The Culling Trials 2 (Shadowspell Academy, #2)
You Don’t Choose The Academy. The Academy Chooses You. Being accepted into an elite school of magic, monsters, and assassins was not my idea of higher education. But here I am, fighting my way through the Culling Trials to claim my right to be taught. As if the gauntlet-type physical and mental tests aren’t enough, people are going missing. People that are my friends. In a dangerous world where no one is as they seem, the golden rule is simple: Trust no one. They think we should just look out for ourselves. That we should leave the fallen behind and ask no questions. They clearly think we’re idiots. I got this far by trusting my instincts, and I’m not going to back down now. Those kids won’t be left to die. Not on my watch. Shadowspell Academy Book 1 and Shadowspell Academy Book 2 end with a cliffhanger Book 3 will release June 11, 2019

The Culling Trials 2 (Shadowspell Academy, #2) Details

TitleThe Culling Trials 2 (Shadowspell Academy, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 14th, 2019
PublisherHijinks Ink Publishing
Rating
GenreFantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Vampires

The Culling Trials 2 (Shadowspell Academy, #2) Review

  • Al *the semi serial series skipper*
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book but for the life of me I don't understand what is going on. The writing is great, you keep reading and reading until the very end when you realize there is no plot line. The only thing that I know is that there is some sort of trials and that's it. There's no reason given for this trial, there's no explanation of what Wild is, why anyone is after her or what happened to her brother. Having these questions unanswered in book 1 is understandable but having these questions still I enjoyed this book but for the life of me I don't understand what is going on. The writing is great, you keep reading and reading until the very end when you realize there is no plot line. The only thing that I know is that there is some sort of trials and that's it. There's no reason given for this trial, there's no explanation of what Wild is, why anyone is after her or what happened to her brother. Having these questions unanswered in book 1 is understandable but having these questions still after reading book 2 is ridiculous. Hopefully everything can be sorted in book three.Giving it 4 stars despite my misgivings because I really like Wild, a bit of a know-it-all but she was badass.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    The Culling Trials book 2 picks up Wild's story immediately after the ending of the first instalment so please be aware there will be spoilers for the first book in this review. It's turning into a really fun series though so you should definitely check it out if you haven't already.Picking up immediately from where we left off Pete has just walked into the bathroom and discovered that Wild is really a girl. Although he has a little trouble getting past the whole boob thing before he can even th The Culling Trials book 2 picks up Wild's story immediately after the ending of the first instalment so please be aware there will be spoilers for the first book in this review. It's turning into a really fun series though so you should definitely check it out if you haven't already.Picking up immediately from where we left off Pete has just walked into the bathroom and discovered that Wild is really a girl. Although he has a little trouble getting past the whole boob thing before he can even think about how her secret could affect the whole group if she's discovered! There is a very good reason that Wild has been hiding her true identity and her whole family will be in danger if anyone finds out who she really is so she's got to place a lot of trust in Pete to keep her secret.I'm actually really enjoying seeing the friendship grow between Wild, Pete, Wally, Orin and Gregory, they're all from totally different backgrounds and have very different skills but there seems to be a genuine bond between them. You'll notice that I'm not counting Ethan in that grouping but he's a whole different kettle of fish and it's going to take a lot of work before I'll start trusting him.Wild's secret is actually the least of their problem as the culling trials continue. There is danger from every direction and even working together is no guarantee of success but if they don't make it through Wild will never discover what happened to her older brother or why they tried to recruit Billy. She also needs to get to the bottom of whats going on with her childhood friend Rory, he's been holding out on her for a long time and it's clear he has information she needs if she's going to survive this experience.I love how fast paced these stories are, lots of action and fun as they work through the trials but also a strong group of characters who are becoming fast friends. There are secrets galore that I can't wait to uncover and I'm just glad we don't have to wait long for the next book!
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  • Gaby★Me Myshelf and I★
    January 1, 1970
    1.34 x longer than book 1 2 x house trials= A Honey Badgering good timeBook 1⭐⭐⭐⭐Book 2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐Wild has the worst kept secret in the whole of the Academy, so this lost the “Mulan” thing book 1 had going on. Which I kind of missed. But her rag tag team of misfits are still hilarious and all interesting characters in their own right. The honey badger The “cheater cheater pumpkin eater” The status seeking Vampire Where’s Wally and The Goblin Little more of the Sandman would have been nice and I’m not 1.34 x longer than book 1 2 x house trials= A Honey Badgering good timeBook 1⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Book 2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½Wild has the worst kept secret in the whole of the Academy, so this lost the “Mulan” thing book 1 had going on. Which I kind of missed. But her rag tag team of misfits are still hilarious and all interesting characters in their own right. The honey badger The “cheater cheater pumpkin eater” The status seeking Vampire Where’s Wally and The Goblin Little more of the Sandman would have been nice and I’m not sold on Rory yet but wow I’m loving this Academy series! The trials are really creative and I was surprised to find two house trials in the book. I thought for sure it was going to be one trail per book but hey I’m not complaining. It’s nearly all action and no romance so for me to like it this much is saying somethingIf you need an extra incentive to start this series then how about this...
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  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    January 1, 1970
    ****4.5 Douche Canoe Stars****The book just goes too fast and it's over before I even know it and it leaves me wanting more and more!I don't think I can wait another month to find out what happens with the next trials and what is going on with Rory, Wild, Ethan, and the rest of the crew!I WANT MORE!!!
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  • Debbie Turk
    January 1, 1970
    A Pulse Pounding 4.5 Stars!!🌟💥Holy moley the tension goes up & down like a yo-yo in this book. I needed meds for my blood pressure & an inhaler for catching my breath!!😱😍Wild & her crew are thrown back into the thick of the Culling Trials from the get go. Ethan is his typical douche canoe self, full of self importance & out to win at everyone else's expense - can he or will he ever learn to be a team player?? Each other member is pulling their weight, or more, until in the dead o A Pulse Pounding 4.5 Stars!!🌟💥Holy moley the tension goes up & down like a yo-yo in this book. I needed meds for my blood pressure & an inhaler for catching my breath!!😱😍Wild & her crew are thrown back into the thick of the Culling Trials from the get go. Ethan is his typical douche canoe self, full of self importance & out to win at everyone else's expense - can he or will he ever learn to be a team player?? Each other member is pulling their weight, or more, until in the dead of night things take a terrifying turn & things change altogether!!😳😢Wild's crew need each other more than ever. Threats are coming from all sides as their diverse team seem to be quite successful. Who can she trust if her secret starts get out? Where do Rory's loyalties really lie? Who's taking the missing kids? What's Sandman up to? And who is stalking her steps??😳This was a total rollercoaster of a ride. The Crew become much more real to us, as each character steps more into the limelight for us readers.😍 This one has a humdinger of a cliffhanger too and it's explosive!!💥😒[email protected] ensues from start to finish. I'm on pins & needles already for book #3 & darn straight that puppy is already pre ordered!!🌟🙏😃Debbie, 1970, UK
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  • Andrea Koopaloop
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Two more trials down for our rag-tag team! In this one we get to see the group go through both the Goblin and Shifter trials-While I like that each individual of the team is bringing something to the table, I wish everything was quite SO easy for Wild. However, besides her instincts and speed we do see that some her ability to find answers in the trials comes along with knowledge from her past experiences-(view spoiler)[a large portion of it seems to obviously be pointing to her being a Shado 3.5Two more trials down for our rag-tag team! In this one we get to see the group go through both the Goblin and Shifter trials-While I like that each individual of the team is bringing something to the table, I wish everything was quite SO easy for Wild. However, besides her instincts and speed we do see that some her ability to find answers in the trials comes along with knowledge from her past experiences-(view spoiler)[a large portion of it seems to obviously be pointing to her being a Shadow Killer. duh. (hide spoiler)]We also get to see a bit more personality and bonding from the side characters-and of course Ethan continues on his quest to be King D-bag....but so help me I think i'll eventually end up really liking him one he get the arrogant attitude knocked out of him. So team Rory...not really. Sue me.Excited to see where this goes- why did they force Wild to the trials, who is taking the missing kids, and who is this mysterious assassin?
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  • Heather Gilbert
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 rounded upFantastic continuation of The Culling Trials. Wild is learning step by step, and surviving the terrors the academy throws at her, with the help of her make shift and mismatched crew. We get two full trials this time around instead of just one, offering more clues and glimpses into the houses these trials represent - and just what they might mean for Wild.Pros:- Character development- Fast paced!- Great team.Cons:- This is a trilogy?? HOW are they going to solve everything in just o 4.5 rounded upFantastic continuation of The Culling Trials. Wild is learning step by step, and surviving the terrors the academy throws at her, with the help of her make shift and mismatched crew. We get two full trials this time around instead of just one, offering more clues and glimpses into the houses these trials represent - and just what they might mean for Wild.Pros:- Character development- Fast paced!- Great team.Cons:- This is a trilogy?? HOW are they going to solve everything in just one more book?? What about the school? Is there going to be another series?
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  • Penny Noble
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read the author K. F. Breene before, but if this second book in the Shadowspell Acaemy series shows how good she is, I must start very soon. Anyway, we start up right where we left in the first book, and the action never lets up from that point on. Wild is determined to win the trials, but when she discovers there have been missing contestants and it gets personal, she ups her game. I have to admit that YA is generally not my favorite genre, but I don’t mind when the plot, character I have never read the author K. F. Breene before, but if this second book in the Shadowspell Acaemy series shows how good she is, I must start very soon. Anyway, we start up right where we left in the first book, and the action never lets up from that point on. Wild is determined to win the trials, but when she discovers there have been missing contestants and it gets personal, she ups her game. I have to admit that YA is generally not my favorite genre, but I don’t mind when the plot, characters, and actions are young without being juvenile like this series. Not only is this book fun, it kept me glued to the pages to find out just exactly what is going to happen next. I am enthralled with this series, and after the ending, I’m more than read for the next one. I do highly recommend it! I voluntarily reviewed the e-book which I was provided.
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  • Lekhana Gogineni
    January 1, 1970
    AHHH I love these books so much! I finally realized what they remind me of. The kind of remind me of the Percy Jackson series, because whenever Percy and his friends fight monsters they have this humor and sarcastic comments that crack you up. The same humor is here, I literally could not stop laughing throughout the whole book. The scenarios are serious, but the personality of the narrator lightens it up. They're also blessing short, I wouldn't mind it if these books were longer, but lately I'v AHHH I love these books so much! I finally realized what they remind me of. The kind of remind me of the Percy Jackson series, because whenever Percy and his friends fight monsters they have this humor and sarcastic comments that crack you up. The same humor is here, I literally could not stop laughing throughout the whole book. The scenarios are serious, but the personality of the narrator lightens it up. They're also blessing short, I wouldn't mind it if these books were longer, but lately I've been starting book and stopping them right before they end because my ADD is a bitch.“I’m coming, Wild!” Pete yelled from above.I stared at the wall of dirt and stones that comprised the ditch, able to see some handholds now that the troll’s magic had diminished. “I can climb out, just warn me if he’s coming.”Only Pete didn’t wait for me. No, Pete was in what I like to call white-knight mode. Was it because he knew I was a girl now? Yeah, most likely.
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  • Bobbi
    January 1, 1970
    Wild’s adventures in the Culling Trials continue, and she’s developing into a strong contender. Her background on the family farm, the skills she had to learn helping her family and the magic she has that she knew nothing about, are a combination that’s making her a strong contestant. It’s great to see the skills she’s picking up during the different sections of the trials help her with her wins, and make her wonder what her skills truly are..Wild, Gregory, Pete, Orin and Wally are such great ch Wild’s adventures in the Culling Trials continue, and she’s developing into a strong contender. Her background on the family farm, the skills she had to learn helping her family and the magic she has that she knew nothing about, are a combination that’s making her a strong contestant. It’s great to see the skills she’s picking up during the different sections of the trials help her with her wins, and make her wonder what her skills truly are..Wild, Gregory, Pete, Orin and Wally are such great characters, making me love them the way I loved Harry, Ron and Hermoine in that series. They work and have an affection for each other that helps them with the trials. They support each other and protect Wild’s secret identity. Ethan is an entitled snot, but has accepted that he’ll do better in the trials with Wild’s help, and the rest of the team knows they benefit from having his pull in the magical social structure help bail them out of scrapes. Other characters, like Rory and Sideburns, add questions and complexity to the books.Wild is awesome, but I’m crazy about Pete the honey badger and how great a guy he is. Pete has become a big help in their trials, his bravery in his honey badger form is fantastic. I can go on and on about what a fabulous, fun, fantasy series this is, but honestly, JUST BUY IT, if you’re a fan of YA, you’ll love it. If you’re like me, and rarely read it you’re in for a terrific ride...with flying unicorns 🦄
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  • Konny
    January 1, 1970
    Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials book two by KF Breene and Shannon Mayer is book two in this series and oh boy I couldn't wait to get my hands on this next instalment. I was giddy, giddier, at the giddiest.And now I have it in my grabby hands - yay. Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials (Book 2) is not a standalone. You must read book one or you'll be lost.The second book picks up where the previous one was left off. Maribel (Belle - Wild) Johnson took the place of her younger brother i Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials book two by KF Breene and Shannon Mayer is book two in this series and oh boy I couldn't wait to get my hands on this next instalment. I was giddy, giddier, at the giddiest.And now I have it in my grabby hands - yay. Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials (Book 2) is not a standalone. You must read book one or you'll be lost.The second book picks up where the previous one was left off. Maribel (Belle - Wild) Johnson took the place of her younger brother in the Culling Trials. After the first round she has a group of co-fighters from all over the different houses. Together they fight to stay on top and finish the trials as winners.I loved part one, but part one has nothing on part two. There are more difficult challenges, more danger and more enemies. I will not spoiler here, only so much, the only thing I will say is Unicorns - yay !!! Shadowspell Academy is an addicting read, from bokk tobook it gets better and more captivating. I'm addicted to the story, sorry for gushing this much about, but they're simply fantastic reads, addicting from start to finish unputdownable. They're on my re-read list, I highly, Highly recommend this wonderful boks, give 5+++ stars and can't wait to read the conclusion to this outstanding series.
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  • Shalin Hendershott
    January 1, 1970
    The Culling Trials starts off with a bang! We begin right where book one ended and you never even skip a beat. As we continue through the trials and Wild's secret is exposed more, the stakes go up. I loved the characters in the 1st book and if it's even possible I love them even more now. This ragtag crew that Shannon Mayer and K.F. Breene have created just may be my new favorite creation. They take us on a nonstop rollercoaster and when you finally think you may have figured it out… They smack The Culling Trials starts off with a bang! We begin right where book one ended and you never even skip a beat. As we continue through the trials and Wild's secret is exposed more, the stakes go up. I loved the characters in the 1st book and if it's even possible I love them even more now. This ragtag crew that Shannon Mayer and K.F. Breene have created just may be my new favorite creation. They take us on a nonstop rollercoaster and when you finally think you may have figured it out… They smack you alongside the head!😂 This is a must read, especially if you enjoy either one of these badass authors. 😁**I was lucky enough to read a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review. But I also loved it enough to buy a paperback😍**
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  • Caffeine
    January 1, 1970
    This book was dark, but hilarious. It's quickly become one of my favorite books of the year! Wild, the main character, is discovering more about herself, as well as the reality that she knows so little about this world. She and her unexpected team have to claw their way through more culling trials (quite literally for Pete!). I didn't think I'd root so hard for a secondary character to come out on top, but Pete is someone I'd want to know in real life. Things really heat up in this book, as Wild This book was dark, but hilarious. It's quickly become one of my favorite books of the year! Wild, the main character, is discovering more about herself, as well as the reality that she knows so little about this world. She and her unexpected team have to claw their way through more culling trials (quite literally for Pete!). I didn't think I'd root so hard for a secondary character to come out on top, but Pete is someone I'd want to know in real life. Things really heat up in this book, as Wild narrowly escapes death. This book left me wondering who can (and can't) be trusted. I can't wait to see what is going to happen in book 3!If you haven't already, grab it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2VMjkXm
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  • BookJunkie777
    January 1, 1970
    Book 2 is highly entertaining with a rag tag crew of supes testing their abilities against the academy’s trials in order to determine whether or not they are worthy of additional training. The crew maybe young but there isn’t much in the way of the teenage against and typical words ( thank goodness)! Wilde is freaking hilarious! The storyline is action packed and fast paced. The characters are likable and believable! The story ends on a cliffhanger but thankfully the next book is due out in a mo Book 2 is highly entertaining with a rag tag crew of supes testing their abilities against the academy’s trials in order to determine whether or not they are worthy of additional training. The crew maybe young but there isn’t much in the way of the teenage against and typical words ( thank goodness)! Wilde is freaking hilarious! The storyline is action packed and fast paced. The characters are likable and believable! The story ends on a cliffhanger but thankfully the next book is due out in a month!
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  • #ByFelicia
    January 1, 1970
    This series just keeps getting better! I love the supernatural aspect and the wide array of different magical beings. Wild is badass as she comes into her own more and more with each book. She establishes loyalty, solidarity, and most of all friendship among her crew. Literally unheard of at the Academy. I’m really looking forward to more from this series!
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  • Christina Nastos
    January 1, 1970
    How Is It Over ALREADYI literally started reading like five minutes ago so how am I done?!! They get you and pull you in and you don’t know what’s happening, just that OH crap! i’m the mom and i have to make dinner but JUST ONE MORE CHAPTER.. cannot wait for the next installment
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  • Jolene Hamm
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful fast paced so goodThis is a great series! I love the main character and her team. It’s so nice to read about a group of individuals who could be underdogs doing well. Great read!
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Even better than the first one!This book was fantastic! I enjoyed it even more than the first one! Wild is such a badass! I’m eagerly awaiting the next one.
  • Lorraine Caruana
    January 1, 1970
    Book 2 in the Shadowspell Academy has officially just turned me into a Culling Trial junkie. I am craving the next one. This book was an overload of excitement and feels. Wild is exactly that...wild and her team compliment her so well. I honestly could not stop turning pages until I had literally devoured every word. The magic that comes out of the Mayer/ Breene combo has blown my mind. I am itching to know what comes next, that cliffhanger was damn cruel. Even worse was the sneak preview of boo Book 2 in the Shadowspell Academy has officially just turned me into a Culling Trial junkie. I am craving the next one. This book was an overload of excitement and feels. Wild is exactly that...wild and her team compliment her so well. I honestly could not stop turning pages until I had literally devoured every word. The magic that comes out of the Mayer/ Breene combo has blown my mind. I am itching to know what comes next, that cliffhanger was damn cruel. Even worse was the sneak preview of book 3. Damn ladies, that was really cold of you. I am now in withdrawal and I need my next fix of book heaven and darn it all I know deep breaths won't cut it!
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  • Elisa Hordon
    January 1, 1970
    The damn cliffhanger ending... lol omg, it was good just as good as book 1 maybe even a smidge better.I love the magical action, the bonding even if they don't want to...lol and omg the teen drama where would the trials be without the teen drama. We have kids going missing, mean girl vampires and they are just the worse...lolWild is amazing Ethan is a butt head and a little slow at times, Pete is freaking awesome even though he needs to somehow keep a change of clothes with him at all times...lo The damn cliffhanger ending... lol omg, it was good just as good as book 1 maybe even a smidge better.I love the magical action, the bonding even if they don't want to...lol and omg the teen drama where would the trials be without the teen drama. We have kids going missing, mean girl vampires and they are just the worse...lolWild is amazing Ethan is a butt head and a little slow at times, Pete is freaking awesome even though he needs to somehow keep a change of clothes with him at all times...lol Orin is still a bit of a mystery, Wally is cute I seriously love her weirdo ways, Rory is not to be trusted there is a lot moe to him and Colt, big hunk of gorgeousness that he seems to be, he should probably stay away from Wild especially until she figures out what she is because you just know there is so much more to her than the average magical person.
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  • Norma
    January 1, 1970
    As good as book 1 was, book 2 knocks it out of the water! Wild and her crew start with the next sections of the trails, but the mystery and intrigue surrounding Shadowspell Academy are everywhere. People are missing, danger is abound, and Wild is right in the thick of it.We get to know the group even more in book 2 and there's so much to love. Even Ethan is starting to grow on me! Everyone is nessecary and the team work is so fun to read. It's fast paced, action packed, inventive, original, and As good as book 1 was, book 2 knocks it out of the water! Wild and her crew start with the next sections of the trails, but the mystery and intrigue surrounding Shadowspell Academy are everywhere. People are missing, danger is abound, and Wild is right in the thick of it.We get to know the group even more in book 2 and there's so much to love. Even Ethan is starting to grow on me! Everyone is nessecary and the team work is so fun to read. It's fast paced, action packed, inventive, original, and a genuine great time. With so many unanswered questions, it's gonna be a tough wait for book 3!
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  • Denise Wengert
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like a lot of sequels are not usually as good as the first book, but this book was even better! This book picks right up from where the first book ended. Wild and her crew survived the first trial, but still have to survive the rest of the trials. Wild really steps up as the true leader of her crew and this book shows the lengths she will go to in order to protect her crew and family. What I really love about this book and the series are all the characters and how well-developed they are I feel like a lot of sequels are not usually as good as the first book, but this book was even better! This book picks right up from where the first book ended. Wild and her crew survived the first trial, but still have to survive the rest of the trials. Wild really steps up as the true leader of her crew and this book shows the lengths she will go to in order to protect her crew and family. What I really love about this book and the series are all the characters and how well-developed they are with their own personalities. The crew wouldn't be the same without the mixture of the different Houses and personalities (even Ethan's arrogance). I don't wait to reveal any spoilers so I will just say that the new plot is very interesting and I can't wait to find out everything in the next book.
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  • Laura Tobias
    January 1, 1970
    This story was like trying to eat Pringles. Once I started, I couldn’t stop! I slept through my alarm and was late to work because I couldn’t sleep until I finished the book. I HAD to know what happened next! Book two starts off where book one ended. With boobs lol. (Hopefully you have read book one and know what I mean. If not, what are you doing here? Go back and read the first book!!)Wild and her team are supposed to have a day off in between trials but of course that would be wishful thinkin This story was like trying to eat Pringles. Once I started, I couldn’t stop! I slept through my alarm and was late to work because I couldn’t sleep until I finished the book. I HAD to know what happened next! Book two starts off where book one ended. With boobs lol. (Hopefully you have read book one and know what I mean. If not, what are you doing here? Go back and read the first book!!)Wild and her team are supposed to have a day off in between trials but of course that would be wishful thinking. A day filled with trolls, gargoyles and unicorns, oh my! With nonstop action and badassery along the way, Wild brings her team (and lets face it, it always has and always will be, her team) closer to victory. But danger lurks behind every corner and in every shadow. Missing kids and the vampire version of Mean Girls on top of facing the Culling Trials.....it’s enough to make your head spin. I can’t wait for the next installment!
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  • Lori Kettlewell
    January 1, 1970
    This book picks up where the last book left off, and we find ourselves thrown into the next trial, no rest for the weary! This fast paced, action packed, make laugh till you snort sequel, had me in stitches, tears and oh hell no moments! The characters are so well written that you have no choice but to feel like you're there right with them, going through these same things. Kudo's Shannon and K.F. can't wait till the 3rd book is out!
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  • Adrienne McFarlane
    January 1, 1970
    Non stop action from start to finish. I was really anticipating this 2nd book in the Shadowspell Academy series. The characters are quirky, but complex. Wild is truly developing into a leader and force to be reckoned with. She is developing deeper bonds with her teammates while reconnecting with her childhood friend Rory. She delves deeper into the mysteries of the Academy. Amazing teamwork by the 2 co-authors. I can’t wait for book 3.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the first book in the series and this one is even better. I was enjoying it so much that I literally shouted out loud when I turned the last page and realized it was the end. People stared. I didn't care.In this second book we get even more action, mystery (missing kids), assassins, and interesting new characters and allies. Wild is a stud, as usual, Ethan is a douche-bag (gloriously so!) and Rory adds to the mystery. The rest of the crew play a big part. They are so quirky and add so much Loved the first book in the series and this one is even better. I was enjoying it so much that I literally shouted out loud when I turned the last page and realized it was the end. People stared. I didn't care.In this second book we get even more action, mystery (missing kids), assassins, and interesting new characters and allies. Wild is a stud, as usual, Ethan is a douche-bag (gloriously so!) and Rory adds to the mystery. The rest of the crew play a big part. They are so quirky and add so much to the story. Wally is a hoot and we get more of Orrin and his particular type of creepy. Plus - maybe some romance? Argghh! Darn you, Mayer and Breene, for ending the book where you did!! It will be so hard to wait for the next book.
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  • Jennifer Mcclarity
    January 1, 1970
    This book is very entertaining. The action and suspense keep you intrigued and interested throughout. It’s a definite page tuner.The writing was great as well as the characters. They are getting deeper into more Culling Trials and are trying to figure out what’s going on with missing kids and Wild is learning more about herself and the magic world. She’s one tough girl. I love her character. Their entire crew and their abilities are pretty cool.The ending was great but leaves you wanting more. I This book is very entertaining. The action and suspense keep you intrigued and interested throughout. It’s a definite page tuner.The writing was great as well as the characters. They are getting deeper into more Culling Trials and are trying to figure out what’s going on with missing kids and Wild is learning more about herself and the magic world. She’s one tough girl. I love her character. Their entire crew and their abilities are pretty cool.The ending was great but leaves you wanting more. I’m looking forward to the next release!
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  • Trudy
    January 1, 1970
    This series just keeps getting better!!! The Culling Trials are being amped up and there is no rest Wild and her crew. Things are heating up as well! Wild’s secret is out, there is danger directly focused on Wild and students are now missing. Wild wants to keep her friends safe but she also notices a pattern to the disappearances so she has no choice but to look in to it with the help of her crew. Let the action and adventure unfold but be warned…serious cliffhanger ahead!
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  • Angela Armstrong
    January 1, 1970
    A wild rideThis was absolutely amazing. I was hooked and read it start to finish in one go. I couldn't put it down and I'm panting for the next one.
  • Elizabeth Curtin
    January 1, 1970
    The second book of the Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials left right where the first stopped. Wild has just been discovered by Pete, a shape-shifter honey badger, of being a girl. Awkwardly caught in the middle of a shower, Wild forces Pete into submission with the promise of death if he so much as spills a word of her secret. With that safely handled, the next day of rest should have been an easy one. However, the Academy has decided to go forward with the second trial. From there, things The second book of the Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials left right where the first stopped. Wild has just been discovered by Pete, a shape-shifter honey badger, of being a girl. Awkwardly caught in the middle of a shower, Wild forces Pete into submission with the promise of death if he so much as spills a word of her secret. With that safely handled, the next day of rest should have been an easy one. However, the Academy has decided to go forward with the second trial. From there, things quickly turn to chaos. Friends go missing, Wild starts to notice powers that may otherwise note her as something other than a Shade, trials continue to rage onward, and assassins lurk in the shadows.Wild continues to be a complete badass in this second book. Although, we get to see more of her feminine side as the third trial draws near. The promise of unicorns would turn anyone to mush, especially a farm girl looking to find a magical horse. We also get to experience more romantic entanglements. Honestly, I didn’t know who to ship her with in the beginning of this book. There was Rory, who was still kind of a mystery for us readers, and then there was Ethan, a stubborn prick who could potentially turn into a man with honor. High key, I’m more interested in Ethan’s character development than Rory at this moment, but I can live with how things are turning out for now. Besides, at the end of this book, Wild has already drawn a little closer (if just drawn in the heat of the moment) to Colt, who I don’t think should be considered in the equation for long term romance. But I digress. Besides the whole new romantic aspect, Wild is showing up with some new found powers in the game of survival. Her affinity to being a Shade was obvious from the beginning. She’s ruthless when it comes to fighting and survival, has the innate charisma to draw people in, and the darkness to kill. Awesome. 10/10 greatness. Then, we’re thrown through a loop. She has many more abilities than we’re first shown. She can understand Pete as a honey badger, can sense precious gems and metals like a Goblin, and has the affinity to handle magical and stubborn creatures. Obviously, Wild is something special that no one can quite put their finger on. I really want to find out what makes her so special. I bet her brother was the same. Hiding her identity in this book could not have been more challenging. It’s only been a few days, but her entire team has discovered that she’s a female, plus the Director, and some other random ass people. I’m worried. Hope everything works out for the best. All the side characters have been great so far. I love this band of misfits and I’m so happy they’re part of a crew. They all care for each other in a sort of way (even if some *ahem Ethan* are using them for convenience sake), they still act as a unit. It’s so cute. They’ve truly grown with each trial and difficulty faced. Especially... *clapping* Ethan. His character development. AMAZING. I’m so proud of my boi. It’s almost like an Alex Karev moment for me, but there is still so much room to grow. Like, he can still be an arrogant POS but I’m hype.I just hope poor Gregory is gonna be okay. It’s crazy there are still two trials left but there are students going missing. Like, the trials should be put on hold until this shit stops. Plus, Wild is fucking getting hunted by a crazy ass assassin that probably killed her brother so we’ll see where that goes too. The ending of this book was funny for me, it definitely answered my question of who was going to be the main love interest throughout the rest of the series (I think the third book is the last? Not entirely sure.), but I just thought wow way to show up from out of nowhere. Lol. It was a weird place to leave off but I think it’s fine. I’m more concerned about not having any of the questions the first book asked answered in this book. I hope we get those answers in the last book because uhhh... that’d be wild (pun not but also intended). Anyway, I’m excited to see what happens in the next part of the series. Worth the read.
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