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Cruel Magic

Royals of Villain Academy, Book 1
Written by: Eva Chase
Narrated by: Meg Sylvan, Stephen Dexter
Series: Royals of Villain Academy, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I thought I was ordinary Rory Franco: college student, artist, and over-protected daughter. Then, mages barge into my family’s home, murder my parents, and whisk me off to a university known as Villain Academy.
 

It turns out I’m Persephone Bloodstone, the long lost heir to one of the five royal families of dark magic. I’m destined to learn how to manipulate the world with fear - and to stand beside the four other scions: the scorching-hot, arrogant young men who rule this school.
 

The four of them crush anyone who doesn’t kowtow. No way in hell will I bow to any villain, no matter how brutally alluring. They can turn on the charm or tear me down, but they can’t break me.
 

They’ve never met anyone like me before. I don’t care about ruling. I just want to avenge the people I loved.
 

It doesn’t matter what kind of magic runs through my veins. I’m taking Villain Academy down.
 

Cruel Magic is the first in a university-age paranormal academy series. Expect magical villainy, a tough heroine who bends to no one’s will, a dollop of steam, and a slow-burn reverse harem romance where there'll be no choosing required.

©2019 Eva Chase (P)2019 Eva Chase

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  • Christina
  • 2019-07-25

I wanted to like this....

I was really hoping for more redeeming qualities in the male characters, but sadly this is a book about 4 boys slowing breaking a girl and it can be hard to listen to at times.

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  • Nadja Schorr
  • 2019-07-23

I'm not sure if...

I like it. There are joy-mancers and fear-mancers and well the fear-mancers get their power from fear, the parents are evil and their children are on the best way. I don't like the way they are! And they were taught to do so...

The narration was great! But when the voice from the female narrator gets louder, their is a distortion. It doesn't get louder in the speakers so that's a plus. But there's a slight crackling sound, like she is to near to the microphone.

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 2019-08-21

This is like a reverse Harry Potter story.

This is such a wonderful read/listen! First off this is my first book by this author. I am impressed. The world building in this fantasy story is great! I loved the whole idea of the magic being pulled from fear and joy. The characters were relatable and I enjoyed watching them change/grow. Being a long lost mage and thrust into this world would throw anyone off their axis. Rory does a good job trying to keep her values and not go to the “dark side”. She makes a few friends but mostly plays catch up trying to learn magic. She does make a couple enemies and “mean girls”. Then the pranking starts. Smelly rooms, hot seats in class..etc. I did enjoy reading the boys sides when their chapters came up. It shows a little look into their lives.

I did listen to this on audio. Meg Sylvan did most of the reading as Rory. She did a wonderful job being all the other characters as well. Stephen Dexter did the boys voices when we hear from them. He did a good job as well portraying each of their voices differently. This was my first listening to both of them. Although Meg Sylvan’a voice did sound familiar
This is like a reverse Harry Potter. Mages using fear instead of power within. Very enjoyable!

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  • Belinda C
  • 2019-11-24

Nothing short of amazing

I loved Cruel Magic in audio it was like listening to a new book. Eva has created a great world and awesome characters that I cant wait to hear the rest of the series. Meg and Stephen are just great narrators.

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  • JC
  • 2019-11-23

Thumbs up!

This was a really good start to the series. There’s so much potential to see where this series will go. Chase does a great job with Rory’s character development. She starts off a bit meek but really starts building up her self confidence by the end of the book. She knows what she needs to do to survive but doesn’t waiver from her morals. I do hope in book 2 she really lays it into the other Scions and gains that respect from them. There wasn’t much redeeming characteristic right now in book 1 for me to root for the other Scions as a romantic interest. I know this is a bully romance, enemy to lover type novel. Right now the Scions are just jerks. It isn’t much of a RH right now. But it does lay the ground works for potential in the next book. This is a slow burn series. That being said this is a very well written novel. There’s a lot of drama but also an over arching sub plot that goes a bit deeper. I want to continue reading this series to find out what it is. Also the narration is done very well by Meg Sylvan and Stephen Dexter. I really enjoyed listening to them. Overall, I really enjoyed this book :)

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  • Deborah
  • 2019-08-30

excellent listen

This was a great start to a series. The narration was excellent and the story captivating.
I was given this free audiobook copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amber N
  • 2019-07-16

Intense

I really liked this audiobook and didn't want any interruptions. I love the trope enemies to lovers and I can see it's possible (so far it's a slow burn with some sexual tension and a hot steamy scene) but can tell it's going to take some time. Book 1 really put the heroine through the ringer. She faced a lot of things that would break another but her strength, determination and moral character really shined through. Everything is quite intriguing about this world and the academy. I can't wait to find out more! The duet narration really helps enhance the story. And can I just say how sexy Stephen Dexter's voice is?! Yum, I am totally impatient to start book 2!!

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  • M. Fritz
  • 2020-02-11

In Love With Ms. Chase

There is a huge world that the average human does not know exists. There are Joymancers and Fearmancers that war against each other. They feed off of human emotion. This series is frightening and fabulous! Rory is set upon by her fellow scions and there is a lot of push and pull in the bully RH series. There is tension within the ruling families and you can't accept anything at face value. It is taking time, but slowly Rory is winning the guys to her side. The narrators did a wonderful job! This is brought to life in the best of ways.

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  • Teresa
  • 2020-02-10

Will Rory Survive Villain Academy?

Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel

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Rory loved her parents and accepted that she was the only member of the family who had no magical abilities. Her parents are members of the Joymancer community. Rory has been home schooled and only has just begun taking classes at the local college and she is determined to make her own way. Everything changed the night the Fearmancer mages broke into there home murdering her parents kidnapping her to a Villain Academy. You see Rory had been taken as a baby and raised by her parents. If this wasn’t crazy enough, the boys that rule the academy, the Scions, and Rory immediately clash placing her as their primary target. Rory comes to learn that she is the last living Bloodstone and the fifth Scion. In Villain Academy individuals are either prey or predators with the survival of the fittest. This is not how Rory was raised leaving her struggling to find her powers without compromising her beliefs. The Scions really don’t understand Rory and may get a rude awakening as they begin to question everything about their lives.

This was a fascinating story about standing up for what you believe in despite overwhelming odds. Rory has a fight ahead of herself, but the question is who is stronger Rory of the other Scions? This audio-book brought the story alive as it unfolded. I can’t wait what will happen next. I loved how Rory’s strength was more than anyone expected leaving the boys questioning themselves. Her willingness to help the helpless showed there was more to Rory then they knew.

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  • Erica
  • 2020-01-17

slow

Really slow at first , but once you get over the hill ( beginning of the book ) The story will finally get you to the point where you can’t put the book down or that’s all you think about when you’re not reading it in the back of your head.