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Academy of Six

(Origins of the Six #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,923 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Deadly monsters live in all of us.

The Academy of Six has just never seen a monster as terribly mundane as Izara Castillo. And that is a dangerous problem. She has four semesters to not only understand her supernatural abilities, but harness them as well.

Everything at the Academy is a disaster, from Interdimensional Travels through hell to the other hell they like to
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published July 12th 2019
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Al *the semi serial series skipper*
3.7 stars
Every time I try to leave something keeps pulling me back. I said I was done with the academy RH books because they follow a certain trend but then I saw that this has M/M elements and I 1-clicked this book so fast I almost gave myself arthritis.

Now did I like it? Kinda. It wasn't bad. Any book that has the POV from the guys usually get an automatic star from me. I like to see what makes the guys so willing to share one girl. I didn't really get the why in this book but I feel like it
Gaby★Me Myshelf and I★
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”This is the last stop for someone like me. Because there’s a monster inside me. It either comes out and I learn to control it, showing the other supernaturals that it can play nice in society, or they’ll throw my ass in confinement. Innocent until proven guilty is a backwards statement in this place.”

This is another Prison disguised as an Academy. It’s where they send the Monsters who need to control their inner beast. They are a little darker than your average shifter or vampire. Izara doesn’t
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
...... this was a immature badly written weird academy book...

Don’t get me wrong I’ll probably download and read the next one but this book was inconsistent- characters motives made no sense consistently contradicting themselves, immature behaviour and communication.
Bleugh no.
Natalie panda eyes
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have no idea what’s going on but I need more. The academy is more of a prison and those that can’t control themselves are done away with. That’s where Izara is sent after killing her ex boyfriend and now she’s been given a deadline to awaken what she’s been keeping deep inside her.

Multiple POVs

Saint the vampire
Malek the werewolf
Phoenix the incubus
Syko the nephilim

A lot of jealousy and posturing from the guys, a little bullying from the rest of the academy but nothing harsh. Ends on a
Britt B
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Had potential

I was disappointed to say the least in this story. There was much potential with overall plot, but it was so poorly executed that it was a task to continue. The character development and world building was almost nonexistent. I had no clue what was going on most of the times. Beside physical, I never really understood the chemistry between Izara and they guys. It was all rather OTT insta-attraction. You saw her budding feelings for Pheonix (that is one weird dynamic), something
Jul 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF -quit at 65%
I really tried to get thru this, but I just couldn't get into the story. The time line seems to jump around, going normal speed/days, & suddenly there's been months with missing gaps in the plot whether intentional or not, it was disorienting. I just didn't understand the whole thing in general, I needed more info to understand how the heroine was convicted of the crime she's told she did. I need to understand why she is so against supernatural life in general, I need to know
Jessica Robbins
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Izara is one intriguing character I must say. We meet her just as she is being sent to the Academy after something awful happened that she cannot remember. In their world if you cannot control whatever it is you are sent there to learn control or they pretty much take you out. Think of it like weird jail cause that is how they are treated as well especially the newbies. She gets three hot guys as
This book was FANTASTIC!

Full review to come. Until then, I will just say...I LOVE nubbie...I mean, Phoenix. ::sigh::
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
It sounded like it would have a story and relationships. Instead it's dull, rushed erotica with painful dialogue where most characters act the same. The guys aren't friendly and are cheesily stereotypical. The book would have been better sticking to one point of view. It was awkward when it kept switching around. Storywise? Just angering frustrations, unfairness, trapped, and angst.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sooooo goooooood

Awesome book! Love this new collab. It was hot and dark and mysterious. The fmc was vulnerable but had a fierceness to her. The guys were infuriating, sexy and sometimes even sweet. Can’t for the the release of the next book! I DEVOURED this in mere hours!
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Spoiler review

Ok, let's begin with the end: what the hell. This is ridiculous. So Saint takes the fall for Izara, because he now suddenly worships the ground the walks on, what, because she's super powerful and it's worship worthy? Please.*cue eyeroll* No, it makes no sense, it comes out of nowhere and I don't buy it. So anyway, Saint says he did all the destroying and she's half assedly like 'no, please', doesn't even really try to intervene when the guards take him and doesn't speak up when
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
What just happened?!

I’ll admit, during the first like 40% of the book I was a little disappointed, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. I've read from Ak Koonce before and usually it starts off better than this. The beginning was a little slow, and slightly boring but not bad per se. Towards the middle it picks up in pace a little but I am a little disappointed that there aren't any side characters like a friend to make things more interesting. We also don't learn anything about the guys backstories
Book Addict
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow..what a way to kick off a new series by this very talented author! From the very first chapter I was completely hooked into the story! Izara is quite a mysterious FMC, she is sassy and independent but so vulnerable as well. I have so many questions about what she is and what her past is, I hope we learn more in book two! Then there are the guys...Saint who hides his pain and feeling with jokes and a smile; Malek the sweet and protective werewolf; Syko intense, fiercely protective, poor guy ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Izara's prod is a mystery.

Izara doesn't know what lives inside of her but she does fear it. She's sent to the Academy which is more reform school before she is able to return live among humans. She realizes she needs allies to be able to survive the Academy and enlists the help from her roommates. But underneath the friendship, feelings are growing and these guys don't know how to handle them. I thought it was real entertaining storyline with just enough sexual tension. Definitely will continue
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it

Hard to understand, this seemed fast pace with her going to a special school for help but the school doesn't help at all? It starts with her liking these guys she doesn't even really know, and of course every RH she's getting turned on a few pages in, I actually kind of found our heroine kinda whorish. One of the guys pretends to be her bf because our heroine is weak, cries a lot and scared of everything, so yes while she's being chocked to death she decides she rather die, it's pathetic
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
really not sure how to rate and review this one since kinda felt all over the place, I will say its worth the read but in the sense its a good filler books jumping from one to the next.

I just say this because I didn't get enough character back story or filling, its just a light and fluffy surface level read. Which is totally fine always a place for that, I just found myself wanting to know more or have more interactions. Its pretty slow but then quick paced, It felt all over so my review kinda
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I’m crying! Literal tears that was one hell of a cliff hanger what kind of monster is she, and saint ahhhhhhh. Must have more an amazing book so read it....
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes a cute reverse harem story.
A bit unpolished, but good!

The very simple backstory of Academy of Six is: Izara, aka Izzy, gets sent to an almost-prison-like academy filled with paranormal beings who, for one reason or another, cannot act like good little monsters and live within polite society. Izzy herself has done a big no-no, and so she has to suffer through the disgusting conditions of the academy. The teachers and the academy are supposed to help her unleash, and then keep a tight leash on, her hidden inner monster.. if
Quick Info
Standalone/Cliffhanger?: Standalone
Part of a Series?: Yes
Meeting the Characters
What happens?
Izara is shoved and abandoned into the academy which is essentially a prison. She is training or rather trying to train what ever is hiding inside her. She is put in a dorm with just guys and develops a sort of friendship with each but also some sexual tension.
Final thoughts
Writing a review without spoiling this book is
Bingeworthy Book Blog
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Great potential wasn’t followed through

Chapter 1 had me perked up in anticipation for a great novel but as the story goes on, it just doesn’t follow through. The characters are amazing, worldbuilding is pretty good, but the emotional depth is what your missing to really give this novel the final push to stardom. The authors jump around: i.e really disappointed that readers weren’t able to experience Kayos breakdown and you didn’t do her brothers reaction justice. And because there was no real
Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
Kindle Unlimited.

Izzy is dropped into a supernatural prison masquerading as a school after she accidentally kills her ex-boyfriend during a supernatural event. There is an element to this story that was engaging, but I'm having a hard time putting my finger on what it was. Izzy's power (Prod) is a mystery, as she has no memory of the incident that landed her in the academy.

There are some plot holes, some of which are addressed but not explained such as the funding imbalance of the academy.
I think I liked this but you know, when you read too many academy books (and there’s been a lot lately) they all just start to blend in together.

I know didn’t like how cliche certain bits were. When you can really predict certain situations, it’s no fun but I guess that’s what you get with this troupe and its randomness plus magic made me bang syndrome. But I’ll live.

A point for the intensity though. I actually got shivers in certain parts. Loved the characters interactions & dialogue. It
Danielle (Danniegurl)
I got sucked into this. I haven’t been in the mood for Academy type books because they can be a bit juvenile even when they aren’t YA but NA.

And while this one is juvenile in some ways, it’s funny in others and I can handle the level of juvenile in this. This book was funny, sarcastic and somewhat heart breaking.

The school or rather prison is odd. I still haven’t figured out exactly how this place is supposed to rehabilitate them. With the infighting and what not. I just don’t see it.

Crystal Hardy
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it

It’s a good story but there are gaps. There are missing pieces to the storyline that make it very confusing in places. For example, her confinement. I wasn’t sure when she got out of confinement or if it was all a dream. One paragraph could have connected her cell back to her room. Instead she woke up in her room and the conversation afterwards made me think it was a dream all along. The rushed timeline seems odd as well. Everything was hot and heavily and then suddenly 3 months have past.
Heather Gilbert
Better academy

I don’t know about your kindle recommendations lately, but mine have been awash with Academy reads. Enjoy 1 and the algorithm decides that’s ALL you want. Fortunately, I took a chance on this one and came out a winner. A slow burn RH, it presents multiple POV throughout the narrative, teasing and hinting at what our FMC is while showcasing the inside of a college that is really more a prison for the sadly uncontrolled. It ebbs and rolls, following a few days before skipping ahead a
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Darker side of supernaturals

This is a dark book so if you’re looking for lighthearted if unconventional romance this is not the book for you. Izara is sent to a prison masquerading as a school for those with Prods. Basically supernaturals that are uncontrolled. They have two years to learn control or they die. The problem for Izzy is that she has no idea what her Prod is nor any recollection of the events that lead to her confinement at Academy Six.
The concept is definitely unique. I like the
Rebecca ellis
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That cliffhanger tho....


So, I absolutely adore Izzy. She's strong but soft at the same time. I think that's an extremely hard combo for an author to write correctly, but AK Koonce nailed it flawlessly.

The writing. THE WRITING, y'all! This book blew me away.
There are a lot of paranormal RH's out there that seem to gloss over the emotions. Idk, I guess they figure that they've got amazing world building going on, bada$$ characters and all that jazz, that they seem to lose focus when
beth m
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok

I felt like this book was written quickly with no thought to the depth of characters. The idea of the book was interesting but the characters fell flat. It was very confusing trying to understand what exactly the main character was and I found her lacking. She wasn’t brave, didn’t have a backbone, had glimmers of sass at all the wrong times... idk this book could’ve been much better if written by someone else who understands RH. I’ve said it once I’ll say it again, it takes a talented
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A.K. Koonce is a USA Today best selling author. She's a mom by day and a fantasy and paranormal romance author by night. She keeps the fantastical stories in her mind on an endless loop, while she tries her best to focus on her actual life and not that of the spectacular but demanding fictional characters who always fill her thoughts

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