Hello loves! Today I have my book review of
Night Shifter, by Lucia Ashta.
Night Shifter is the first book in the Magical Creatures Academy series.
Trigger Warnings: Fighting, Blood.
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…
Night Shifter is the start of an exciting new magic-filled urban fantasy, starring a girl with lots of moxie, fine brawny shifters, BFFs with questionable morals, and pygmy trolls in need of an attitude adjustment.
When I came across Night Shifter, I truly did not know what to expect from the novel. I didn’t even read the synopsis for Night Shift before I downloaded it to be honest.
Rina is a relatable character in the sense that, she’s been looking forward to going to the academy for as long as she could remember. And when her birthday rolled around, and nothing seemed to happen, Rina’s reaction was completely reasonable and honestly..I would’ve reacted in the same way.
Rina is a determined girl. She’s resilient, and she tries her best. Rina actually ends up proving herself worthy of being at the school, and I know that we’ll see more of Rina’s determination in the rest of the series.
What I liked most about Night Shifter was that there were so many more magical creatures beyond the typical 4 (werewolf, vampire, mage/witch, fae) that fantasy novels usually have. I’m happy, and grateful that there were many more fantastical creatures than I thought there’d be. Night Shifter turned out to be one heck of a read because of it.
Night Shifter had some pretty funny moments here and there. Having been able to laugh while reading Rina’s story was great.
This first book in the Magical Creatures Academy was quite the story; a super-fast read, easy to get into and most importantly: Night Shifter kept me entertained throughout.
Surprisingly, I honestly genuinely enjoyed reading Night Shifter. The pace of the story is fantastic. We’re never bored, but we’re also never given an overload of, well, anything.
I adore the magical properties that this story has. I adore the imagination that went into this book. There were more things than I could count, but I liked every single one of them.
Last but not least, I liked the beginnings of the crush that Rina had on one of the characters. And it seems as though said crush has an interest in Rina as well.
I give Night Shifter, 4 stars.
Have you read Night Shifter? What did/do you think of it?
I ended up liking Night Shifter more than I thought I would, and I’m sooo looking forward to book #2!!
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