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Seventh Born

(The Witchling Academy #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  522 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.
Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witch
ebook, 391 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Entangled Teen
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Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it so much more than I expected!

Listen up, folks. Seventh Born is definitely neither a miracle nor a flawless piece of art. One of my biggest pet peeves (aside from love triangles, instalovetriangles, love squares and every other variation of love geometry) is the lack of solid worldbuilding, and in this case there was zero. Zilch. Nada. Rien. There were also some things about seventhborns, their power and the hatred towards them that were fuzzy to say the least, and Sera was your typ
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seventh-born daughter is brought into the world with distaste, her mother is gone and the world is unwelcoming. The seventh-born has to fight for what she wants and will find many doors closed. She is said to be cursed and many will not give her a chance, but the seventh-born daughter is truly special.

Seraphina Dovetail wants to become an inspector. She works hard at her magic, but her temper sometimes gets the best of her. Her past is painful and she doesn't remember her family. Her hopes
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Seventh Born by Monica Sanz is the first book of the young adult paranormal fantasy The Witchling Academy. Really this series has a bit of everything wrapped into it with some romance, a historical feel and a murder mystery.

Seraphina Dovetail is a seventh born, and seventh borns are not exactly at the top of the list in the witch community. Despite her unlucky birth order and being abandoned as a child Sera has managed to fulfill her dream of studying at Aetherium’s Witchling Academy.

Things are
Aug 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2018
*Thanks again to Entangled Teen for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Seraphina Dovetail is a witch. But not just any witch. She is a seventh-born one and in order for her to live, her mother had to die. Thus, she’s subject to a lot of hostility. All kinds of horrible names are hurled at her on a daily basis at the academy she’s training at, but Seraphina willingly puts up with all that because she has one dream. She wants to become an inspector and
Review to come.
Rosemary Standeven
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great twist on the 7th child theme. The 7th son of a 7th son is always very positive for male wizards – but here the 7th daughter is marked (literally) as socially undesirable, cursed, and is to have her magic constrained. The same does not applied to seventh sons, so definitely some misogyny here. Reportedly, the mother dies giving birth to the seventh daughter – thus accenting the daughter’s maliciousness. Personally, I am always amazed that wome ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved, loved the book. This was everything I love in a book. There was magic, there was an amnesiac witch who wanted to be an inspektor, a kind and intelligent professor who mentored her, a belief about the seventh born, and a murder investigation.

My first book by author Monica Sanz, and believe me, I savored the book. Each word was a haunting melody that spoke to my soul. I love my thrillers and this too was as enthralling, if not more.

The writing was superfluous which spoke of a gre
Danni's Badass Books
Jul 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
⭐ 4 Stars ⭐

Great little witchy read.

Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I really enjoyed the magic in this story.

Sera is the seventh-born daughter to her witch mother.  The seventhborns take their mother's magic which in turn kills them.  Seventhborns were looked upon as bad for a long time, beaten, and even killed.  While this changed a bit, they are still looked at as less than human.  Most people won't even talk to them.   Sera was taken in to a school with a program for seventhborns.  Most of the kids are horrible to her.  Even the teachers are.  She does have o
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 1st-arc-ng, magic
I adored this charming clean YA magical novel and cannot wait for the next book in this series! When we meet Seraphina, she is justifiably wild and easy to set off, as she is unfairly targeted and bullied due to her birth order. She is a likable and relatable character with aspirations, goals, and amazing strength of character.

Professor Barrington manages to be absolutely charming at all times, even when he’s a bit infuriating. As Seraphina learns more about him while working together, she grows
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seraphina “Sera” Dovetail is a witch studying at the Aetheriums Witchling Academy. Not only a witch, Sera is also the seventh-born daughter to a witch. Cursed from birth, she is also the reason why her mother lost all of her powers and ultimately her life as well. Her cursed birthright afforded her no luxuries at the Aetheriums Witchling Academy. She is shunned by the other students and the professors at the academy treat her as if she was nothing. Sera should be grateful to even be attending th ...more
Intisar Khanani
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story a good deal. The tropes are strong in this one, as is the abundance of tragic backstories, but it's all handled quite well, and you can't help rooting for Sera even if she does make the occasional bad decision (at least she's self-aware!), and even if our romantic interest is All The Broody. ;) Broody is, apparently, much better than cinnamon buns, which I think is extremely unfair, but that's neither here nor there. If you're intrigued, I encourage you to give this story a ...more
Zoë ☆
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
I unfortunately did not like this. I mean it started off interesting and I got kind of Harry Potter vibes from it, but the world (and loads of other stuff) were kept so extremely vague to me that I could not keep my attention anymore. I had to kind of skim the last 50% of the book. I just could not get into it. I cared a little bit about the romance, but not the witchy/murdery stuff. It was just so vague.
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 Vanessa  B. ♡
Seventh Born is a mix of historical, paranormal and mystery solving book! There are elements that I liked a lot. Professor Nikolai Barrington being the most important! There is a murder mystery, magic, necromancy and a slow burning romance.
What I didn't like was the world building, mainly because there was non existent. I couldn't even understand the time period for half the book, and it confused me a lot. I don't have a lot to say, since this story has a lot of elements that I liked and that'
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

*ARC Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Seventh born is a first book in The Witchling Academy series. I didn't put any high expectations on this book because I'm not familiar with this author, but boy this book was really good. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The witchy magic in this book was the best thing I loved about it and I quite enjoyed the main characters Sera and Mr. Barrington. Be
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

This novel was partly a good surprise: I expected to see romance in it, but after so many YA books where said romance is just rushed in, let’s say that I’ve become pretty jaded… and fortunately, here, the romance was of the slow-building type, and not the be all-end all it too often is. Mostly the story focuses on Sera’s life at the Academy and on her collaboration with Barrington in his investigating gruesome w
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was fun to read! It's a good book with quite a few elements that one would appreciate like a slow burn romance and necromancy or other aspects that you often find in books with witches. But it lacked in many places that could've otherwise made this one of my favorites. The world in this story is set in is a mix of fantasy and paranormal settings but the information available is so limited that it's almost impossible, at times, to figure out what is a particular backdrop for a scene. This of ...more
Emily W.
**I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
**And since this is an ARC book opinions or details may change by the time of publication**



Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for letting me read and review this book!! ^_^

Before Thoughts:
I actually didn't know about the book until the author told me through email that it was available on Netgalley as ARC editions.

And does it sound like stories I've read before?? Yes it does. But does that mean it'll be bad?? No, the bo
Rebecca Elizabeth
I really loved this book! I was on edge the entire time reading. I LOVED Sera! Don't even get me started on Barrington. *swoons* Why isn't this book more popular? I highly recommend this one. ...more
Loretta (Laughing Listener)

The Laughing Listener

September 2018
Format: Ebook
*I was graciously given a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: 4 Stars

Yet another book that was nothing like I had imagined! I have no idea why, but for some reason I thought this was going to be a witch story set in present day. In my head it was like the girl version of The Covenant, but with less nudity and more actual plot. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this actually leans more toward historical fiction, which I loved!

The Covenant

Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
Seventh Born is a book full of surprises. You think at first that this book might not be everything you thought it to be but you’re quickly proven wrong. It’s addicting. Fast paced. Suspenseful. Gory. Scary. Full of twist and turns that leaves your jaw on the floor and keeping it that way until the last page.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. I finally found a Witch book that was addicting and exciting. One that is still on my mind. I loved it so much that I dreamt about dead girls being rai
Michaela Whitney
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read, books-won
I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for review.

Seraphina Dovetail is a Seventhborn, the seventh child born of a witch, will spend their lives connected with the power of death and the aether because of their entrance in the world, the ending of their mother's lives upon birth.
Believed to be cursed and treated as second class citizens, they face a high amount of prejudice and persecution for merely existing. But the history of the Seventhborn is even worse, shrouded in plague, and m
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely one of the best dark fantasy novels I have read in a long time. Even though it was fairly long, I finished it all in one day in about 2 sittings. It was just that addictive!

For starters, let me talk about Sera. She has been through a lot as a seventhborn and has traumatic memories from some of the things that she went through earlier in her life. This is also discussed throughout the story, as she has to come to terms with some of these horrible memories. She meets Professor
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the YA Bound Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Seventh Born by Monica Sanz is an exciting book that takes us on a ride following a seventh born witch. In a time where they aren't prosecuted but aren't wanted. During our time with these characters, we discover a mystery and the consequences of knowing the said mystery.
Can Seraphina protect the ones that need to be protected?
Seraphina Dovetail
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this YA fantasy novel, the first in the Witching Academy series.  Basically Sera is an outcast, only accepted into the Academy because of an 'outreach' program of sorts, which is trying to reinforce that seventhborns aren't quite the cursed witches as they were perceived years ago.  Sera was found two years prior to the events in the book, having escaped from a year of abuse at the hands of an evil Warlock who held her captive - she knew nothing other than her name and age
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC Book Review: Seventh Born

⚰ developed characters
⚰ good storyline

⚰ it did initially take me a while to get into, but once I got around 15% I was hooked

I really enjoyed this YA fantasy novel, the first in the Witching Academy series. Basically Sera is an outcast, only accepted into the Academy because of an 'outreach' program of sorts, which is trying to reinforce that seventhborns aren't quite the cursed witches as they were perceived years ago. Ser
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Seventh Born tells the story of Seraphina Dovetail, a witch who is attending a witchling academy and is about to graduate. She hasn't it easy because she is a seventhborn. The 7th daughter or son born brings disgrace to the whole family and leads the mother to die. Many regard seventhborns as disguting and Sera is not treated well at the school she goes to because of this, save for a few people. One of these people is Professor Barrington, a handsome professor of the Academy that asks for her he ...more
Romancing the Book
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Reviewed by Shyla
Book provided by NetGalley
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

A story any Slytherin would die for. This darkly delicious stale explores a magical school from the perspective of the outcast. Sera is the seventh daughter. A magical child who drains their mother of all her magic and her life force. Once hunted down in an event akin to the witch-hunts of the eighteen hundreds, they are still feared, discriminated against and seen as lower class citizens.

Abandoned, Sera is fortuna
Taylor Fenner
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Seventh Born kind of reminded me of a watered down mash-up of Harry Potter and K E O'Connor's School of Exorcists series. The book overall could use some extra detail, the world is underdeveloped, the magic system isn't really explained, and the characters are one dimensional. I felt sorry for Sera who is treated awfully for being the dreaded "seventh born" child in her family and the cause of her mother's death but at the same time she constantly complains about the things she's not allowed to ...more
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