Forbidden Magic (Dark Falls Academy, #1)
Beauty is vain. Beauty is dangerous.The kind of beauty I found at Dark Falls Academy is deadly.My half-sister Allie told me all about the sorcery classes, the potent potions, and the incredibly hot supernatural creatures that frequent Dark Falls Academy. Soon, I’ll be one of them.Only my first day doesn’t go as planned.Allie has been lying to me.This school isn’t a dream; it’s a nightmare. Creepy shifters, brooding vampires, snarky mermaids, and vicious Fairy folk all want a piece of me, and they're not willing to ask permission.How I am supposed to kick their asses in the arena and in the classroom with all the mysteries and dangers lurking in the stony halls?Dark Falls isn’t about good grades. It’s about survival.Forbidden Magic is a college age academy romance with bully and reverse harem themes. Be warned that the steaminess increases with each book. Pick up your copy now and fall under the spell of Dark Falls’ gorgeous beasts.* A Supernatural Academy Bully Romance

Forbidden Magic (Dark Falls Academy, #1) Details

TitleForbidden Magic (Dark Falls Academy, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Fairies, Fae, Vampires, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Polyamorous, Reverse Harem

Forbidden Magic (Dark Falls Academy, #1) Review

  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    A choppily written book with lots of OW drama, a very character-less heroine and pretty poor worldbuilding, but there were flashes of good dialogue. Also, it quotes The Cruel Prince at the beginning, aka my favourite YA novel EVER. [Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Amzette
    January 1, 1970
    This book kind of reminded me of a Harry Potter meets House of Night meets The Vampire Diaries. Anya did a very good job of meshing them altogether for another great read. The book follows Jules, Julia Winslow, who has been eagerly anticipating joining her sister, Allie, at the Dark Falls Academy. She’s had to wait 3 whole months to attend this school (waiting until she turns 18). When she finally arrives, her sister is acting strange and the school isn’t all that Jules had hoped or heard it to This book kind of reminded me of a Harry Potter meets House of Night meets The Vampire Diaries. Anya did a very good job of meshing them altogether for another great read. The book follows Jules, Julia Winslow, who has been eagerly anticipating joining her sister, Allie, at the Dark Falls Academy. She’s had to wait 3 whole months to attend this school (waiting until she turns 18). When she finally arrives, her sister is acting strange and the school isn’t all that Jules had hoped or heard it to be.Jules and the other mortals are bullied from the start by the immortals. They pretty much own the school. After all, mortals were forbidden from entering campus for over 50 years. Jules comes to campus with hopes of changing the view that immortals have of them (the mortals). She strongly believes, that they too, deserve to be there!There’s a scene in the book where they have a class known as “Duel” and Jules ends up in the infirmary a couple of times. This scene reminded me of when Harry had to duel Draco (which also happens to be the last name of one of the important immortal families in this book) in Harry Potter. It is at this last duel that Jules learns some unwanted news about her family background. It is a well written book with a few minor typos. I am really looking forward to the next installment in this series. I really look forward to seeing how Jules is going to accomplish her goals while having to fight off so many enemies that she has made, in her short time, at this Dark school . It definitely makes for some entertaining reading!I received this book for free, in return for my honest review.
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  • Charlotte Clavier
    January 1, 1970
    Witch Jules (FMC) is just starting at Dark Falls Academy. A school for Supernaturals where her sister has been attending for the last three months. Except it's not the place she had it would be. Mortals are hated, her sister has changed and is secretive and the other Supernaturals (Vampires, Fae, Shifters........etc) are trying to get rid of her. Throw into the mix Trent a Vampire who is interested in her and Cole an arrogant fae prince who seems to take great joy in winding her up. I was Witch Jules (FMC) is just starting at Dark Falls Academy. A school for Supernaturals where her sister has been attending for the last three months. Except it's not the place she had it would be. Mortals are hated, her sister has changed and is secretive and the other Supernaturals (Vampires, Fae, Shifters........etc) are trying to get rid of her. Throw into the mix Trent a Vampire who is interested in her and Cole an arrogant fae prince who seems to take great joy in winding her up. I was genuinely hooked on this book. It reeled me in from the first page and im dying to see what will happen next. Especially with that cliffhanger ending. Just Wow!
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  • Aimee Bower
    January 1, 1970
    Jules can't wait to get to Dark Falls Academy, she has been waiting for this moment. Her sister Allie has been there for three months already. Jules is not expecting the reception that she has. She is a mortal in a school for immortals and they let her know at all turns.She is being bullied by the group of immortals, her sister is acting so strange. She has no one to really rely one but her self. She makes friends with a few mortals. She is drawn to Cole a fae princess, he is one of the Jules can't wait to get to Dark Falls Academy, she has been waiting for this moment. Her sister Allie has been there for three months already. Jules is not expecting the reception that she has. She is a mortal in a school for immortals and they let her know at all turns.She is being bullied by the group of immortals, her sister is acting so strange. She has no one to really rely one but her self. She makes friends with a few mortals. She is drawn to Cole a fae princess, he is one of the immortals making her life hell. He keeps showing her different sides to him. She is also attracted to Trent a vampire.There has been attacks on mortals, she is not what she thought she was and her magic is forbidden. She will have to outsmart the immortals to stay in school and keep her life.This book was so good, from her chemistry with Cole and Trent. The attacks on her and mortals, have to wonder what is going with her sister. What is really going with Cole. The author draws you right into the book, you get a little bit of everything with the new series. I can't wait to read book to see how Jule manages to survive and what is next.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Jennifer Wertz
    January 1, 1970
    I love Forbidden Magic! This book is amazing. It is intriguing and captivating right from the beginning. It is well written and detailed. The magical world is entrancing. The setting of a Magical University is really interesting with all the different supernatural students and their abilities. I really like the characters and the complicated relationships within the school. This is a wonderful new series. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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  • Alex Stargazer
    January 1, 1970
    This book has the potential to be something really interesting—it certainly has the DNA of a page-turner. But it’s not there yet; far from it. Before I get into the problems (and there are many) I’ll list what I enjoyed about Dark Falls Academy. Firstly, I’m a sucker for good urban fantasy, and the author has done a lot of interesting world building here. The setting—a school for supernaturals—is cliché, but she makes up for it with realistic politics (I love politics!), unconventional This book has the potential to be something really interesting—it certainly has the DNA of a page-turner. But it’s not there yet; far from it. Before I get into the problems (and there are many) I’ll list what I enjoyed about Dark Falls Academy. Firstly, I’m a sucker for good urban fantasy, and the author has done a lot of interesting world building here. The setting—a school for supernaturals—is cliché, but she makes up for it with realistic politics (I love politics!), unconventional supernatural creatures, and a truckload of mystery. This is a world that compels you to discover more.I also enjoyed the fast-paced plot, which made it easy for me to finish this book. The fast pacing was also the undoing of this story, however. The narrative is disjointed: there were several instances where, as a reader, I was totally confused. Did this happen in the past, or is this happening now? What time of day is it? Wasn’t Jules, the main character, doing this exact same thing earlier in the story?Lots of interesting world building elements got left by the wayside in the rush. For example, Jules doesn’t seem to have learned a lot of new witchery after she completes the semester, even though that’s the whole point of being there. Her fire powers seem totally laughable—everyone treats it as an empty threat, because it is. She can barely toast an eyebrow, let alone kill someone. This really impairs the world building, her character, and the plot resolutions.Speaking of plot resolutions: the ending was a mess. Cole, the antagonist, gains new powers that aren’t explained properly, and don’t really make sense. It would have made far more sense if Jules had done it subconsciously (if you read the book you’ll know what I mean). Many important parts of the book are left dangling without explanation.This book is dominated by two things: bullying and sex. Speaking of sex, this was a huge disappointment. This main character constantly thinks about sex, and sex is insinuated everywhere. But that’s a lie: THERE IS NO SEX. I was anxiously waiting for some awesome guy-on-guy action (it’s there in the keywords people!) but there was nada. There is no hetero sex either; Jules remains a virgin.If I could compare this book to a girl, I’d say she’s pretty, coy, and leaves you with a deflated dick. If I could treat the reader as a guy (please indulge my metaphor here) I’d tell him to find another guy who can give him what he deserves.In terms of character and emotion, it’s all over the place. I love Jules because she’s strong and incredibly (obsessively?) determined. I like her dad very much as well. But nearly everyone else is vain, cruel, and tries to bully her. Cole is genuinely toxic. He has too few redeeming qualities to make me love him; I simply despise him.Overall, I rate this book 3 stars because the story has a lot of potential, and the author clearly has talent. But I came looking for paranormal romance with a hot MMF relationship, and I didn’t find it.
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  • Sassapphras
    January 1, 1970
    Decided I'd give this a try, though I don't generally like academy (mostly high school... though this one says college) and bully romances. Forbidden Magic wasn't too bad. I did almost put it down when MFC was revealed as a virgin. I genuinely hate this theme. However, I didn't hate the book by that point so decided to push on. I'll probably read the next one.Some things:1) This is said to be a reverse-harem, but not quite getting those vibes yet. Feels more like weird love-triangle. Not sure Decided I'd give this a try, though I don't generally like academy (mostly high school... though this one says college) and bully romances. Forbidden Magic wasn't too bad. I did almost put it down when MFC was revealed as a virgin. I genuinely hate this theme. However, I didn't hate the book by that point so decided to push on. I'll probably read the next one.Some things:1) This is said to be a reverse-harem, but not quite getting those vibes yet. Feels more like weird love-triangle. Not sure who will be in the harem, but based on the end, I'm kind of guessing (view spoiler)[the two top fae dudes (though the prince's sidekick seems almost impossible), and the vampire (hide spoiler)].2) College age adults act like high schoolers. MFC is a virgin, and it's a big deal. Not my cuppa.3) Fantasy (magic, fae, werewolves, etc.) setting isn't barebones. Not as extensive as I think it should be, but I've definitely seen worse detail in books that claim these genres.4) Probably part of the bully theme, but the romance aspect is genuinely lacking. Some kissing and body presses, but nothing sexual. And the interest the MCs have in each other is vague, in the sense that you can't quite grasp what's going on. A lot of back and forth and I hate you but can't stay away from you, which would be like some normal-ish books but feels weird with how "bad" the characters are supposed to be (except MFC... she's practically a Mary Sue, which is also frustrating).That's all for now.
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  • Kelly-Jo Sweeney
    January 1, 1970
    I've loved Anja J Cosgrove's other books so far, this one is slightly different to the previous books as although it is set in a similar world (possibly the same world, not sure yet) it doesn't have any of the previous characters in it. I was a little nervous as to whether I would enjoy this book as much, as the characters are quite young. They are actually adults, but the academy that they are attending makes them seem a bit younger. The way that they are treated says school more than I've loved Anja J Cosgrove's other books so far, this one is slightly different to the previous books as although it is set in a similar world (possibly the same world, not sure yet) it doesn't have any of the previous characters in it. I was a little nervous as to whether I would enjoy this book as much, as the characters are quite young. They are actually adults, but the academy that they are attending makes them seem a bit younger. The way that they are treated says school more than university, but that didn't really matter. There was a Harry Potter vibe here and I wasn't sure about that, but once the characters and storyline really kicked in, that didn't feature as heavily. Once I was in, I loved this story and can't wait to read more.I don't want to give any spoilers, so I'm not going to go into anything that actually happens in the book. I'm not sure where the next in the series is going to go. There are apparently reverse harem themes, but I don't know if that means that were are going to end up with a reverse harem, or things are going to vaguely go in that direction with a final couple being the result. After the first book I'm liking Cole for that role, but who knows. I'm looking forward to finding out what will happen next...
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  • Laure
    January 1, 1970
    Julia "Jules" Winslow is looking forward to attending Dark Falls Academy, the to school for magic, attended by mortals and immortals. She is looking forward to reuniting with her sister who started classes at Dark Falls just a few months ago, but when she gets there she finds out that her sister has changed. Jules will quickly realize that attending Dark Falls Academy is deadly dangerous, particularly for the few mortals allowed to attend the school after fifty years of being banished, because Julia "Jules" Winslow is looking forward to attending Dark Falls Academy, the to school for magic, attended by mortals and immortals. She is looking forward to reuniting with her sister who started classes at Dark Falls just a few months ago, but when she gets there she finds out that her sister has changed. Jules will quickly realize that attending Dark Falls Academy is deadly dangerous, particularly for the few mortals allowed to attend the school after fifty years of being banished, because it was decided that the school was just to dangerous for mortals to attend.Wow! Sexy, unique, and compelling characters. the immortal student will make life hell for the mortal students, but Jules is determined to prove that witches have ever right to attend Dark Falls Academy. Exciting read with plenty of magical action, and surprising, as well as intriguing twists in the plot. Fantastic book, I loved it!I am voluntarily leaving an honest and non-incentivized review of this ARC.
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  • Silvia
    January 1, 1970
    Jules is a witch starting at Dark Falls Academy. When she gets there, the bullying begins and she doesn’t even have her sister, Allie, to count on.There’s a lot going on in this story. All the mortal students are bullied in some form. They’re not wanted at the school. There’s something going on with Allie and she’s being really secretive. Something’s attacking mortals in the forest, and Jules caught a glimpse.The first chapter in this book had me hooked and the rest of the book followed suit. Jules is a witch starting at Dark Falls Academy. When she gets there, the bullying begins and she doesn’t even have her sister, Allie, to count on.There’s a lot going on in this story. All the mortal students are bullied in some form. They’re not wanted at the school. There’s something going on with Allie and she’s being really secretive. Something’s attacking mortals in the forest, and Jules caught a glimpse.The first chapter in this book had me hooked and the rest of the book followed suit. The criticism is that I didn’t feel like this was RH. Jules is dating one guy and is drawn to another; that’s it.I was surprised and disappointed with what Trent did but am still wondering why he did it. Cole pretty much left me reeling. At least Flynn was always real. I’m still dying to know what happened to Allie on Halloween!I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Forbidden Magic was a FABULOUS start to this new Academy series by Anya Cosgrove…and I couldn’t be more excited!!!!! Jules is a new student at Dark Falls Academy. She’s a mortal….and they’ve only reintroduced mortals to the school…previously only allowing immortals entrance. She meets Trent, a Vampire….Flynn, a hateful immortal who constantly harasses her….and Cole, a Fae prince. She couldn’t be more out of her league!!! But, she is determined. Then she discovers things about her past…..This Forbidden Magic was a FABULOUS start to this new Academy series by Anya Cosgrove…and I couldn’t be more excited!!!!! Jules is a new student at Dark Falls Academy. She’s a mortal….and they’ve only reintroduced mortals to the school…previously only allowing immortals entrance. She meets Trent, a Vampire….Flynn, a hateful immortal who constantly harasses her….and Cole, a Fae prince. She couldn’t be more out of her league!!! But, she is determined. Then she discovers things about her past…..This story is fast-paced, mesmerizing, and incredibly addictive!!!! I just couldn’t stop reading!! I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to read the next in the series!!!!I am volunteering to leave a review for an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun Academy Book. I like Jules, her sister on the other hand not so much. I think something happened to Allie, what nobody seems to know. I am interested in seeing how this all plays out with Jules and Cole. It is interesting to see how Witches are considered Mortals so they aren't good enough to be at the Academy. Though like all of the Academy books it will be interesting to see how Jules takes down the wrong idea about Mortals.*I received a free copy of this book via Hidden Gems and This is a fun Academy Book. I like Jules, her sister on the other hand not so much. I think something happened to Allie, what nobody seems to know. I am interested in seeing how this all plays out with Jules and Cole. It is interesting to see how Witches are considered Mortals so they aren't good enough to be at the Academy. Though like all of the Academy books it will be interesting to see how Jules takes down the wrong idea about Mortals.*I received a free copy of this book via Hidden Gems and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
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  • Scarolet Ellis
    January 1, 1970
    Forbidden Magic by Anya J Cosgrove is a wonderful story to read. This is book number one in this wonderful start to a brand new series that I can not get enough and I can not wait to read the next book in this wonderful series. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about vampires, shifters, dark fae, fantasy and paranormal romances.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • ♡Kimi♡ Haack
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to rate it 5 stars, but sadly it didn't feel like a college level feel with the characters. Although I mean I've never been to a paranormal college lol. I'm totally hooked though so it was good.
  • Carole
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting story even though it was similar to others I have read.The characters are well written and the world building makes it easier to imagine yourself there.I will read the next in the series.This author is a must read.
  • Zoe Ashwood
    January 1, 1970
    This book, aah! I read it so fast, it was a wonder my e-reader didn't catch on fire. It's a slow-burn story that packs *a lot* of heat. I loved Cosgrove's take on an academy story, and I can't wait for more.
  • WiccaMagic74
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a bit of everything paranormal. The FMC is a feisty witch who doesn't lay down for anyone. A really great academy read.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    Riveting. It had me biting my lip the whole time I was reading it. It kept me in suspense with great world and character building. And having you guess which path it will go, so many forks and twists.*I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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  • Jenni Buchert
    January 1, 1970
    Holy hell!!What an awesome first book in this series!! I wish the next one was out now. It’s all kinds of hot and mysterious. Can’t wait to find out how this plays out with Cole and Jules.
  • Tesa
    January 1, 1970
    Good book, good plot. I hope its a reverse harem book. Its will become an awesome book.
  • Dawn Milligan
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this story well written with some pretty strong characters! The twists are great and I look forward to the next book!
  • Pat W
    January 1, 1970
    What a thrilling read, fantastic start to a new series. Characters were great and super and totally captivating throughout.
  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    ExcellentI can’t wait to find out what happens next. Go mortals although I do wish she would have an immortal future
  • Catia
    January 1, 1970
    A can't wait for the next one.
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