Series: Academy of Witches, Book 1
Genres: Reverse Harem; Paranormal; Magic; Witches; Paranormal Romance; Romance; Young Adult; Urban Fantasy
Publication date: August 3, 2018
All her life, Max knew she was destined for more. On the eve of her high school graduation she finds out that she’s a witch, completely changing her future plans. Now Max isn’t headed to an Ivy League school like she’d always expected, but to the Witch’s Academy to learn what being a witch entails.
If Max hopes to survive her new destiny, she’ll have to deal with a mean girls clique, way too sexy for their own good bad boys, and a popularity contest she didn’t want to win. Turns out magic has more consequences than Max realized. Here’s hoping she’s more prepared than she thinks to handle it.
“Your mother had quite the head on her shoulders as well. Never was one for political bullshit.” I gaped at the headmaster. Maybe I had assessed him a bit too soon. “Forgive me, my dear, but after doing this job for two decades, your failure to fall at my feet with promises of blessings from your family makes you a breath of fresh air.”Chapter Six
I picked up this story as my April Buzzword pick. The prompt this month was “Galaxy Terms”, so I figured a book with star in the title was as good a pick as any. I found Witching on a Star in my kindle account, so picked it up and hoped for the best.
I have to say, I found myself disappointed in this read. I really wanted to love it. It’s got so many things that I adore in a book – magic, mayhem, discovering you have powers you didn’t know you had, a reverse harem… It’s even my favourite genre to read – Urban Fantasy. Yet I just did not enjoy my time in this world.
I’ve been known to enjoy books with a Mary Sue main character, but I just couldn’t get behind Max. For someone who spent her entire life not knowing that she was a witch, everything seemed to be handed to her on a silver platter. She might start out in remedial level courses, but she’s not there long. She breaks countless magical rules in this story but never has to face consequences for her actions.
The “bad boys” that are promised in the synopsis aren’t even true bad boys. Sure, one of the boys she’s interested in can be considered to be a “bad boy”, but the rest really can’t be. The golden boy of the school, a potions major who happens to be physically large, and a boy that works in the main office of the Academy do not make for bad boys in my opinion. I have no problem with the boys all having their own personalities – on the contrary, I encourage it – but they don’t fit the advertisements that were sent my way.
Even the “conflict” in this story wasn’t really compelling. I spent the whole book waiting for something to happen and nothing did. Sure, “something” happened, but it wasn’t something powerful enough for me to consider it worthy of being the main conflict of a story.
As much as I was excited to pick this book up when I saw it, I don’t see myself continuing on in the series. Maybe it’s because I’ve read a lot of amazing books lately and maybe this kind of YA book just isn’t my cup of tea anymore (I doubt it as I still read a lot of YA magical stories, but I want to give this story the benefit of a doubt), but I didn’t enjoy my time in this world. I waited a couple of days after reading the book to actually type out this review, and if I hadn’t taken notes while reading it I honestly wouldn’t have remembered what happened in this story. A forgettable story (to me) isn’t worth continuing a series.