BOOK REVIEW : SHIFTER’S UNIVERSITY : K.R. THOMPSON
JUST IMAGINE ... IF THE HARRY POTTER AND THE X-MEN UNIVERSES HAD A BABY, K. R. THOMPSON'S SHIFTER'S UNIVERSITY WOULD BE BORN IN THE FORM OF A BOOK!
Dragon's, Yokai, Mermaids, Vampires, Gargoyles, Centaurs, Wyverns, Witches, Woodland Critters, Werewolves, Water Serpents, Fae And So Much More. Throw In The Evil Dark Watch, And What More Could You Possibly Want All Wrapped Up In One Amazing Book?
Set in present day, in our very own world, but shielded from prying human eyes, lies an Imaginative, original and unlike any other shifter book I've read before it! And I must say I loved everything about this book, from first seeing the cover, reading the blurb and just knowing I had to read it, to the rules they live by, the mythology that comes into play, to the main and supporting characters, to the fast past action and adventure and to the way the two main characters support & play off each other. I believe a great love story lies within continuing episodes.This sure was one wild & crazy ride that kept me glued to my screen and flipping those pages just as fast as I could read!
Imperium University is a school for Shifter’s of various types with various abilities and surrounds main characters Logan, a Dragon Shifter and Claire, thought to be a Kitsune (Fox) but really a Yokai in hiding (a special type of shifter feared by all human & Shifter alike who can borrow magic from those around her causing a major build up of magic in herself & around her and then able to take any form or a combination of shifters around her). The Shifters although hidden from main stream humanity have had a long standing fued with a human terrorist group calling themselves The Dark Watch, who have been planning, raiding and attacking the school for many years. It's true what they say "People are frightened by that which they don't understand or have no explanation for!
This is the first book of K.R. Thompson's I have read, but it certainly will not be the last! Especially as this finished on a cliffhanger, and now I can't wait to get my hands on Book 2, And Continue On This Adventure Of A Lifetime A With This Fascinating Duel Natured Species Half Human, Half Beast. But at least I only have to wait till December 2nd as an ARC Reviewer!
Really Well Written, Imaginative, Creative, And Original With A Great Storyline Containing Main & Secondary Characters You Quickly Grow To Care About Quickly, And Some You'd Even Love To Hate! 4.2⭐️ Out Of 5⭐️, And Well On its Way to Being 5⭐️ Series!
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book to write a fair & honest review.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I actually give this book 3.5 stars. Shifter's university was an interesting read. The plot was well mapped out, it was generally well written as a whole, and the characters weren't too annoying, which is always a plus. However, it didn't really find myself connecting with the characters either. I didn't hate them, but I also didn't love them. I also didn't love the amount of cliché's this book had. There was the cliché love story, the cliché roommate/best friend, the cliché betrayals, etc. I know it's practically impossible to write a book and not have at least one cliché, but this book had so many, I practically predicted everything that happened. So while I still enjoyed Shifter's University, I would have liked for there to be some sort of twist at some point
Great read. Not sure what I think about the series yet but willing to read the next one. Hopefully it will be just as good. Some series have a great storyline in the first book and flop in the next one, hopefully it will be better
I really loved the world created in Shifter's University. I liked the idea of the school teaching all the shifters to use their abilities and the inclusion of various mythological creatures added an extra layer of interest. The writing was engaging and kept me reading until the end of the book despite the reservations I had about the plot and characters.
I found the plot very predictable -- by the 25% mark it was obvious how the rest of the book would play out. Sometimes I don't mind some predictability, it's definitely not enough to put me off reading and I'm always hoping for a surprise twist, but there wasn't one here. Still, I'd be buying the next book if I'd found the two MCs at all likeable. I really tried to like Claire and Logan but all of their motivations were completely selfish and it really made it difficult for me to empathise with them. They are constantly doing things to put themselves and everyone else in danger and if that had been a point of character growth, that would've been great. I know it's just book 1 in a series so that might happen later but they just bugged me too much. Claire was too whiny and melodramatic for me and she didn't ring true as a victim of domestic violence, which made the abuse read just as a plot point, and I personally find offensive. Logan was 2D, just all 'must protect Claire!' and didn't have a lot else to him.
I'd probably recommend this to younger fans of paranormal romance, and I'll definitely take a look at K.R. Thompson's other series, because I did enjoy the writing, but that's it for me with Shifter's University.