Zodiac Academy: The Awakening | Review

Title: Zodiac Academy: The Awakening
Series: Supernatural Beasts and Bullies #1
Authors: Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti
Pages: 498 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 2 August 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


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. 

This is a full-length medium burn novel that is the first in a university-age academy series. Expect forbidden love and bully romance with mature content suitable for upper YA readers and onwards.


This book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti!

Zodiac Academy: The Awakening  is the first book in the Supernatural Beasts and Bullies series and tells the story of the twins Tory and Darcy.

When I read the prequel, Zodiac Academy: Origins of an Academy Bully, I was really intrigued by the world Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti have created. I really liked the concept of a school with different creatures and some weird rules. When I started reading the first book, I was immediately hooked. I really wanted to know what was going to happen to our main characters, Tory and Darcy.

Tory and Darcy are twins but that doesn’t mean that they’re the same person. They’re both so different and that’s why they get along so well. It was really hard for them to go to the Zodiac Academy because they’d never heard of this world, of all these creatures. I think that both girls are really strong and badass because they won’t let people bully them and they keep on a brave face!

Zodiac Academy: The Awakening is an amazing introduction to the Supernatural Beasts and Bullies series and I cannot wait to read the next book, Zodiac Academy: Ruthless Fae! Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti are an amazing writing duo and I cannot get enough of their books!