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Spark

Academy of Unpredictable Magic Book 1
Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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***Academy Reverse Harem***
 

Magic exists. I know - it’s in my blood.

Unfortunately, not all people from magical bloodlines have powers, and at 22, I’m several years past the age they usually appear. So I’ve resigned myself to a boring, magic-less life.

Then something strange happens....

I get stuck in the middle of a bar fight, and instead of just punching the guy back, I blow a hole in the wall.

So...I guess I do have powers. But they’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. This shit is definitely not normal. 

And it seems the magical authorities agree, because they give me a choice: either I go to school to learn to control my crazy new magic, or they’ll take it away. Permanently. 

Now, if I can just survive the bitchy, mean girls determined to take me down a peg; the mysterious attacks on students; the three hot-as-hell guys who don’t seem turned off by my prickly exterior; and the professor who makes me long for detention, maybe I’ll get out of here in one piece. 

Wouldn’t bet on it though. 

Welcome to the Academy of Unpredictable Magic. 

Spark is the first book in the Academy of Unpredictable Magic series, a medium-burn reverse harem story intended for ages 18 plus, featuring a badass chick and the four sexy men who fall in love with her.

©2019 Sadie Moss (P)2019 Sadie Moss

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  • IMEE B
  • Queensland Australia
  • 22-06-2019

***Scorching***

It's a fast paced, full of sizzling sexual tension and sexy times *fans myself* that keeps my headphone glued to my ears lol. so so good and the chemistry between Elliot and her guys specially Roman and Dimitri oh wow it's scorching. The narrative helps a lot because Sara Puckett has the sexiest voice ever, she can do a male voice like no other oh gods she is good thank you.

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Brilliant!!!

I devoured this book so quickly. I couldn’t put it down. I’m looking forward to getting to know the characters more as the story develops.

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  • Catherine T.
  • 17-07-2019

I love the story but the narrator ruins the story

I've already read the book but wanted to have the audio book too, since I love the story so much.
Unfortunately I can't stand the narrator's voice/tone/style. To me it honestly feels like the narrator can't be bothered to try - like she doesn't really want to be doing this.

Regardless, the story is easy and fun. The characters are likable, and I really adore that the MC is in her 22's (versus all the 15-18 year olds). The world-building is interesting; I want to see more from this world in the future!

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  • Mizorei
  • 27-06-2019

slow and predicable. whiny heroine.

far too much repetitive internal monologue. heroine claims to be a badass but is very emo, woe is me.

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  • Apparentlythis
  • 24-06-2019

The most unlikable main character ever.

The main character is an idiot. Not in a ditsy way. She goes against all sound logic just to be contrary. She's terrible to perfect strangers with no provocation. It would take a twist of fate, magical insta-lust, and some of that "I can see deeply into your soul and tell exactly who you are just by staring" nonsense to make anyone want to date this girl or even just be her friend. and that's exactly what happens.

She is the cliched "I have been hurt so I'm going to take it out on anyone who comes into contact with me" character. She is the early 20's cliche of constantly insisting that she is an adult and behaves maturely and better than those around her. She also complains about the mean girls at school being rude but is a hypocrite because she treats complete strangers like dirt too.

Sadie Moss is a good writer and keeps the story well paced and interesting, but her characters are lazily shaped. This plot is also ridiculously similar to ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS which is also an RH. The mystery is the exact same. It is also similar to her own story BOUND BY MAGIC in that the main character finds out later in life than most that she has magic. Her writing skill does make for an entertaining read especially if you don't roll your eyes to hard at the MC's "prickly" behavior.

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  • Cleocutie
  • 16-06-2019

Good start to a series

Good start to a series. The characters are well written and their interactions are great. The storyline flows well and keeps you interested until the end.

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  • Megan Wells
  • 10-06-2019

Great academy story!

Sadie Moss is a new author to me.. and I am honestly a little embarrassed about that because this book was so fantastic. I was lucky enough to win a copy of the audiobook from the author on facebook. And she gained a fan with me. I have already purchased Bound by Magic which is an audiobook of hers. I am super excited to have found a new author.

This book we have a girl bartender, Elliot. She grew up with extremely magical parents but she herself has no power.. or so she thought. This book is about Elliot going to a magical academy full of others just like her. She is learning who she is and who she wants to be. We also have four amazing guys, each with their own quirks. I can't wait to get to know them more in the next book.

Sarah Puckett did a very good job bringing these characters to life. I can't wait to see what happens next!

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  • Mrs. Michael McKenzie
  • 14-08-2019

book 1 of unpredictable magic!!

This has been a great boom to listen to in my car driving to and from work!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-2019

narrator cam make or break a story

story cheesy teen drama different story than typical. narrator trying to hard to sound like a young valley type girl or tough street wise her is ok but she has the "A" " AH" SOUND she says at the end of every word.

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  • Wits End
  • 04-08-2019

Great read!

This book was amazing!!! I fell in love with all the characters and the story line was great! It’s a great start to a series and I’m excited to hear the rest of the story! I loved all the boys but especially fell in love with Dimitri he acts like he doesn’t care it’s pretty sexy. There is romance lots of drama and lots of twists and turns you never saw coming! I highly recommend this book if you love RH books with lots of romance and tons of chemistry with four hot guys with some school drama! The only down side to this to me is the narration at first I was really annoyed at how bored and uninterested the narrator sounded. She paused where there shouldn’t be pauses and talked slowly I had to speed it up because her talking so slow was messing up the book for me. But after I spread it up a bit she sounded normal and I could finish the book and I’m so happy I did. The narrator also sounds really whinny but I just got use to it. But other then that loved the book!

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  • Yanireads
  • 30-07-2019

Audiobook Obsession

This was really good. I’m starting to like academy stories. Excited to see where the next book will take them!!!

I voluntarily received a courtesy copy of this audio book from AudiobookObsession and I am choosing to leave a review.
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  • katdr2000
  • 27-07-2019

Predictable

Superficial and predictable. Nothing surprising in this harem storyline. A quick easy listen. . . .

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  • S.K. Isaac
  • 12-08-2019

Mixed feelings, mostly positive though

I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall I like it, but there's problems.

For starters, the timeline is a little confusing. Elliot is 22, Madeline is 18 and their mum died 4 years ago. So Elliot started looking after her sister at age 18, when her sister was 14. The part that's confusing is that Elliot talks about how she reads to her sister before bed, but now it's Jane Austen instead of Loony Toons. What 14 year old has her 18 year old guardian read Loony Toons to her before bed? I'd understand if she had been younger, but 14 seems a bit old for that.

There's also a few timeskips that seem unnecessary. After about two meetings with three of the guys there's a skip where a lot of the developing friendship is glossed over to them all suddenly being super close and Elliot moving in with them. I also wish there were more scenes about Eliot's friendship with Raoul. Their first meeting is shown, and you can tell they get along, but there's not much after that which (without spoiling) kind of makes what happens later less emotional.

I'd have liked to hear about Eliot's second ability as it appeared rather than hearing about it like "oh I have a second ability now, here's how it happened..." The whole book has a habit of telling instead of showing. We get told conversations happen between characters, we get told about events, but we don't often see them happen. "We've been running together through the woods every morning" Why is this the first we hear of this?!

Generally, Elliot is a frustrating character. She insists on being cold to people because they all leave etc. Standard tragic past reaction. She's so ignorant of the magical world even though she was a strong part of it when her mother was alive until Elliot was 18. It's only been 4 years since she's been out of touch, she should know more than this!

But mostly what I don't get is why Elliot insists on getting involved in the student attacks. She says that Roman needs her help, but I don't get how she's going to help. She sticks her nose into this for literally no reason. She feels more justified in doing things after her woods phone-call with her sister. That's when I get on board with her actions.

Suddenly everything feels more justified and realistic. I can see why Roman needs her, and the guys', help after they're late to the assembly. The final battle is well-written and exciting.

Unfortunately it feels very Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone/Chamber of Secrets by the end. With the magical object being kept at a school, threats of the school closure after student attacks etc. It's hard to get that comparison out of my head. But I still enjoyed it, so that's a big plus. I'll likely check out the next book in the series too.

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  • bluepits73
  • 11-08-2019

Hot Paranormal Romantic Mystery

The entire story had me captivated from start to finish. It had some elements of Reverse Harem but the romantic moments weren't the main part of the story. I loved the paranormal aspects. The author does an amazing job writing characters that keep you intrigued and a plot that actually goes somewhere.

Loved the narration, the steamy bits were so much hotter and there was excellent differentiation between characters. Another great performance by Sarah Puckett <3.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Jacquie Stolz
  • 28-07-2019

Amazing Academy Paranormal RH

Loved Elliot's story. Great world and character building. Hot to start, the slower burn. Unpredictable magic, taboo hot for teacher, and typical school drama.

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  • Lisa F
  • 23-07-2019

Loved it

I love reverse harem but this was my first Academy Reverse Harem and what a story!

Can't wait to get my hands on the next one!

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  • R. Simons
  • 18-07-2019

Great start to the series

I really enjoyed listening to Spark, I have wanted to read or listen to Sadie Moss’ books for a while as I have read great things about her books. Spark is the first in the series, where Elliot comes into her powers, later than expected, and is sent to the Academy of Unpredictable Magic and then the fun begins.
I really liked Elliot, she was stubborn but sassy too, she doesn’t take any rubbish from anyone. Being a RH book there are 4 love interests in this book, all 4 hot in their own way but there was one I was rooting for and that’s Dimitri. I think it was the like/hate thing they had going on.
The narrator Sarah Plunkett is great, she has narrated a few books I have listened too and she manages to capture me every time with her voice. There was a little bit of scratchy interference in the recording but nothing too distracting.

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  • Amber N
  • 10-07-2019

More please!!

Loved this story! I think it's now one of my favorites by Sadie Moss! The men were hot, funny and yummy!! It's rated a medium burn and I would agree. Lots of sexual tension and two hot steamy scenes! The ending is great because it gives you closure but leaves the door cracked open lol The narrator was Sarah Puckett and I just have to say she has never been a disappointment and she continues to score another hit with this narration. Loved it and can't wait for more!!!
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  • Relleman
  • 27-06-2019

Whoa!

Wow. This had me glued to the edge of my seat. The writing and narration was both executed excellent. I do wish the narrator could have done a accent for dima. And I do wished Elliot was able to get closer to him as she did the other guys. So far she was only intimate with Roman with a few kisses exchanged with Asher and cam, so it doesn’t get into heavy stuff right away. Almost a slow burn. I cant decide who I’m rooting for more with the guys, dima or Roman. Both are a mystery being dark broody types. I can’t wait to read more in the series. It’s like adult Harry Potter meets marvel with a reverse harem twist. I haven’t read anything like it before.