Deadly, missing students and more houses to complete the trials in. I loved it and the mysterious powers and intuition of Wild. With her ragtag group of mixed oddball students, it had me laughing and enjoying the mystery of what would happen next. As the story goes on, I'm curious about her childhood friend Rory and where he stands with Wild. And all the mysterious characters that are affecting the trial. I cant wait to read the next book.
I love all of KF Breene’s work (she on my always buy list) and I’ve read a fair bit of Shannon Mayer as well. While the story of a teenager finding out magic exists and going to ‘magic school’ is a common one, hello Harry Potter, the authors manage to make the heroine someone you want to root for, with some interesting twists on the trope. Plus the trademark witty and snarky banter between the characters will definitely make me read the entire series.
Slightly interesting that this book 2 did not start with a short recap of book 1. Just jumped straight into the ongoing 'saga' of the heroine. Worked for me, but would have confused people who had a time gap from 1 to 2, I think. Anyway, a good read yet again, and I am about to buy book 3. (...I guess that says it all.)
The downside of this trilogy is that the first two books end in cliffhangers. The upside is everything else - the fearless heroine, the entrancing magic and best of all the team dynamics.
In this second book Wild and her gang of misfits learn to work together (or not) to win entry to the Shadowspell Academy. This is not for younger readers. There are grisly scenes that may give the under 12s nightmares. For the rest of us it is non stop entertainment with a heroine that never backs down.
This book doesn’t suffer from ‘middle book’ syndrome. It has excellent writing, witty moments, great banter and well developed characters. At times you see echoes of Twilight or The Hunger Games but it’s not too obvious. One thing that I love is that while there are complex magical scenarios, you never get lost in this entertaining alternative universe.
Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials Book 2 by Shannon Mayer and K.F. Breene is another example why these two rock and make magic happen. These masters combine their talents and wove something that I could not put down. This book picks up where the first left off and it is a journey into the world that is so vivid you can imagine it. A world where magic and the unknown come together in the trials of young adults trying to find where they fit whilst battling to survive trials that would kill. This YA story is absolutely brilliant and just the right amount of quirky. As with the first book it is full of action and intrigue, mayhem and roller coaster rides where there is never a dull moment. When death knocking the humour of the characters will have you laughing out loud.
Wild and the unlikely group of misfits are back to battle the next installment of the Culling trials and the world where the supernatural beings not only exist but is the norm. Will they all make it through alive?
Grab a copy you will not be disappointed. I am anxiously awaiting the next one.