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Publisher's Summary

Vampire Academy meets X-Men in this completed new adult series!

There’s only one rule in the world I come from: Keep our existence a secret. Period.

The day my sister broke that rule one too many times, I knew there would be consequences. I expected us to be sent to one of those schools for “troubled” kids and, maybe, Daizlei Academy was, in a way.

But really, it was far more complicated than that.

You see, I thought that world had forgotten me. Forgotten us. For years, we were left alone, and one day...we weren’t.

It was only when I got there that I remembered the second rule: Trust no one.

Because, in our world, they would kill me if they knew the truth of what I am.

Daizlei Academy is a school for supernaturals.

And me? I’m so much more.

This is a YA+ academy series with slow-burn romance and a strong but flawed heroine. It is labeled YA(+) for stronger language and some mature situations. As the heroine ages and grows, so does the content of the stories. Heir of Shadows is the first book in the Daizlei Academy Series. 

©2016 Kel Carpenter LLC (P)2020 Kel Carpenter LLC

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Heir of Shadows

This is a great slow burn PNR slow burn academy story that was a lot of fun to listen to. Selena has always put her sister first and had to be strong. She has been trying to protect them and make sure her family is safe. These three sisters are definitely interesting and now at the academy where they don’t have to hide their abilities as much things start to get very interesting. The mystery is definitely interesting and kept me engaged. I kept wanting to know more about the sisters and their powers. I definitely can’t wait to find out what else is in store for these characters. The narrator did a great job with the voices and made the story come to life. Definitely a great start to this series.

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As always I loved it

The voices Stacey managed to accomplish was awesome. I love this book and look forward to listening to the next one. Kel is an amazing writer and this story was the first I ever read from her. Hearing it just made it come to life all over again.

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Wow, the FMC is totally BA!

I was intrigued from the get-go with book 1 of Kel's Daizlei Academy series. I have listened to Stacey before on audiobooks so I know I would like her rendition and I was not disappointed. I thought she did a phenomenal job with all the characters and their different personalities. Especially in academy settings, you could get lost with all the various characters but Stacey did a great job making them different so you could know who was who easily. I through the tension she created with Selena and Lucas was fabulous and I could feel it in my bones haha. And the sisters different personalities really shown through. Another great job by Stacey, looking forward to more from her! For the story, I enjoyed the rollercoaster we got in book 1 and I really liked that it was a slowburn and really focused on the story, the relationship building, and the magic part of the world. I think it will really set the stage for the other books in the series (I will be getting them on audio once they are available, for sure!). I think sometimes I couldn't connect with parts of the storyline so that is why its a 4-4.5 star listen for me in that regard. I think the reveal of her power didnt jive with me. Like it didnt make 100% sense with her other powers and it came out of left field. I know authors don't want to give too many things away but I didnt get enough to make the reveal plausible, if that makes sense. Beside that, and sometimes Selena's anger/quick to jump to conclusions, like I said made me disconnect a bit from her. I overall enjoyed the story though and will definitely be checking the rest out because I am now invested haha. I need to know how things work out with Selena and her love interest, and how the fallout will be with the reveals at the end of the book!! I am also excited to see more powers and world building in book 2 and am already putting it on my list of audiobooks to check for weekly, since everything is so backed up in terms of releases (due to the pandemic). I would definitely recommend this audiobook for people who love some twists in their stories, some darkness, and some exciting magic/supernatural elements. If you like the world and relationship building aspect of a story more than STEAM ALL THE TIME haha then this book is definitely for you. I am not a huge fan of academy books (I know this one came out before it became a craze) but this one definitely hooked me ❤️

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Great first book!

Loved this first book! It drew me in right from the beginning! Love the sisters! Can't wait for the next book! This was a audible version and loved the narrator's voice as well. Would definitely recommend this author and series! Overall great book!

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wonderful

I loved this audiobook. The story was amazing and sucked me in from the beginning. I loved the narrator. I'm not usually a fan of single narrators but Stacey did an amazing job.

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So Good!

It has been a long while since I have read this series and so when I saw it was on audio, I gave it a try. It didn't disappoint! The narrator did a great job of bringing the characters to life and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this series. Kel Carpenter does a great job of creating characters who jump off the pages at you to tell their stories and these characters are no different. I love how twisty and turny this series is as it keeps you on your toes wondering what would happen next. I can't wait until the next book is on audio so that I can continue the series.

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Exhilarating

Well Damn! What happens when after years of struggling and trying to take care of your sisters and hiding what you are all come to a head? How far will you go to hide what you are? What will you do to keep those you love safe? What would you sacrifice to keep your own demons at bay? I can't wait for book 2!

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strong one

Selena always thought she had to be the strong one protecting, putting her sisters first so when she decides to finally start to let "loose" at the academy the sisters end up going to they don't have to completely hide their powers, It seems one issue after another happens to her. Looking forward to the next book.

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YA super natural w/ a bit of intrigue

The narrator of this book was excellent. I enjoyed her voices for the different characters and her tone for the main lead. This book is about 3 sister with strong magic powers and a tragic past, finally finding their place in the world. The main heroine Selena has a very Anita Blake feel which i love. Selena doesn't act or think as a 15 going on 16 year old girl which is the only part of the story I have trouble with. In my head I picture them as college age students. It is young adult, with minimal mature content just a passionate kiss towards the end. I typically read paranormal romance books. This is light on romance which is perfect okay because the story of these sisters lives and the story that we are slowly unraveling is very intriguing and I cant wait to read more.

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Heir of Shadows

really enjoyed listening to "Heir of Shadows" ... fabulous narration and interpretation of Kel Carpenter's characters!

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  • 11-24-20

Intriguing start to the series, great narrator!

This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it overall.  It took me a few chapters to get into the book, but the story and concept were very intriguing, despite YA academy not being my favourite genre. Thrust into an academy for gifted supernaturals after spending years on their own hiding their powers from the humans around them, 15 year old triplet sisters Selena, Lily and Alexandra have a dark secret, one they must keep at all costs. All three are powerful but if knowledge of Selena's true strength got out, it could put everyone in danger. Selena was shall I say an interesting character. The book was told from her pov but for most of it, she was actually very hard to like. She'd had it really tough, trying to be the strong one for her sisters, but she had such an attitude that wasn't very endearing. She came across as a moody, controlling, rude, somewhat selfish brat with a superiority complex, even over her fellow supernaturals and teachers.  However as the story developed we came to see a little underneath her armour and how it defended her from people getting too close and finding out what she was. It also helped control her dangerous power. She was fiercely protective of her sisters, even though they all at times rubbed each other up the wrong way, just like the snarky teenagers they were. The mystery surrounding what exactly her powers were built throughout, I was intrigued as to what they might be, however the reveal was not quite as explosive as I expected. Her powers are very cool but I think/hope we have only scratched the surface and there's more to come, especially around the killing gene and the way her darkness needed to be sated as this wasn't explained. I loved Lucas, I am a sucker for green eyes! He was mysterious, patient, kind and understanding and was the only one who saw the real Selena, so knowing how their slow burn connection grew throughout, her reaction at the end was a surprise, or maybe not. There is a lot more to come there! I listened to the audio version and the narrator was very good. She captured Selena's teenage angsty, moody, closed off personality really well. I'm intrigued as to where this story goes next. I hope Selena softens her attitude a bit and lets us in as I want to like her more . She's had a lot to deal with and she is still so young at 16 to be so cynical. Looking forward to more! Story 3.75, narration 4 stars

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 11-20-20

Interesting new series

Flock review. This book was interesting, it was slow at the beginning but picked up, the characters are interesting, the world-building is intriguing, and definitely an interesting plotline, I would've liked more depth and quicker but each author is different. The main character Selena was refreshing, it's not the typical character, she is complex. The audiobook is narrated by Stacey Glemboski, she does a good job narrating, the voice matches the character and the edition was well done. Recommended more as an audiobook.

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  • Karisma
  • 11-18-20

Great start to series

Once again Kel writes a book that grabs you and holds you hostage. Her character and world building are great and her choice of narrator is great. I can’t wait to see where this story takes us next.

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  • Booklover68
  • 11-11-20

Enjoyable start to new series

The narrator had a lovely clear and expressive voice which I did not tire listening to. The FMC was strong, fiery and caring of her sisters which I admired immensely. The storyline was gripping especially about Selena’s powers which were not to be mentioned to anyone not even the reader which enticed me to read more of the book.

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  • emmy247
  • 10-31-20

Fantastic

My first ever listen by Kel and hopefully it won't be the last. Thoroughly enjoyed Heir of Shadows and the narrator really helped to keep me engaged and interested. Highly Recommended.

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  • Mrs. C. J. Mchardy
  • 10-27-20

Fantastic read

I absolutely love this story. It captured my attention from the very start and kept me guessing to the very end. The characters are well thought out and hold your attention. This is the start of another fantastic series by Kel Carpenter. The choice of narrator is spot on. I can't wait to listen and read more by this author.

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  • K White.💕
  • 10-26-20

Absolutely Amazing start to this series

What can i say, this book had me hooked from the beginning. Stacey Glemboski was an amazing Narrator for this book/series as her voice had me wanting to listen more. Selina is the type of FMC we all wish we could be and want to hear more of. I completely loved the dynamic of all the sisters and the Paranormal world they became apart off. Kel Carpenter completely smashed this book into the ball-park, amazing characters, amazing story line and amazing world building. Cannot wait for audiobook 2 💕💕