Magic Academy. Fantasy New Adult Romance. Jillian Keep

Magic Academy (A Fantasy New Adult Romance)


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

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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