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Shiny New YA Magic Series
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2019
An exciting new YA series co-written by two of my favorite authors centered around a shadowy, nefarious sounding, Academy that pays you handsomely for the invitation-only privilege of joining their elite college.
Unfortunately for Wild, her oldest brother never came home after receiving such an invitation and by gosh, by golly, she is not about to lose her baby brother to the same ‘magic’ college...magic she doesn’t even believe exists. Didn’t even know existed until now. But someone has to show up or her whole family will die.
However, this isn’t a school who takes just anyone. Nay, dear reader. You cannot bee some hopeful pleb off the street. You must continuously prove your mettle by competing in and completing each of the Culling Trials. Before she knows it, Wild has picked up a ragtag bunch of misfits who figure she’s their best shot at survival.
Book one [and I’m guessing each subsequent book] is team bonding at its best as this newly formed band of misfits learn to trust each other and compete in unique trials of each of the different Houses. Each character brings something crucial to the group as a whole and I’ll be surprised to see if one particular character actually makes it all the way through. Cliffhanger ending, to be sure, but I believe the subsequent books are being published rather quickly. Entertaining, quick read from authors who know how to entertain.
I had a grand time trying to pick out which author wrote what specific scene/dialogue. I could almost picture them arguing back and forth over it, “Dang it woman, I said I need more snark from Wild in this scene! Don’t think I won’t kill off that character I saw you eying up for that next book if you don’t give me what I want!” Pure entertainment from the word go.