Sunday, December 29, 2013

Magic Academy Blog Tour

Title: Magic Academy
Author: Jillian Keep
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Dec 13 2013
Editions/Formats it will be Available In: eBook
Out of a young woman’s ambition comes a love triangle that could destroy more than her heart.
Firia has always wanted to be a witch, but even though she’s a natural in magic, there’s a problem: She’s human.
Considered by the elven elite to be inferior, Firia needs an edge to be accepted into the Magic Academy. Out of sheer desperation, she summons the demon Varuj, a terrifyingly gorgeous spirit who helps her win the entrance competition. But at what price?
As the commanding demon does everything he can to penetrate every aspect of her innocent life, Firia still finds herself drawn to her study partner, Mae’lin. Not only is the sweet elf completely different from the powerful Varuj, but their relationship is forbidden.
How is she supposed to choose between the demon she owes her life to and the innocent elf who makes her a better person?

 So where do I begin with this review? First I must say this is not something I would give to a teen or even a YA.  I think that the story itself had some major draws to it, but the sex scenes in the book left quite a lot to be desired.  I just didn't feel the attraction, and the sex scene itself was crudely done.  The terms used and the descriptions used were over the top for me.  Some may enjoy this but I didn't.

Character creation was done more in line with a YA book.  Varuj, is a strange character, a demon who was pulled from his world to Firia's.  I won't go into details there.  I felt Firia was believable, her trouble gaining acceptance because she was a human and therefore unable to do the magic that the elves could was realistic and relatable. I did have trouble believing in her ability to learn new spells from Varuj so quickly, and I tend to believe that there is more there than meets the eye.  

There is quite a bit of sexual violence in this book.  Not in an abusive man beating a woman, but its almost like the sex itself was violent in nature, in part because that is how I suppose a demon mates with a human, but in part due to the beastiality aspect of it all.  Varuj was in Demon form with a huge member when he takes Firia's virginity.  To me that hinted a tad bit of beastiality, but maybe I am the only one who picked that part up?  hmmm what would that say about my mind and dirty places?? um okay well lets just move on from here shall we?

The world itself was fairly well laid out.  The Magic Academy seemed like an interesting place to be, although I did have a bit of an issue with the magic locks on the rooms and how it is that it doesn't pick up the fact that Firia is having sex with a demon in her room.  A few other aspects of the book were a bit over the top I felt, Mae'lin is so sweet and affectionate and loving to Firia, yet she can't choose between his honesty and loyalty or Varuj who disappeared without a trace for months?  Then we have Alanase who obviously has some serious issues to do what she does, and what is with the ending?  It just went poof over.  I realize there is another book coming out, but it just seemed to me to end rather abruptly.

All in all if you want an erotic type book without the complete graphical nature of erotica, with that paranormal magical twist to it, you may enjoy this book.  I think the book would have been much more enjoyable with a few questions answered and without the sex scenes, I felt they were not necessary for the flow of the story, but that's my opinion and others will or won't agree.  I give the book 3.5 stars, I would have given it 4 stars but as I said I felt the sex scenes were lacking and the ending was too abrupt.

But don't take my word for it, give it a go. You may like it, I know many of my fellow reviewers really enjoyed this book and gave it 4 or 5 stars.

This thrilling coming of age new adult romance is from fantasy romance author, Jillian Keep.
Jillian Keep is the softer and more romantic side of J.E. & M. Keep. They love to combine fantasy, scifi, horror, romance and mystery into exciting and titillating novels.
They are long term, loving partners in a very happy relationship and because of this; they love to torture their characters. Dark romance touches all of their stories in one way or another; from elicit trysts to forbidden love.

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