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Zodiac Academy: The Awakening

(Supernatural Beasts and Bullies #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  2,194 ratings  ·  314 reviews
You have been selected to attend Zodiac Academy, where your star sign defines your destiny.

If you're one of the Fae, elemental magic is in your blood. And apparently it's in ours. As twins born in the month of Gemini, we're a rare breed even in this academy of supernatural a-holes.

Changelings were outlawed hundreds of years ago but I guess our birth parents didn't get
Kindle Edition, 498 pages
Published August 2nd 2019 (first published July 13th 2019)
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elias veturius lovebot
5/5 Stars

"Everything in Solaria is about power, Miss Vega. Don't forget that. Everyone takes what they want. It's our way."

Orphans Darcy and Tory have been thrown into different foster homes all their lives but when they finally find a place to themselves they are exposed to the truth of their birth parents, the last King and Queen of Solaria, the world of faes. Competing for a throne for a kingdom they never knew existed isn't what the twins planned but their inheritance money is something the
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
I have very high hopes for this series, because I love the Boys of the Zodiac series set in this world and the Brutal Boys of Everlake Prep series also written by this author duo. They are easily two of my favorite series of the year, therefore this book had a lot to live up to.

How did it fair? So far, so good! I like both of the heroines, and I have love interests I want to force on them already. 😂 This seems like it's going to be a slow burn, and given the nature of the relationships, I'm her
I really was pleasantly surprised with this much that I am moving on to the next book in the series. I loved this book. It you are fantasy reader you need to give this series a chance.
The world building is excellent. I never read book like this with these kind of mixed of paranormal magic and characters.
If you love;
- paranormal
- fierce female lead
- mystery solving
- magic
- bully romance

this book has all of that so get with it...
"Everything in Solaria is about power, Miss Vega. Don't forget that. Everyone takes what they want. It's our way. And if you don't start taking it yourself, you're going to fail at this Academy before you've even attempted to pass The Reckoning."

And it's this mantra that is repeated to both Darcy and Tory countless times after arriving at Zodiac Academy and learning the life they have believed to be theirs was a lie. And it's also this mantra that haunts their every steps once at the Academy
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
3.5 stars, rounded up for very good writing with only one major typo ('ascent' where they mean 'assent.')

Quick Summary

Darcy and Tory Vega are 18-year-old twins who get informed by the hot Professor Orion that they're really the heirs to the Fae throne, and they need to graduate from Zodiac Academy before they can take it. One problem: they don't actually want to be queens. But obviously, nobody believes them, least of all the Celestial Heirs: four young men who have been groomed for power ev
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OMG! I need to breath...

So lets get to the review...

The Story of the Twins Darcy and Tory that were raised in foster care... They had a horrible upbringing bouncing to foster family to another.
Days after their 18th birthday a crazy guy drops the bomb that they are the lost Heirs of the Fae world!

The story is told by the sisters POV! They are strong, scrappy, both have their define personality!

The world of the Fae is amazing!
The Fae have the zodiac, in the Zodiac are the 4 element (air, fire, wi
♦♣ Queen of Faerie ♠♥
No, this wasn't for me.

🅐 This wasn't strictly a bully romance, it was more like a difficult romance that was super hard to read and just a ton of bullying.
🅑 The romances were super confused. Two MCs both with love triangles that somehow merged a little and created a love hexagon? No thanks.
🅒 The two main characters were confusing, they were twins and super alike, so it was like reading the same character with the same thinking just different name.
🅓 Didn't actually like any of the character
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I thoroughly loved this book. It is Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games with a dash of Marissa Meyer's Cinder . Tory and Darcy are kick-ass heroines and I like that the story takes a lot of twists and turns. Looking forward to the next instalment.

Update: I have been obsessing about this book in the same way as when I first read Twilight - highly recommended to anyone who enjoyed that series.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
love this shit stars*****

finally, some ladies in a bullly romance that aren't door mats.. could they be stronger, YES! but this is a definite upgrade from the bitches in all other bully romances i've come accross. thank God its not a RH cause some of the guys are real douche bags... and a near death experience is unforgivable as far as i'm concerned. so we will see how it plays out
Ayesha Ghaffar
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who was captured by the Harry Potter series as a child and have since grown up will be similarly entranced with this series. This is the slightly risque, dark, and mysterious compliment that we have been waiting on to continue our dive into the world of fantasy and magic. The added twist of including the astrological aspects like star signs makes it more interesting and gives a refreshing change from other academy focused novels. Everything is there that we expect from vampires, werewolv ...more
Anastasia シ
Full Review on my blog!

This is by far my favourite start to a series.  This book is absolutely fantastic and I enjoyed reading it, I literally devoured it in a day.

Zodiac Academy: The Awakening is a whole new take on the zodiac and mythological creatures. I loved all the different aspects of the book. It was brilliant, the characters have so much depth, the pace is great, the world is absolutely beautiful and so unique and fresh.. I wish I lived in this world.. I mean, who wouldn't want to be a
Brianna Belbin
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing start to a new series! Orphans Darcy and Tory Vega have been in and out of foster homes their whole life, but upon turning eighteen they were kicked out of their last one without being able to pack. Weeks later and running out of money, both girls are trying to get money just to scrape by. A mysterious man encounters both of them and he finally gets them alone. As it turns out, they were switched at birth from a world of fae and are the lost heirs to Solaria. Even though they ...more
Rose Hastings
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am soooooo torn right now. My mind doesn't want to decide whether to give this book 4 stars or 5 stars.
Tory and Darcy are two Gemini twins who are living their life on Earth by stealing stuff. So this hot guy shows up, tells them that they are royal Fae, kinda compels them and whisks them off to an alternate realm (parallel universe) called Solaria, where apparently, your Zodiac sign kinda influences you or something (they are basically big on astrology
Shirley Cuypers
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, ebooks, arc-beta
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This book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti!

Zodiac Academy: The Awakening
is the first book in the Supernatural Beasts and Bullies series and tells the story of the twins Tory and Darcy.

When I read the prequel, Zodiac Academy: Origins of an Academy Bully, I was really intrigued by the world Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti have created. I really liked the concept of a school with different creatures and
Danielle (Danniegurl)
3 stars

Now this is a bully romance but not everyone has to be a bully. Legit there’s 0 people in Tory and Darcy’s corner. They are thrust from their mortal life into this life with absolutely zero information. All the Heirs are assholes. Even Professor Orion is an asshole. I can’t stand any of them and so far I can’t see how they possibly redeem themselves.

The reason this is a 3 is because there was no win here for Tory or Darcy. They kept getting shit on and on and on and on. No breaks, no acc
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy for an honest review. For some reason, I had it in my head that this was going to be different. I am both delighted and dismayed that I was wrong. As soon as I started to hope for something, the plot slapped me in the face. I just don't know what to root for in this book other than Tory and Darcy becoming the Fae they were destined to be. The fact that nothing happens the way you want it to just makes it that much more of an obsessive read. I'm left with so many questions ...more
Caroline Peckham
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
You have been selected to attend Zodiac Academy, where your star sign defines your destiny...

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Marie Clarisse
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
the writing in this book completely threw me off, i just couldn’t stand it.
Izzy ♡ boom, boom, fucking boom
The blurb really doesn't do it for me but someone tagged this as enemies to lovers so...
This is hugely inspired by Harry Potter. I don't know these authors and if they acknowledged the ressemblance but it's uncanny. But we'll get back to that in a moment.

The story takes place in Solaria. We don't know if Solaria is a whole world or just a big city. If it's a world we don't know if it's big or tiny (basically we know nothing about anything) It used to be a monarchy but the - cruel - king and – kind - queen died (the parents of the main characters) and then their council began to ru
Deana ~ Organically grown, Fae dusted
Darcy and Tory, two down and out sisters, discover they’re actually full-blooded Fae when a mysterious professor corners them in their dingy apartment one night. The professor informs them they are changlings, dumped on some random mortals’ doorstep as babes in order to save their lives. That they have the power of all four elements running through their veins and come from one of the wealthiest families in Solaria. That all they have to do is enroll at the Zodiac Academy and graduate in order t ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Oooh this was so good. Zodiac Academy is not for the faint of heart, and Darcy and Tory are finding that out the hard way. It's challenging enough finding out you are actually fae and were abandoned in the human world by your birth parents. Throw in that you are actually royalty and your return has disrupted the system put in place by the most powerful fae families, and you've got all the targets on your back. But Darcy and Tory are resourceful and stubborn, and they keep fighting through it all ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Damn, just when I thought I’d move on to another genre..


We meet again, bully romance.


Which begs the question of what is it? Polyamory? Because clearly the TWO female leads are lusting after numerous dudes.

ANOTHER PLOT TWIST. There are two FMC’s.
They’re twins. *gush*
(I’m a twin, too)
And it’s not RH.
So I’m super excited to see how this progresses.

Two orphans are violently thrown into an unknown world where they’re the next in line for t
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zodiac Academy: The Awakening is the first book in a new series by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti. I really like there writing style and although I never read a bully romance, and didn't totally think it was for me, I do love forbidden teacher romance. So I decided to give it a chance. And it totally paid up. I love the story. I just had to finish the book. I can't wait for the next book!
Leena Harduth
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book .
The introduction to the characters and the Zodiac Academy is amazing .
Everything you think you know or feel could be so deceiving who knows who is with or against the twins ........ just when you think Darcy or Tory are getting a break something happens .
PROFESSOR ORION OMG I am so girl fanning over him...........

All I will say is this book is just the tip of the Iceberg of what is yet to come.
This has really high ratings and is full of great fantasy creatures so I thought I'd be into it but the beginning of this book is really rushed and kind of weak. It's like the authors didn't really have a great way to explain the begging bits so they hurried through it. There are two main protagonists and they are both a bit of a doormat and often don't seem all that bright, it really grates. Lastly, the dual POV of these two protagonists, who are twins, is just not working for me. I get confuse ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
......absolutely terrible
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Zodiac Academy: The Awakening
Author: Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2019
Rating: 5/5

Description (from goodreads):

“You have been selected to attend Zodiac Academy, where your star sign defines your destiny. 

If you're one of the Fae, elemental magic is in your blood. And apparently it's in ours. As twins born in the month of Gemini, we're a rare breed even in this academy of supernatural a-holes.

Changelings were outlawed hundreds of years ago but I guess o
Cindy ✩☽♔
~Rating 3.5

Two down on their luck twins, who are about to age out of the horrid foster care system, find themselves thrust into a world they never knew existed and that weren't already enough they discover not only are they Fae but they're the rightful blood heirs to the throne. But the current Heirs, children for the Council who have been ruling for the past two decades in the royal family's absence, are not about to give up the positions they've come to recognize as their own.

And so, they do
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Caroline Peckham is the bestselling author of The Vampire Games Series, The Age of Vampires Saga, The Rise of Isaac Series and the Forbidden Fairytales Series.

She'd love for you to come join her reader group on Facebook where you can get your hands on advanced copies of the books plus chat with readers and enter giveaways.

Caroline lives in the south east Eng

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