Spark

Academy of Unpredictable Magic Book 1
Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Romance, New Adult
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***Academy Reverse Harem***
 

Magic exists. I know - it’s in my blood.

Unfortunately, not all people from magical bloodlines have powers, and at 22, I’m several years past the age they usually appear. So I’ve resigned myself to a boring, magic-less life.

Then something strange happens....

I get stuck in the middle of a bar fight, and instead of just punching the guy back, I blow a hole in the wall.

So...I guess I do have powers. But they’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. This shit is definitely not normal. 

And it seems the magical authorities agree, because they give me a choice: either I go to school to learn to control my crazy new magic, or they’ll take it away. Permanently. 

Now, if I can just survive the bitchy, mean girls determined to take me down a peg; the mysterious attacks on students; the three hot-as-hell guys who don’t seem turned off by my prickly exterior; and the professor who makes me long for detention, maybe I’ll get out of here in one piece. 

Wouldn’t bet on it though. 

Welcome to the Academy of Unpredictable Magic. 

Spark is the first book in the Academy of Unpredictable Magic series, a medium-burn reverse harem story intended for ages 18 plus, featuring a badass chick and the four sexy men who fall in love with her.

©2019 Sadie Moss (P)2019 Sadie Moss

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The most unlikable main character ever.

The main character is an idiot. Not in a ditsy way. She goes against all sound logic just to be contrary. She's terrible to perfect strangers with no provocation. It would take a twist of fate, magical insta-lust, and some of that "I can see deeply into your soul and tell exactly who you are just by staring" nonsense to make anyone want to date this girl or even just be her friend. and that's exactly what happens.

She is the cliched "I have been hurt so I'm going to take it out on anyone who comes into contact with me" character. She is the early 20's cliche of constantly insisting that she is an adult and behaves maturely and better than those around her. She also complains about the mean girls at school being rude but is a hypocrite because she treats complete strangers like dirt too.

Sadie Moss is a good writer and keeps the story well paced and interesting, but her characters are lazily shaped. This plot is also ridiculously similar to ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS which is also an RH. The mystery is the exact same. It is also similar to her own story BOUND BY MAGIC in that the main character finds out later in life than most that she has magic. Her writing skill does make for an entertaining read especially if you don't roll your eyes to hard at the MC's "prickly" behavior.

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I love the story but the narrator ruins the story

I've already read the book but wanted to have the audio book too, since I love the story so much.
Unfortunately I can't stand the narrator's voice/tone/style. To me it honestly feels like the narrator can't be bothered to try - like she doesn't really want to be doing this.

Regardless, the story is easy and fun. The characters are likable, and I really adore that the MC is in her 22's (versus all the 15-18 year olds). The world-building is interesting; I want to see more from this world in the future!

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slow and predicable. whiny heroine.

far too much repetitive internal monologue. heroine claims to be a badass but is very emo, woe is me.

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Meh.

The idea for the story was really great, however there wasn't enough meat to the whole thing! I got used to the narrator, although her voice is a little robotic at times. I'm all for RH, but there has to be a real story with it too. This was pretty disappointing. 🙁

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good book but terrible narration

i really enjoyed this book but i honestly had a really hard time getting through it because the narrator is awful. i havent looked at the following books but i hope she isnt the performer or i probably wont consider with the series.

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Awesome Series Start

This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Moss and I was brought to it from the narrator, Ms. Puckett. I’ve fallen in love with Ms. Puckett’s narration and her seamless ability to change tones and accents between her characters.

In honesty, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I love what I’ve found. This series is almost an adult version of another particular magic school series… Here the schooling for magic does not start until college age due to the onset of magic abilities, so the characters are more mature and the events are targeted toward adults.

I really fell in love with the characters and the intensity between them. The heroine may be involved with four different men, but they are all unique and different, which keeps every very interesting. I cannot wait to read more.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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Really?

Elliot is rather conceited. And the oh poor me gets old. How many times does it have to be repeated? Then throw in the gratuitous sex. Sloppy. Ms. Puckett sounds bored reading. Don’t blame her. It is difficult to get into the story. Also disappointed that there wasn’t more on the magic, the training and such. Sex, harem for Elliot, and a smattering of magic. A waste or time and money.

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narrator cam make or break a story

story cheesy teen drama different story than typical. narrator trying to hard to sound like a young valley type girl or tough street wise her is ok but she has the "A" " AH" SOUND she says at the end of every word.

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Predictable

Superficial and predictable. Nothing surprising in this harem storyline. A quick easy listen. . . .

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Good start to a series

Good start to a series. The characters are well written and their interactions are great. The storyline flows well and keeps you interested until the end.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 12-05-19

Unpredictable, Unexpected and out of this World!

I found 'spark' addictive and impossible to put down, it reminded me a bit of a mature and steamy version of the Harry Potter series, every bit as gripping and absorbing with a touch of 'Hunger Games' thrown in! I enjoyed both ya series but 'Spark' gave me an adult, mature and exciting version with attitude, I couldn't put the book down and read the next right after.

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  • PradaInPink
  • 11-07-19

Heroine with a chip on her shoulder

Ok so I know life hasn’t been easy for the MC but she kind of treats everyone with a double standard and I don’t think the narrators not so expressive voice helps. Overall I liked the story and I’ll listen to the next and I do love a good academy RH but I hope her personality changes a bit with the next book.

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  • Books in the Skye
  • 02-28-20

good story

Thank goodness this was a strong story. At first I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book as it went on. It started off slow and a little too high school for me but the magic politics were interesting. Then as the story developed and the plot thickened I found myself caring more. The ending truly brought my opinion around. I really liked the twist in the end on who was behind the magic attacks and how it was set up. This particular ending left open enough for a sequel or to end the story as is. I might pick up the second in the future but I am making no rush for it.

My biggest issue with this book was the main character. I wanted to like Elliot and during certain times, I did like her but she was so inconsistent that I just honestly couldn't handle it. Are you shy? Are you closed off? You can beat people up but you didn't understand the physical defense? Elliot was so contradictory to what she claimed her personality was that I was getting annoyed.

But if you can get over a character who thinks she's one thing but another I would recommend this book. It was just a little too much for me to completely enjoy the whole book.

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If you've ever listened to a Sarah Puckett narration before than you will understand why I loved this book in audio format. Sarah is fantastic at bringing the story to life and really putting personality into it. I would definitely recommend this audio

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  • DMA
  • 02-25-20

Brilliant!!

Wow this is an intense, emotional read with lots of action and character development!!
Loved all the characters and the chemistry between them. An unusual academy story and a great start to the series!!
Cant wait for the next one!!
Brilliant narration which brings the whole story to life!!
Loved it!!

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  • kelly evans
  • 02-22-20

Really good listen

I loved this book it had a great story line, it moved at a great speed not too fast or slow, sarah puckett is a great narrator I love her voice, i would highly recommend this book it was fab. audiobook obsessions reviewer

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  • Mickey
  • 02-18-20

Unpredictable

Sadie does an excellent job in creating this magical world, and the different academy for each type. This book is a good introduction to the series as we get to know Ellie and her four suitors. She’s use to being an outcast and alone, now she must learn how to face her fears and her newly formed magic. Sarah does an amazing job with the narrative!! If you enjoy a good reverse harem book with a bit of paranormal mixed in you’ll love this series.
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  • Janet V.
  • 02-15-20

Good Listen

This is my first book by Sadie Moss and I’m not disappointed.

I like Elliots character. She firstly and has a funny personality. The chemistry she has with her guys is 🔥. She didn’t think her magic would ever come but when it does, it’s powerful. Overall, it was an enjoyable listen.

Of course Sarah did a fantastic job narrating!

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  • JuttaS
  • 02-12-20

Excellent narration and good story

Although there is a small amount of steam I really like the slow burn of this story. Nothing is moving quickly and I actually like that. It gives a chance to get to know the characters and follow the story line. I would definitely like to spend more time with these characters and see how things play out.

Sarah Puckett does an excellent job with the narration. It's never easy when there are so many male characters, but I knew who was who without worry.

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  • Katharoo
  • 02-12-20

Enjoyed this first book in the series

I’m always delighted to hear Sarah Puckett, she seems to expand her characterization more each time I listen to audiobooks done by her.

This was an exciting start to the series. I love the characters. Elliot, Roman, Cameron, Asher and Demetrius are all part of the Academy of Unpredictable Magic and all get involved in saving the school from an unknown menace. There appears to be a whole lot more shenanigans on the way. And yes it’s kinda like an older version of Harry Potter, great start to a new series by Sadie and different enough from her other reverse harem series with a different story.

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  • Msl Loves Audio
  • 02-06-20

This is so cool!!

I had so much fun with this book. I love Sarah Puckett. She brings something different to narrations, something more to the story. This book was so entertaining and interesting. The writing is done well, the narration fits the story, the dialogue is fun, the premise is so different from what I'm used to, but so cool. I know I love this series. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.

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  • Book_Addict
  • 06-22-19

***Scorching***

It's a fast paced, full of sizzling sexual tension and sexy times *fans myself* that keeps my headphone glued to my ears lol. so so good and the chemistry between Elliot and her guys specially Roman and Dimitri oh wow it's scorching. The narrative helps a lot because Sara Puckett has the sexiest voice ever, she can do a male voice like no other oh gods she is good thank you.

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  • Susan
  • 09-01-19

A little SPARK

I found the narrator didn't interperate the males voices well. If there were 3 men speaking they all sounded the same. The story reminded me of an adult version of Harry Potter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-19

Good storyline!!

The story is good. It is interesting but sometimes I feel the main female character is quite straight-forward in asking the guys about their relationship 😂. Too direct actually.

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-19-19

Brilliant!!!

I devoured this book so quickly. I couldn’t put it down. I’m looking forward to getting to know the characters more as the story develops.