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Publisher's Summary

So far I have two possible fates: Die in my dorm or end up as a vampire’s slave.

There is no escape out of Nocturnal Academy's prison school. Being here means I’ve lost my mother, my best friend, and my freedom - and it gets worse...

Now Nocturnal Academy plans to make me into a courtesan for the vampires. Unless I get a win the chance to become the one out of 100 fae who gets to shape her own fate. Topping the Placement Tests are my only hope.

But between a mysterious vampire guard confusing my feelings, my nemesis circling in on me like a viper, and a teacher who hates my guts, all my plans are falling apart. If I’m not careful, I won’t even end up as a courtesan, but as dead meat.

Warning: This audiobook contains mature content and possible triggering situations and is therefore only suitable for mature YA and New Adult listeners. We recommend Nocturnal Academy for listeners 17 and up.

Cruel Elites is a mature YA/New Adult fae academy novel and the first audiobook in the Nocturnal Academy trilogy.

©2019 Margarita Ryerkerk, Holly Hook (P)2020 Margarita Ryerkerk, Holly Hook

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A good introduction

This book was a good introduction to a new series. There are definitely some cringe moments, and this book isn’t for the faint of heart. I am hoping to see even more development in our trio of main female characters and also find out some more details about our leading man. Looking forward to book two!

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Just plain awesome

this series just rocks i really love listening to it alot Margo and Holly are amazing writers

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never let anyone tell you will be

I was drawn it to this book from the start till the end. the main charterers Onyx and Thorsten hit it off the first day they meet. Onyx will look out for her friends and will do anything to take down a bully. The forbidden love is heartbreaking I can't wait to see them in a different setting. I can't wait to see how the next book and the story ends

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Cruel Elites Review

This book was identified as Book 1 of the Nocturnal Academy series on Audible. It jumped into a scene that had occurred in a book described as the prequel, Wicked Noble. I made the mistake of not reading this first, so I must have missed all the world-building and reasons for Onyx to hide her magic. So, definitely do yourself a favor and read Wicked Noble first because Cruel Elites reads like a sequel. There were lots of aspects in the story that were tough to read about. Be forewarned that there are triggers for sexual assault, and this is very much a bully novel. I can only hope that we see some drastic changes for the Fae by the end of the series. The story was interesting, and I really enjoyed Onyx as a character for the most part. She's headstrong and determined. I also liked the kindness of Lily. She was a breath of fresh air amid all the cruel vampires and fae, for example Peony. I really wanted to like Thorsten, and I did at first, but his behavior and comments towards Onyx were off-putting. Overall, Cruel Elites is a interesting story and hope for the Fae propel me on to the next book in the series.

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have to read series before this

This is the first book that i listened to and i couldn't get into it. It started out referencing too many things from previous books and i couldn't ignore the fact that i was missing why some things had happened. It really did read like it was the second book in a series.

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Great

I enjoyed this book very good story great start to a new series can't wait to read the rest of the series I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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Wow

What an amazing story! A great twist on a Vampire/Fae history. Onyx is a half Fae living in a time where Vampires lord over the Fae. Onyx grew up knowing she must hide her heritage at all costs but in the end someone betrays her and she ends up at Nocturnal Academy where Fae are trained for their future rolls of serving vampires. Onyx decides to take her time at the academy to become stronger and learn everything she can to help her in the future. Joan Dukore does an amazing job of bringing it to life. This story has many twists and turns but it holds you in its grip until the very end! Can’t wait for the next one! 💕

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Cruel Elites

Overall a great premise for fae vs vampires. I enjoyed the prison aspect, it added a twisted bit of theme to the story. I wanted more romance, however, the slow burn romance I believe will be explored in future books. The action, drama and excitement kept me interested enough to listen in one sitting. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and voluntarily left this review. Thank you Audiobooks Unleashed.

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Dark Fae/Vampire Magical Academy Series Start

We meet Onyx just after she killed a Fae prince who had been trying to assault her. As she drags his body for hopefully disposal, she is caught by a vampire guard Thorsten who for some unknown reason helps her get away with the crime and then vanishes away, acting like Onyx never existed. Onyx has so much on her plate, trying to keep her murdering a secret and survive the training school she has been forced to attend where danger lurks everywhere, and nobody to trust. This is kind of a terrible world, where the Fae (at least the girls) only have a few possible directions their life goes to- courtesan (or whore as they like to call them in the story) or to be a servant. This first book was training for the students, where at the end of the story they had to perform tasks and get scored to determine their futures or majors to focus on for the next term. I will say that there was no sex that took place in this book, but the tone was dark with sexual predators everywhere and rape mentioned all the time so be aware this is not a light fluffy read. I would love to have more background on this world, like how vampires are the ruling class over the fae who possess magic, are there more types of supernaturals and where humans fit into everything because I only have a vague idea of what is going on right now. I am intrigued enough to want to read the rest of the series and see how Onyx fares in the future. And I can't help but want a love connection between Onyx and a certain dreamy vamp guy who keeps playing the surly knight in shinning armor. I will say that I am hoping for a rebellion in this world... I listened to the audio which was a little over five hours making this something I could listen to in a day. The narrator was not my favorite due to her tone of voice but overall it was a decent audio experience and I would listen to the rest of the series.

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Certainly a different look at the fae

This was a world where the fae aren't the best. It was a crazy fun adventure and I hope that audio unleashed gets more books like this one.

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  • sylvia pacheco
  • 08-30-20

know where you stand

Onyx did not notice that Nocturnal Academy was ruled by vampires. I love that Onyx was a strong women and looks out for her friend. this book was well written and I fell in love with this story and all of the characters were easy to follow. I would also love to see if Thorsten will continue to see if he will her knight in shining armor

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  • KL Robinson
  • 07-09-20

Intriguing

All I wanted to do was binge on the book, Onyx has a way of finding and navigating herself through trouble. Looking to see how far she goes with trouble in the next book

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  • inga
  • 06-20-20

Really Enjoyed it

I received a free audio copy of this book directly from the author for an honest review. Despite a strange start I’ve really enjoyed this book. It feels like this is actually the second book in the series and you’ve missed a whole heap of information but you do get given this throughout the book. There’s apparently a prequel which has this story so I think I’ll have to get to this at some point to get the full story as it’s sometimes a little bit frustrating not always knowing more as to why Onyx wants to keep people away from her such as Lily and just how much Thorsten has helped her. Onyx character is really interesting and it’s nice to see her make some mistakes as well as growing as a person and character and her relationship with Thorsten is equally intriguing. There’s so many questions and mystery around him and I’m looking forward to finding out more about his background and why he’s always there. I’m definitely interested to be reading the second book

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  • S. Cole
  • 05-26-20

Cruel Elites

This was a very interesting book. The Vamps are high in power and the Fae are low treated like servants. If they can only survive the first term in the academy.

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  • JLPG
  • 05-14-20

Surviving your first term

Cruel Elites has a good story and writing style. Onyx is a strong character with compassion that she has to mask behind indifference. This world is harsh with vampires calling the shots while the fae have to hope to be good enough to not have a dismal existence. I had two favorite parts, and they were how the story starts and than ends. Book 2 promises to amp up the plot. I listened to this on Audible and it was a fun way to enjoy it.

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  • Brianna Belbin
  • 05-13-20

Interesting World

I received a free audiobook from the author and the review group Audiobx in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. At Nocturnal Academy, the Fae students are ruled by the Vampire elite. Fae students go through their classes and learn vampire history, and how to serve the vampires. At the end of the semester, they're put through a series of tests that determines their major of study. Three options are left for them: servants, magical entertainment or courtesan. Onyx is slated for the courtesan track, but she refuses to become a blood or sex slave for the vampires. Her only bet is to best everyone in the tests and win independent study. But after accidentally killing a fae prince and awakening her frost magic, Onyx has several things to hide and the local mean girl Peony knows one of her secrets. This was kind of a depressing world? Like there really isn't much hope for the fae unless they have plant magic. Onyx also constantly alludes to danger if her frost magic is exposed, but we never quite find out why exactly having this type of magic is dangerous. I don't know if there even are consequences for frost magic so I wish that had been explained more. Onyx was also really rude to her roommate in order to protect her and it really threw me off. Sure Onyx was targeted for bullying from the other students, but it never seemed to extend to Lily just because she was friends with Onyx. Onyx's fears are based on what happened to her ex-roommate, but that seemed like a completely different situation to me. I did enjoy Onyx's character. She was really headstrong and determined which I liked. Her relationship, if you can even call it that, with Thorsten was fascinating. He would act like a decent vampire one scene, but then say the most scathing things to her and wow I cannot figure him out for my life. But I am seriously fascinated. Overall, I have a lot of questions about the world and some of Onyx's motivations, but I'm curious to see what she'll do next.

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  • Lotty
  • 05-11-20

Awsome

This book is totally brilliant, it had me hooked from the first page. Onyx is a super sassy heroine who does have a caring side to her. I cannot wait to read the next book. Unfortunately i found the narrator a little irritating but, the book is well worth reading.

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  • Mack
  • 05-09-20

Check it out

I enjoyed this book. The dynamic between Onyx and Thorsten had me wanting more and I can't wait to find out what happens next. That ending.. If you enjoy paranormal and/or academy stories, you won't regret checking this book out.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 05-04-20

Academy romance

I absolutely loved this book, I'm so excited this is only the beginning of what promises to be a fabulous series. The plot is intense with the fae all competing for one chance to become independant - and the competition is cut throat, the characters are are easy to become invested in, I was hooked from the beginning and finished the book in one sitting, I can't wait 'til book 2 is available on audiobook.