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Cruel Magic

Royals of Villain Academy, Book 1
By: Eva Chase
Narrated by: Meg Sylvan, Stephen Dexter
Series: Royals of Villain Academy, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 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
  • 25-07-2019

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
  • 23-07-2019

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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  • Deborah
  • 30-08-2019

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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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 21-08-2019

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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  • Amber N
  • 16-07-2019

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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  • DMS
  • 16-09-2019

Excellent start to the series!!!

I was hooked from the beginning. Each of the characters are rich and unique. Rory is the perfect strong female character who foils the attempts against her. The men have very different personalities. I can't wait to see how hate to love plays out in the series. (hope that's not a giveaway, only a prediction.) Eva's writing style is fresh and pulled me in. I wanted to know how Rory was going to deal with these very strong males. She doesn't back down, despite everything being against her. You can't help but root for her.

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  • Cleocutie
  • 12-09-2019

Good book

Great book with a strong main character and a very interesting premise. The storyline flows well and the characters are varied and very well written.

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  • Adriana B
  • 11-09-2019

Interesting story with unique take on magic.

I enjoyed learning about this new world but found the bullies a bit too aggravating. I’m not sure I saw any redeeming qualities in any of the four guys. I hope book two will bring some redeeming qualities to them.

Narration was good and brought the story to life.

It was hard to listen to how awful the boys were to our heroine. I sure hope there will be better interactions on the next book. I enjoyed listening to this story and did not want to put it down.

This is a good start to an intriguing new series. I’m looking forward to book 2.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • DSI
  • 09-09-2019

Slow start, but a good beginning

Slow start, but has a good story at its center. It is closer to a 3.5, but the magic system in use makes it more interesting. It is a good start to a new series, and I am interested in seeing where it goes. I will likely pick up the next book in the series.

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  • trufriends
  • 02-09-2019

did justice

I have read this story before I listened to it and the audio has done justice to Eva's story; absolutely amazing.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 14-09-2019

Fantastic

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Great start to the series I really enjoyed listening to it and have now bought book 2 .

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  • Helen
  • 13-07-2019

amazing

It doesn’t matter what kind of magic runs through my veins. I’m taking Villain Academy down.
amazing audiobook by Eva Chase but brought it to life was Meg Sylvan, Stephen Dexter can't wait for book 2 to be done in audio
this book is for all ages 46 young and really enjoyed it