Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Review: The Academy Saga [Book One] by CJ Daly

Kate Connelly should be careful what she wishes for.

Just seventeen, she already feels like she’s suffocating. Since her mother’s death, her father’s basically checked out, so she’s stuck raising her brothers by herself out in the New Mexico scrub. All Kate wants is a little distraction from the same-ole, same-ole that is her life.

When two mysterious guys show up at the diner where she works, she thinks her wish has come true, until they start giving her a hard time. Like her life isn’t hard enough. Something about them niggles her, but she brushes it off. She’s never going to see them again anyway . . . right?

Then they appear in an alley one night to either rescue or kidnap her (she’s still not sure which) before disappearing like figments of her imagination.

Kate decides to put the bizarre encounters out of her mind. She has bigger problems to worry about: like that elite military academy that’s been pursuing her gifted little brother. When one of their cadets shows up at Clovis High School, he creates instant pandemonium. And just happens to be one of those mysterious guys. Coincidence? Mama said there’s no such thing. And to always trust her instinct. But that might be kind of hard, because every time she’s around Cadet Peter Davenport, her gut starts flip-flopping on her. And her heart.

Can Kate keep it together long enough to stop Cadet Davenport’s mission? She’s about to find out. And—once again—how neatly life can be split into before and after.

3 Stars

Romance | Fantasy | Young Adult – Teen

*** Received a copy through TLC Book Tours for blog tour in exchange for honest review***

Oh, an elite military academy with some supernatural goodies? Yes please, sign me up! I mean right? That synopsis right off the bat was rather intriguing, had to give this a try.

At the start, things started off decently interesting. The pacing was quick and I was very eager to get to the points of this academy! AND THERE IS A LOVE INTEREST! I gotta admit, a lot of what kept me going was having to know what was instore for these lovebirds. It was cute, adorable banter. I do wish however, there was more growth and exploring of the actually academy. I felt that there was a lack luster to the world building of the actual academy and the supernatural aspects.

I think a lot of my issue however was that though the pacing was generally good, it was the fact that I could not connect with the characters in the least bit. Kate actually annoyed me from time to time throughout the chapters with how she acted, or rather was reactive towards situations. At some points, it appeared that she was constantly reaching for a justification from the male counter-partners, not really her own drive, if that makes sense. Her character dynamic just was not something I could relate towards enough to enjoy her thoroughly. Also, the dialogue or even inner monologues were slightly awkward. At some points, things became rather repetitive.

Overall, I did enjoy this read. It was rather refreshing from my normal reads – you know I love a good RomCom or Horror, so a Young Adult Fantasy screamed ‘READ ME’! However there were several pet peeves that for me, made things a little less enjoyable.

I am definitely curious has this evolves! Really hoping for Kate to have a good character growth. See you in Book Two!

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