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The Awakening | Zodiac Academy Series written by Caroline Peckham and Suzanne Valenti | A Book Review

Alright, here I am, sharing my thoughts on the first book The Awakening from Zodiac Academy series written by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti. I decided to start reviewing this series as it falls under the 'enemies to lovers' and 'bullies romance' genres, which are right up my alley. I'm a sucker for this type of book and I am always on the hunt for such books. Someone made a video of this book on TikTok and I was like I had to read it. So, I began reading the book and I fell into a rabbit hole of Magic Academy, hot assholes, and alternative Fae world. It felt like diving into a more mature version of Harry Potter. Needless to say, I absolutely loved this first installment.

Bully Paranormal Romance

Mystery, Drama, Action

Easy to Read

Growing and Changing characters

☙ Bully Romance
☙ Insane Chemistry
☙ Lost Princesses
☙ Multiple Love Interests
☙ Teacher Student Romance
☙ Hate to Hate and Hate to Love
☙ Found Family
☙ Friends with Benefit situations
☙School of Magic
☙Academic Competitions
☙Sister Bond
☙Forbidden Love


This book takes place in a magical school called Zodiac Academy. The school is specifically for fae students, and it welcomes various types of fae to come, study, learn magic, and train there. In this world different types of Fae exist like; unicorns, Nymean lions, Dragons, and many many more creatures (this is called their order forms). I loved the concept of this series instantly. Well, a magical fantasy series set in a magical fantasy world where magic runs rampant what's not to like.

So there are two editions of the book one is told from the perspective of two twin sisters known as The Vega Twins. The book starts with these girls living in dire conditions, stealing to eat, and living in poverty. A professor from the Academy finds them, observes them, and then practically kidnaps them to take them to the Academy. The girls don't believe the professor but when he tells them they will be getting a fortune plus accommodations and all other perks the girls agree to go to the Academy. They thought what's the worst could happen. Well! the worst was about to happen.

Yes!!! There are houses; Four Houses based on elemental magic they possess. House Ignis, Terra, Aqua and Aer. Ignis house is for the fae who have fire magic, Terra is for earth magic, Aqua is for Water Magic and Aer is for Air Magic. Our girls are sorted into their respective houses (which I am not going to tell here obviously) and the chaos begins.

The other edition of the book is told from the perspective of the boys (which I read first). These Four boys are heads of their houses. They are also next in line to rule Solaria (Kingdom), the Fae kingdom. These four boys are referred to as the Celestial heirs throughout the book. So, after the girls are assorted in their houses, these four boys make their lives a living hell. They are like attention-seeking whores πŸ˜‚πŸ˜… throughout the book. They hate the girls but they need their attention, they are attracted to the girls and it's a drama in the Academy.

And then there is this curious case of our hot vampire professor who is attracted to his student and he also hates her but wants her attention....this is one hell of a storyline. I am more invested in Orion and Darcy Storyline. AlsoOrion is the Asshole professor who just hates and loves his students. His class scenes made me laugh so hard that I could not control it. those scenes were the chef's kiss. You gotta read it to understand what I am saying.

On the whole, the book was amazingly written. I am already obsessed with the storyline and plot. I definitely recommend it.

Overall: ★★★★ | 5 Stars
Plot: ★★★★ | 5 Stars
Characters: ★★★★★ | 5 Stars
Ending: ★★★★| 5 Stars
Fun: ★★| 5 Stars
Spice Level: πŸŒΆπŸŒΆπŸŒΆ| 3/5
Book Cover:★★| 4 Stars 

☙Orion and Darcy's Love-hate Relationship and their Chemistry πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
☙Caeb and ToryπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
☙ Darius being Jealous and trying to pretend he is not.

☙ No Worst part. 

Best Character
☙ Darcy and Tory
☙ Orion ❤

☙ Darius Father

Best Quotes

“Tears never did anyone any favours, but sometimes they just needed to fall.”

“But until that day, you're mine, Blue.”

“Why are the hot ones always jerks?”

“Ignore the dimples, Tory, he’s an award winning dickasaurus.”

“This is no joke. You know you can't date teachers right? Them's the rules. And I'd appreciate if you didn't mouth-hump his name in front of me.”