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Something Wicked: A Why Choose Academy Series (University of Morgana: Academy of Enchantments and Witchcraft Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Mika is a different kind of female main character than we’ve seen in this literary universe. Emma Dean’s heroines in CoP all have a commonality in that they are all unabashedly themselves; they are who they are, and they accept themselves for who they are. Mika is darker. She’s been through a lot, and it’s changed her. Rather than lament that she’s not the old Mika anymore, she accepts that she is a product of what the circumstances created. Yeah, the circumstances were awful, and she’s not Mary Sunshine anymore, but that’s okay. Some people might say that she’s a bit angsty. Personally, I don’t think so. Without giving anything away, she’s been through a lot, without any familial support at a very young age. She’s definitely anxious, and the author does a brilliant job of putting you in Mika shoes and conveying what she’s experiencing. What I also love about Mika is that, despite everything, she’s not afraid of being b!t<hy if it’s needed. She can’t abide a bully, and sometimes you’ve got to put a witch in her place. Shy doesn’t shy away from it, but she’s also not awful about it, and it’s only to people who need to be put in their place. I guess, in some ways, she feels more like a bully of bullies rather than just heinous.
A lot of this book is Mika finding herself. It’s much more of an urban fantasy story than a paranormal romance in that regard. Yes, it’s a paranormal story in that there is magic and there are witches, shifters, hunters, demons, etc, but PNR is about the romance being the main focus of the book. Mika isn’t necessarily looking for love; she just wants to feel normal (for a witch), again. Finding herself and settling into university life is definitely the priority in this book, and it says it on the blurb: this is a slow burn. It also feels like the harem is going to be added to over time, rather than all at once; this doesn’t feel like it’s going to be an inst-love/fated mates type of book. That said, there are a number of potential guys in this book. It’s hard to say at this point who will and won’t be in the harem, but there most definitely is chemistry with guys. It definitely feels like there will be some good relationship development here. I get a lot of this is speculation; it’s only book 1, but that’s part of the beauty of the book. There are so many ways it can still go, and it keeps you on your toes as a reader. One thing I can say, is that I love Audrey. Mika’s roommate/confidante, likely going to be best friend, she is someone you want in your corner. She’s a fantastic balance to Mika’s darker character and pure sass. I love it when the FMC can have an awesome best friend to balance out what’s going on with the romance aspect of the story.
This is a brilliant book and start to a new series, and I can’t wait to see more of what’s in store for this whole storyline.
Mika is a broken witch, who was defective magic. This is a common theme from Chaos of Foxes. Mika’s father and brother have recently been stripped of magic and shunned for their part in a conspiracy to make male witches the rulers of witches, even though they have less magic than the women. Mika’s mother died very recently of what Mika believe was a broken heart.
Mika postponed going to Morgana University due to the problems with her family so she is a semester behind. She is scared to let anyone close to her both physically and emotionally, as her magic is unpredictable and dangerous. She has been very isolated for a long time and is worried about attending the university.
On arrival Mika is installed in dorm with Audrey a witch born from a human family who has had her own difficulties and they strike up a friendship quickly. She also attracts the attention of several male students.
Mika is a mysterious witch from a very wealthy family that was filled with traitorous witches. Her friend is a human born witch, who is very gifted. These facts all make her stand out and cause conflict.
I really like the idea of this book, which follows the fall-out for an innocent party from the resolution at the end of The Chaos of Foxes series. Mika is an interesting character with a fascinating back story. I also really like Audrey who is supportive yet forceful with her new friend. The men in the story are only barely introduced in this book, but they are intriguing.
The cliff hanger is annoying in any book, except ones where the next book in the series is already available. Thank goodness that’s the case in this instance, or I’d be upset and give a lower star rating.
This book is interesting and well thought out. The characters are fascinating and story has great promise, though the characters are the main focus for this book. Emma Dean has created a fabulous world with The Chaos of Foxes Series and I’m glad that this world is continued in this new book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to find out more about this captivating new character.
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Before I go fangirling about my love of this author, I should point out that I hate young adult romance and slow burn series (meaning no sex, not even a little bit). I'm not a fan of young characters since I'm ancient and can't imagine myself at that age anymore (40 is ancient, right?!)
So when the author announces that her next series will be an academy, slow burn reverse harem I was not impressed. However she released a few sneak peaks in her Facebook group and I actually found myself looking forward to this.
While reading this, I kept thinking of an adult Harry Potter! You know, with older people and murderball (aka battle magic dodgeball but murderball sounds cooler).
Mika's a great character and her relationship with both Audrey and Ethan, her classmates, really sucked me in.
Through the whole book I was never thinking of how young they were or that they really needed to get on with the sexy time. The world Emma Dean has created is good enough to get away with that and still be entertaining!
I can't wait for the rest of the series.
This is a fun paranormal academy reverse harem story. It's a spin-off of another of the author's series, but you don't need to read it to enjoy this one. Mika can be brooding and stand-offish, but she has a good heart. Her new friends help bring it out and she's learning to trust again. Lots of drama and great world-building. I could do without the magical dodgeball, but the history of the school and what it could mean for this series is fascinating. The supporting cast is amazing! It's a major cliffhanger, so be prepared.
Having said that, I enjoyed this story, but I'll be reading Kenzie's fox shifters before I go on to book two of this. I'll put it this way, I'm willing to buy and read three other books so that I can get the most out of this!
The story overall was also AMAZING! It was the perfect combination of sarcasm, intrigue, and romance. I HIGHLY recommend this book and this author!
But she actually makes some friends, and reunite with an old one at college. So maybe things will turn around for her and she can start to deal with her pain.