The Culling Trials 1 -3 by K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer Book Review

Title: The Culling Trials 1 – 3

Series: Shadowspell Academy #1 – #3

Authors: K.F. Breene & Shannon Mayer


Pages: 238

Genre & Tags: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, Magic, Vampires, Shifters, Magic School, Not a Kissing Book

Release Date: November 2019


Synopsis: A teenage girl torn from her family must survive a series of deadly trials to earn her place in a dangerous school of magic, from Bestselling Authors; K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer.

You don’t choose The Academy. The Academy chooses you.

I had no idea how those words would change my life, until the day the most dangerous man I’ve ever met waltzed onto my farm and left us a death sentence.

My younger brother has been chosen for The Academy: the prestigious, secret school of magic hidden within the folds of our mundane world. A place where there’s no guarantee you’ll make it out alive. If he doesn’t go, our entire family will be killed.

It’s the same invitation my older brother received three years ago—and he never came home. The Academy has already killed one sibling, and I’ll be damned if they take another. So I do the only thing an older sister can: chop off my hair, strap on two bras to flatten the girls, and take my brother’s place.

Magic and monsters are real. Assassins are coming for me, and the dead are prone to rise. What’s a girl faking it as a boy supposed to do? Being accepted into an elite school of magic, monsters, and assassins was not my idea of higher education. But here I am, fighting my way through the deadly physical and mental tests of the Culling Trials to claim my right to be taught.

In a cutthroat world where no one is as they seem, the golden rule is simple: Trust no one. The Academy tells us we should just look out for ourselves. That we should leave the fallen behind and ask no questions.

Not on my watch.

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I had never claimed to be a saint. I needed to survive this to keep my siblings alive and well, and for them I’d break all the rules.

K.F. Breene & Shannon Mayer, The Culling Trials

My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review: I WANT MORE!!

Mulan meets The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter (or The Magicians considering the characters ages).

Never a dull moment with this series. We get constant action with a bit of a mystery thrown in and such amazing characters. Wild is my favourite kind of main character; kick-ass, full of snark, and with questionable morals on occasion. It makes for such interesting reading when you can’t predict what the MC will do when faced with tough decisions.

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