ARC Review: Academy for the Fallen: Year One by Avery Song

Overall: 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 1/5 🔥
Feels: 😤😯😬😨😏🤔

Tear jerker: No
Paranormal/Fantasy: Yes
Location: The Underworld
Character age range: Dead
Lead: Lilith Hela, Lilith R. Annabeth, Lilith
Love interest(s): Ceru, Harlie/Harley/Harlee, Gabe, Lucifer
HEA: Cliffhanger

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Audible: No
Series: Underworld Academy
1. Year 1 – released 08/25/19
2. Year 2 – releases 11/17/19

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, penetrative
Possible triggers: discrimination, violence, mention of rape/sexual slavery, violence

The Quick and Dirty: After being slain in battle, Queen Merciless finds herself in the Underworld where she is told that she will need to complete three trials in order to enter her next stage of existence: being a candidate at the Underworld Academy.

I really liked the story arc and the interesting take on religion and perspective on evil being subjective. The female lead’s companions are all compelling in their own right (a hellhound, an angel and a shapeshifter). My qualm with the book was that I felt like the story was a bit overshadowed by all of the alters/split personalities. I spent a lot of the book trying to figure out which character was interacting since they share names. I suspect that there are 3 Liliths and not 2, and while that makes the story interesting, it also made for disjointed reading because I kept having to flip back and forth to see which personality made the most sense during those particular parts of the story. I have faith though; I know Avery Song will reveal all in subsequent books, so I’m looking forward to those!

I lived, fought, and died in the battle between good and evil. 

But not as a hero… 

After falling in battle, Lilith, known as Queen Merciless to foe and friend alike, expects to wake up in the toasty halls of hell —not the depths of the Underworld as a candidate for entry into the Academy for the Fallen.

Confused, she assumes it’s either a misunderstanding or someone’s idea of a joke. Forced to prove her strength with three challenging tests, Lilith is determined to dominate, showing she has no need for more schooling.

She’s no damsel needing protection or rescue.

Stuck with a former angel on the outs with God, a hellhound with a dangerous secret, and a trickster shapeshifter posing as the previous King of the Afterlife, Lilith thinks they should change the school’s name to Academy for Psychos.

Her opinion only strengthens when she meets the dastardly sexy headmaster.

There are no math classes. No one cares what books you read. And the only chemistry that matters is deadly.

Academy for the Fallen has no use for the weak and pure. Its purpose is to train an elite force of the evilest, blood driven souls to keep the Damned from escaping Satan’s grasp and unleashing hell on Earth.

Time for Lilith to dust off her crown and fight alongside the irresistible dark trio determined to win her affection.

There’s a new war to wage — the battle between evil and evil — and no one is a badder bitch than Queen Merciless. 




Avery Song is the second pen name of a reverse harem author who specializes in urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She especially loves writing strong main characters and is excited for all the books that are approaching.






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