Book Review: The Awakening by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti


You have been selected to attend Zodiac Academy, where your star sign defines your destiny.

If you’re one of the Fae, elemental magic is in your blood. And apparently it’s in ours. As twins born in the month of Gemini, we’re a rare breed even in this academy of supernatural a-holes.

Changelings were outlawed hundreds of years ago but I guess our birth parents didn’t get the memo. Which means we’re totally unprepared for the ruthless world of Fae.

Air. Fire. Water. Earth.

No one has ever harnessed all four of them, until we arrived. And it hasn’t made us any friends so far.

As the rarest Elementals ever known, we’re already a threat to the four celestial heirs; the popular, vindictive bullies who happen to be some of the hottest guys we’ve ever seen. It doesn’t help that they’re the most dangerous beasts in the Academy. And probably on earth too.

Our fates are intertwined, but they want us gone. They’ve only got until the lunar eclipse to force us out and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed.

We never knew we had a birthright to live up to but now that we do, we intend to claim our throne.

We can’t expect any help from the faculty when it comes to defending ourselves. So if the dragon shifters want some target practice, the werewolves want someone to hunt or the vampires fancy a snack then we have to be ready. But we’ve been looking after each other for a long time and fighting back is in our blood.

Today’s horoscope: totally screwed.


The Awakening is the first book in the Zodiac Academy series. I have wanted to read this series for quite some time now as it always catches my eye on Kindle Unlimited. Not because of the cover though, I actually don’t like it very much, but because it is zodiac-themed. Also, I didn’t realise just how popular this series is. I’m constantly seeing tweets and fan art and a few too many spoilers for my liking, but this has been out for quite for time so I can’t be mad about it. 

My first thought was whether the authors realise they’ve named one of their main characters Tory Vega, as in the main character from the Nickelodeon show Victorious. I found it hard to take it seriously for a while, but I’m over it now. 

The Awakening and I’m guessing the entire Zodiac Academy series is one of those that you love not because it is excellently written (it’s not), but because it is a little bit trashy and reads like a fanfic. Not going to lie this did make me cringe on several occasions and some of the dialogue was absolutely awful, but these didn’t put me off. I quite liked that it was a bit crap and I have heard they get better.

I really wasn’t a fan of all of the non-consensual acts and my god there were a lot. Both main characters are used as feeding bags for vampires, against their will, constantly and I get that this is what vampires do but this is used as a weird power play and that doesn’t sit right with me. 

The amount of bullying in this book was also shocking and the fact that these so-called ‘teachers’ do nothing about it. Everyone is so childish that I forgot they are college age. I’m not a huge fan of the ‘bully romance’ genre and I didn’t realise that was what this is, but I’ll stick it out. In fact, I’m already almost halfway through the second book and I have plans to read the third so I’m hoping to start understanding all of the hype. 

Rating: 3 out of 5.


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