As always, I like to re-post my reviews for books that are so graciously sent to me for free to review! A Legacy Witch is the first book in a new series, The Spellcasters Spy Academy, by Ashley McCleo! Here’s the blurb:
Magic and espionage are in my blood.
But my parents don’t want me attending their alma mater, Spellcasters Spy Academy. They think I can’t hack it. Of course, I plan on proving them wrong.
If I can stay alive long enough.
Someone is attacking witches in my year, and I seem to always be nearby when they strike.
I swear I have nothing to do with it. Shoot, I can barely get my magic to cooperate. But convincing some people of my innocence is impossible. Like hot-as-hell Alex Wardwell, who despises me because of one dumb mistake.
So between proving my parents wrong, passing the trials Spellcasters has in store, trying to convince Alex that he has me pegged wrong, and simply staying alive, it looks like I’m going to have a busy year.
Thank the universe I’ve always been up for a challenge.
And the cover!
Here’s what I had to say about the book on Goodreads:
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! 🙂
A Legacy Witch is the first book in a brand-new series by Ashley McCleo- the Spellcasters Spy Academy series! Spellcasters draws immediate parallels to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts for me, as both schools train witches and wizards. Spellcasters is more like a college, however, and trains students to become elite spies.
The main character of A Legacy Witch is Odette, who is a first year student at Spellcasters. Though her parents both attended the school and were revered spies, they are very hesitant for her to attend school. As it turns out, they have good reason for feeling this way… but no spoilers here! 😉
When Odette first arrives, she meets Diana, the headmistress’s daughter. Diana has a huge chip on her shoulder when it comes to Odette, because Odette was the only student who chose to enroll in the academy based on her “legacy” status instead of actually testing in. Most of the other first years feel that way, too, which is not fun for Odette. She also starts out the year as one of the weakest witches (through no fault of her own) which makes her wonder if she even belongs at the school in the first place. She does make a few friends (and meets a love interest of course!) which makes her time at Spellcasters become more bearable!
During The Culling (as the first year at Spellcasters is officially called) there are two trials and one challenge that the first years must pass before continuing on to the next year. I won’t spoil any of the details of them! The ending of the book surprised me, and I bet it surprised Odette too! I can’t wait to read about her second and third years at Spellcasters! 🙂