Fallen Academy: Year One by Leia Stone
Brielle Atwater isn’t sure of much, but she knows a few things:
1. Having black wings is not normal.
2. Selling her soul to the demons was a mistake.
3. Lincoln Grey is the biggest jerk she’s ever met … but not falling in love with him might prove impossible.
When angels fell from the sky to war with the demons that ravaged Earth, their combined powers infected humanity. Now, the humans are assigned one of two fates, being either demon gifted or angel blessed.
After wings sprout from Brielle’s back at her awakening ceremony, she’s sure she’s an angel blessed celestial. It’s not until she sees black wings that she realises something is terribly wrong.
Having sold her contract at a young age to save her father’s life means she should be bound for Tainted Academy. That is, until a fallen angel unexpectedly fights for her to be accepted into Fallen Academy, the elite school for those that inhabit Angel City.
She’s immediately matched with her impossibly handsome celestial teacher, Lincoln Grey. Laying eyes on him, her first thought is that her time at the academy might actually be fun, but this theory quickly fades when she and Lincoln clash on day one. To further prove her admission into Fallen Academy is cursed, the entire school is thrown into chaos when an Abrus demon reveals that he knows Brielle’s secret. Now, above all else, Lincoln must fight to protect her.
To his surprise, the only thing more difficult than trying to save her … is trying not to fall for her.
I am an avid reader of all of Leia Stones books, this new series that she has began with The Fallen Academy: Year One simply outstrips them all. The level of character depth makes each and every one of the personalities so life like that I can almost reach onto each page and grasp their hands. Although the principle characters shine brilliantly, Leia Stone has managed to bring the same depth and warmth to her supporting characters which bolsters the whole Universe that she has created making it seem much larger and lifelike in every word that you read. From the best friend Shea who was destined to be a Demon Slave given that her mother had sold her but then promptly passed not long after leaving Shea to work her mother’s contract until she had been through the Awakening Ceremony herself once she turned 18, to any of the Fallen Angels themselves who feature within the novel who “gifted” the children when they fell to earth fighting the demons. Each one of them has a unique flavour and quality to them that is potent, lifelike, more than just a supporting role, they are stars of their own stories that intertwine with the main heroine and hero alike.
The red crescent moon tattoo that her mother bares on her forehead is the path that lies ahead for Brielle, or so she believes until the day that she attends the Awakening Ceremony with her best friend Shea. At the Awakening Ceremony something that no one thought possible happens, that no Angel or Demon thought was imaginable – Brielle isn’t like the others, Brielle is something else, something that both scares and delights both sides. What happens next is a fight for her very soul, a twist of fate sees her pared up with a Fallen Academy teacher for several hours a day while she gets a handle on her powers. Lincon Grey was one of the first celestial Angel Blessed to contain more than one Angel power making him like a sledge hammer against the dark forces of Lucifer making him the perfect teacher for Brielle. But the more they work together the harder and harder it becomes for them to ignore the magnetic pull between them.
But even after the light of the day in Angel City at the Fallen Academy, Brielle has to return to the dark of the Demon City at night to do her owners bidding. Something that doesn’t sit right with her, but what can she do when her mother and family are held almost at ransom to ensure she tows the line? But no matter how hard Brielle tries to tow the line, someone knows her secret, a secret many will fight to ensure never sees the light of day.
Can Lincon save her in time? Can they save each other?
Lincon Grey is a tortured soul, whose past blinds him from being able to look beyond his own grief to what is right in front of his face. This causes him to blow hot and cold towards Brielle, often leaving her confused about his feelings for her as the novel progresses. There is a brilliant scene in the book during a beach party involving a game and an apple which allows her to truly know exactly what he feels for her in full effect. I think that this scene is written with great wit and will make a lot of people both laugh and also cheer at the same time!!
Brielle is a fantastic heroine, not your typical heroine to start off with, very unsure of herself but once her belief within herself begins to kick in you see just what she can become. I think in this first novel Leia may be allowing us to see the true vulnerabilities that Brielle began with, so that you can see the foundation of her character as it is built upon with each year she is at the academy. You can see the growth and development that she goes through in just the first year, but it is at a believable rate not an all or nothing like other novels I have read and although for some characters that fits, for Brielle it doesn’t. Its really refreshing to see character growth at a level that allows the plot to develop with it, for the other characters to develop too allowing to remain supporting, not left in the background.
Loved it, loved it loved it!!!!!! 5 Stars *****