Welcome to YA Friday! Today I am reviewing a new release from Shannon Mayer and KF Breene, Shadowspell Academy book one, The Culling Trials.
As she tries to figure out what this secret academy is all about, she uncovers that her family has a magical heritage and that her mother was a fierce warrior. To save her brother's life, she dresses as a boy and takes his place.
The academy lives up to its name, and Wild is immediately thrown into the first trial, a maze of death. She ends up grouping with a few other students: Ethan, Pete, Wally and towards the end, Orion.
Her battle is just beginning, and now with a group of student allies, she will face the tests of a lifetime.
Great book! I've already pre-ordered the second which comes out in May. I love Wild. She is kick-butt, loyal and smart. She steps up every time a challenge comes her way and uses her skills to help her team come out on top. She has collected a motley crew too; a goblin, vampire, a know-it-all and a werecreature.
Together the group faces the maze, and Wild's smarts pull them through, though the challenges are crazy and some deadly. This book sets up a great series. The group will have to face many more trials, each involving the different "houses" of the academy. Wild is in the group of Shade, the warrior class. 5 stars!