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Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials

(Shadowspell Academy #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,556 ratings  ·  269 reviews
You Don’t Choose The Academy. The Academy Chooses You.

I had no idea how those words would change my life. Or how they’d changed my life already…

Until the day the most dangerous man I’ve ever met waltzed onto my farm and left us a death sentence.

In an invitation.

My younger brother has been chosen for the prestigious, secret magical school hidden within the folds of ou
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Hijinks Ink Publishing
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Gaby★Me Myshelf and I★
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya
Mix Maze Runner with Mulan and you get this. Kinda.
It’s like Hunger Games Academy - with Magic and Mythics

So in other words

Wild is a not so average farm girl looking after her family after her brother and mother have died leaving her with a crippled father and 2 younger siblings to look after.
Along comes a spider with an “invitation” for her little brother to attended the school her older brother died at. What else can a big sis do except shave her head and take his place.

The school is for s
Debbie Turk
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So Much Adventure But With A Tsunami Of Tension & Fear!!😳😟 4.5 Stars 🌟

This is a 'YA' series opener but I can, hand on heart, state that this could be read by a Grandmother (I am one & I did 😍) and they'll be as swept away as any teen. I believe any age group is going to love it!!👍

This tale is based on a family from Texas. Originally there are two parents, an older brother Tommy, our main character Wild, then twins Billy & Sam. Their Mum died before her time in a bizarre, unexplained
Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)
The Culling Trial is one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading. It was everything and more. I usually shy away from fantasy books that don’t have romance in them but everything in this book was perfect. Everything fell into place and worked beautifully.

Wild is the female protagonist in this book. An invitation recently arrived for her younger brother. It is to The Culling Trials that is very dangerous and is something they cannot ignore. Wild, fearing for her brother’s life takes
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Culling Trials is the first book in the new Shadowspell Academy series by Shannon Mayer and K.F. Breene and it's kind of a cross between Harry Potter and Maze Runner with a hint of Mulan thrown in for good measure. We're introduced to main character eighteen year old Wild who has been helping to look after her family since her mother was killed and her father was badly injured. A few years ago her brother received a mysterious invitation to the Shadowspell Academy and although he passed the ...more
3.5 Stars

A great and solid start to a new series, with a few minor issues:
· I was hoping for a little romance but that's just my personal preference. According to K.F. Breene, that will change in the upcoming books and I'm looking forward to it!
· Wild was too composed and casual for an 18-year-old who discovered magic for the first time. She also never really struggled throughout the Trial and it felt like she was always ready for everything that came her way. I mean, I love smart, strong and fe
Jenny Schwartz
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am in love! You can fall in love with a book, right? "Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials" is the work of two of the best paranormal romance authors in Kindle Unlimited, Shannon Mayer and KF Breene, and it is awesome! Fantastic pace, great heroine written really strongly, wonderful world building with lots of mysteries incorporated, and the tension is magnificent. Bit of a cliffhanger ending. I've already marked the date for the next two books in the trilogy.
Claire Cronin
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not a massive fan of YA/NA, but this was too good of an opportunity to pass up - very glad I read it too, as it was really good - a mixture between Hunger Games / Maze Runner / Divergent / Harry Potter, if this is up your street then this will be the series for you!

Wild is a strapping girl working hard on her dad's rural farm, boring, plain, normal are her everyday, looking after her failing dad and younger twin siblings. Until a stranger with a letter arrives for her younger brother invitin
Heather Gilbert
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, school
Two great authors!

Two great and memorable authors equals one outstanding book - and begs for another! While the blurb does this plot justice, there is far more to it than those few words can convey. Wild is a strong and able character that quite literally carries the narrative and sets into motion the startlingly events that lead to, and encompass the first of the culling trials. She meets new friends, finds new foes and dusts the dirt off a past she knows nothing about. But when it comes to her
Elisa Hordon
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think I preferred Harry Potters acceptance letter from Hogwarts than Billy's

I'm remembering how awesome a mash-up between Harry Potter and the hunger games would be, Shadowspell Academy hits every mark and so much more.

A strange man with stupid sideburns, mysterious threatening letters, magic, and mystery surround the academy but can they be ignored?
Is Sideburns good friend or bad friend hmmmmm this was a question I'm still wondering about which makes me excited for book 2.

Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: academy, uf, ya
Great start and set up for the remaining two books to come. My biggest complaint: it wasn't longer. My favorite thing: it isn't your typical academy series, thank goodness. Leave it to KF Breene and Shannon Mayer to take the academy trope and twist it on its head. If you haven't read this one yet I strongly encourage you to do it.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The concept isn’t unique but this book was a decent set up to a series with some potential. I’ll read book 2 when it’s released in May 2019.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials by K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer is an exciting, unique YA adventure. The heroine is Wild, a girl impersonating a boy after her younger brother, Billy, receives an invitation to a secret magical school (the same school her older brother, Tommy, died at a couple years earlier).

At first, the synopsis sounded a bit Harry Potter-ish, but after reading this first installment, I have discovered that this is an original story all its own. The protagonists are
Sarah Leenart
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book snuck up and completely blew me away. I was totally not expecting to enjoy this so much, in fact be glued to every page until the last. Not being a fan of the hunger games or school/teenage drama, the action, maturity, humour and sheer compelling writing style was utterly compelling. I should have trusted in two wonderful authors, the reason I had this book in my hands in the first place. So if you're thinking it's a departure from their usual style, do not fear, they haven't let us do ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadowspell academy is very well written, the characters are well developed and the scenes draw you right in to the book. The story is kind of reminded me of Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games. There are a lot of original ideas and plot twists in this book.
Wild is the main character and is one strong female lead. I love reading books with unapologetic strong female lead characters.
Wild's older brother left for the academy and was doing well there but then something happened and he ended up de
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an awesome start to a series!! ah I neeeeeed the next one only complaint is I wish it was way longer. I wish they were like 300 page books each but its still great and I cant wait for the next one
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a page-turner! This book is riveting, from two of my favorite authors. Alone, their books are always full of action and great female together...a book you'll stay up reading until you've finished it! It has 18 chapters of exciting, page-turning, action with great characters and terrific world building. Poor Wild has little choice to attend the dangerous Culling Trials and if she lives through it, attend the mysterious academy. I love Wild. She intelligent, strong, sly, pro ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Harry Potter meets Hunger Games - only better!

Two of my favorite authors teamed up to create a story that ended in the first book MUCH too soon! Wild is a fantastic character to become invested in, managing to be both confused, sympathetic and kick-arse all in one. A great cast of characters, intense situations and a really 'wild' ride from the beginning.
Debbie Eyre
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG 😲 this is just amazing! An awesome collaboration between two fab authors that will have you on the edge of your seat! Well written and action packed with some awesome characters and an awesome addictive storyline that will leave you wanting, no needing the next book a.s.a.p!
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This darker take on a magic academy had me hooked from the beginning! I love the brash confidence of Wild and there was a great mix of humor and danger that made the book really fun to read! I can’t wait for the next one!
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of action packed, magical teenagers running around trying to best each other, Shadowspell Academy is the place you want to be! Two of my favorite authors teamed up for this one and what they came up with is nothing short of spectacular fun. Wild is exactly that. Wild, smart, bold, and with an excellent motivator, she is what every action fantasy heroine should be. Her new crew is a little bit of everything to make the cohesion full of tension, but the best kind. Will their secret ...more
Cora Murray
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

I love everything these two authors write and I quickly gobble up their books. This book is about Wild and her need to protect her brothers by going into the Culling for Shadowspell Academy. This book tells about Wild growing up with her family and not knowing anything about the magical world. When she finds her brothers packet on the table she decides to protect him and goes in his stead. Her older brother Tommy, died going through the culling and she won’t lose more of her family.
This is a fas
Penny Noble
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I keep saying I’m not going to read anymore YA/NA books because they really aren’t in my top three favorite genres (probably in the top 10, though). However, when one of the authors I like write a book, I almost always have to read it. This book was quite fun from beginning to end with lots of action and adventure. I adored the main character Wild who is posing as a boy. We all know how that works out in the end, but I enjoyed the ride to getting there. And, on top of that, I can’t wait to see w ...more
I'm in the minority but I just can not get into this book. I think the biggest problem is the parent withholding vital information troupe that the plot depends on in the beginning. Then you go immediately into a survival situation but reasons. I'm going to stop at halfway and move on to something else.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very intriguing and spell binding book. I couldn't stop reading it.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
reserving judgement until the next. This was a very short story.
Amber Hyde
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun fast paced read

What an exciting ride this first book was! Love these 2 authors separately and was not surprised to see how well they write together. A young woman does all she can to protect her family and jumps head first into a world of magic that she knows little to nothing about. And we get to discover this new world along with her! Her new friends are quirky and everything you ask for from the supernatural realm. Cannot wait for the next book release!
Adrienne McFarlane
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What happens when 2 of your favourite authors co-write a book? An epic adventure.

The book flows beautifully. Great characters with an interesting story. I couldn’t put the book down. I can’t wait until the next book in the series.
Tracey Mccall
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Kindle chose this book for me and I,m glad ! Wild is an amazing character with depth that anyone could admire. I love a series with a strong female lead. Well written storyline that grabs you from the first page! Fast paced. Can't wait to start reading more
Felicia Drake Johnson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, in my opinion, lived up to the hype. I felt a little bit of the triwizard tournament in Harry Potty, and a little bit of Katniss from Hunger Games, but at the same time, it was its own animal. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just wish it had been longer! And talk about an ending! LOL! I can’t wait for the next book to come out already.
Nate Brightman
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. If that’s true, J.K. Rowlings and Suzanne Collins and even Veronica Roth, should be totally flattered. Either that or they should be suing for copy write infringement and part of the earnings for this book series.
Young woman who is serving as a surrogate parent/provider for her younger siblings in an impoverished single parent household takes the place of younger sibling who is being forced to participate in a deadly competition. Sound famili
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Shadowspell Academy (3 books)
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