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Only the strongest survive...most of the time...

Raven may be a shifter, but she's always felt separate from her wolf. She never knew it should be different. Then, a stranger shows up in her hometown, turning her world upside down and recruiting her for the elite Bloodshed Academy.

Everything she's ever known is challenged, and Raven finds herself in impossible situations. Making matters worse is the fact that one of the strongest alphas at school catches her eye. And he makes her feel things she doesn't understand.

The school may only recruit the best of the best, the strongest in their world, but there's something more about Raven. When push comes to shove, she has to decide if she's willing to fight for what she's come to love...or run from a life she can't quite accept.

©2020 Jen L. Grey (P)2020 Jen L. Grey

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  • Bonnie
  • 23-01-2021

Amazing!

Jen L Grey wrote another amazing series! Year One contains alphaholes, hilarious hotties, and a few surprises. Can't wait to read Year Two!

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  • M. Fritz
  • 23-01-2021

Addictive!

Jen L. Grey created an irresistible world with an intriguing plot that gives us characters that frustrate, entertain and are delightfully delicious! I loved this beautiful book so hard!! This was humorous with plenty of action and characters that are positively captivating! The snark, the banter and the steam were all equally addictive! Raven is surrounded by 3 guys who will each make you sigh in the best of ways. Each one has a distinctive personality. I was highly amused by Cole and all of his inappropriate ways. Rage is the total broody male who rocks those alpha vibes. Damien is a little bit more reserved but he's just as trustworthy as his friends. Their group dynamic is pure awesomeness! Jess is a fricking fairy! She is the ultimate bestie and I wish I could magic her out of this book to hang with. I loved the heart that she brought to the five. She is the light of this book and I could not imagine a better gal pal for Raven. I'm excited to begin Year Two because I've got so many theories and questions! I found myself craving this book whenever I had to set it aside. I know that I smiled my way through most of these wonderfully written words. I was totally immersed and didn't want this to end.

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  • Lisa
  • 12-12-2020

Felt like it could be a single book not a series

This book felt like it was all wrapped up and didn't need more for it. Like there wasn't much anticipation to anything really bc it jumped into the results and conclusion. I stopped at chapter 17 bc I honestly felt it was all wrapped up by that point and lost all interest in it. Only thing not told by that point was everything about the necklace. Like why did mom give it to her.... honestly favorite thing in the book is the Male lead, but that lost its edge fast by that chapter as well. Narrator I thought was pretty good. But I returned this book. Honestly wasn't worth the credit for me personally.

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  • Sarah
  • 12-10-2020

An amazing start to an amazing world

The world that Jen L Grey has created in Bloodshed Academy is addictive. Bloodshed Academy is the mythical magical world of Harry Potter with hints of Divergent & The Hunger Games when they named the Academy Bloodshed they weren’t kidding! Raven is a small town girl living outside of Nashville in Clarksville Tennessee, with her parents, her next in line to be Alpha boyfriend, & their pack of werewolves. When Greg’s father gets a call that Bloodshed is sending a recruiter out for one of his pack members, he & everyone else jump to the conclusion that they must obviously mean his athletic, territorial Alpha son, but boy are they wrong. They want Raven, the girl who is having trouble connecting with her wolf, but why is she having such a hard time connecting with & controlling her wolf? When Raven bumps into Cole the handsome vampire who smells like cotton candy at the concession stand she’s sure he’s got the wrong girl for Bloodshed Academy & that it’s all just a cruel joke. But Cole promises to be back for her after graduation for the next chapter of her life to begin. At her graduation Cole brings along friend & wolf shifter Rage who has an undeniable attraction to Raven, but why can’t she keep her eyes off him, & why does he feel like home? Once whisked away to Bloodshed Academy, Raven’s whole world opens up. She has a new BFF & not just frenemies, the 3 hottest guys at the Academy have her back, & will she finally learn to sync with her wolf?! Jen L Grey takes us on a roller-coaster ride of emotions from start to finish. Raven isn’t the only one that changes throughout the book, we meet her room-mate on her first night at the Academy & Jess shows unshakable loyalty to Raven. The fiery fae’s banter with the lovable but over the top vamp that is Cole is one of my favorite parts. The world of Bloodshed Academy is my favorite of Grey’s worlds so far! I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us! I have both read the book & listened to the audiobook & I LOVE the way that Brittany Goodwin has voiced all of the different characters that we’re introduced to! Other than Raven my favorite that she has given an amazing voice to is Jess, Raven’s roommate & BFF, Brittany’s rendition of Jess & her demeanor reminded me of Luna Lovegoods voice (if she were American of course!)

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  • Kara Kieffer
  • 05-10-2020

Amazing

I absolutely loved this book. The voice was enticing, the characters were captivating, and the steam was just that much steamier just by listening.

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  • Lexi Zieve
  • 10-09-2020

Loved!!

I loved this book so much! I also loved the characters and the narrator did an amazing job with this story. Raven has a lot to learn and doesn’t understand why this academy wants her to join it. I loved getting to learn all about this with Raven and I can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Liz pacheco
  • 29-08-2020

own skin

Raven is a strong person but was not comfortable in her own skin.This book was great story from page one to the last page.Raver is the kind of person that would go to the mat for her friends and beware if you cross her or her friends. I love this book and can't wait for next book. Jen L Grey is a good storyteller

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  • Amanda T
  • 24-08-2020

Amazing

This is such an amazing story and the character where put together so well. The narrator did a great job

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  • Mona Brown
  • 13-08-2020

love this book

think this maybe my favorite book from this author yet!!! Raven has no idea why the prestigious academy has picked her, but she knows that she doesn't want to leave. I absolutely adore Jess, and I can't wait to learn more about this sassy girl. And the guys? Each and every one of them is swoon worthy in their own way. I need more please and the narrator does an amazing job

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  • BigT
  • 12-08-2020

Great story told well

This is an amazing story of a girl learning to use her abilities and I loved how the narrator brought the characters to life and can’t wait to hear book two But if you love stories of wolf shifters and all kinds of paranormal creatures this is one amazing story you will love

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  • Sara Fernandez
  • 25-01-2021

Amazing and alluring plot

When I first started this audiobook I was kind of stuck in reading. Everything I picked up it was difficult to read... I picked this one up thinking "hey, this is promising, but the shifters part?... I don't know...". I finished wanting to listen to the next one! I really enjoyed everything about this book, Cole is something else xD The narrator is really adequate for the character. It's an amazing kickstart for this series! I received a free audio copy from the author for an honest review :)

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  • Weirdpup13
  • 20-01-2021

Finished in 1 day

This academy story stirs your emotions while also giving you something to cheer about. It was entertaining enough to finish in 1 day! I can’t wait to listen to book2!

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  • Ellen Butfoy
  • 12-01-2021

Bloodshed academy book 1

This is the first book in this series and it has potential. This book contains a variety of supernaturals, shapeshifters, vampires and fae. It is a good book and I feel it is laying the ground work for a bigger story to come. The characters in the story are good and I enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Maria
  • 07-09-2020

Really good start to the series.

This book does a great job of kicking off the series. You jump right into the story, and meet the main characters relatively quickly. I must say I really enjoyed all the characters and expect to see some development of them in the next books. In particular Cole was a favourite- I really laughed at some of his scenes. I enjoyed the fact that there is a theme of strong friendships in this book. It isn't RH but Raven has a solid footing with all the guys and it's really refreshing. The romance side is fast moving and this book definitely seems like it is setting up for some interesting plots to come. Overall a really enjoyable listen.

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  • Rose the Bookgriot -Eros Loveless
  • 21-07-2020

an entertaining story

For Raven, life has already been decided. She is a woman werewolf and even if she feels inadequate in the position, she knows that she cannot change the rules of the game... or can she? All the tropes are here. I loved Jess, her best friend who is sassy and the budding love story between Raven and the guys. I enjoyed listening to this story. I want to know where the love story goes and how Raven will face and defeat her ennemies. I want to know how she will change the so outdated rules of her pack to become a female alpha.

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  • S. Cole
  • 29-06-2020

Bloodshed Academy

Wow! This book kept me on the edge of my chair through the entire book. This a great start to the series. If you enjoy PNR RH Academy books I highly recommend this book. The cliffhanger is crazy in a good way. Just makes me want more. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

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  • miss Amanda Seddon
  • 29-06-2020

great

good story with some great twist just wish the book was a bit longer looking forward to seeing what happens next

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 27-06-2020

Brilliant start.

I received this book free for an honest review. Raven is a wolf shifter but she’s never felt connected to her wolf and presumed that’s how it’s supposed to be. Her BF Greg tells her a scout from the Bloodshed Academy is attending his game and he expects he will be scouted for the elite academy for Alphas however that’s not how things turn out. Raven is at the game when she realises she’s being watched and then she sees a vampire watching her she gets quite sassy with him and he tells her he’s here to enrol her in the academy and he will be back for her in 2 weeks. When the time arrives she has forgotten about the vampires words and when he approaches her with the sexiest guy she’s ever seen she realises they are here for her although Greg throws his toys out of his pram about them not wanting him she reluctantly goes. Ravens interaction with Cole is excellent he is so funny and she gives as good as she gets then there’s the thing between her and Rage she can’t quite understand. Her first interaction with Damian doesn’t go quite as she would like it to go but they do eventually get on which is more that you can say for the haters. Ashley and her two vampire cohorts are out to get Raven but they get more than they expected . I just love Jess her room mate and they get on so well together and Cole even likes Jess and tells her she’s part of their pack. Brittany Goodwin is such a good narrator I just love listening to all her characters.

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  • KL Robinson
  • 26-06-2020

Loving the book

I enjoyed listening to the audio, easy to follow, though only had one issue, in my copy of the audio. Some sections of the audio volume got softer and then increased back to where it was volume wise But it was read well, presented in the best way. And definitely needing to know what happens and what Raven decides to do.

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  • Kel Fair
  • 21-06-2020

Downloading book 2 as I type

I had no idea what to expect from this book. I haven't read any 'academy' books before but have read more paranormal and PR books than I can count. I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was great and is very believable as the voice of the main character. I'm looking forward to starting book two.

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