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Book Review: Strange Academy by Teresa Wilde

 

 
Overview
 

Author: Teresa Wilde
 
Title: Strange Academy
 
Genre(s): Paranormal romance
 
Release date: May 22, 2012
 
Publisher: Self-published
 
Length: 406 Pages
 
Heat level: Steamy, but not very explicit
 
Review copy provided by: Author, in exchange for honest review, without any other type of compensation
 
Reviewer recap: Sadie comes to Strange Academy with the intent of finding out what happened to her aunt, but she gets there and finds more questions than answers. She also finds herself the center of controversy and facing a LOT of adversity. Mage Gray is determined to get rid of her, both because she's a normal human outsider and doesn't belong, and to remove the temptation she is to him. He doesn't expect her to put up such a good fight. Together they'll uncover a passion that will change the course of their lives and answers that will lay all the mysteries plaguing them to rest one way or another.
 
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Writing style & finesse
9.0


 
Originality
8.0


 
World-building
8.5


 
Character development
9.0


 
Likeable/relatable characters
9.0


 
Plot tension
9.5


 
Flow & pacing
9.0


 
Heat &/or sexual tension
8.5


 
Total Score
8.8
8.8/ 10


User Rating
5 total ratings

 

Positives


Fun, sexy, light hearted, sweet - just well rounded altogether!

Negatives


Took a bit to get into and Gray had some pretty asinine moments.


Bottom Line

This unique book kept me awake into the early hours of morning because its sensuality and mostly light hearted tone left me unable to put it down. Invoking a wide range of emotions that include laughter, anger, and fear, and driving you deeper into the story with compelling characters and nail biting plot lines, Strange Academy is a must read!

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Posted June 19, 2013 by

 
Full Review
 
 

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Other than the tension and romance between Sadie and Gray, the biggest element in this book is the mystery. The mystery starts on the very first page and builds to hold you riveted until all the questions are answered and loose ends tied up. I was never at any point bored with the story and it kept my guessing which I greatly appreciate (since I feel like it happens so seldom).

Because of the way the author builds the world and the sets up the atmosphere for the school, it has a very distinct Harry Potter meets X-Men feel, but manages not to feel like a cheesy copy of either. There’s all kinds of magic involved, such as spells and potions and the like, (occasionally becoming a little confusing, but easy enough to keep up with) and everybody has their own unique “talent” – aka power or ability. You’ve got your vampires, shifters, mages, mutants, psychics – you name it! It leaves a lot of opportunity for the story to go anywhere, or even plenty of room for a series if the author so chose.

Naturally however, no matter how much I enjoyed the mystery and paranormal elements, it’s the romance that holds my attention the most. Gray and Sadie clash hardcore and it makes for spectacular sparks. They made me laugh, they made me blush, and they ultimately just had me glued to the page. I only have two complaints about them though. Sadie stays blinds to the goings on around her when I feel like she should have clued in, but I suppose there’s a reason for that too (even if I still grumbled about it). Gray though was my biggest obstacle. There were times that I didn’t like him at all, but flaws do make a hero more relatable and endearing (especially when they have to grovel to make up for them).

The secondary characters also make up a good portion of this book. Sterling in particular, because he plays a big part in bringing Sadie and Gray together, as well as making Gray that much more lovable. Between the three of them, this story is about more than just magic, mystery, and romance, but about family and self discovery. If it weren’t for the sex scenes, I’d say the message contained within this story is good for young adults to read, but either way it’s really a very sweet read.

Strange Academy is…



Buffy Kennedy

 
Aspiring author and avid reader. I'm married to my high school sweetheart and am a stay home mother of two.


One Comment


  1.  
    Eva Millien

    Thanks for the review. I have added this book and this author to my TBR.





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