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Book Review: "Fallen Academy: Year Two" by Leia Stone

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"Fallen Academy: Year Two" by Leia Stone

"Fallen Academy: Year Two" by Leia Stone

What Does Lucifer Want Her For?

  • Title: Fallen Academy: Year Two
  • Author: Leia Stone
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2018
  • Page Length: 288 pages
  • Series Installment: Second book in the Fallen Academy series (four books)

Summary

Brielle is beginning to do well in her studies and has even received an item to help contain her dark magic. That is, until Mikey, her brother, shows up in an injured state because of some fight with the Tainted Academy students.

Deciding to follow his steps and join the Fight Night to buy her mother's contract from Grim, Brielle begins to learn of a new prophecy, one she doesn't much care for.

Having to release her item that helps contain the darker magic that lives in her soul, Brielle learns that Lucifer wants her by his side, but for what reason, she isn't sure.

Now she must continue life, while fighting off demons, rejecting Lucifer, and save her family from Demon City and themselves. The only question being, what does Lucifer want her for?

My Review

Normally when I start a review, I like to talk about all the good things and finish it off with what I didn't like, however, what I didn't like in this book is killing me.

A Doozy of a Cliffhanger

That's not to say it was a horrible read, but just a fabulous one with something everyone hates: cliffhangers.

Now, we all understand they exist to make us crave the next part, whether it's in television, movies, or in this case, books, and this cliffhanger is a doozy. I am talking about when you read the cliffhanger at the end of the book and you can't help but become consumed in a curiosity and frustration of wanting to know what will happen next.

Sadly, it is the final pages of the book, and you therefore have to obtain book three of the four-book series to find out what happens next. It will drive you insane, as it has done to me for the last five hours. However, it is always the journey that makes a cliffhanger exceptionally mean.

Character Growth

Brielle has been making improvements since the Gauntlet at the end of Fallen Academy: Year One, but that doesn't change much of her way of thinking. The growth in this particular book was extremely nice and helped fill her out in more ways, where her future and family are concerned.

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For example, she finds out her brother was trying to enter a fighting competition to win a million dollars for his mother's contract for the Demon Grim. But having been jumped by the students, and combatants in the contest, of the Tainted Academy, it comes as no surprise Brielle is willing to take up where he left off.

What does comes as a surprise is before the Fight Night competition, she loses her infinity weapon and has to deal with some scary situations that make you begin to wonder what her role is. To sit and watch her determination be the fire to go through whatever means possible, it is really hard to not fall in love with her.

She shows growth, not in just her skills and powers, but as a person as well. Especially when she had a one-on-one conversation with the Archangel that denied healing her father. In these conversations, you learn more about the Fallen War and why things on Earth have gotten bad. It really makes you want to hate the Archangels for what had happened.

However, Brielle finds it in her heart to forgive him and his brothers for everything that had taken place since their actions. Which makes you wonder if you would be able to do the same thing in Brielle's situation. Heavens know I wouldn't have, even if it was for my own good, but maybe I am just a bit petty about things at times.

Sacrificing Herself for Those She Loves (and Even Those She Doesn't Know)

I think what I enjoyed the most about this book is that we were able to see that Brielle would always sacrifice herself for those who she loves. Even though she hasn't died, there have been many cases where you can't help but wonder how she made it out alive.

With everything seemingly going against her, you can't help but wonder what is she holding on to that allows her to move forward.

We are introduced to the work she and the other Fallen Academy students are to do, since year-two students are officially in the army. You get a glimpse of the world outside the walls the Archangels built and find yourself wondering how Brielle plans to do right by those living in such conditions.

She talks a big game, well thinks in this case, and it is clear she wants to help out, but not even I can find a way for her to save all those people.

She was willing to put her life on the line to protect children she didn't know in the slightest, not because she had to, but because she felt it was the right thing to do.

It is the moments like this, in the story, where you slightly admire the 19-year-old's courage, determination, and selflessness. I find myself wondering if she will ever help end the war and be the reason for so many survivors.

My Rating

Overall, I absolutely loved this book, minus the huge cliffhanger at the end. It answered a few questions that were raised from the first book, while still leaving much to mystery.

Because of this and how the story is playing out thus far, I would rate it five stars out of five stars. It's a book you just can't put down. The series is turning out to be binge worthy beyond belief.

I can't say I would recommend this book unless you read the first one, Fallen Academy: Year One. But if you have read the first, you should definitely read this one. It makes the story even better with how much action and mystery lie within its pages, while still adding plenty of content to keep you entertained and wanting more.

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