Published: the 31st of May 2019
Written by: Yumoyori Wilson
Series: Supernatural Spy School
Length: 335 pages
Source: Free copy generously provided by the author.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to ARC read this book, and received a free copy in exchange for my honest review. However, please note that all opinions and views are my own!!
When being different leads to the best years of your life.
Powerful witch Silver Spell Solange always dreamed of getting into S.S.S Academy. When she finally achieved it, she couldn’t have been happier. Making it through the first year at the prestigious academy was more challenging than she could have expected, but it also introduced her to four unique shifter boyfriends — not to mention Star, her adorable uni-kitten familiar.
The gang is hoping for a peaceful break between semesters in order to relax and explore their relationship. But summer is breezing by, and after a shocking discovery, Silver and her men must take things into their own hands to learn more about the magical ring on her finger and the powers it truly possesses.
Year One may have been hard, but it had nothing on the challenges that Year Two brings. Some students will rise, others will fall, and through it all, Silver must make sure she can keep her men together no matter what crazy obstacles and tests they’re about to endure.
Silver might be prepared for what S.S.S. Academy has in store. But something else — something even darker and more dangerous — is happening in the shadows of the school, and it has a certain ex-boyfriend’s name written all over it.
Can Silver manage to juggle everything that this second year will throw at her? Or will she fail before the final exam?
This book picks up during the summer holiday, which Silver has spent with her family. But the last part she gets to join with her harem and her new friends. Silver learns more about the complex network between the powerful shifters and mages, and she learns that the guys families have interacted with hers in the past. She also finds out that she was meant to get the magical ring, and that she didn’t need to fear and repercussions from the theft in the first book, as the guardians already knew she owns it. This makes it easier for her when she meets her different in-laws, while spending time with some of her guys families.
The most frustrating part for me was that Silver seems to focus on all the wrong things, and push the important ones aside. Usually with a weak excuse like not wanting to focus on the things that hurt her, and therefore being in denial about the importance of the little things around her. Yumo does go to great lengths to try and excuse this behaviour, by making up good reasons. But it still doesn’t fly with me that a spy in training, who’s already received a super secret mission, goes to a party and happily accept alcoholic drinks from strangers. Hello… only thing missing was a neon sign reading “this is a bad idea”. I do understand authors do it for buildup and to buy time before revealing everything, I just wish better reasons were given. Like being distracted because of tests and exams, or something like that. On top of that, I’m over all the blushing going on when anyone mentions or hints at sex. I mean, if you can’t talk about “it”, you shouldn’t be doing it. Simple as!! At times I also felt like immature things such as whining and pouting are used too much. I mean these are adults people, and they whine and pout at least twice per chapter. That does become a bit tiresome and tedious after a few chapters!! Those are the only negatives I have, and they are all somewhat overshadowed by all the great things in the book.
What I did love is how there’s new things revealed almost all the time. Details that were mentioned in the first book, now ties together nicely with this one. And it just makes it all the more intriguing. Especially when it becomes clear, that the obvious villain might just be a pawn, or an unwilling participant. The plot thickens and I have a feeling, that the next instalment won’t be forgiving on sloppy mistakes or denial. I don’t know what’s happened to the author, but the books in this series are far superior to any of her other work. Yes, it’s a lot of the same that she usually write, but the plot and the characters just seems more natural. Ironic for a supernatural book, huh!! There’s nothing forced about it and everyone shines in their own way. I love how the relationship between all the guys are equal, i.e. no one is higher ranked than others, and they all met at the same time. The harem dynamic is amazing, I love how the guys look after one another and have internal bromances, that leads to some really entertaining banter and constant competition. So I cannot wait to see what year 3 has in store for Silver and her harem!!
How do you feel about characters who always blush when talking about sex? What do you think about characters, who seems to postpone important stuff and focus on random things? Let’s chat in the comments!