Title: The Awakening (#1)
Author: Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
Series: Zodiac Academy 
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult Romance, Dark Bully
Publication Date: July 2019
Publisher: Self Published
How did I get this book: Bought 
Format (e- or p-): Physical
Purchase Book: Waterstones

You have been selected to attend Zodiac Academy, where your star sign defines your destiny.

If you're one of the Fae, elemental magic is in your blood. And apparently it's in ours. As twins born in the month of Gemini, we're a rare breed even in this academy of supernatural a-holes.

Changelings were outlawed hundreds of years ago but I guess our birth parents didn't get the memo. Which means we're totally unprepared for the ruthless world of Fae.

Air. Fire. Water. Earth.

No one has ever harnessed all four of them, until we arrived. And it hasn't made us any friends so far.

As the rarest Elementals ever known, we're already a threat to the four celestial heirs; the popular, vindictive bullies who happen to be some of the hottest guys we've ever seen. It doesn't help that they're the most dangerous beasts in the Academy. And probably on earth too.

Our fates are intertwined, but they want us gone. They've only got until the lunar eclipse to force us out and they'll stop at nothing to succeed.

We never knew we had a birthright to live up to but now that we do, we intend to claim our throne.

We can't expect any help from the faculty when it comes to defending ourselves. So if the dragon shifters want some target practice, the werewolves want someone to hunt or the vampires fancy a snack then we have to be ready. But we've been looking after each other for a long time and fighting back is in our blood.

Today's horoscope: totally screwed.


Okay this was totally binge worthy. Couldn’t stop turning the page! Tory and Darcy was two amazing gals! I’m rating for them two like crazy!

The boys, well I have to say.. I’m a sucker to bad boys.. I dated many of them and hell I married one myself 🤣🙈 so I can’t judge… certain bullying and this “claim” they have on the girls especially the vampies well it’s part of their nature..

Mr Professor Vampie .. well hey, I had high hopes for him and thankfully he paid up his dues by the end of the book as he helped Tory from drowning.. and I can’t be the only one hoping for Darius to have another side to him?!

What the heirs did to Tory and Darcy is simply horrible! But it made the book experience interesting and I’m here for it in a twisted way! I love how each girl had a sort of love triangle that both included a vampie 🤣

Twins: I could easily tell the difference between the two, I feel like I was more Team Tory because she gives off a more bad ass then her sister Darcy who tends to go by BLUE which I love! The whole story of her hair was eye opening too and I loved her story telling.

LOVE TRIANGLE? Darcy has mr professor and Seth where Tory had Darius and Caleb in some twisted way and I’m curious to see how that pans out in the rest of the series…

Was anyone else thinking Caleb may not be as bad? Max - Well I don't feel I got to know him much in this book so I can't really speak on him. Darius - You could tell from day one he was and is trouble, he's a fire breathing dragon after all. Seth - well he just got me mad as soon as he cut off Darcy's hair! It also felt too good to be true.


I binged read this book in about 2 days whenever I had the time to read, it was easy to read and follow. I loved the world building, the professors. I literally felt I was in a new Harry Potter world! They also added some Harry Potter references. I've been waiting for a new magical world and this is just it. Yes, there is alot of bullying in here, LIKE ALOT. A teacher slamming a student's head to the desk.. yes this happens. But Hey, i'm here for it! 

Our Rating
The Awakening ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️