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Publisher's Summary

One mistake and those I love could die.

Hiding behind my brother and his friends has made it easy to keep my secrets, but since Merith came to Arda only months ago, my life has been wrecked. My father exposed, my brother obsessed...and now, because I let myself care about someone who is practically a stranger to me, I've been revealed as what I truly am.

This curse's hold over me is irrevocable, my life more entwined in it than I can manage on my own. Can I overcome my fears and let my family and friends help me, or hide within myself, determined to protect them from deadly truths only I can discern?

Clare Thorne has lurked in her older brother Kyle's shadow for years, making sure to avoid attention. What she can't avoid is her birthright, a curse that has become overwhelming in the wake of Merith Leigh's arrival at Arda Academy and the destruction it has sown in her life - with more to come. If the future holds nothing but ruin for those she loves, what can she possibly do to protect them from certain death?

©2020 Molly Lavenza (P)2021 Molly Lavenza

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  • lisha
  • 23-03-2021

cute

I did really enjoy that each book in this series was from a different siblings point of view, I thought that was a fun idea. This is a clean book and a good story idea. The narrator does a great job. The thing I find annoying is that in the end the problems they were having at school were solved despite the efforts of the main characters. In the end, the uncle fixes everything by himself, so why didn't he do this years ago? Also another character has magic and it was never addressed, not sure if there is going to be another book in the series. Overall it is an ok book, was an easy book to listen to while driving the kids around to soccer practice.

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  • Ashley
  • 16-03-2021

Narration ruined it!

I only finished this series because I hate not knowing the ending to a series but it was a serious struggle due to the narration! The narrator was rather awful. In my opinion she comes across whiny and makes the characters sound like total brats in every book and what is with the super high pitch at the beginning of each chapter? I think the book could of been so much better with a different narrator. This book was better than the second book but still was no where close to the first book in the series!

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  • fsloverly
  • 05-03-2021

So much fun!

I love how this author has grown in her skills. Darling a promise with such a great conclusion for this series. I enjoyed every minute of it! I love how the endings of these books have magical simplicity. This novel as the ones before it swept me in and kept me engaged until the end. Wonderful!
The narrator did a fantastic job as usual. She gave such life to each of the characters.
I received a review copy of this audiobook and I am giving a voluntary review.

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  • Katie
  • 24-02-2021

Good story

Book 3 is from Clare’s POV, as we learn more about her, the force that lies within the school grounds is demanding retribution. Getting to know Clare in this book, you understand why she had a stony personality in the previous books. This series has been a good clean read that even younger readers would enjoy.

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  • Adriana B
  • 21-02-2021

Paranormal Teen Mystery

This series is interesting and the characters are captivating. Unfortunately, Clare is one of the characters I struggled to connect with. She is young and immature for sure but her behavior is often hard to understand or justify. At least there is more than meets the eye with her.

Narration was excellent and brought the story to life.

Clare wants to protect her brother and Merith but comes across very selfish and nobody understands her actions. This is a suspenseful series, and a lot is revealed in this installment about the curse and what needs to be done to break it.

The story wraps up nicely and we have better understanding of the reason for the animosity and curse.

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  • Michele Thompson
  • 17-02-2021

Good

I really love this story line. I love all the characters. However, if I heard "my sister" any more, I might have screamed.

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  • So HAPPY!!
  • 12-02-2021

Continuing the Magic

I'll be honest, Clare is not my favorite character. However, the deeper this book went, the more I realized it's because both she and Merith have a martyr complex. I did enjoy getting to have a better picture of Clare and what went on inside her head. It's nice to know that the spoiled brat part was just for show and she wasn't actually as shallow as she seemed. I liked the elements of the continuation of the story. Clare meeting her family was a good addition. The resolution felt a little less...resolved than I was hoping, but overall a good story and worth listening to!

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  • Roger P.
  • 04-06-2021

good continuation

I've enjoyed this series, good narration and story building. I do agree it's a little slower than the first two books but still a good story. I'd recommend the series for a good easy listen.

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  • Sandy C
  • 24-05-2021

Lots of Action and Dysfunctional Relationships

There is never a dull moment in Book 3 of the Arda Academy. It has been enjoyable to gain the perspective of the each of the three of the Lee/Thorne siblings and this book is presented from the perspective of the abrasive Claire who is an odd combination of self-sacrificing and self-absorbed. She would definitely benefit from some physical prowess in balance with her tongue lashing to enable her to be less of a physical victim. She just seemed to continually use poor judgment and walk into situations where she could not hold her own physically. There seemed to be little personal growth in this area. Are any of these siblings capable of working together?

A strong point of each of the books in this series is the absence of cliffhangers and finalization of the storylines there are always fascinating myseteries yet to unfold, It will be fun to discover the next plot direction and which character's perspective it will be told from.

As with Book 2 I would have liked to see more comprehensive editing. Pacing, coherence and character development and balance need work, Also more light and shade, action and pauses to allow us to get to know the characters better and how they interact. There are at times a little too much goody-two-shoes and saviour syndrome for my comfort. However it is a testament to the skill of the author, Molly Lavenza that the books still retain the reader's interest fully and the faults were easy to overlook. I really enjoyed listening to this fascinating series chocka block full of imagination and interesting puzzles.

The narration is very good though I would have liked a different narrator for each book. However, Carolyn Kashner always narrates so effectively and allows the reader to immerse completely into the story. That is a rare gift.

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  • Weirdpup13
  • 01-03-2021

Questions

This book continues the story of the Lee/Thorne group! This one was a bit less exciting than the first 2 but still leaves you with plenty of questions as others get answered too!

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