Fallen Academy: Year One, by Leia Stone | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I have my book review of

Fallen Academy: Year One, by Leia Stone.

Fallen Academy: Year One is the first book in the Fallen Academy series. 

Trigger / Content Warnings: Rape mention, Murder, Murder mention, Sex Scene

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40941601Brielle Atwater isn’t sure of much, but she knows a few things:

1. Having black wings is not normal.
2. Selling her soul to the demons was a mistake.
3. Lincoln Grey is the biggest *** she’s ever met … but not falling in love with him might prove impossible.

When angels fell from the sky to war with the demons that ravaged Earth, their combined powers infected humanity. Now, the humans are assigned one of two fates, being either demon gifted or angel blessed.

After wings sprout from Brielle’s back at her awakening ceremony, she’s sure she’s an angel blessed celestial. It’s not until she sees black wings that she realizes something is terribly wrong.

Having sold her contract at a young age to save her father’s life means she should be bound for Tainted Academy. That is, until a fallen angel unexpectedly fights for her to be accepted into Fallen Academy, the elite school for those that inhabit Angel City.

She’s immediately matched with her impossibly handsome celestial teacher, Lincoln Grey. Laying eyes on him, her first thought is that her time at the academy might actually be fun, but this theory quickly fades when she and Lincoln clash on day one. To further prove her admission into Fallen Academy is cursed, the entire school is thrown into chaos when an Abrus demon reveals that he knows Brielle’s secret. Now, above all else, Lincoln must fight to protect her.

To his surprise, the only thing more difficult than trying to save her … is trying not to fall for her.

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When I saw the cover for Fallen Academy: Year One I thought that Brielle’s story would be categorized into the New Adult genre. By the end of the Fallen Academy: Year One, it can—-while the beginning of the book is Older Young Adult.

I also knew just by the cover that this book would contain demons and angels, primarily because of Brielle’s wings. What made me want to read Fallen Academy: Year One was the fact that Brielle’s wings are black. I know from reading other demon versus angels stories, that having black wings is a big thing. Usually a bad thing. So if I ended up not liking Falling Academy: Year One, I knew that at least the black wings would be interesting.

There was one point of view throughout Fallen Academy: Year One. We read from Brielle—who yes, is the Chosen One, the prophesied (lmao). Aside from that Brielle is a brave character who is literally willing to kill a demon to save her best friend. 

What I absolutely adored about Brielle was her inner monologue. In fact, Brielle’s inner monologue was what made me laugh the most. She’s so underhandedly

The beginning certainly had me entertained—I was laughing so much and so often that I was actually shushed. To be honest though, a lot of this book had me laughing my ass off. Truthfully, I’d written in my notes that this book was funny as fuck.

Something else that I enjoyed about this book was that the story moves pretty quickly. There are jumps in time within this first year, and I’ve got to say that I appreciate that. The story doesn’t linger too long on one thing, so the flow of the story was well done as well. And the story is easy to follow–another bonus! It was such a blast reading this book. 

There’s quite a bit more action than I had anticipated. For some reason I didn’t think that there’d be much fighting happening at all. Yet the fighting scenes that actually took place were quite entertaining to read. 

Prior to reading F.A.: Year One I didn’t know if I would end up liking it or not. I’ve read a bunch of angels versus demons stories by now that I have it all down pat. 

However, Fallen Academy proved to be such a funny and a quite enjoyable read. I loved getting to know Brielle and her loved ones. 

I can’t decide if I loved this novel, really liked it, or if I just like it.

I give Fallen Academy: Year One, 3.5 stars.

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Have you read a Leia Stone novel? If you have read a Leia Stone novel, did you enjoy what you read? 

Fallen Academy: Year One was my first Leia Stone novel. In fact, I need to say that I genuinely enjoyed reading this first Fallen Academy book.

Thanks for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!

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