than the authors themselves? This story has a the feel of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Sequence meets Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. It is more mature than Stroud's work of similar subject matter. A society mixed with magic users and non-magic users and the power struggles inherent with such a world. A world where the summoning of a being, marks a powerful wizard/witc I will not summarize the book here, as this is a review, and really how could I give a synopsis better than the authors themselves? This story has a the feel of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Sequence meets Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. It is more mature than Stroud's work of similar subject matter. A society mixed with magic users and non-magic users and the power struggles inherent with such a world. A world where the summoning of a being, marks a powerful wizard/witch. The romantic interests are written in such a way as to keep one from making a decisive choice, as to which “mate” would be best all around. Just as Hamilton makes one fall in love with multiple love interests, as have the Keep's with their multiple endearing, potential suitors. To be ambiguous about which male, ends up with the heroine is the very tease that hooked me initially to Hamilton's, Anita Blake. I feel I could follow Firia's life as I have Anita's. As much as I love this suspenseful desirous tale, I have to hope there will be a sequel to answer my many curiosities. Here are a few of them: What happens with Mae’lin, and subsequently Firia and Varuj? What will become of the social upheaval eluded to? Will Kanfa Tunst be made complete and what implications would that have on Varuj, Firia, and the world as a whole. What of Gway’lin, am I the only one that wishes he and Firia hook up at least once? What of next year, and the year after, and most importantly the year after graduation? Is there going to be a graduation, or even a school in years? How strong is the rebellion and what are it's exact goals? Can we color any of these characters as definitively good or bad? * except for Mae’lin, of course, whose goodness could never be in question * As you can see I enjoyed the book and hope there is more to come regardless of which direction the authors decide to take. As long as they continue with their very titillating/provocative sex scenes. <3 More Primal Demon Sex Please! <3

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou Hoffman

    Category /Genre: NA, Fantasy, Romance Received from: Jillian Keep (in exchange for an honest review) Tour by: Read Between the Lines Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors Firia has only ever wanted to be a witch. She has a natural ability, but she is human. The elves who rule do not want to recognize her rare talent. In desperation, she practices at night, and summons a demon. His name is Varuj and he promises to help her to gain admission to an academy in Category /Genre: NA, Fantasy, Romance Received from: Jillian Keep (in exchange for an honest review) Tour by: Read Between the Lines Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors Firia has only ever wanted to be a witch. She has a natural ability, but she is human. The elves who rule do not want to recognize her rare talent. In desperation, she practices at night, and summons a demon. His name is Varuj and he promises to help her to gain admission to an academy in exchange for a promise. Once at the most elite of the academies, she is attracted to a classmate. Varuj’s jealousy is all-consuming. Firia must choose between the demon who has become part of her soul and the sweet elf who has become part of her heart. This story will appeal to so many people. You like dark? Check. You like fantasy? Check. You like intrigue? Check. And so on and so on. Because it is a magic academy, I feel I must mention this is NOT a re-telling of Harry Potter. Remember, HP was in the 7-12th grade years of school. This is university level students, and there are steamy, explicit, sexual activities, including some are of questionable consent. I really enjoyed this story of magic and demonic mystery. I always wanted to be a witch when I grew up. It was fun to escape reality and pretend that that kind of magic was real and possible.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tnt Reviews

    Tasha's Review This story is about a young girl named Firia, who wants to attend a magic school, the Arcane Academy. Unfortunately, she is unlike the other students. Although Firia has natrual magical abilities, she's a human. Like anyone in her situation, Firia tries to earn her way into the school by proving her magical skills. In an attempt to gain entrance, she summons up a devilish demon named Varuj. The demon is handsome, strong, and mysterious. He takes the form of a man and can deliver her Tasha's Review This story is about a young girl named Firia, who wants to attend a magic school, the Arcane Academy. Unfortunately, she is unlike the other students. Although Firia has natrual magical abilities, she's a human. Like anyone in her situation, Firia tries to earn her way into the school by proving her magical skills. In an attempt to gain entrance, she summons up a devilish demon named Varuj. The demon is handsome, strong, and mysterious. He takes the form of a man and can deliver her unspeakable pleasure. There is just one thing stopping her from releasing herself completely to Varuj, an elf named Mae’lin. How will Firia be able to choose between the two? There's passion and a strong attraction that pulls Firia to both men. Will she choose the kind elf Mae’lin, or fall into Varuj’s thick demon arms? So glad I decided to review Magic Academy. This book is a mixture of forbidden love with a supernatural twist and is an all-around good read. This was the first book I've read by this author, but plan to look into more of her work. I enjoyed this story and the magical love triangle. I would give this book 5 Stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Avery St

    Magic Academy is fun with good depth. Well drawn characters, interesting plot, and good pacing make for a book that's hard to put down. I don't want to include any spoilers in this review so all I'll say is the end, which I could not figure out as I read, leaves some unanswered questions. Will betrayals come to light? Will Varuj, who by the way is a very complicated Demon, not your usual one-dimensional guy from hell, be able to pursue his goals? And just so you know, Jillian Keep may be the "so Magic Academy is fun with good depth. Well drawn characters, interesting plot, and good pacing make for a book that's hard to put down. I don't want to include any spoilers in this review so all I'll say is the end, which I could not figure out as I read, leaves some unanswered questions. Will betrayals come to light? Will Varuj, who by the way is a very complicated Demon, not your usual one-dimensional guy from hell, be able to pursue his goals? And just so you know, Jillian Keep may be the "softer, longer, more romantic side" of this erotic writing duo but there is plenty of heat in this book. We get sopme excellent "bad boy" sex as well as a sweeter but no less hot scene or two. The pacing of the erotic activity is just as spot on as the rest of the book too. There had better be a sequel!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rhian-skyblade

    It's really hard to express what to think of this story. It's such a wonderful and enjoyable read. Usually I prefer the really darker and more brutal romance stories, but Jillian's world, her characters and also the plot itself caught me, put me on a leash and didn't let me go before I hadn't finished :D I have a sweet spot for mages and especially demons (well what mortals call them...). So my heart beats heavily for Varuj :) It's not really a mushy story, but neither the usual dark stuff when dem It's really hard to express what to think of this story. It's such a wonderful and enjoyable read. Usually I prefer the really darker and more brutal romance stories, but Jillian's world, her characters and also the plot itself caught me, put me on a leash and didn't let me go before I hadn't finished :D I have a sweet spot for mages and especially demons (well what mortals call them...). So my heart beats heavily for Varuj :) It's not really a mushy story, but neither the usual dark stuff when demons are involved. So what else is left to say. I can't wait to see coming more from this direction! (Maybe also with somewhat older women around 30+++ ^^? *makes huge cute puss in boots eyes*)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Magic Academy by Jillian Keep blew me away. This book took my expectations of what I thought a hero/main love interest should be and throw it out the window. I didn’t want to root for a perverse demon, but I found myself more drawn to Varuj instead of the shy, innocent elf, Mae’lin. The main character Firia often frustrated me to the point of wanting throw my kindle to rolling my eyes. This book was an amazing read that pulled me in from the beginning and at end left me wanting more. Jillian Kee Magic Academy by Jillian Keep blew me away. This book took my expectations of what I thought a hero/main love interest should be and throw it out the window. I didn’t want to root for a perverse demon, but I found myself more drawn to Varuj instead of the shy, innocent elf, Mae’lin. The main character Firia often frustrated me to the point of wanting throw my kindle to rolling my eyes. This book was an amazing read that pulled me in from the beginning and at end left me wanting more. Jillian Keep crafted an amazing fast paced read that is magical, erotic, and filled with mystery. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    ARC for honest review. I loved the book. I would have loved more of a history on how the elves became the higher society and the humans were the lower class and with no chance of having any magic in them with the exception every now and then, but maybe some other time, maybe not. Everyone had their own issues of self doubt it seems even with the history they came to the academy with. Plenty of twist and turns. A lot of emotions and unexpected wounds opened. Really enjoyed it. Will we see the sec ARC for honest review. I loved the book. I would have loved more of a history on how the elves became the higher society and the humans were the lower class and with no chance of having any magic in them with the exception every now and then, but maybe some other time, maybe not. Everyone had their own issues of self doubt it seems even with the history they came to the academy with. Plenty of twist and turns. A lot of emotions and unexpected wounds opened. Really enjoyed it. Will we see the second year or was this the end?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I was given this from the author for my honest review. I really enjoyed this. It was a very fast read with vivid imagery. I liked each other the characters for different things even though they all had flaws. I was torn between the two love interests for Firia. They were definitely night and day. Each had something about them that drew me. The ending definitely left me wanting. It was very open ended. I'm interested to read more of this world. I was given this from the author for my honest review. I really enjoyed this. It was a very fast read with vivid imagery. I liked each other the characters for different things even though they all had flaws. I was torn between the two love interests for Firia. They were definitely night and day. Each had something about them that drew me. The ending definitely left me wanting. It was very open ended. I'm interested to read more of this world.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Two Nerds With Words

    Reviewed by Nicole McCurdy for Bex 'n' Books 4.5 out of 5 star rating The book starts off incredibly well, drawing you into Firia’s world. A world of elves, demons and magic. A world in which Humans are on the bottom rung of the social hierarchy. A world where once they graduate, they can no longer learn magic but simply learn the trade of their parents, a mundane existence within a lifetime of near poverty for humans. In an attempt to rectify this and prove her magic-worth, Firia does a dark summ Reviewed by Nicole McCurdy for Bex 'n' Books 4.5 out of 5 star rating The book starts off incredibly well, drawing you into Firia’s world. A world of elves, demons and magic. A world in which Humans are on the bottom rung of the social hierarchy. A world where once they graduate, they can no longer learn magic but simply learn the trade of their parents, a mundane existence within a lifetime of near poverty for humans. In an attempt to rectify this and prove her magic-worth, Firia does a dark summoning spell and that is where this strange and edgy tale begins. I don’t want to give too much of the story away but rest assured it’s certainly worth the read. And if you enjoy it as much as me, what’s forty-eight little hours in the grand scheme of things for a very memorable and entertaining read? There are no definitive shining heroes at Magic Academy, just seriously skewed and blurred lines between what attributes we as readers think inhabits a protagonist and what we actually get as protagonists within this story. The author is very cunning and skilled in achieving this. There isn’t much back story on the whole, but the characters are brilliant and sometimes twisted. Magic Academy is fairly dark, with few touches of sweet 'n light and that adds an exciting, and at times, taboo element to the story. The author has a way of taking your emotions and sensibilities and mixing them up so you feel almost guilty for liking and being attracted to those things you know instinctively you should fear and question. Usually, I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, ultimately someone has to lose out, and in my experience, it tends to be the guy I’ve been rooting for from the start (tragic sigh); however, Magic Academy is so much more than an indecisive girl with insecurities and two hot men fighting over her. There’s dark Magic, super-endowed horned seven-foot demons, ambition that borders on Lady Macbeth-obsessive (Firia did summon a demon from a hellish dimension simply to achieve her ambitions after all), sweet talkin’ elves and just enough jealousy, manipulation and sexual kink to take it over and beyond yet another paranormal romance. This book was so different from the usual PNR books I would gravitate towards (not a shifter or vampire in sight!); however, in saying that, I can only find one teeny tiny microscopic flaw within its pages, which probably reflects more on my personal inclination to nit pick than that of the authors talents-the use of a mixture of modern language and old world, “By the gods! Those monstrous loins of his were enough to snap her in half!” (The mention of loins and cunnies is abundant). The book has a satisfactory ending with no cliffhangers - thank the gods! Although, I have a sneaking suspicion it’s not over just yet…sequel anyone? Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa B.

    Asked to review by, theauthorspal . *Not for: Young Readers under age 18. *Not: Hogwarts, so if you've stumbled onto this purely from the title, looking for a young witch at a school for witchcraft, this new self published release by Jillian Keep, is not for you. Firia is a young mortal trying to gain entrance to a school of magic and witchcraft that doesn't allow humans. She decides to wow the school with a complicated spell where successful outcomes are a rare occurrence. After said spell, she th Asked to review by, theauthorspal . *Not for: Young Readers under age 18. *Not: Hogwarts, so if you've stumbled onto this purely from the title, looking for a young witch at a school for witchcraft, this new self published release by Jillian Keep, is not for you. Firia is a young mortal trying to gain entrance to a school of magic and witchcraft that doesn't allow humans. She decides to wow the school with a complicated spell where successful outcomes are a rare occurrence. After said spell, she then needs to provide the proof so the school might consider her. Her need to perform this spell quickly, and thinking too highly of her abilities, reflects that without much thought, her disregard of possible outcomes, wasn't well planned. >Hence, a novel is born. *Within the first twelve pages, young Firia: 1) casts the spell 2) summons a demon 3) reveals a demon grossly pleasuring himself in front of her, up close and darn personal. Magic Academy provides that steamy, swelling and stroking a wide girth, with a storyline mixed in for good measure. *Seasoned Adult Readers*, can get their fix with this new fantasy novel. So stash this book away from young eyes and become a witness to Firia's story, her elvish friend Mae'lin and Varuj, the demom with the throbbing phallus and his deeper connection with Miss Firia. I really appreciated Jillian's talented writing, her professional eye and writing style that only comes from experience, imagination and wisdom. Jillian knows what her audience wants and the other reviews testify to the excellence she continues to craft. After reading Jillian's book, I've realized my fantasy fiction tastes have changed over the years and that even with great writing like Jillian's, I need to edit my Amazon, Kindle's personal reading preferences. Young true love is a great read and I crave the milder, more innocent relationships. So, Jillian, if your library has something to fit my current genres, lay it on me, please. Power to your readers!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becki

    Actual Stars: 1.0 Reminded me of: Harry Potter mixed with Hunger games, a smidgen of vampire academy and a dash of Merry Gentry. 3 words to describe it: Confused, angsty, shallow. Favorite part: The fox familiar. I picked this up as an ARC a while ago and have only just gotten around to reading it. The cover and title didn't inspire too much hope in me, but I did my best to jump in head first. The novel is confused with its identity, for the first half the book seemed to be YA apart from a scene in Actual Stars: 1.0 Reminded me of: Harry Potter mixed with Hunger games, a smidgen of vampire academy and a dash of Merry Gentry. 3 words to describe it: Confused, angsty, shallow. Favorite part: The fox familiar. I picked this up as an ARC a while ago and have only just gotten around to reading it. The cover and title didn't inspire too much hope in me, but I did my best to jump in head first. The novel is confused with its identity, for the first half the book seemed to be YA apart from a scene involving a fapping demon. Then it tried to turn itself into some hardcore Merry gentry style steamy bonk romping while still continuing on with a main character that, while trying to be a strong female lead, only managed to come across as shallow, weak and in need of rescuing. The overuse of the terms "Cunny" and "quim" made me flinch as did various other repeated lines and thoughts that bulked out the majority of the novel. The plot was predictable and felt like an amalgamation of several well known series resulting in the whole thing feeling like some badly written fan fiction. There was no surprise in any of the twists, if you read a lot of YA and supernatural novels you'll see it all a mile off and the characters were as limp as overcooked spaghetti. The familiar was an adorable if underused addition and the classes/academy would have been a lot more interesting if we'd actually had a little more scenes involving the content of the magic classes rather than awkward fondling. If you were stuck on a desert island I'd suggest reading this if you had no other alternative. Otherwise I'd give it a miss.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    This book was all.over.the.joint. The first, I think 2 pages got me excited for the book, And then it went downhill from there. This book was YA with sex. The plot, the characters, pretty much everything else was for the 15 and under age group, Except the author throws in nasty sex and sexual feelings. And the whole time, Firia was 'I'm so lonely, wah, so lonely' Yet she had friends and three guys chasing after her? I got halfway through and DNF. It was, just silly. They picked up plot, dropped plot, This book was all.over.the.joint. The first, I think 2 pages got me excited for the book, And then it went downhill from there. This book was YA with sex. The plot, the characters, pretty much everything else was for the 15 and under age group, Except the author throws in nasty sex and sexual feelings. And the whole time, Firia was 'I'm so lonely, wah, so lonely' Yet she had friends and three guys chasing after her? I got halfway through and DNF. It was, just silly. They picked up plot, dropped plot, forgot about the friggin plot. Unless you're an adult who loves teeny-bop books, Don't read >.<

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie Powell

    I have to say that I only liked part of this story - that of magic and the worlds therein. Although a romance, I didn't see the need for the numerous sex scenes. However, it was well written with good realistic characters and creative, imaginative settings. I have to say that I only liked part of this story - that of magic and the worlds therein. Although a romance, I didn't see the need for the numerous sex scenes. However, it was well written with good realistic characters and creative, imaginative settings.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Butterfly

    I don't even want to rate this...it doesn't deserve even ONE damn star...OMG!!! I don't even want to rate this...it doesn't deserve even ONE damn star...OMG!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland

    The narrative felt distanced, as if someone outside of events were narrating, telling instead of showing, Firia's story. The dialogue felt contrived. DNFed. The narrative felt distanced, as if someone outside of events were narrating, telling instead of showing, Firia's story. The dialogue felt contrived. DNFed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Zelos

    Magic Academy. Fantasy New Adult Romance. Jillian Keep Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews. I liked the sound of this, books around magic and spells can be so much fun so was happy to review it. I've mixed feelings though – parts of it, the magic academy, the spells and Firia's difficulties getting accepted were really fun to read. Like a well written YA novel (this is classed as NA but this part is very much YA in feel) it flowed very neatly, from the start with Firia summoning the demon to h Magic Academy. Fantasy New Adult Romance. Jillian Keep Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews. I liked the sound of this, books around magic and spells can be so much fun so was happy to review it. I've mixed feelings though – parts of it, the magic academy, the spells and Firia's difficulties getting accepted were really fun to read. Like a well written YA novel (this is classed as NA but this part is very much YA in feel) it flowed very neatly, from the start with Firia summoning the demon to her acceptance into the academy, and the life once there. This part was really believable (within the usual constraints of fantasy of course!) The parts I found I was uneasy about were the sexual ones, the demon Varuj, when he first appears is disturbingly demoniacally sexual, but that's soon over. Then later in the book when Firia first has sex with him there's lots of “she's a tight little virgin, and he's a huge demon” sort of prose, its clear he's in demonic form, and frankly sounded as if he was going to split her in two! Not sexy, not erotic just eurghh... I've nothing against sex in books, in fact I read erotica very often, but so much of the sex here read as if it had been added to a good YA book for the purpose of titillation and reclassifying as NA. It wasn't sexy, wasn't erotic, and given that the non sex parts were so good, should have either been left out or written to the standard of the rest. That’s just my opinion of course, not everyone's :) There's such a lot left unanswered, that the book feels really unfinished. I'm not a fan of cliffhanger endings but this doesn't really do that, just leaves us with so many odd circumstances and unanswered questions. . I'm not clear whether this is a stand alone or there is more to follow – its certainly got potential for more to come, and it would be interesting to read more of Firia and Varuj at the academy and beyond, especially if the sex scenes were a bit more – well, sexy.... Edit: just read that there is a book two coming. What bothered me?(apart form those awful sex scenes) Well, there's the question of Varuj and the lady he seduces...I still don't know why he did it, and what Firia will feel when she finds out. What’s all that telling her “you're mine” and making her repeat it, when he's always told Firia that she was his...fickle when he didn't seem like a fickle person, and this didn't seem to serve any purpose. If it was to make Firia jealous why not let her see them, but it's all kept very close and secretive. Then there's the question of where he was after he left the academy with Luca to rescue Firia's dad ( I love Luca – he's a real gem), he seems to have been in limbo for months? What was he doing? And why? I couldn't blame Firia for thinking he'd abandoned her, and for getting together with Mae'lin, he's a really sweet elf, but too kind and gentle in some ways for Firia, she needs someone with fire in his heart, someone with a take charge attitude, who will challenge her and Mae'lin is just too kind and gentle. And what were Bran and Ala'nase thinking at that final trial? Risking all sorts to get Firia out of the way – that just didn't ring true. Despite what's happened Alanase is supposed to be Firia's best friend...and if the past events she'd had recently was still active, attacking Firia was the last thing she's do. Poor Mae'lin got left in limbo too....it seems a very abrupt ending. Even with a book two coming I don't like all these unanswered questions. It's a bargain price though at just 77p for 332 pages. Stars: three and a half. The non sex parts I’d rate at a five but those awful sex scenes brought it down for me :( ARC supplied via Netgalley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Miles

    I was gifted a copy of this novel for free in exchange for an honest review. You know the drill :) To be totally honest, I didn't feel drawn into the story very often. That's why it ended up with a 3/5 - the writing itself was fine, there were no real issues with it. I did find the concept interesting, but I had the hardest time with the beginning of the story. Whether that was an issue on my end or the author's, it's a bit of both. Yay opinions. Magic Academy is about a girl, Firia, living in a w I was gifted a copy of this novel for free in exchange for an honest review. You know the drill :) To be totally honest, I didn't feel drawn into the story very often. That's why it ended up with a 3/5 - the writing itself was fine, there were no real issues with it. I did find the concept interesting, but I had the hardest time with the beginning of the story. Whether that was an issue on my end or the author's, it's a bit of both. Yay opinions. Magic Academy is about a girl, Firia, living in a world where she and her fellow humans are typically below the elvish community in the social hierarchy. In a way, you could say the story is about overcoming racism (and a tiny bit of classism). Because of being human, Firia has to fight much harder to get what she wants, to overcome those who want to write her off. To prove she's worthy of studying magic, she decides to do something so complex that there's no choice but to take her seriously. She summons a demon. While she can't actually use him for show and tell, as he makes sure she understands, he can help her become an ultra powerful sorceress. He can help her get what she wants by different means. The story starts bringing in the whole "who will she choose?" plotline. She is set on the path to success by her demon, running into an old classmate along the way. She's interested in both of them. The demon leaves the picture for a bit, so her old classmate is kind of defaulted to. When he returns, he's not a happy camper. Probably my biggest annoyance with the story - how often the "poor me" line is used. Oh, we didn't have the tutoring our rich classmates had to prep them for this life, so we have to work that much harder. I get that being a big line early on, but once she was at the school for a bit, it should have stopped, imo. After a bit of time, all material presented in a class will be new territory for everyone. I went to a college with people way above my own initial knowledge of the field, but after a semester, everyone was on roughly even footing. It just struck a nerve in the story because of my own personal experiences. When you combine my inability to get into the story initially, my inability to *stay* drawn in, and the memories brought up by some content, it was a solid 3 star book. It had some really interesting parts, and the next book in the series has a very interesting base for development. But, unless the next one really catches my eye, I doubt I reread this story. Not many books make me not care if I read before sleep as usual, nor do they take over a week for me to get through. If you're really big on PNRs, I think you'll enjoy this one. If you're like me and are more drawn to the magic instead of the romance, you may find this story not to your tastes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    a_tiffyfit

    Review to come. Blog tour! Firia is a human with a talent for witchraft and a desire to break her family's rut by entering the magic academy and raising her social standing. In her world, humans are looked down upon by the elite elves. Her father is a groundskeeper and they have been struggling financially all her life. Firia is powerful, as is evident by the forbidden spell she casts, summoning a demon to her, something most young magic users would never be able to do. In fact, it is something Review to come. Blog tour! Firia is a human with a talent for witchraft and a desire to break her family's rut by entering the magic academy and raising her social standing. In her world, humans are looked down upon by the elite elves. Her father is a groundskeeper and they have been struggling financially all her life. Firia is powerful, as is evident by the forbidden spell she casts, summoning a demon to her, something most young magic users would never be able to do. In fact, it is something most adept magic users wouldn't be able to do. Firia and Varuj start to bond, with Firia resisting often and Varuj cajoling. She feels complete with him, however, as his presence is always warming. Varuj is actually more likable than Firia. I found Firia annoying, simpering, and constantly vacillating between extremes. Varuj is straightforward with his request to be treated like an equal, not a slave and he promises to grant her all the help he can in order to make sure they are a successful pair. Nearly denied the "token" human spot, Firia fights for a chance to be seen and to impress, and it works. Once at the Academy, she befriends an elven woman, and her opponent at the trials, a farmer elf named Mae'lin, who, like Firia, is trying to change his lot in life by attending the academy and breaking out of the role seeming set in stone as the family standing. I was fully on Varuj's side, cheering him on as Firia's love interest even as she expressed interest in Mae'lin. I disliked her more and more as she lusts after one but flirts with another. It made me question why the heck Varuj wants her to begin with! But ******WARNING WARNING SPOILER AHEAD. SKIP TO THE NEXT PARAGRAPH NOW IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO READ IT****** Varuj's rape of Ala'nase made me recoil and withdraw my support. Now, the only one to like in this story is Mae'lin, who is steadfast and sweet. There isn't anything wrong with steadfast and sweet, but I liked the alpha male, dark, brooding, misunderstood even though powerful, sexy thing Varuj had going on. Even his words to Firia after when he says "I would see the world burn for you, Firi, and judge it worthy" could not sway me back to his side. Rape is rape - spelled, ensorcelled, and then physically forced with Ala'nase wondering why she cannot fight him off just utterly destroyed any support I had for Varuj. As the book ends, Firia has completed her first year at the academy, Mae'lin's condition is unknown, and it's a safe bet that she is once again friendless. A cliffhanger? Most definitely. I do wonder what will happen to the trio - Mae'lin, Firia, and Ala'nase, and if Varuj is truly looking for his equal, his mate, his partner or if he's just manipulating something for his own good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Literary George (For Your Literary Pleasure Blog)

    Full review at For Your Literary Pleasure This book truly befuddled me. At first it seemed like I was reading typical YA fantasy and I was totally okay with that. But the further the story got the more it changed until suddenly I felt like I was reading a demon fetish erotica. I was startled by how different the beginning was to the end. Firia is apparently set on becoming the most powerful sorceress despite her human origins. We meet her summoning Varuj, an extremely powerful demon who sports an Full review at For Your Literary Pleasure This book truly befuddled me. At first it seemed like I was reading typical YA fantasy and I was totally okay with that. But the further the story got the more it changed until suddenly I felt like I was reading a demon fetish erotica. I was startled by how different the beginning was to the end. Firia is apparently set on becoming the most powerful sorceress despite her human origins. We meet her summoning Varuj, an extremely powerful demon who sports an exceptional "endowment" which is emphasized many times. I admit to laughing at a few of the excessive descriptions. Firia is focussed and with the help of the demon gets into a Magic Academy. Once there she gets into the swing of things only to get hooked on sex and suddenly her determination and focus go bye bye. Varuj is a oddity. I thought he was simply a misunderstood demon who truly has a heart of gold but then he goes all crazy with possessive rage and spouts mine mine mine. At that point I was convinced he was solidly a "bad guy." He manipulates Firia, stole her father's soul, rapes her best friend, physically and mentally, and then encourages a plot to kill Firia and Mae'lin. Firia never catches on which is unfortunate but whatever right? She gets her demon lover. By the end of the book I still wasn't sure what Varuj's motivations were because I couldn't quite believe he loved her and being with Firia for power went out the window when she lost focus. The poor third wheel Mae'lin is the sweetest elf man. He's good, kind, honorable and pretty much Prince fucking Charming but he doesn't measure up to forceful demon lover Varuj so he gets dumped. No joke. He's the best guy ever and Firia leaves him because of monster equipment Varuj has well, monster equipment. At the end I didn't even know if Mae'lin was alive, what happened to him - that's how little consideration his character got! The ending was not satisfying and left more questions than answers. It reads like YA fantasy had a car accident with demon porn and the only thing I was certain of was that I didn't like any character but Mae'lin. I thought maybe it was part of a series but it's not so... yeah. Confusion is the prevailing thought here - utter confusion. xxx Literary George

  25. 4 out of 5

    Renee Rearden

    Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get what you want? Firia is. She’s a human serving in a society run by magic-wielding elves. She can do some magic on her own, and her goal is to win a competition at the yearly magic contest from which academies recruit their students. But she knows she’ll never win without help. So she summons a demon and binds him to her in order to boost her magic. The results are everything she hoped for. She wins at the competition, gets into the top magic academy a Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get what you want? Firia is. She’s a human serving in a society run by magic-wielding elves. She can do some magic on her own, and her goal is to win a competition at the yearly magic contest from which academies recruit their students. But she knows she’ll never win without help. So she summons a demon and binds him to her in order to boost her magic. The results are everything she hoped for. She wins at the competition, gets into the top magic academy and begins her training as a sorceress. Then things get interesting and complicated. Firia is attracted to her demon Varuj, as well as Mae’lin, a very sweet elf attending the same school. She must study hard and practice hard in order to pass her exams and stay in school. Varuj and Mae’lin both help Firia succeed in different ways, but she is confused and torn between her feelings for both men. Firia doesn’t want to hurt anyone but knows she must make a choice between the life she wants and the life she could have, and between the men that can give her either. Magic Academy is a high fantasy concept at its best. However, I would NOT classify this as YA ever, nor would I call it New Adult. This book has a new adult plotline defined by erotic elements. Let me be the first to say the sex scenes were smokin’ hot. Unlike other reviewers, I didn’t get the heebie jeebies by the tone, verbiage or pairing. Varuj is a demon with a demon nature. His description and actions followed the world’s rules and fit his character development. Firia’s burgeoning social and sexual enlightenment also fit her character development. All of this worked for me. My biggest issue with the book is the large amount of “telling” versus showing. Another stumbling block for me was the ending. I got to the end and went, “Huh?” I kept trying to turn a page on my Kindle, thinking it was digitally stuck. Instead, the story had concluded with a rushed climax (no pun intended) and a cliff-hanger ending. If this is a standalone book and not the first book in the series, wow. There needed to be more resolution with the storyline for readers to get a conclusion without a HEA. Would I recommend Magic Academy? To certain types of readers, absolutely. Will I read the next book in the series? You bet. I like Ms. Keep’s voice. I think her writing will improve, and I really want to read more of Firia and Varuj’s story. *Netgalley arc provided for honest review

  26. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    My Rant: Wow, I did not see this coming. When I glanced at the cover I though the book would be more middle-school YA but it wasn’t. This story is dark, twisted and wicked, the magic is taken up a notch and you all know how I love a good magic story. Firia, I like her but I felt a bit distant to her character. She has all the qualities of a good heroine but there was some disconnect for me, probably because she was so unsure of herself and because I was spending too much time invested in Varuj. My Rant: Wow, I did not see this coming. When I glanced at the cover I though the book would be more middle-school YA but it wasn’t. This story is dark, twisted and wicked, the magic is taken up a notch and you all know how I love a good magic story. Firia, I like her but I felt a bit distant to her character. She has all the qualities of a good heroine but there was some disconnect for me, probably because she was so unsure of herself and because I was spending too much time invested in Varuj. Varuj completely demanded all of my attention in this story and besides he was hot. But he also had a lot of good qualities but there is a little bad in there too, come on what do you expect he is a demon. Mae'lin was sweet and kind, I did like him a lot but all that goodness was too much for me. I love the bad boys what can I say. These author’s keep you engorged in the story. I could not put this book down because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. There is a heavy duty love triangle in this story and just when you think our heroine should be with one guy she is with the next. But hands down I want her to be with Varuj. The sex scenes in this book blew my top; I am completely fanning myself as I write this. LOL. The plot was riveting and the storyline kept twisting and turning I felt like I couldn’t keep up. Overall I really enjoyed this story but I need more, I feel like there were things that were left unsaid or untold and I would love for the authors to bring them to light. My Recommendation: I rated this book 4 out of 5 Purple Rant Hearts and i would recommend this book to anyone that loves a Dark Fantasy Novel. FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author, editor, publisher, or Promo Host. This is my honest opinion about this book and I did not receive any monetary compensation for writing this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    The short of it all: Firia's a young human woman in a society ruled by elves. She's doomed to be poor, doing the same menial work as her parents before her, unless she can prove her magical worth to the people who treat all her kind as second class citizens and want to dismiss her without a chance. The bad: This isn't really a romance novel. I don't take points off for that--I'm not a huge romance fan. But I find it disingenuous to title it so. This may be semantics: there is a love triangle, aft The short of it all: Firia's a young human woman in a society ruled by elves. She's doomed to be poor, doing the same menial work as her parents before her, unless she can prove her magical worth to the people who treat all her kind as second class citizens and want to dismiss her without a chance. The bad: This isn't really a romance novel. I don't take points off for that--I'm not a huge romance fan. But I find it disingenuous to title it so. This may be semantics: there is a love triangle, after all. But if some boy from another random house had a crush on Juliette, Romeo and Juliette would still be a tragedy. With, perhaps, the exception of a demon stroking himself to scare our heroine, this new adult fantasy reads like a young adult fantasy until late in the book. It seems like the authors suddenly remembered they were writing erotica and made it so. That leads to the other bad. The biography at the end of the book includes, "All work is 18+, trigger warnings available on the second page of every book.." Great that. Except that my Kindle (and I assume all Kindles, unless one has found some way to change the settings that I haven't bothered to learn) open at the start of the story. I'm not sure if anyone goes back to see if there's a dedication to people they don't know and might stumble across the trigger warning which, in the case of this book, is missing anyway. Warnings should be made clear in the book descriptions, not where you might stumble upon it after you buy the book. So dear potential readers: TRIGGER WARNING! Dubious consent that skirts the line of being flat out non-consensual. The good: it *is* a decent fantasy novel. Firia's got plenty to overcome, and it's interesting watching her meet challenges both magical and personal.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Magic Academy... Blurb/Synopsis: Out of a young woman’s ambition comes a love triangle that could destroy more than her heart. Firia has always wanted to be a witch, but even though she’s a natural in magic, there’s a problem: She’s human. Considered by the elven elite to be interior, Firia needs an edge to be accepted into the Magic Academy. Out of sheer desperation, she summons the demon Varuj, a terrifyingly gorgeous spirit who helps her win the entrance competition. But at what price? The beginni Magic Academy... Blurb/Synopsis: Out of a young woman’s ambition comes a love triangle that could destroy more than her heart. Firia has always wanted to be a witch, but even though she’s a natural in magic, there’s a problem: She’s human. Considered by the elven elite to be interior, Firia needs an edge to be accepted into the Magic Academy. Out of sheer desperation, she summons the demon Varuj, a terrifyingly gorgeous spirit who helps her win the entrance competition. But at what price? The beginning of the book it was a little slow, but as you read on you started to really become fascinated on what is going to happen to her once she gets into the academy. First it takes Varuj awhile to come to her. Once he finds her, her father could be sentenced for trechery, so Varuj goes to save her father at what price, his sole. Firia makes friends while he is gone, she comes to like a elve named Mae'lin.. thinking that Varuj has abandoned her, she falls in love with Mae'lin. They study together everyday, than another tries to win his way into her heart but it doesn't work. Than Varuj comes back to the academy and makes love to her, her heart is torn between the two, because she loves them both. She later makes love to Mae'lin and Varuj goes after her friend Ala nase and puts her under a spell to get her help, but Firia knows nothing about it. During the competition she and Bran try to kill Mae'lin and Firia to win the competition but it didn't work, Mae'lin is hurt during by helping Bran. Firia and Varuj win... It is a must read....

  29. 4 out of 5

    C. Erani Kole

    I loved the world she created and the basic storyline. Who doesn't love magical academies with other students to compete against? However I'm a huge fan of romance, and I didn't see any real romance except one, and THAT itself was very.... dark. It just left me empty and unsatisfied, and I already don't like love triangles (especially when they aren't done right) so I didn't like any of the extra shape love relationships in this. The only light one was between her and an elf, but her constant sec I loved the world she created and the basic storyline. Who doesn't love magical academies with other students to compete against? However I'm a huge fan of romance, and I didn't see any real romance except one, and THAT itself was very.... dark. It just left me empty and unsatisfied, and I already don't like love triangles (especially when they aren't done right) so I didn't like any of the extra shape love relationships in this. The only light one was between her and an elf, but her constant secrecy and lack of respect for him made me mad. I didn't like her indecisive manner, and I thought many of her choices were irresponsible when it comes to the heart. I just prefer confirmed loves where there aren't any major complications, like the two sleeping with other people for their own reasons. That killed the endearment I had for the main characters, and although the end made me understand the demon, it only made me tolerate the heroine. I feel bad for not liking her because I suppose she's still young and everyone makes mistakes, but I like my stories with confident love and a girl who isn't so unstable with herself. In the beginning I related to her social awkwardness, but I couldn't relate to her reaction of being surrounded by people at the academy. Just not my preference. I recommend this to those who like drama and I recommend that you go into this with no expectation of anything except being entertained, I suppose. There's some errors in here but they shouldn't be distracting. Happy reading =^~^=

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is a great popcorn read for anyone who LOVES YA books and is looking for something a bit more graphic in the sex department. If you're looking for a stereotypical YA Twilight/Harry Potter/50 Shades of Gray mash up, this is going to be FANTASTIC for you. As for the rest of us... eh, depends on how much you enjoy wasting time on empty popcorn reads. There was a serious lack of depth and description and an absence of reason which bothered me because I wanted to think harder about this world bui This is a great popcorn read for anyone who LOVES YA books and is looking for something a bit more graphic in the sex department. If you're looking for a stereotypical YA Twilight/Harry Potter/50 Shades of Gray mash up, this is going to be FANTASTIC for you. As for the rest of us... eh, depends on how much you enjoy wasting time on empty popcorn reads. There was a serious lack of depth and description and an absence of reason which bothered me because I wanted to think harder about this world building than the author was allowing. The way the school ran just doesn't seem realistic for any natural order world. Also, The sex kind of threw me for a loop as I know this is suppose to be "New Adult" but the characters all read like they were around 14 at the oldest, which is part of why I wasn't totally in love with this book; it was weird when I imagine everyone as teens and then they start going at it around 60%. Firia being the worst of the acts too young for her age offender while being pretty Mary Sue at the same time. and the biggest offense that really really made me mad was the abusive nature of the relationship between Firia and Varuj. There is alpha male, and then there is abusive and controlling. I will give kudos to the fact this didn't have a happy mushy stereotypical paranormal romance ending. ***I received a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.***

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