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Shadowborn Academy: Year One

(Dark Fae Academy #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  3,116 ratings  ·  280 reviews
My fate is in the dark,
And my shadow there is real…

The darkness likes to play in this world.

It also likes to deceive.

In the Enchanted Forest, secrets thrive and one girl desperately needs to find answers before it’s too late.

That girl is Corvina Charles, a powerful Shadowborn—a human who touched dark magic and became something else.

Something dangerous.

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Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published December 22nd 2019 by Independently Published
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Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh snap - I loved this!

I don't think I've ever started a book written by G. Bailey and been disappointed by anything in it. Shadowborn Academy was no exception. Definitely enjoy this from the beginning to end. Corvina's character was completely interesting but she wasn't the only one. Heck, even this whole world was interesting.

Not surprising that she starts meeting her little harem once she goes to school. It also didn't hurt that all of them were completely yummy and head over heels interested
Jessaca Willis
AHHHH! I usually don’t DNF books, and if I do I typically don’t leave reviews, but when I saw this book had an average 4 star rating, I thought I should at least say my peace.

Honestly, it’s my fault for not enjoying this one. It’s a reverse harem paranormal romance, but I got WAAAAY too excited when I saw that it was about “Shadowborns” and I thought it would be a whole lot darker than it was.

The story starts with a young Corvina getting tricked by a faerie into jumping into a well where she *mo
Al *the semi serial series skipper*

Yea, Covinia is super special. Half the guys want to bang her. I didn't like any of the guys in her harem either, they all sucked.
In our series of "Hit and Miss, the Academy Sagas", this was a definite miss.

I love G. Bailey, but this book wasn't as polished and as well written as it could have been.

I'll keep this short. No spoilers. The "misses" in this book were:

- Weird/Boring world building: Mostly, the places/buildings seemed very 'fantastical' and sometimes just like every other academy book. But there was a loooot of descriptive writing, and it got boring at times. And there were several loooong-winded info dumps abou
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it

Compelling characters and an inventive story. There's so much more to this story. Looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Missy Brown
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Of course pairing up these two authors, you are guaranteed a hit!!! I enjoy each author separately, so when I found out that they are collaborating again I was very happy. The Dark Fae Academy is promising to become a favorite with me.

In Shadowborn Academy we have Corvina, who is a shadowborn. Usually becoming a Shadowborn is extremely not fun, to die horribly. Sent to the academy to learn how to unlock her magic, but at least she is not going alone. Her best friend gets to come along. Who do yo
✨Kayla of The Court Of Dreams✨
Recommend 🖤🖤

Holy cliffhanger 💀

RH- but nothing more than kissing that happens in book one.

Hoping for more spice in book two.

All in all an interesting read to get some more answers !!
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well. That was awful.
I kept getting the characters confused. Grammar was appalling throughout, and the story line was obvious, basic and boring. Disappointed that I actually waited for this to come out. It's also like young adult with a single sexual situation that doesn't go anywhere and a lot of swearing. Originally the impression I got was that it wasn't YA and it was an adult book. So yes as I said boring.
Autumn Miller ~ autumnbookreads
DNF 31%
I wanted to like this book and I think under normal circumstances I probably would have. I just think that the timing wasn’t right for me to read this. I was struggling to understand things as I felt like a bunch of the characters and the plot lines were being thrown together at once. I might I try to come back to this later and I’ll hopefully like it more
Liz's Book Bucket List
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reverse harem romances have been a really guilty pleasure for me in 2019. I never in a thousand years would think I would like this type of thing, but it has completely captivated my interest. I can't believe that I am going to say this because I have read some really amazing RH romances, but this was the best start to a multiple love interest romance that I have ever read. It was so perfect!

This dark fantasy follows the adventures of Corvina while she navigates her first year at Shadowborn Acad
Received ARC from Author for Honest Review.
I Give this Book a 3.5-4/5 Star Rating, Listing as 4.

Cliffhanger(?): Absolutely!
Romance: kinda like a teeter totter so..3-3.5/5.
Heat: 2/5, Not as Much as I was Anticipating (due to previous books). But it actually fits the story cause the story line is very important.
Suspense: 5/5 In All Honesty I’m still trying to figure it out, when I encountered the cliffhanger! Now I Gotta wait for Book 2!
Drama: 4/5

No Spoilers.

I had to read this one pretty slow, ca
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, 2020
I loved this book! IT starts with Corvina getting tricked by a faerie and almost dying and then coming back shadowborn.. I literally don't need to tell you anything else.. pick it up on that alone. She has to go to a shadowborn academy to learn about her new world and of course that's where she meets her men.

I loved this book. It was an interesting story with interesting characters and to die for men. I can't wait for the next book!
Ashley Parton
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it

Shadowborn academy..I downloaded you basically from you’re beautiful cover art. This book was good and I will read the rest of the series.
This book has ALOT of detail but I kinda felt like it wasn’t needed. I needed more info on the characters..I liked them but I’m not connected to them. I love the world in this book I just neeeeeded so much more. And I am hoping the other books give me that connection n information I need.

Where are and what happened with her raven friends I get maybe one
Cierra McCauley (Cierra's Corner)
Ahhh! This book was Amazing!! Once I started reading, I just couldn't stop! I got lost in this world of Darkness and Magic, it was so consuming! I've read these two authors separately, this is my first book of them together and They Killed It! Bailey is a Magic Guru and Snow is a Darkness Queen, together they are just spellbinding! The world-building is alluring, it's like Hogwarts meets Greek mythology on crack with a whole lot of Sexy! The details don't bog you down, from the forest to the aca ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler Alert*
Corvina (FMC) died when she was a child, killing everyone nearby and as a result makes her a Shadowborn. Someone who is touched by Dark magic. When she turned 18 her, her friend Sage & her shadow Pitch are enrolled at the Shadowborn Academy. A school where they have to go to hone their magic and darkness. Full of hot students, teachers and wardens. Ones of which are therapist - Gage, Warden - Zander, Student and Prat (lol) Jonah as well as her shadow - Pitch. All of which have an
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3,5 stars
it was really good, i liked the story and i am looking forward to the next book :)
Brittany Smith
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF 27% Might be because I have been reading too many of these Academy books recently but it just wasn't doing it for me. The introductions to new characters felt flat and her interactions with them seemed off, like disingenuous maybe, which made it hard to get a read of who she was as a person, they put negative emotions that would she need to be overcome in as an afterthought almost but not tied into her thoughts and actions. Just didn't feel cohesive. May try again at a later time. ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2 amazing author's back again!! And boy did they deliver like always! This book was aaaaaamazing, the world building, the characters, the story everything was just brilliant!!! I loved Corvina and I can't wait to get more in book 2 I truly recomend this book😍😍😍 ...more
Jane Balke Andersen
Did not finish.

Spoiler alert!!

I wanted to like it, as I do each book I read, but the relationship between Corvina and Pitch is creepy when you consider she was 8 when he became part of her and the naked/bathing bits are questionable as a result.

The other objectionable parts are the counsellor/psychologist and teachers crossing the line to touch and sexually engage with students in their care. That’s a big NO. These are young women of 18! Like many other young women, men have taken advantage of t
Kristin S
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Year One

These authors never disappoint! Between the many mysteries, the multiple crushes, the badass women and their snark, there isn’t much left you’re missing out on besides the desire for the next book!
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This has a big scene at the beginning. Then everything died down with little to nothing happening. Through our the the book there are small things that take place, but nothing wowing. I think this book was okay, but I'm not interested enough to read book 2. ...more
Melissa Welsford
Took me a while to read this due not feeling great after COVID vaccine I took a break. This book however was amazing and I absolutely loved it, the beginning chapters pages are different to normal books and beautiful 🥰 love the characters and the plot, felt like I was there x amazing, 10000 stars x
Jill Urbanek Gauger
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are after a action packed book with twists and turns every step of the way this book is for you. This book has deception, romance and betrayal.
A must read!
Andreea Lucaci
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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Dec 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF 50%. It's not that this book was terrible, it was simply boring. Nothing was really happening and there was nothing keeping me reading. ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
It could have been an interesting book because the start was promising.
Jun 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Honestly this whole series is riddled with plot holes, continuity errors and needs a heavy dose of editing.

Interesting idea, terrible execution.
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
Shadow born Academy

I really enjoyed the premise with shadowborn, gods and goddesses and Fae. It was an intriguing world but this book was a bit too slow for me.
Book Addict
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first chapter in this book for me was heartbreaking and full of emotion that made me want to keep reading! It is a great start to an exciting new series from a unique new world. The characters are all so different, complex and interesting and it made me want for more as soon as I finished. Cannot wait for book two!
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am addicted to these 2 authors!!!!!

I am loving this writing duo between Gem and Scarlett!!! This is the 2nd book of theirs that I have read and it is fantastic!!! Granted they have only released 2 co-writes so far, but I’ve still read all of them. 😁

The world building is phenomenal and so detailed that I found myself easily lost in the world they have created. The characters are all intriguing in their own way and each bring something a little different to the story. So much happened in this st
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G. Bailey is a USA Today bestselling author of books that are filled with everything from dragons to pirates. Plus, fantasy worlds and breath-taking adventures. Oh, and some swoon-worthy men that no girl could forget.
G. Bailey is from the very rainy U.K. where she lives with her husband, two children and three cheeky dogs.

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