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Magical Creatures Academy 1: Night Shifter

Narrated by: Kate Marcin
Series: Magical Creatures Academy, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Rina Nelle Mont has never been a part of the paranormal world. Until now.
Well, maybe not. The Magical Creatures Academy only accepts supernaturals, and she’s been invited to the school, but she has none of the powers she’s supposed to. Blip. Nada. Not even a spark.
 

The school hasn’t made a mistake in a century, but she might be the first one. That’s just the kind of thing that would happen to her. Especially since no one has any idea what kind of creature she’ll be...assuming her powers ever decide to make an appearance.
 

The Academy is the leading institution for paranormal creatures in the world. Its students are the finest of shifters, vampires, and fae.
 

Speaking of fine fae...Leander Verion, prince of the elves, is off limits. Not only is he arrogant, stubborn, and totally not her style, he’s her brother’s best friend. She will not fall for him. No way. Besides, he’s not interested...is he?
 

When two men who head the Shifter Alliance, a rebel faction of shapeshifters who seek to escape the control of the Enforcers - the supernatural police force - find out about Rina and her potential for a different kind of magic, they hunt her. For them, the stakes are as personal as they get.
 

Whether she’s ready or not, Rina is about to find out what she’s made of....

©2019 Lucia Ashta (P)2019 Lucia Ashta

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captivating

an amazing story couldn't stop listening definitely a must listen just wish it was longer

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  • Jim
  • 23-07-2019

A good concept, but lackluster launch

First let me say, the overall idea and world are really good, and I enjoyed what little there was in this book. The fact I wanted more should tell you how compelling the story is. However, the book suffers from two major flaws.

First, The book is incredibly short given how detailed the author is. Once the main character gets to "the academy" the story only has 3hrs left in it. The main drama takes place in the first week or so of being there then we jump to the end of the "semester" and the book ends.

It felt like more of a short story than a full length book. why not do some more world building and character development and give us a story over the entire semester. I honestly felt a little cheated...

Second, the entire story is launched when the main character turns 18 at 3:03am except that none of the surrounding story support her being 18. It feels like she was suppose to be 15 or maybe 16. For example, she talks about going back to school at her normal high school with her friends, Shouldn't she be talking about graduating?

At every turn I felt like an editor decided she should be older and and change the lines referring to her age. The people accepted to this magical creature academy are supposed to be there for 9 semesters, which would sound a lot more like college if _any_ of them actually behaved liked they were 18 and not 15. I just couldn't shake the feeling that the original concept didn't have this set around an 18yr old.

Overall, it is a fun book, Given how short the book is, if the author is releasing these quickly, then it will be a fun series, if we are only getting a long short story every 6mths or a year this one will quickly fall off my radar.

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  • Mona Brown
  • 06-06-2019

magical creatures Academy

This book is just amazing. It is funny, engaging and I just loved it. The narrator does an amazing job with the different characters.

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  • Margaret
  • 19-05-2019

Shifters meet Harry Potter

This was a fun book! I really enjoyed it! It was kind of like shifters meet Harry Potter, really fun and addictive! I can’t wait untilbook 2 comes out in audible!

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  • Amber N
  • 16-05-2019

Wow

I felt like I was a part of every scene. This is my first book by Lucia Ashta and I loved how when she writes it feels like you are experiencing everything as well. There was some slow burn, mystery, and lots of action. The world built around the characters is really neat and interesting. All the characters have great personalities and are easy to like. The narrator is also new to me and I thought she did a great job bringing the story to life before me. I enjoyed listening to her and she did a good job on distinctive voices. I can hardly wait to listen to what happens next! Lucia Ashta has a new fan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-2019

Very good book

As a lot of action in the series love it i would highly recommend it

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  • Jenny Bodle
  • 09-12-2019

Love Love Love

From beginning to end this story kept me interested, Even with working and listening, I found myself getting distracted. I could not wait to see what she would turn into. Definitely, a must-read!!!!

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  • TK
  • 05-12-2019

Rushed story but an okay distraction.

An interesting world but the story needs some help with timing.

This is one of the stories that feels either lazy or over-edited. I’m leaning towards the latter as what is there does actually feel like there was effort put into it.

The premise is a simple, Harry Potter/magic school anime story that adds enough of a twist to be its own thing.

The problem that this story has is that the author doesn’t take a lot of time establishing the school and characters to make it feel real despite it being magical like Hogwarts or Luna Nova; which doesn’t mean there wasn’t an attempt. The first half of the book goes into a lot of detail about who runs the school how students are selected, but then doesn’t go into any detail as to the classes or the other students outside of the main characters’ respective cliques.

For example, in Harry Potter, JK Rowling’s description of Transfiguration class goes through a progression of what they do; matchsticks changed into needles to start with but by the end of the year they progressed to something more difficult. In this story, day one was transforming into your animal. Which is a good start, but at the end of the semester that’s still what they are doing, just “better” despite the professor telling them they would be doing other things. So this tell don’t shoe approach gives no sense of a progression of time.

As for the students, there are other students in the school, but no one has a personality aside from the protagonist and her two friends. Everyone else falls into generic cliches, screwup but tries hard guy, bubbly happy girl, mean kid, tough guy and hot mysterious guy. It really detracts from the idea this is a real school because none of the students feel real.

The other issue is that the last hour or so of the book feels so rushed that it made me wonder if I had accidentally bought the abridged version. After taking their time talking about the school and the protagonist and her friends, it was like the author suddenly realized their deadline was approaching or (and this is my guess) their editor said they needed to cut out sections of the story to meet publisher page count restrictions. Literally the story goes from “end of first day of school” to “establish threat” to “several weeks later I found my powers” to “being attacked” to “months later the term ended” all in the last hour and a half of the story with a ton of exposition at the end. It’s really a shame because up until the end of the first day, it was a pretty interesting and fairly well put together story.

The main character has a personality, very believable self doubt, and though she’s pretty ignorant of the magical world and the school, she’s given a reason to be ignorant which surprisingly is not the usual “didn’t know about the magical community” cliche.

Her friends are interesting and serve as a good foil for her without being bland while allowing a little leeway for explanation of the world and how the magic works to the reader.

The world itself is fairly interesting and gives a good reason for the evil threat to exist and isn’t the usual “evil power wants to take over the magical and non-magical world” and their plight is a very believable one.

The narrator does a pretty good job of keeping the main characters distinct though the Side characters tend to lack the same distinction. Generic Girl A sounds like Generic Girl B etc. which isn’t that important but adds to the feeling that there are only 6 students at the school.

Overall, I think I’d recommend this one only if you were a fan of the magical school genre and wanted a story that is fun but doesn’t have a lot of depth to it. I will probably pick up the sequel at some point, but I’m not in a rush to do that just yet.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-2019

Amazing

loved it. the narrator is awesome. 5 stars. I was hanging on every word the entire book.

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  • Bruce
  • 19-11-2019

definitely not cream rising to the top

In the flood of British style academy books, there are few gems; this tale set in the mountains of Kansas is not one. At least this one posits an 18 year old narrator, presumably more aware and self-expressive, but she seems so much less and so much more. On one hand she acts like someone entering middle school. On the other hand, the protagonist's first day shows no signs of sensory over-load that would be normal in a first day in a new world; she acts as if she has had weeks to comprehend the situation. Whereas most schools have something like orientation week, this story depends completely on institutional incompetence. Sympathy-tokens like a dead mother and plot-gags like transforming into a skunk aren't enough to keep me looking for signs of subtly in the storyline or character development. Nor will fancy language like "Azure cotton candy...plop as slop" save the story for me.

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  • Cypress
  • 06-06-2019

love the book and narrator

Can't wait for the next book to be turned into an audible story. I love the narrator don't change her she makes the book come alive with her wonderful voice. The book was so good when it ended I was looking for the next one like a crazy person. I want more! <3

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 16-08-2019

Fabulous listen.

I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to the Menagerie shifter academy. Well written, with a perfect dose of humour, suspense and magic. This was a great relatively short listen.
The narration by Kate Marcin really brought the story to life and is a great compliment to Lucia Asta's writing.