Book Review: A Rebel Witch by Ashley McCleo!

Back in March, I reviewed the second book in the Spellcasters Spy Academy Series, called A Rebel Witch, by Ashley McCleo. Let’s get right to it!

Here’s the blurb:

The evil queen of demons is after me.

But as long as she remains in Hell, I’m safe.

I hope . . .

Now that I’m participating in the Spy Games—a dangerous competition between magical spy academies—I’ve increased the risk of the queen’s minions finding and dragging me to the depths of the underworld.

In fact, with each passing Spy Game event, it becomes more obvious exactly why the queen wants me.

Most of the time my studies, relationships, and the tournament keep the looming threat of abduction out my mind.

But when someone I love is taken by the demons, I must act.

And face the powerful queen of Hell head-on.

A Rebel Witch is a fantasy academy book that features a tournament of supernatural spies, heartwarming friendships, enduring love, and magic-fueled action.

The cover:

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And my review:

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review 🙂

A Rebel Witch is the second book in the Spellcasters Spy Academy series. In the Academy, year 2 is also known as Grind year- and the name fits, because students are often pushed to the limits physically, mentally, academically, etc.!

When Odie and her friends arrive back at the school at the start of the new term, they discover that security has been enhanced because both Odie and Eva (her best friend) have been demon touched… not to mention that the royals of Hell are after Odie and Alex (her boyfriend)!

Despite this, the night of the welcome back feast, the students learn that the first inaugural Spy Games will be held between the four spy schools in the USA! Two students from each of the upper classes will be selected to compete in the games, which are considered quite dangerous. Of course Odie wants to participate, because she still feels like she needs to prove herself.

Each round of the games is held at a different school, which makes things really interesting and exciting! Spellcasters is a school for witches, but the other schools are host to vampires, fae, and shifters- it’s really neat to see all the magical races come together to compete!

No spoilers here, but this book is SO exciting! There are many different things going on, but the story remains fast-paced and entertaining the entire time. I loved how all the different magical races interacted and cooperated with each other. I cannot wait to read about year 3 at Spellcasters!

I gave A Rebel Witch 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Book Review: An Academy Witch By Ashley McCleo!

An Academy Witch is a prequel to The Spellcasters Spy Academy series by Ashley McCleo. I already reviewed the first book of this series, so it was interesting to read this, as it focused on one the characters that I actually strongly disliked in the first book! I received this book as an ARC, so I’m sharing my Goodreads review as a courtesy!

This book is actually part of a boxset, so there really isn’t a blurb just for An Academy Witch. Here’s a picture of the cover from Ashley McCleo’s website though!

This is what I wrote on Goodreads:

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review of this book! 🙂

An Academy Witch is a prequel to A Legacy Witch by Ashley McCleo and centers around Diana, the haughty and spoiled daughter of the headmistress of Spellcasters Spy Academy. At least… that’s what I thought about Diana before I read this book!

Diana is a headstrong young woman who wants to attend Spellcasters, but she wants to gain entry based on hard work and dedication- not simply because of her mother. Diana trains hard and completes the trials set before her without complaint because she wants to prove herself.

I admit, I did not like Diana’s character at all when she was presented in A Legacy Witch. I did not understand was she was so rude, cold and seemingly entitled. After reading An Academy Witch, I completely understand her motivations and why she wouldn’t like Odette just breezing into the academy based on the fact that she is a Legacy (meaning her parents attended the school). She could have gone about things a little nicer, but hey… no one’s perfect!

This was a short, easy read that was thoroughly enjoyable and gave a different, more inside viewpoint of Spellcasters. I really enjoyed it, and I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

 

 

Book Review: A Legacy Witch By Ashley McCleo!

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!

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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! 🙂