The Shadow Student (Wraithwood Academy #1)
I'm not who you think I am.My enemies aren't who you think they are.Welcome to Wraithwood Academy.My father is dead. And my mother's enemies smell opportunity. To save us both, I’ll have to navigate the troubled waters of Wraithwood Academy, seeking allies and outsmarting enemies among the heirs to the country's most powerful mage families.The vicious, gorgeous Nightfeld brothers think they know me. Cly Redbriar, the weak daughter of a powerful father. A spoiled, scared little girl hiding behind her bodyguard. Nothing but a new plaything for the kings of Wraithwood.They know nothing.Because I’ve been forced to live a twisted lie.See, I’m not really Cly Redbriar…

The Shadow Student (Wraithwood Academy #1) Details

TitleThe Shadow Student (Wraithwood Academy #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 25th, 2019
Rating
GenrePolyamorous, Reverse Harem, Fantasy, Paranormal, Demons

The Shadow Student (Wraithwood Academy #1) Review

  • Marguerite (M)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4 stars The Shadow Student could be considered as an other take on the current bully romance trope. Cassandra's story was just sad. Born from a human mother, she was used by her father's family as a magical battery for her half sister. She is treated like a slave while her mom is taken hostage so she will comply to their every demand. Her once and only friend now act as a douchey bodyguard for the bratty princess and Cass is left abused, barely fed or even hydrated.When her sister Cly ta Rating: 4 stars The Shadow Student could be considered as an other take on the current bully romance trope. Cassandra's story was just sad. Born from a human mother, she was used by her father's family as a magical battery for her half sister. She is treated like a slave while her mom is taken hostage so she will comply to their every demand. Her once and only friend now act as a douchey bodyguard for the bratty princess and Cass is left abused, barely fed or even hydrated.When her sister Cly takes off for Wraithwood Academy, she has to follow to be drained but keeps hope of gaining some knowledge to one day be able to escape.But Cly is a spoiled, vindictive bitch and on day one already made enemies and a reputation for herself. On day two, she is left hanging by her skirt, showing her underwear to the whole school. On day three, she casts an illusion on Cassandra to have her bullied in her stead.But Cassandra has something Cly does not have: brains and some goodness. She will manage to befriend people, stand her ground and eventually turn the odds in her favor.This book was both original and heartbreaking on so many level. I felt helpless along with Cassandra more than I wish I had. Some characters were hateful, some confusing and some really disappointing. And while I do not mind hardship in a story, I just hope everything will go well for Cassandra from now on. She deserves the hell out of it.I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars - would have been higher but I disliked some of the author's choices. In my day-to-day life, I would describe myself as a very controlled person. I dislike emotionality, all my work is done decades before the deadline, and I plan out my day in half-hour increments (my diary is legendary among my friends). In fact, the only place where I really let myself be impulsive is in my book download decisions. This was one such impulsive decision, and it was a great one. Hann's writing is great 3.5 stars - would have been higher but I disliked some of the author's choices. In my day-to-day life, I would describe myself as a very controlled person. I dislike emotionality, all my work is done decades before the deadline, and I plan out my day in half-hour increments (my diary is legendary among my friends). In fact, the only place where I really let myself be impulsive is in my book download decisions. This was one such impulsive decision, and it was a great one. Hann's writing is great - clear, flows well, and without major typos. She clearly has an excellent editor. The story itself is pretty good too. There's a tight plot, with a complex conception of magic and even some moments of humour. I loved most of the main characters, particularly Acubens (one of the heroes). Unfortunately, my biggest problem with the book was in its treatment of the villain. The heroine Cassandra's sister, Cly, is a lazy, vicious, spoilt cow. Fair enough. But despite all this, I don't hate her - I find I have some sympathy for her. She lost out on their father's affection for her bastard half-sister; she has limited magical power; and she's never had any friends, so she's deeply susceptible to flattery. I sort of actually want to read a story from her POV now. It felt like the author wanted all us readers to hate her, and that kind of thing always ends up making me have way more sympathy for the villain in question (see also: Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford). Conversely, while it feels like the author wants us to hate Cly (and I don't), it also feels like she wants us to love Aegis (and I don't). Aegis is Cly's bodyguard and Cass's ex-best friend, who actively helps Cly intimidate and threaten Cass. In fact, he acts EXACTLY THE SAME AS CLY, so I dislike how Cass constantly makes excuses for him and holds out hope for him. If he ends up joining her harem, I'm out. Also, one of the heroes is pretty much the blandest character ever. Like, I don't even remember his name, and I finished the book a few hours ago. He's presented as an intensely weak 'friend' character for the whole book, so his sudden transition to love interest was jarring and offputting.[Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Natalie panda eyes
    January 1, 1970
    Hooked from start to finish because getting to the academy locked in the boot of a car is a new one. Cas is everything Cly is not yet she can’t disobey.The guys names are more wizardy names so a little tricky to remember. Arc and Ben didn’t really stand out compared to the others, it feels like it’s only scratched the surface but I liked them, the contrast between them was interesting . Darshan is sweet and probably the one I felt the most sorry for. Aegis was what the f are you doing most of th Hooked from start to finish because getting to the academy locked in the boot of a car is a new one. Cas is everything Cly is not yet she can’t disobey.The guys names are more wizardy names so a little tricky to remember. Arc and Ben didn’t really stand out compared to the others, it feels like it’s only scratched the surface but I liked them, the contrast between them was interesting . Darshan is sweet and probably the one I felt the most sorry for. Aegis was what the f are you doing most of the time rage. Favourite character was Wraith because yep I like the dark mysterious type. So many secrets. A little bullying but mild compared to the darker Cinderella treatment and no smut at this point. Pure story yay!I hated Cly. Lazy, immature, cruel and too stupid to live. Cas was amazing, I liked her strong will and how she isn’t broken from the start of the book. Great start, looking forward to the next one.
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  • Matilda Rowe Bond
    January 1, 1970
    I HONESTLY HAVE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK! All bully romances should be like this one. It feels like every bully romance is so extreme that I can't even understand how the fmc can forgive mc. But in this one, it had a subtlety to it that allowed for a real relationship to actually take place, especially since not all of the three boys were dicks. Cass's story was absolutely heartbreaking; she didn't let her situation keep her down, always looking for a way to save herself an I HONESTLY HAVE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK! All bully romances should be like this one. It feels like every bully romance is so extreme that I can't even understand how the fmc can forgive mc. But in this one, it had a subtlety to it that allowed for a real relationship to actually take place, especially since not all of the three boys were dicks. Cass's story was absolutely heartbreaking; she didn't let her situation keep her down, always looking for a way to save herself and her mom. She was strong, smart and kind- the qualities I love to have in an fmc. I can't wait till the next book comes out!!I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • ☆☆Hannah☆☆
    January 1, 1970
    This was an okay read for me. Sadly I never really connected with any of the characters. I did feel bad because all she wanted was to save her mother. Which is really the only reason I kept reading. I needed to find out if in the end she got her mother back.
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  • Georgia Bradlaw
    January 1, 1970
    I was really surprised how much I loved this book. It had way more story then I’ve come to expect from RH academy books and the construction flowed effortlessly. The editing is on-point so much that I didn’t even notice it was there. I love Cassandra’s (the FMC) character. She’s not perfect but she tried to help others and rescue her mum - who’s currently a hostage - from her half-sister Cly. I generally feel like the author wanted us to hate Cly. She was made selfish, self-centred and a bully. I was really surprised how much I loved this book. It had way more story then I’ve come to expect from RH academy books and the construction flowed effortlessly. The editing is on-point so much that I didn’t even notice it was there. I love Cassandra’s (the FMC) character. She’s not perfect but she tried to help others and rescue her mum - who’s currently a hostage - from her half-sister Cly. I generally feel like the author wanted us to hate Cly. She was made selfish, self-centred and a bully. Cly has no qualms at forcing Cassandra into awkward and potentially dangerous situations for her own gain. But that said, Cly was born almost powerless into a Great House. Her father basically put her aside in favour of his mistake-with-a-college-student half-blood daughter. Cly spent most of her life sequestered and hidden to not bring the family name to shame and honestly as a reader I want to look past her faults (the many that there are) and feel sorry for her. I have the problem in reversal when it comes to Aegis. Aegis is Cly’s sworn bodyguard and ex-bestie of Cas’. However much Cas makes excuses for him and tries to befriend him I just can’t help but hate him! The only nice actions I can see are done out of guilt and to try and make himself feel better. I feel like it’s leaning towards Aegis being put into the harem at a later date but so far I haven’t found one redeeming quality in him. The actual members of the harem (as I can guess - it is slow-burn after all) are Acubens and Arcturus Nightfeld and Darshan whateverhislastnameis. Darshan is portrayed as the main friend throughout most of the book and little romantic attraction is actually portrayed (towards Cassandra). His place in the harem needs more convincing in my opinion though it should definitely happen in a later instalment. The Nightfeld brothers are harder. We don’t actually get to see a lot of either of their personalities until late game. (Spoiler) Acubens actually starts hitting on Cassandra so perfectly that at one point I even forgot this book is supposed to be RH. If it was just casually PNR then I would’ve been as happy. Their connection is slowly building, but I want to see more! Arcturus, on the other hand, isn’t shown much yet, so hopefully we’ll get to see more of him later one. Despite picking some holes in the novel, I really enjoyed this book and can’t actually wait for the next one in the series. In the meanwhile I’ve installed another book by the author (hopefully just as good!)
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not who you think I am.My enemies aren't who you think they are.Welcome to Wraithwood Academy.My father is dead. And my mother's enemies smell opportunity. To save us both, I’ll have to navigate the troubled waters of Wraithwood Academy, seeking allies and outsmarting enemies among the heirs to the country's most powerful mage families.The vicious, gorgeous Nightfeld brothers think they know me. Cly Redbriar, the weak daughter of a powerful father. A spoiled, scared little girl hiding behind I'm not who you think I am.My enemies aren't who you think they are.Welcome to Wraithwood Academy.My father is dead. And my mother's enemies smell opportunity. To save us both, I’ll have to navigate the troubled waters of Wraithwood Academy, seeking allies and outsmarting enemies among the heirs to the country's most powerful mage families.The vicious, gorgeous Nightfeld brothers think they know me. Cly Redbriar, the weak daughter of a powerful father. A spoiled, scared little girl hiding behind her bodyguard. Nothing but a new plaything for the kings of Wraithwood.They know nothing.Because I’ve been forced to live a twisted lie.See, I’m not really Cly Redbriar… This is a really great read and start to new series.Fabulous world buiilding in this.Great characters that I want to read more about.Really liked the story and plot line.I can't wait to read more of these.Recommend reading.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Nina Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    The Shadow Student by Teresa Hann is the first book in the Wraithwood Academy series. This compelling book begins as Clytemnestra (Cly )Redbriar arrives at the mage school Wraithwood Academy with her bodyguard Aegis and prisoner half sister Cassandra Turner. Cly immediately gets into trouble while attempting to bully another student and gets bullied and embarrassed in return by another set of students Acubens and Arcturas Nightfeld. Thus begins this amazingly complex and enthralling tale where t The Shadow Student by Teresa Hann is the first book in the Wraithwood Academy series. This compelling book begins as Clytemnestra (Cly )Redbriar arrives at the mage school Wraithwood Academy with her bodyguard Aegis and prisoner half sister Cassandra Turner. Cly immediately gets into trouble while attempting to bully another student and gets bullied and embarrassed in return by another set of students Acubens and Arcturas Nightfeld. Thus begins this amazingly complex and enthralling tale where the oppressed become free and sometimes people really get what they deserve. This is an amazing book that anyone who enjoys a great fantasy or paranormal read will love. I definitely think this is the perfect addition to any readers bookshelf. The Shadow Student is a compelling tale of magic and consequences.
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  • Che
    January 1, 1970
    The book was a pleasant surpriseFirst of let me state that i am not a fan of the bully romance thing that is going around. I've tried several times but end up to annoyed too continue, but with that being said i would consider this book "bully lite". Yes there was some intense moments BUT our FMC did not just sit back and take it, she fought back and gave as good as she got. I love how most of the book had no focus on romance but on Cass and her trials and tribulations. Betrayals and disappointme The book was a pleasant surpriseFirst of let me state that i am not a fan of the bully romance thing that is going around. I've tried several times but end up to annoyed too continue, but with that being said i would consider this book "bully lite". Yes there was some intense moments BUT our FMC did not just sit back and take it, she fought back and gave as good as she got. I love how most of the book had no focus on romance but on Cass and her trials and tribulations. Betrayals and disappointment. For everything she's gone through, she's still a badass bitch The only thing i didnt not like was that the romance came out of nowhere especially with one of the guys but overall this was a really amazing book.No cliffhanger most of the important issues got dealt with in book 1. I'm very excited to see where book 2 will take us
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  • Jamielee
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 StarsThis book has promise... Yet she ends up "with" the guys I have 0 interest in (I feel like the romantic partners should have just been Partners in Crime; they gave me 0 sparks. Also one was portrayed as Gay for 99.9% of the book not bi-sexual so that was confusing as hell). She does nothing with the guys I am interested in. There is 0 romance in this book. It almost feels like it should have been 0.1 a lead up to the series starting. There are so many Academy Books that I have read that 2.5 StarsThis book has promise... Yet she ends up "with" the guys I have 0 interest in (I feel like the romantic partners should have just been Partners in Crime; they gave me 0 sparks. Also one was portrayed as Gay for 99.9% of the book not bi-sexual so that was confusing as hell). She does nothing with the guys I am interested in. There is 0 romance in this book. It almost feels like it should have been 0.1 a lead up to the series starting. There are so many Academy Books that I have read that my expectations at this point are very high and this just fell short. While I am rating this book low I do plan on continuing this series.
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    fast paced story about freedom and sacrificeThere are a lot of academy books on the market right now, but this one is a bit unique and I enjoyed it. Cassandra is put in an impossible situation and she does well. She is willing to make the hard choices when necessary.I would’ve liked a little more interactions between characters and a few more pages. Love the fact that this story actually has an ending and no cliffhangers. Spoilers: Can Cly and Aegis be that naive that they think Cassandra wouldn fast paced story about freedom and sacrificeThere are a lot of academy books on the market right now, but this one is a bit unique and I enjoyed it. Cassandra is put in an impossible situation and she does well. She is willing to make the hard choices when necessary.I would’ve liked a little more interactions between characters and a few more pages. Love the fact that this story actually has an ending and no cliffhangers. Spoilers: Can Cly and Aegis be that naive that they think Cassandra wouldn’t try anything to escape. These two are not family not friends but are simply evil. To redeem these two would take a lot.Anyways looking forward to next book
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  • Raven A Clarke
    January 1, 1970
    This book was fantastic. A fantastic plot, fantastic characters and fantastically written. The humour in this book was amazing. I’m not a fan of bully to lovers romances but this wasn’t bad, yeah the bullying was awful but before all the bully occurs the story line shows why the main characters bullied ‘Cly’, it made it a little bit bearable. The description says “not left on a cliff hanger”, I have to disagree with it. Although it is only minor there is still a cliff hanger. There are answers t This book was fantastic. A fantastic plot, fantastic characters and fantastically written. The humour in this book was amazing. I’m not a fan of bully to lovers romances but this wasn’t bad, yeah the bullying was awful but before all the bully occurs the story line shows why the main characters bullied ‘Cly’, it made it a little bit bearable. The description says “not left on a cliff hanger”, I have to disagree with it. Although it is only minor there is still a cliff hanger. There are answers that we still need, leading up to the rest of the series.
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  • Shweta Beriwal
    January 1, 1970
    An heir with no magic and an illegitimate daughter with outstanding powers at her fingertips. A rivalry between 2 great mage houses and a mother-daughter caught up in the middle of it all.What happens when all of these meet together is a big bang of magic, mayhem and allies. This book goes beyond just the plot of the story, there are questions that pertain to every society.This is a great series starter and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.I An heir with no magic and an illegitimate daughter with outstanding powers at her fingertips. A rivalry between 2 great mage houses and a mother-daughter caught up in the middle of it all.What happens when all of these meet together is a big bang of magic, mayhem and allies. This book goes beyond just the plot of the story, there are questions that pertain to every society.This is a great series starter and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Time to learn about consequences. Oh, I loved this book! Our FMC’s scheming, the different personalities and motivations of the men, the actual fact that they went to classes often and we learned about magic together, the happily for now ending....yup. All good. And two boy kisses! No smut, but certainly affection that I’m really all fuzzy about getting to see grow. There’s just enough sweetness to round out the rough.
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  • liz
    January 1, 1970
    This was an amsome book about a girl who was a half human half mage illegitimate child. She is done taking crap and finds a way to finally stand up for herself. Don’t want to give a bunch away but you gotta read it. Cannot wait for the next book.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout.
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  • Mrs Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Unexpected An unusual storyline with a likeable heroine and interesting male characters. Their relationships evolved in unexpected ways and there were many twists and turns. I couldn’t put the book down and read into the night! I came across this one by chance but there’s no way I’m missing the next books in the series!
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  • C.S.
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn't put it downGreat story. Legit couldn't put it down and can't wait for more. I love how Cassi isn't your typical heroine. Yes she's powerful, but she's smart and clever too. I will admit the brothers names are way too close in spelling. So I hope that they get nicknames in the next book. I need to know more about their stories and Wraith too.
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  • Nuance
    January 1, 1970
    Shadows and wraiths Nice to read a book that relies on plot and character development to encourage you to want the next book. I personally am fed-up with teen angst and cliffhangers. A strong yet caring heroine with an interesting assortment of suitors and a demon that needs to be freed to become part of her harem. A series worth following.
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  • Bella Suarez-Ramirez
    January 1, 1970
    Yes!I enjoyed the storyline. Revenge and triumph. Mystery in one character I can’t want to read one about. The love interests and MC. I enjoyed the read and look forward to reading next book in series.
  • Heather Bane
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really great book. Really well written with great characters. I was hooked from beginning to end. I will definitely be reading more from Teresa Hann. I highly recommend reading.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    Great readI picked this beauty up and jumped straight in. I like where the story is heading and how the MC isn’t portrayed as weak and docile . Can’t wait to read the next book in the series
  • Annalisa
    January 1, 1970
    Cly goes off to the prestigious school for mages but she has little magic. Will she stop the rumors or will they ruin her?I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • beth m
    January 1, 1970
    Book1Really surprising book. The plot was really unique. I took off a star because this had moments where it was really kiddish. And another because I was so annoyed with the body guard. That amount of treachery drove me insane. Can’t wait for the next.
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  • Jennifer Rivera
    January 1, 1970
    No romanceThe storyline was very good ( a four rating). However, there was no romance. No passion. At one point, I thought one of the main male characters was gay and was only gonna be the gay bff. I was wrong. There was no chemistry with any of the guys for me (1.5 on romance).
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  • Margie Murrow
    January 1, 1970
    Different!!!It was a very different story than I thought it would be. I loved Cass and Darshun. I didn't like Acubus at first but he really grew on me fast. Looking for a sign of humanity in his brother.
  • Liz Madill
    January 1, 1970
    Well worth reading!A different bully harem story. The pace is fast, the characters are great and I look forward to their development as the books continue.
  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    AwesomeExcellent book I can’t wait for the next one! I loved the heroine she was totally kick butt but still kind hearted
  • Swalsk
    January 1, 1970
    A fast read. I liked the Wraith bit, nothing else felt super new.
  • Linda U. Dickens
    January 1, 1970
    Oh yeahWow. Just enough differences from other academy books to make this one really interesting. I really liked this book. I'm looking forward to the next book.
  • Karra
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars
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