Overall: 4.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
~QD STORY DETAILS~
Tear jerker: No
Location: Various, mainly at Witchling Academy
Character age range: starts at 16 and follows through late teens (as of book 5)
Lead: Brianne Marie Harlow
Love interest(s): Jax Morgan, Connor Giovanni, Kaito Mogami, Finnick Rosedale
HEA: No – cliffhanger
~QD BOOK INFO~
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Audible: Yes – only book 1; narrated by Lacy Laurel – I unfortunately did not like the narrator’s voice and felt her cadence was off putting.
Series: Yes – The Spell Traveler Chronicles (links below)
1. Semester 1 – released 5/3/19 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
2. Semester 2 – released 6/7/19 – ⭐⭐⭐
3. Semester 3 – released 7/12/19 – ⭐⭐⭐
4. Semester 4 – released 8/9/19 – ⭐⭐⭐
5. Semester 5 – released 9/6/19 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
6. Semester 6 – releases 11/1/19
7. Semester 7 – releases 12/6/19
8. Semester 8 – releases 2/7/20
Sex/kink type: Books 1-4 (kiss only) , Book 5: manual and penetrative, loss of virginity
Possible triggers: betrayal (not cheating), kidnapping, violence, bullying, self confidence issues/self-sacrifice, mention of cancer, loss of a parent
The Quick and Dirty: Super innocent 16yo enters magic academy with the gift of spell traveling and meets several elemental shifters who end up becoming her love interests. The group has to survive trials and by book 5, discover the purpose of both the school’s creation and their attendance there.
The first book was a good introduction to the series and while books 1 through 4 are considered young adult, it was of the bubblegum variety. Lots of teenage angst, confidence issues, highschool-level maturity and bullying, and discovering one’s own sexuality. There is some action sprinkled along the way but we don’t really see the series pick up until Book 5. That’s where the series transitions to New Adult and the substance of the story really develops. Brianne must confront her rivals and prepare for the battle of a lifetime. Secrets about her identity and that of her guys are revealed. There are recurring themes that fans of Avery and her alternate pen name can expect: whimsy, amnesia/love interests from childhood, confidence issues that eventually turn into strength, sensitive but strong men, mild m/m themes within a RH and a female lead that starts off in a sea of self doubt that becomes a bad bitch with a protective streak a mile wide.
And **MILD SPOILER**
There is a CROSSOVER! It’s from one of Avery’s other series and those who follow her can likely guess but it’s epic! Can’t wait to see where the next few books take us in the story!
** I was provided an ARC of this book in return for a voluntary and honest review.**
What happens when you die? Do you simply disappear? Or does some part of you live on forever, perhaps in the hearts and minds of those who cherished you?
I, Brianne Marie Harlow, never thought much about death. Sure, I had a few close calls here and there, but the thought of actually dying at age eighteen wasn’t something I considered — does any healthy person think about death before they turn twenty?
Nevertheless, I’m trapped in a dark place and unsure how to get out of it. A powerful and familiar voice tells me to keep hanging on because my existence has a far greater purpose than I could begin to fathom. However, the clock is ticking, and I don’t think I have much time left to figure things out.
When the power in the dark finally reveals itself, I discover that I’m not some average student with a few extra gifts. Not at all. What is revealed cannot be undone, which makes me question if fighting the pull to sleep forever is worth it.
The only things stopping me from letting go completely are my family, my adorable familiar, and my Notorious Four. In the depths of the darkness, I hear their voices, and in moments of despair, I can see exactly what they’re going through while I wait.
For me, Semester Five is up in the air, but one thing is certain: if I get the chance to live again, there won’t be any innocence left in me. I’ll be reborn into something stronger, braver, and wiser.
And I’ll take on Semester Five with everything I’ve got — because it’s time for payback.
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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