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Cruel Magic

Royals of Villain Academy, Book 1
By: Eva Chase
Narrated by: Meg Sylvan, Stephen Dexter
Series: Royals of Villain Academy, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
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I thought I was ordinary Rory Franco: college student, artist, and over-protected daughter. Then, mages barge into my family’s home, murder my parents, and whisk me off to a university known as Villain Academy.
 

It turns out I’m Persephone Bloodstone, the long lost heir to one of the five royal families of dark magic. I’m destined to learn how to manipulate the world with fear - and to stand beside the four other scions: the scorching-hot, arrogant young men who rule this school.
 

The four of them crush anyone who doesn’t kowtow. No way in hell will I bow to any villain, no matter how brutally alluring. They can turn on the charm or tear me down, but they can’t break me.
 

They’ve never met anyone like me before. I don’t care about ruling. I just want to avenge the people I loved.
 

It doesn’t matter what kind of magic runs through my veins. I’m taking Villain Academy down.
 

Cruel Magic is the first in a university-age paranormal academy series. Expect magical villainy, a tough heroine who bends to no one’s will, a dollop of steam, and a slow-burn reverse harem romance where there'll be no choosing required.

©2019 Eva Chase (P)2019 Eva Chase

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I wanted to like this....

I was really hoping for more redeeming qualities in the male characters, but sadly this is a book about 4 boys slowing breaking a girl and it can be hard to listen to at times.

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I'm not sure if...

I like it. There are joy-mancers and fear-mancers and well the fear-mancers get their power from fear, the parents are evil and their children are on the best way. I don't like the way they are! And they were taught to do so...

The narration was great! But when the voice from the female narrator gets louder, their is a distortion. It doesn't get louder in the speakers so that's a plus. But there's a slight crackling sound, like she is to near to the microphone.

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This is like a reverse Harry Potter story.

This is such a wonderful read/listen! First off this is my first book by this author. I am impressed. The world building in this fantasy story is great! I loved the whole idea of the magic being pulled from fear and joy. The characters were relatable and I enjoyed watching them change/grow. Being a long lost mage and thrust into this world would throw anyone off their axis. Rory does a good job trying to keep her values and not go to the “dark side”. She makes a few friends but mostly plays catch up trying to learn magic. She does make a couple enemies and “mean girls”. Then the pranking starts. Smelly rooms, hot seats in class..etc. I did enjoy reading the boys sides when their chapters came up. It shows a little look into their lives.

I did listen to this on audio. Meg Sylvan did most of the reading as Rory. She did a wonderful job being all the other characters as well. Stephen Dexter did the boys voices when we hear from them. He did a good job as well portraying each of their voices differently. This was my first listening to both of them. Although Meg Sylvan’a voice did sound familiar
This is like a reverse Harry Potter. Mages using fear instead of power within. Very enjoyable!

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Nothing short of amazing

I loved Cruel Magic in audio it was like listening to a new book. Eva has created a great world and awesome characters that I cant wait to hear the rest of the series. Meg and Stephen are just great narrators.

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  • JC
  • 11-23-19

Thumbs up!

This was a really good start to the series. There’s so much potential to see where this series will go. Chase does a great job with Rory’s character development. She starts off a bit meek but really starts building up her self confidence by the end of the book. She knows what she needs to do to survive but doesn’t waiver from her morals. I do hope in book 2 she really lays it into the other Scions and gains that respect from them. There wasn’t much redeeming characteristic right now in book 1 for me to root for the other Scions as a romantic interest. I know this is a bully romance, enemy to lover type novel. Right now the Scions are just jerks. It isn’t much of a RH right now. But it does lay the ground works for potential in the next book. This is a slow burn series. That being said this is a very well written novel. There’s a lot of drama but also an over arching sub plot that goes a bit deeper. I want to continue reading this series to find out what it is. Also the narration is done very well by Meg Sylvan and Stephen Dexter. I really enjoyed listening to them. Overall, I really enjoyed this book :)

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excellent listen

This was a great start to a series. The narration was excellent and the story captivating.
I was given this free audiobook copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Intense

I really liked this audiobook and didn't want any interruptions. I love the trope enemies to lovers and I can see it's possible (so far it's a slow burn with some sexual tension and a hot steamy scene) but can tell it's going to take some time. Book 1 really put the heroine through the ringer. She faced a lot of things that would break another but her strength, determination and moral character really shined through. Everything is quite intriguing about this world and the academy. I can't wait to find out more! The duet narration really helps enhance the story. And can I just say how sexy Stephen Dexter's voice is?! Yum, I am totally impatient to start book 2!!

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slow

Really slow at first , but once you get over the hill ( beginning of the book ) The story will finally get you to the point where you can’t put the book down or that’s all you think about when you’re not reading it in the back of your head.

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I struggled with the abusive behaviors

I empathized with main character and felt such anger at the treatment she received- I kept hoping that she would flip it around on the abusers... however she appeared to has this weird attraction to these horrible people. I couldn’t finish it. It just kept up the misery too long. Sexual elements were weird too

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To be cruel!

Loved this book! What would it be like to have magic and not know? Narrator is on key!

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 12-06-19

A magic of a listen

Book 1 in a new series written by Eva Chase. This is a well written story will 4 males and the female heroine. This story has more then one POV . This audio has lots of turns. You will wonder why the Parents were killed This Audio has bad bully hero’s that think they are the end it all.

Heroine is Rory. Hero’s Malcom, Jude , Connor , Declan..
This Audio has bad ass bulky hero’s that think they are the end it all. Rory grew up thinking she has no magic , she wonders why both her parents have magic. They are Joy Mages . One day some men with black suits come and slaughtered her parents and take her away Once she arrives at the university she finds out her real name , Bloodstone , not only that but the University is named after her family. Rory finds out that she is the sole survivor of her family bloodline. Rory made enemies of the four men. Malcom, Jude , Connor , Declan. The men want to teach Rory a lesson. It’s a cruel lesson. Grab it and find out what the lesson is and will Rory fight back
Both Stephen Dexter and Meg Sylvan performance was outstanding. They both did the characters great. You were able to tell all the characters by their voices. Both Stephen and Megs voices were strong and clear

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  • Amanda S
  • 11-25-19

love it

Can not wait to continue this series. love the main character. the narrator does a great job. excited for more from Eva Chase!

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  • Vix
  • 11-22-19

Great different concept for an academy series

Love the premise of this story and the world that’s being built and discovering it with our main character.
Interesting characters with a darker side.
Great narration.

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  • L. A. Greenbank
  • 11-15-19

The classic academy trope... only more so

I've been feeling a bit saturated by academy recently, but hearing that this was RH (which is one of my favourite tropes) I had to give this a try.

There is a classic set up of girl in tragic circumstances discovers she's special, there is the mousey side kick, the bitchy mean girls and really high expectations of the teachers, who just don't get it....

But... the tragic circumstances happen on page - we see her parents die, the mousey side kick has at least a bit of backbone to her as she explains that having a scion 'on side' would be good for her, too, the MC literally displaces the queen mean girl right at the start by taking her dorm room (so you can kind of see why she'd take an instant disliking to her)... in short. It's a classic academy novel - if it had been to the gym and gained a tonne of muscle!

I love that the author has made the MMCs into conflicted, complex likable characters and that the FMC actually had positive interactions with all of them (to a greater or lesser degree): they feel more human that way.

And also: the actor who plays Connor is amazing! Kindle books and audiobooks for the rest of the series are already on the way. OH SO WORTH IT

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-14-19

actually enjoying this

I like the story. what puts me off is the guy's voice which is to thick and low for 20 year olds. it doesn't match up. and Connor's interpretation is ridiculous AF and off putting. no one actually talks like talk.. or as sure as hell thank god I haven't met anyone talking like that ever...😖😱 it's seriously creeping me out..
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  • Sally Goddard
  • 11-13-19

loved the concept of the story, great to listen to

intriguing concept to follow this group born into the evil side of their society. loved it and looking forward to finding out more as the groups lives entwine.

Megan Sylvan is an excellent narrator throughout this book but Stephen Dexter took a bit of time getting the boys. Good idea though as you really feel it's a boys point of view.

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  • Weirdpup13
  • 11-12-19

Interesting

This story was a good academy story. This one is unique because it brings up the question of nature vs nurture by just listening to small things play out, knowing how someone is raised really does make how they approach a topic.

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  • Lotty
  • 10-03-19

Entertaining

Great start to a new academy, bully romance and magical series. Loved the strong heroine, very different idea that either making people happy or scared is the fuel for magic spells 😀. Loved the female narrator, but found the male voice, although a great idea for the male characters, very harsh.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 09-14-19

Fantastic

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Great start to the series I really enjoyed listening to it and have now bought book 2 .

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  • Helen
  • 07-13-19

amazing

It doesn’t matter what kind of magic runs through my veins. I’m taking Villain Academy down.
amazing audiobook by Eva Chase but brought it to life was Meg Sylvan, Stephen Dexter can't wait for book 2 to be done in audio
this book is for all ages 46 young and really enjoyed it