Thursday, October 24, 2019

Book Shelf: Winter (Evermore Academy #1) by Audrey Grey

Welcome to Evermore Academy where the magic is dark, the immortals are beautiful, and being human SUCKS.

After spending my entire life avoiding the creatures that murdered my parents, one stupid mistake binds me to them for four years.

My penance? Become a human shadow at the infamous Evermore Academy, finishing school for the Seelie and Unseelie Fae courts.

All I want is to keep a low profile, but day one, I make an enemy of the most powerful Fae in the academy.

The Winter Prince is arrogant, cruel, and apparently also my Fae keeper. Meaning I’m in for months of torture.

But it only gets worse. Something dark and terrible looms over the academy. Humans are dying, ancient vendettas are resurfacing, and the courts are more bloodthirsty than ever.

What can one mortal girl do in a world full of gorgeous monsters?

Fight back with everything I have—and try not to fall in love in the process. 

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Winter is the first novel in Audrey Grey’s new series Evermore Academy and is an absolutely sensational novel infused with passion, adventure and blossoming romance. The Cruel Prince meets Vampire Academy with a fabulous heroine and a swoon worthy love interest!

Summer Solstice lives in a world where she and those she loves struggle to put food on the table. It’s a stark difference to the opulent and luscious world of the Fae that mirrors the human one. Summer never expects to set foot in the land of the fae until one mistake sees her marked by the infamous Winter Prince for theft. The punishment for her crime? Drafted to Evermore Academy where humans are taught and trained to become shadows—the human protectors of the fae. What’s worse is that Summer’s fae keeper is none other than the cruel, arrogant and infuriating Winter Prince himself. Summer is sure she’s in for months of torture as the Prince’s shadow but what started out as punishment soon becomes something positive for Summer. If only she could figure out the Prince, who is caring one moment and cold the next. As something dark and dangerous looms over the academy, humans begin to die and Summer realises that the dangers within the academy are more than she first anticipated....including the danger of falling in love with a maddening fae prince who is all kinds of forbidden.

I absolutely LOVE Audrey Grey’s books—I’ve read every single one and have adored them all. So it’s saying something that I think the first instalment in the Evermore Academy series Winter is quite possibly her novel yet! Perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and A Court of Thorns and Roses, Winter introduces readers to an intoxicating and beautifully written world of fae. Winter blends all the addictive elements of a great paranormal novel—action, danger, humour, romance—in an academy setting that is highly addictive.

The protagonist is Summer, a human girl is finds herself stepping into a whole new world when she is forced to attend Evermore Academy as penance for stealing from one of the fae. Summer was an awesome main character to follow! She’s intelligent and competent but also kind and noble. She genuinely cares about others and is willing to do the right thing at a risk to herself. I adored following her in this novel and seeing her stand up for herself against mean girls, cruel fae and infuriating princes. This is one heroine who just ticks all the boxes from the get go.

The world building within Winter is really enjoyable. I’m loving Audrey Grey’s take on the fae that explores an almost dystopian human world alongside a thriving, magical world of fae. The juxtaposition was enthralling and made for plenty of growth in our main character as she learnt of the fae history during her time at Evermore Academy. I’m looking forward to exploring more of the fae history and the darkling monsters in the rest of the series—-I can’t wait to see how Grey develops everything.

Summer’s love interest in this novel is the sexy Winter Prince, an intriguing and mysterious individual who is swoon-worthy and infuriating and deeply enigmatic. The Winter Prince and his motivations are very much a mystery during this novel. The chemistry between he and Summer is undeniable even as Audrey Grey keeps readers guessing as to the reasons behind many of his actions. The fire and electricity between Summer and the Winter Prince is magnetic and so addictive to read about—I devoured all the banter and bite between them and couldn’t help but want more each time.

Winter is a fantastically told academy tale. Academy novels have become all the range recently but it’s easy for authors to loose their storyline within the typical school setting. This is definitely NOT the case with Winter; quite possibly the best academy novel I’ve ever read as Audrey Grey infuses the story with fae mythology, tangible characters and a promising storyline.

As this instalment in the series comes to a close, I can’t wait to see what Audrey Grey has next for Summer and her Winter Prince in the next novel and second year of her attendance at Evermore Academy. Can’t wait to see what the feisty Summer gets up to next!

Source: Sent for review by author (Thank you Audrey!)
Publisher: Starfall Press
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: October 11th 2019
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Final Thoughts: I absolutely adored this novel and can't wait for the next one!

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