Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials: Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
You don’t choose the academy. The academy chooses you.
I had no idea how those words would change my life. Or how they’d changed my life already...until the day the most dangerous man I’ve ever met waltzed onto my farm and left us a death sentence. In an invitation.
My younger brother has been chosen for the prestigious, secret magical school hidden within the folds of our mundane world. A place so dangerous, they don’t guarantee you’ll make it out alive.
If he doesn't go, our entire family will be killed. It’s the same invitation my older brother received three years ago - the same place where he mysteriously died.
The academy has already killed one sibling. I’ll be damned if they take another. I do the only thing an older sister can: chop off my hair, strap on two bras to flatten the girls, and take my brother’s place.
Magic and monsters are real. Assassins are coming for me, and the dead are prone to rise. What’s a girl faking it as a boy supposed to do? That’s right - beat the academy at its own game. Or die trying.
Praise for the book:
"This book is Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games in a bold twist on a classic magical young adult adventure." (Jaymin Eve, best-selling author of Supernatural Academy series)
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 31 minutes|
|Author||K.F. Breene, Shannon Mayer|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 29, 2020|
|Publisher||K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #27,179 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#53 in Contemporary Fantasy for Teens
#194 in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2021
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Wild lost her older brother to some college that didn't even pretend to investigate his death... Now a manilla envelope just like the one he got has shown up for her little brother bright by a guy who seems totally sketchy. How can she save him? Why does a college want someone who is only 15? Why does the guy think she got out of getting one herself?
***This series is suitable for mature young adult through adult readers who enjoy modern fantasy with a dash or two of horror :)
Top reviews from other countries
This tale is based on a family from Texas. Originally there are two parents, an older brother Tommy, our main character Wild, then twins Billy & Sam. Their Mum died before her time in a bizarre, unexplained accident. Their Dad, who's in his 40's, is practically a cripple but he refuses to say why. Tommy is offered a scholarship to a College where he becomes top of his class. Then a year or so later, they are heartbroken when they're informed he's died. No one would give any further information on how, they wouldn't even return his body and the Police wouldn't help them either!!😭
Several years later is when the book stars & we meet Wild. Horrifyingly another letter arrives that she manages to intercept. They want her brother, Billy 16 yrs old, to attend the 'Culling Trials' to gain the same scholarship Tommy had. Wild wants answers & to protect her family. So with very few facts, Sam's help to cut her hair like a boys, and her boobies strapped down she's going to take Billy's place!!👍 She tells her sister, Sam, all she needs to know to keep their farm running. Then Wild sets off without a clue about what she's going to face & only saying goodbye to Sam!!😱😔🙏 Sam knows Wild stands a better chance than Billy, he's just not ready to face anything like this and Wild is tough & wiley!🙏💔💪
Wild finds out that magic is actually real & is not just in fantasy books, but that's not the half of it!!🌟 This is a magical mystery with trails that can kill 😱 Plus it's full of backstabbers, ego maniacs, possible murderers but also hopefully friends too. She's met a great group of potential friends, if they' can turn out to be trustworthy🍀 There are secrets & potential curses at play throughout and she really needs to keep her true identity hidden from everyone for her safety but especially her family's!! Mostly she needs to survive the Culling Trials to get to the bottom of it all, obviously!!😉😳💥
A wonderful start to this thrilling series!😎 Roll on Book #2 💥
Debbie, 1970, UK
I've read MANY books written by both K. F. Breene and Shannon Mayer, and I've loved them, but this is the first book I've ever read with both collaborating together.
If I'm to be honest, and I ALWAYS an in all my reviews, I found this book interesting........But I also found it very slow going and a little more difficult to get into.
I've always found that both authors usually have a slightly faster pace in their books. I really expected the same for this book!!
Don't get me wrong, the story is good and there's plenty of stuff going on in it. I just wish it had a slightly faster pace.I
I know a lot of people won't agree with me, but that's ok, each to their own. I've given five stars, simply because the book is good. You've just got to keep going with the slower than usual pace!!
Now the narrator for the audio is a woman I've never come across before, Khristine Hvam. I therefore didn't know what to expect of her.
I found that she was very good at making sure her main characters had their own voices, helping us to be able to differentiate between each one.
As I'm not American, I cannot tell if the accents are spot on, but I do know the Texan accent and she was spot on. I found that she was easy to understand and extremely easy to listen to.
She has a soothing voice and I actually fell asleep while reading and listening to the audio. And it wasn't because I was bored 😂😂
Now would I recommend both book and audio, then I'm pleased to say yes.....
But I do hope that the books will now pick up the pace and move from interesting to great. Maybe?? We'll soon see!!
This was a well thought out story, building a stead pace and back story rather than just diving into the supernatural. I've read both of these authors work and this combination of talent is flawless.