This book has been described as what Hogwarts might be like if it were run by Voldermort – and that’s a great way to describe it…(don’t worry, no spoilers)Read more: Zodiac Academy The Awakening by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
The story is told through two POVs who are orphan twins, Darcy and Tory who have just come of age. It begins when the least feisty of the two is caught breaking and entering, and things escalate from there.
A sexy vampire makes himself known to the girls, seemingly saving the day by telling them about the inheritance they stand to inherit if the pass their Reckoning at the Zodiac Academy. They also get told that they are the true heirs to magical land which features faeries, shifters, vampires and more.
The girls have real grit, and you’ll easily become invested in their story. Keen to receive their inheritance, they agree to attend Zodiac Academy, but it’s not like any school they’ve been to before…
At the school there 4 hot guys, who are the current temporary heirs to the land. They are cocky and desperate to maintain their position in the land. They are also the heads of the 4 houses of the academy.
Intense power plays begin before the twins even discover the full extent of their own powers. Power plays that this review cannot do justice to.
These power plays involve both real humiliation, and putting the twins at serious risk. And they are not limited to interactions with other students – Darcy and Tory have to watch out for teachers, too.
At one point there’s a murder, and the twins have their suspects that they intend to confront.
At about 85% through the book is the first erotic scene, and it’s quite good. And it’s scenes like this that really stand it apart from its frequently compared to counterpart, the Harry Potter series.
Toward the end of the book the plans of most of the 4 heirs become more apparent. But what goes on here appears to be a deliberate distraction from yet another murder. And it’s with the intrigue surrounding this murder that the reader is seduced to wanting to read the next book in the series.
I really enjoyed this book, and the only reason I’m not reading the second book in the series just yet is because it’s not what I have in mind for my book review blog. But I do intend to read more books by the same authors, a series called Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac. If you follow my blog, please look out for my review on the first in the series, Dark Fae.