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HARRY POTTER MEETS PERCY JACKSON On their eighteenth birthday, everyone in the world receives a Shadowbox—a magic box that is a gift like no other… because it’s a gift from the Gods. For the majority of people, there’s only a birthday message inside their Shadowbox. For a few chosen, though, there’s something more. Nobody knows what those special guys receive. What’s kno HARRY POTTER MEETS PERCY JACKSON On their eighteenth birthday, everyone in the world receives a Shadowbox—a magic box that is a gift like no other… because it’s a gift from the Gods. For the majority of people, there’s only a birthday message inside their Shadowbox. For a few chosen, though, there’s something more. Nobody knows what those special guys receive. What’s known is that they disappear and never come back. Rumors say they are invited to join the Gods’ Army… I think it’s just a load of crap. My name is Melany Richmond, and for my entire life, I’ve been an outcast, an orphan tossed around like a ship in a storm. I don’t think that gods really exist. I never even received my Shadowbox when I turned eighteen. Maybe because nobody knows my true birth date, or because not even the gods care about me. Afterall, I'm a blue haired rebel and troublemaker with tattoos all over my arms. I’m not like Callie Demos, the beautiful blondie living in the huge estate my adopted mother takes care of. She is the perfect specimen of Greek devotion and nobody doubts she will get “the call.” She has everything in her life and doesn’t appreciate any of it. Her birthday party is the biggest event in town, and everyone wants to be there when she receives her blessing. To me, it’s just another ridiculous parade. But when I secretly open her Shadowbox and feel its magic on my skin, all my beliefs vanish. Gods do exist. And if the scroll in my hands says the truth, they have a secret academy where their recruits train to become demigods. I’ve done really bad things in my life, but stealing Callie’s opportunity to attend the God’s Academy? It’s got to be the worst. If Gods find out I’m a faker, what was supposed to be someone else’s gift may turn into my personal curse. MAGIC. ADVENTURES. FRIENDSHIP. "As a huge fan of Greek mythology, I absolutely adored jumping into a world where all of my favorite gods and goddesses come to life! -Canada Starkey ★★★★★ "MUST READ! All the characters, locations, and scenarios are written in such detail that you imagine being amid the Academy experiencing the training and trials alongside Melany and her friends (and enemies). OMG, what an ending. And...when can we expect Year Two? -Author Danah Logan ★★★★★ "The plot twists had me devouring this book in one day!" -Ivy on Goodreads ★★★★★ Demigods academy is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy novel for readers of all ages. Perfect for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. It's NOT a Reverse Harem. Demigods Academy: Year Two releases in September 2019 Demigods Academy: Year Three releases in October 2019


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HARRY POTTER MEETS PERCY JACKSON On their eighteenth birthday, everyone in the world receives a Shadowbox—a magic box that is a gift like no other… because it’s a gift from the Gods. For the majority of people, there’s only a birthday message inside their Shadowbox. For a few chosen, though, there’s something more. Nobody knows what those special guys receive. What’s kno HARRY POTTER MEETS PERCY JACKSON On their eighteenth birthday, everyone in the world receives a Shadowbox—a magic box that is a gift like no other… because it’s a gift from the Gods. For the majority of people, there’s only a birthday message inside their Shadowbox. For a few chosen, though, there’s something more. Nobody knows what those special guys receive. What’s known is that they disappear and never come back. Rumors say they are invited to join the Gods’ Army… I think it’s just a load of crap. My name is Melany Richmond, and for my entire life, I’ve been an outcast, an orphan tossed around like a ship in a storm. I don’t think that gods really exist. I never even received my Shadowbox when I turned eighteen. Maybe because nobody knows my true birth date, or because not even the gods care about me. Afterall, I'm a blue haired rebel and troublemaker with tattoos all over my arms. I’m not like Callie Demos, the beautiful blondie living in the huge estate my adopted mother takes care of. She is the perfect specimen of Greek devotion and nobody doubts she will get “the call.” She has everything in her life and doesn’t appreciate any of it. Her birthday party is the biggest event in town, and everyone wants to be there when she receives her blessing. To me, it’s just another ridiculous parade. But when I secretly open her Shadowbox and feel its magic on my skin, all my beliefs vanish. Gods do exist. And if the scroll in my hands says the truth, they have a secret academy where their recruits train to become demigods. I’ve done really bad things in my life, but stealing Callie’s opportunity to attend the God’s Academy? It’s got to be the worst. If Gods find out I’m a faker, what was supposed to be someone else’s gift may turn into my personal curse. MAGIC. ADVENTURES. FRIENDSHIP. "As a huge fan of Greek mythology, I absolutely adored jumping into a world where all of my favorite gods and goddesses come to life! -Canada Starkey ★★★★★ "MUST READ! All the characters, locations, and scenarios are written in such detail that you imagine being amid the Academy experiencing the training and trials alongside Melany and her friends (and enemies). OMG, what an ending. And...when can we expect Year Two? -Author Danah Logan ★★★★★ "The plot twists had me devouring this book in one day!" -Ivy on Goodreads ★★★★★ Demigods academy is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy novel for readers of all ages. Perfect for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. It's NOT a Reverse Harem. Demigods Academy: Year Two releases in September 2019 Demigods Academy: Year Three releases in October 2019

30 review for Demigods Academy - Year One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Seraphia

    Demigods Academy is an absolute blast! I loved every minute of this book and am absolutely eager for more! Melaney is an outsider. Her 18th birthday came and went and she never received the famed Shadowbox that all other kids have received on their 18th birthday. Well, get ready for a surprise! Her "friend" Callie just turned 18. All her life she and her family have gone and paid tribute to the gods in the hopes that she would get the coveted invitation to their academy. Well...when things do go Demigods Academy is an absolute blast! I loved every minute of this book and am absolutely eager for more! Melaney is an outsider. Her 18th birthday came and went and she never received the famed Shadowbox that all other kids have received on their 18th birthday. Well, get ready for a surprise! Her "friend" Callie just turned 18. All her life she and her family have gone and paid tribute to the gods in the hopes that she would get the coveted invitation to their academy. Well...when things do go as she thought - the epic opening of the box to big fanfare, the coveted invitation, etc. she throws the Shadowbox down in a tantrum. Melaney doesn't expect a reaction from the box, but that's exactly what she gets when she picks up. But the surprises don't stop there...Melaney discovers a scroll that is the coveted invitation. Instead of putting it back and giving it to Callie...she keeps it and determines to go and test her fate against the gods. Question is...will she make it? Or fail epically? Either way...there is no turning back. Demigods Academy - Year One is a fantastic Young Adult Supernatural academy novel. You will most definitely see the references to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson in this book. I absolutely loved it! Melaney finding the invitation and keeping it even reminded me of the ballet movie - "Leap." But I couldn't help but question...what if she was meant to have it? Melaney is quite refreshing in my opinion. Quite often authors give readers main characters with a ton of attitude to drown the world in and it just never stops. Melaney, while she does have some attitude, doesn't wave it around like she's so angry at the world and that she doesn't care who knows it. I was so relieved when this aspect of her shown through. She goes from being essentially friendless to having a couple of unique friends. I like how they come together and are kind to each other. Of course, there is the expected bully who is out to prove that Melaney doesn't belong, but that just amps up the drama. Of course, when Melaney isn't getting on the wrong side of a couple of her teachers. Is there anything that I don't like about this book? Absolutely not. Normally, if there is too much attitude from a character I will definitely howl about it, but the author does an excellent job keeping the attitude to a minimum and doesn't just throw it around like she has the world's biggest chip on her shoulder. For those of you who don't like cliffhangers...sorry not sorry but buckle-up buttercup cuz its a-comin! I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and couldn't get enough of it! I need more!! Preferably soon. Haha! If you like fantasy/paranormal novels and academy style books then this one will be a good fit for you. The gods aren't just "figureheads" in this book. They are the characters, too! I'm sure that you'll love it as much as I did.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amber Behnke

    I absolutely loved this book! There isn't a single thing I would change. It is the perfect blend of fantasy and romance. The romance doesn't get in the way of the story of the characters becoming soldiers it only enhances it, and vice versa. I can't wait for year two! Need it now!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    3.5/5 This was such an interesting story! I loved the concept of Demigods going to school to learn how to harness their powers. Melany never received her own Shadowbox--a gift from the gods everyone receives on their 18th birthday. When Callie Demos, a girl with everything whom Melany's adopted mother works for, isn't invited to join the Army of the gods, Melany is left to clean up the Shadowbox. As soon as she touches it, she feels magic. When she looks inside she finds an invitation to the Army 3.5/5 This was such an interesting story! I loved the concept of Demigods going to school to learn how to harness their powers. Melany never received her own Shadowbox--a gift from the gods everyone receives on their 18th birthday. When Callie Demos, a girl with everything whom Melany's adopted mother works for, isn't invited to join the Army of the gods, Melany is left to clean up the Shadowbox. As soon as she touches it, she feels magic. When she looks inside she finds an invitation to the Army. How could Callie have missed it? When Melany risks taking Callie's spot, she isn't sure she'll find a spot to fit in. After all, no one else has wanted this blue-haired, tatted orphan girl yet. I really enjoy school stories and this was no different. I loved seeing the various different classes. One thing that was different was that all of the demigods seemed to have powers not just only from their godly lineage. Having to pass trials to be invited into the army after schooling was intense. The trials they all faced were no joke. I loved seeing Melany protect her friends and make sure they passed alongside her. Guessing everyone's godly parentage was a really fun part of the story. I wasn't right on all counts, but I'm most excited to see what will happen with Melany after her claiming. I also enjoyed seeing Melany's powers grow alongside her relationships with her friends. The romance between Lucian and Melany was so much fun and I can't wait to see more of them!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Abi

    This was such a good book! I look forward to books two and three. The pacing and plot were excellent. In terms of being an academy book specifically, I really appreciated that it kept classes and learning the whole way through, as many drop them in favor of romance or mystery. This managed to incorporate romance and a bit of mystery well, along with a good group of characters. I look forward to seeing all of them become more fleshed out as the series goes on. As for the main character, Melany, I This was such a good book! I look forward to books two and three. The pacing and plot were excellent. In terms of being an academy book specifically, I really appreciated that it kept classes and learning the whole way through, as many drop them in favor of romance or mystery. This managed to incorporate romance and a bit of mystery well, along with a good group of characters. I look forward to seeing all of them become more fleshed out as the series goes on. As for the main character, Melany, I loved her! She was smart and strong, without being idiotic. I enjoyed watching her mistakes and triumphs. I also enjoyed her relationship with Lucien. I loved that he wasn't the typical closed off asshole love interest. Nope! He was actually respectful, caring, kind, handsome, and really awesome. I quite like him, and hope he and Melany continue their romance in later books. Overall, this ended up being better than I expected, and I read it in a day. Melany was an excellent heroine, and the plot provided an interesting academy with cool classes, a bit of intrigue, and some fun romance. I do hope that her friends get a bit more fleshed out as the books go on. I look forward to book 2 after that ending! Awesome book! 5 stars!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Demigods academy year one...... 🤩 5 stars completely deserved. This is an awesome and brilliant read! A must read for anyone who likes reading about the gods. Oh my word... that ending??? It had me grinning from ear to ear. This is a brilliantly written story. Over the years that i really got into reading and the 500 something fictional books i have read this is up there at the top with the best. The world building is superb set in a fabulous story line. A world brimming with adventure' action' humo Demigods academy year one...... 🤩 5 stars completely deserved. This is an awesome and brilliant read! A must read for anyone who likes reading about the gods. Oh my word... that ending??? It had me grinning from ear to ear. This is a brilliantly written story. Over the years that i really got into reading and the 500 something fictional books i have read this is up there at the top with the best. The world building is superb set in a fabulous story line. A world brimming with adventure' action' humour' friendship with a touch of romance. I enjoyed every aspect of the story' it pulled me in and kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat throughout. I loved the characters Melany ( Blue ) i felt she is written beautifully. As are all the other characters. Elisa S Amore and kiera Legend' you are both Absalutely brilliant and excellent writers with the most wonderful imaginations. I can't wait to find out what happens next in Year 2. Bring it on!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Stump

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "I recieved an Advanced Review Copy of this book." Where do I start. I was so excited to get to read this book in advance. Been awhile since I have read a good demigod book. Also I love Elisa S. Amore's work. I have to say this book was fantastic. I loved Melany's characters. She had spirt and was a badass really. I love when a MC female character isn't helpless. Also Lucian omg he sounded hot. I felt the connection between them I was rooting for them but I have to say I was way to happy with Had "I recieved an Advanced Review Copy of this book." Where do I start. I was so excited to get to read this book in advance. Been awhile since I have read a good demigod book. Also I love Elisa S. Amore's work. I have to say this book was fantastic. I loved Melany's characters. She had spirt and was a badass really. I love when a MC female character isn't helpless. Also Lucian omg he sounded hot. I felt the connection between them I was rooting for them but I have to say I was way to happy with Hades showed up. I really want Melany with him idk why. That fantasy played into my head where he kept protecting her and chose her. Shocked by the ending but was so happy was hoping for it since he showed up. Also the close friendship bonds in this book were amazing. Loved how close they all because like family.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    This was a great story Melany has several ups and downs throughout the book and truly learns about who she is as a person. And she is one spitfire, not letting anyone push her around which can get her into some trouble.Throw in some conniving Gods into the mix and dark shadows and there is no telling where she may go. The jerk who may not be a jerk, Lucian also has to come to terms with the boy he grow up as and the man he wants to be. And the spark between him and Melany excited to she how big This was a great story Melany has several ups and downs throughout the book and truly learns about who she is as a person. And she is one spitfire, not letting anyone push her around which can get her into some trouble.Throw in some conniving Gods into the mix and dark shadows and there is no telling where she may go. The jerk who may not be a jerk, Lucian also has to come to terms with the boy he grow up as and the man he wants to be. And the spark between him and Melany excited to she how big of a fire the will grow into. The build of not only the main characters but the side characters are great they grow with every meeting. And sorry to say but the last line of the book will only leave you wanting more. 😁

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carol A. Ward

    Couldn't put this book down, loved it. I've been reading several different academy books, and some are very good and some didn't quite hold my attention and I lost interest but this book kept me glued to the pages and now looking forward to the next book in the series. It was quite interesting reading about gods and demigods, instead of vampires, werewolves, witches and dragons (and I do love my Dragon stories, so I'm not putting them down) it's just a refreshing change from the usual. Looking fo Couldn't put this book down, loved it. I've been reading several different academy books, and some are very good and some didn't quite hold my attention and I lost interest but this book kept me glued to the pages and now looking forward to the next book in the series. It was quite interesting reading about gods and demigods, instead of vampires, werewolves, witches and dragons (and I do love my Dragon stories, so I'm not putting them down) it's just a refreshing change from the usual. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    Great start to this series and what an ending! This book grabbed me up really quickly, and though there is still quite a bit of mystery... and that ending was like whhhhaaaaatt, I feel like we are really headed for some greatness in the next books. FMC, Melany, decided to attend Demigod Academy on a whim, not actually believing that the gods really taught. Upon barely arriving, Melany realizes real quick all the stories are true and knows that she has tricked and stolen her way in. Now she is goi Great start to this series and what an ending! This book grabbed me up really quickly, and though there is still quite a bit of mystery... and that ending was like whhhhaaaaatt, I feel like we are really headed for some greatness in the next books. FMC, Melany, decided to attend Demigod Academy on a whim, not actually believing that the gods really taught. Upon barely arriving, Melany realizes real quick all the stories are true and knows that she has tricked and stolen her way in. Now she is going to have to fake it till she makes it through the classes so no one realizes she is an impostor... that is until she not only starts doing well in the classes but also excelling at almost everything. The gods know something is...different about Melany but no one can tell her what the difference is, especially since they all seem distracted by the goings on in the world.. natural disasters have started occurring all over the world and Melany is suspicious of some of the gods behavior.. They may actually have some answers.. but she has to get through the school year in order to find things out.\ I got to say that Melany is pretty great.. she is boarder line too hostile but always reigns it in just as she starts going overboard.. She also doesn't seem to take no crap.. from anyone which usually means shes swimming in some crap she done stirred up lol. Can't wait to walk the mysteries unfold in this story! On to the next one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    anjuli

    DNF 33% Unfortunately, this one as well wasn't for me. I felt myself pulling away and then I just couldn't get back into it. Maybe, one day I may return. For now...it is dnf.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    *I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review* I devoured this book! It was the perfect combination of adventure, friendship and romance! A well-written fantasy with a strong heroine and an interesting take on Greek mythology. I can’t wait for the second year and anything else that Kiera Legend and Elisa S. Amore write! First of all, Melany is definitely not a damsel in distress. I'm a sucker for romance and this book had the perfect amount! That ending though... Yesss! *I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review* I devoured this book! It was the perfect combination of adventure, friendship and romance! A well-written fantasy with a strong heroine and an interesting take on Greek mythology. I can’t wait for the second year and anything else that Kiera Legend and Elisa S. Amore write! First of all, Melany is definitely not a damsel in distress. I'm a sucker for romance and this book had the perfect amount! That ending though... Yesss!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erica Paré

    This type of book is not what I would normally read. With that being said, I finished this book in an evening! It so good! When it is described as Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson, its not a lie. The characters are well developped and the detail provided by the other plays like a movie. Lucian is my favorite character in this book. He is different than those in his group and thats a good thing. He is caring and definitely is interested in our main MC Melany. It makes me wonder about those shadow This type of book is not what I would normally read. With that being said, I finished this book in an evening! It so good! When it is described as Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson, its not a lie. The characters are well developped and the detail provided by the other plays like a movie. Lucian is my favorite character in this book. He is different than those in his group and thats a good thing. He is caring and definitely is interested in our main MC Melany. It makes me wonder about those shadowboxes though, did it give one message to Callie and knew that it was Melany the second time since she never received her box? Did someone take it?

  13. 4 out of 5

    shannon haywood

    Devoured this within a few hours, Elisa has wowed me again, and you can truly see that this isn’t just her writing, Kiera and Elisa have surprised me so much with the characters in this book. I just couldn’t get enough of them, I won’t spoil it, but prepare to be surprised with how they portray the Gods, and it is not a bad surprise! I also loved how the romance wasn’t the key factor, Mel is bad ass, and she will be with or without a hot guy! I’m sad it ended so soon, will be waiting impatiently Devoured this within a few hours, Elisa has wowed me again, and you can truly see that this isn’t just her writing, Kiera and Elisa have surprised me so much with the characters in this book. I just couldn’t get enough of them, I won’t spoil it, but prepare to be surprised with how they portray the Gods, and it is not a bad surprise! I also loved how the romance wasn’t the key factor, Mel is bad ass, and she will be with or without a hot guy! I’m sad it ended so soon, will be waiting impatiently for book number two.

  14. 4 out of 5

    jade-chantelle

    This book was a good read and i love how it ended can't wait to read the second book There were some unresolved issues in the book for me to give it 5 stars and am hoping some are answered in the next book I do love how badass the FMC is and she doesn't take shit from anyone Is it wrong for me to want her to be with hades? Looking forward to seeing how this develops The story line is good and its in detail with what's going on around the book great first in the series

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    This book was amazing! Packed full of adventure, humor, friendship and of course a love interest ;) Every chapter kept me guessing and the plot twists had me devouring this book in one day! If you loved Elisa’s Touched Saga, then you will LOVE this book. Cannot wait for Book 2! I need it NOW!!! *I received an early release copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    So good but damn cliffhangers!!! Why, oh why did you two do this to me! I'm literally screaming like a little girl about the damn cliffhanger!!! This book is a great start to a wonderful new series!!! Now hurry up and write year two!!! Just kidding, but no seriously, write year two!!! LOL

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Eyre

    Omg 😲 what a story! A well written plot about Greek mythology, gods and demigods and once you start it you will not be able to put this down! You will be sucked into this amazing world that the author has created with the fantastic characters and storyline and that ending!! I need the next book like now please!!! This is a fantabulous start to this series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sally Maxwell

    An interesting read, I enjoyed it, it definitely got better the more you got into it, a great take on the gods of old, and I will be on the look out for book 2, new to know what happens to Melany and her crew.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    Really enjoyed it. Fast paced page turner offering lots of excitement. There are twists and turns throughout leaving the reader unsure as to what will happen (not too predictable, I like it). Great characters with some you just love to hate. I loved it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julia Gee

    Done ❤️❤️ Cant wait to read it!!!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angie Wimmer

    Demigods Academy Year 1 is amazing! Love to read about all the Gods and Goddesses. Story is awesome and love how well it was written! Anxiously awaiting Year 2!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Reid

    I thought it was an awesome book with all the feels. Melany and Lucian were meant for each other and I can’t wait until the next book comes out. I’m excited to see which group Zeus puts her in.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Keeana

    legit the worse blurb ive ever read.. can't wait to read it

  24. 4 out of 5

    K Elise

    I got to listen to this book at the courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review. This was an entertaining listen, although it took a little while for me to get into it, however, by the end I was hooked and now I’m anxious for the next book. The narration was very well done. Vanessa Moyen isn’t my favorite narrator, only because her vocal range in somewhat limited, but her performance is still very good. Stephen Dexter was really enjoyable to listen to during Lucien’s chapters. This w I got to listen to this book at the courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review. This was an entertaining listen, although it took a little while for me to get into it, however, by the end I was hooked and now I’m anxious for the next book. The narration was very well done. Vanessa Moyen isn’t my favorite narrator, only because her vocal range in somewhat limited, but her performance is still very good. Stephen Dexter was really enjoyable to listen to during Lucien’s chapters. This was certainly an entertaining listen, and well worth your audible credit. As for story, it was a little slow on the start, but I think that might just be me. I can’t say that the start of it was boring or anything like that, it just took me a while to get into it. I do feel like it’s a fairly typical Academy storyline, which has become popular in my book groups lately, so I’ve got a few under belt now! Even so, I like the bits of intrigue surrounding the main character. I actually do really like Melany, and I enjoyed her friends too. I like that she’s not typical, she has tattoos and blue hair. She’s my kinda girl! She’s not blending in, and I’m all for that. I like that she goes out of her way for her friends, and wants the success of those around her, not just herself. Her love interest is not the driving force of the story, which is excellent! I like that it’s more about her discovering herself and her abilities than it is about the boy that likes her. They have a good relationship, and there isn’t any major kind of scandalous romance going on there, it’s really pretty sweet. I especially enjoyed that she has such a good influence on him. The only downside to this, for me, was predictability, which is why it’s not a five star book for me. I enjoyed the story, and it was entertaining, but it was easy to see where it was going from the start. It was obvious which characters would be friends, and which would be enemies, and how those relationships would play out. The big reveal at the end, although making me want to pick up the next book to see what happens next, was not actually surprising. Otherwise I think it’s fun. This definitely has a little bit of the feel of Percy Jackson to it, and competitive elements of it reminded me a bit of The Hunger Games as well. Certainly if you are into the academy storylines you will enjoy this. These books are all about self discovery and learning how to build meaningful relationships, and this book checks all those boxes flawlessly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Paschal

    Melanie feels like she has no purpose for her life, but when she unexpectedly has the opportunity to attend the Academy of the Gods and train to be in the God's Army she takes it. But the academy and the Gods are not what she anticipated and it seems like they are hiding things from the students. Can Melanie and her friends survive their first year? I am such a fan of this magical Academy kick that has been going through the book world recently, like a more adult Harry Potter. I loved that this w Melanie feels like she has no purpose for her life, but when she unexpectedly has the opportunity to attend the Academy of the Gods and train to be in the God's Army she takes it. But the academy and the Gods are not what she anticipated and it seems like they are hiding things from the students. Can Melanie and her friends survive their first year? I am such a fan of this magical Academy kick that has been going through the book world recently, like a more adult Harry Potter. I loved that this was something entirely new that I have not previously encounter, a mix of the magic school that I am currently obsessed with and Greek mythology which I will always love. I knew vaguely that the story was a mash of of those two topics, but no real details so it was almost like going into the story blind, which can be fun. There were two narrator for the audiobook, a male and a female to take on the role of both the main characters. I will say that Melanie was a more prominent character, she had more backstory and more chapters focused on her so I would say this is her story. Melanie was completely out of her element (sometimes literally) almost the entire book, learning on the fly how to get by and doing a pretty dang good job of it. She was spunky and fierce but at the same time kind and accepting. Lucian was an entirely different kind of character, being basically of this world beforehand with his background and upbringing. He started off as standoffish but I grew to love him through the course of the story and I loved the romance aspect! The ending was a huge cliffhanger that would have sucked me in if I hadn't already been a fan of the story. I can't wait to read the book and I highly recommend the story for anyone who loves magic, mythology, twist surprises, headstrong character and a different kind of world building. I enjoyed the audiobook experience so I may try and patiently wait until book 2 has an audio but I may have to pick up the ebook just to continue on.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer G

    On their eighteenth birthday, everyone receives a gift from the Gods; a beautiful Shadowbox. Most contain a note of well-wishes but a select few get the call to train with the Gods and join the Gods’ Army. Nothing else is known because those people are never seen again. Melany Richmond is not a believer. An orphan, later adopted by the housekeeper of a devout, wealthy family, Melany didn't even receive a Shadowbox on her birthday. So when she opened the discarded Shadowbox of Callie Demos, the s On their eighteenth birthday, everyone receives a gift from the Gods; a beautiful Shadowbox. Most contain a note of well-wishes but a select few get the call to train with the Gods and join the Gods’ Army. Nothing else is known because those people are never seen again. Melany Richmond is not a believer. An orphan, later adopted by the housekeeper of a devout, wealthy family, Melany didn't even receive a Shadowbox on her birthday. So when she opened the discarded Shadowbox of Callie Demos, the spoiled daughter of the house, felt the magic, and received an invitation to the God’s Academy she didn't think twice about accepting this unexpected opportunity. It's only later that she worries that the Gods will figure out that she's a fake. She's a blue-haired misfit with tattoos and piercings; she doesn't belong with the perfect demigods at the academy. I love Greek mythology. I love a good academy book. This is both and I loved it. The Gods, the classes, the trials. It's pure entertainment. The world-building is exceptional and the writing is flawless. It captures the complete academy first-year experience; feeling like you are in over your head, getting singled out for being different, finding your people, finding your footing, finding a boy, growing, and starting to become whom you are meant to be. There was a nice balance of character development and storyline. A few unexpected twists are thrown in along the way adding to the adventure and then an expected surprise ending make you impatient for year two. Can't wait to see what it brings!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bingeworthy Book Blog

    The Details: - YA/Upper YA - 1st in a series - Fantasy/Urban Fantasy Academy Genre I am waiting with baited breath for the next book in this wonderful new series. Described as Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson (definitely agree with that descriptor!). I decided to give this book a try after seeing that one of my new favourite authors, Jaymin Eve, had recommended it. I was enthralled with this book from the first chapter with the introduction of Maleny Richmond's character. She's fierce, feisty, snark The Details: - YA/Upper YA - 1st in a series - Fantasy/Urban Fantasy Academy Genre I am waiting with baited breath for the next book in this wonderful new series. Described as Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson (definitely agree with that descriptor!). I decided to give this book a try after seeing that one of my new favourite authors, Jaymin Eve, had recommended it. I was enthralled with this book from the first chapter with the introduction of Maleny Richmond's character. She's fierce, feisty, snarky, strong and her character shines. Usually with YA UF books, it's the worldbuilding and setting that draws me into the story until I'm thoroughly immersed in the book, but with this story, it was Melany's character that had me captivated and wanting to read more. I can't wait for the next adventure in Melany's journey. Fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout's Halfblood series will adore this book. Great Book Highly Recommended Bingeworthy Book Blog On Facebook On Twitter On Instagram

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ludo

    I was not too fond of the first series from one of the authors, because it seemed a copy of Twilight and Fallen. I gave this a chance because of the covers and some extracts and the all-positive reviews, however, that “characteristics” did not change: this one was heavily inspired by Percy Jackson. I’m not saying this just because it is about demigods, but because there are even similar scenes (example from this book and The Battle of the Labyrinth under spoiler): (view spoiler)[Annabeth kisses I was not too fond of the first series from one of the authors, because it seemed a copy of Twilight and Fallen. I gave this a chance because of the covers and some extracts and the all-positive reviews, however, that “characteristics” did not change: this one was heavily inspired by Percy Jackson. I’m not saying this just because it is about demigods, but because there are even similar scenes (example from this book and The Battle of the Labyrinth under spoiler): (view spoiler)[Annabeth kisses Percy in the volcano while they are hiding behind the rock, here Lucian too steals a kiss in the exact same circumstances (hide spoiler)] About the story, it felt too rushed. I didn’t particularly appreciate the characters either (or the practically insta-love, though I appreciated that there was no love triangle, though I suspect it may appear in the sequel). Contrary to a lot of people, I don’t really have problems with Mary Sues. Still, this protagonist was way too perfect and powerful (and naive, in my opinion, not to say stupid). The authors tried so much to make her unique and different and special, that she became a total standard protagonist. Probably, I’ll continue the series because I don’t like leaving them unfinished, and also the books are short and fast to read. Still, I doubt I’ll read anything else from the authors.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Canada

    Just finished reading Demigods Academy: Year One!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kayce Green

    I loved this book. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next. In a world much like our own but with the added wonder of Greek Gods and Goddesses, teens are chosen to become part of an elite force of warriors. Chosen first to the academy, and then trialed through to become part of each God or Goddess's clan, the characters, especially the main, are compelling, hip, and relatable. Melany, our heroine, is "different," but is, really, the girl we all are. Searching for our home in a world of question I loved this book. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next. In a world much like our own but with the added wonder of Greek Gods and Goddesses, teens are chosen to become part of an elite force of warriors. Chosen first to the academy, and then trialed through to become part of each God or Goddess's clan, the characters, especially the main, are compelling, hip, and relatable. Melany, our heroine, is "different," but is, really, the girl we all are. Searching for our home in a world of questions, dangers, and constant influx. She is smart, tough, caring, and does not allow her friends to fail.This is a quick read. I could not put it down. There are no lulls in the text, we go right from one adventure to the next! As a teacher of literature to teens, this a great modern written fantasy story to teach to young women about relationships, strong choices, and being okay with the term different. Sometimes the things that set us apart and get us in trouble with the status quo, are the things that help AND drive us to succeed. Read this, you won't regret it.

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