Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she's the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.
Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium's Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.
The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he'll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she'll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn't the only thing that makes a witch burn.
Conspirator. Failure. Murderer.
Seraphina Dovetail is used to being called all these things. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, and the cause of her mother losing both her powers and her life, Sera has always felt isolated. Until Nikolai Barrington.
The young professor not only took an interest in Sera—he took her into his home, hired her for his moonlighting detective agency, and gave her the one thing she'd always dreamed of: a chance. Under Barrington's tutelage, Sera can finally take the School of Continuing Magic entrance exam to become an inspector and find her family. Now if only she could stop her growing attraction to her maddening boss—which is about as easy as this fiery elementalist quitting setting things on fire.
But when ghosts start dragging Sera into possessions so deep she can barely escape, and then the souls of lost witches and wizards appear trapped in mirrors, these two opposites will have to work together to uncover a much deeper secret that could destroy the Witchling world…
Wow, I enjoyed reading these books so much! Sera was really easy to relate to, even if her exact circumstances being a seventh born which meant her existence killed her mom, isn't the most common. But the anger and frustration that she felt, oh, boy was that relatable!
I really enjoyed the magic system in this book, with the different focuses like air or earth. And the whole, if you have seven girls, then the 7th one kills the mom. Yeah. I enjoyed learning alongside Sera about her magic, as she learns control over her magic and her fiery temper.
I did read the synopsis of the 2nd book before I read the first book. So knowing that she'd be attracted to him, I really devoured their interactions, and they were so much fun to read! It was like, are they really interacting like that? It was epic!
Both of these books had pretty interesting mysteries. Both are mixed in with the magic, because that's the world. Sera is 18, and with the nature of the crimes, I would categorize this series into upper YA, and depending on the length of this series, NA. It's not totally dark, but it could be pretty intense!
Yeah, these books were such great reads, I really enjoyed them!
Author: Monica Sanz
Series: The Witchling Academy #1, 2
Read: September 16th, 16th, 2019
Source: YA Bound through NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books!
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: September 3rd 2019, September 10th 2019
Monica Sanz has been writing from the moment she could string together a sentence. Her stories have come a long way from mysterious portals opening in the school cafeteria, transporting classmates to distant worlds. A classic by the name Wuthering Heights is responsible for that. She's been lost to dark romances and brooding fictional men ever sense. Now she writes about grumpy professors, cursed ringmaster, tortured soul collectors, and the girls they fall in love with. Monica’s books have received many accolades on the social writing website Wattpad. She’s accumulated over six million reads, eighty thousand votes, and fifteen thousand comments since posting her books on the website. She is also a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on the subjects of writing and publishing.
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