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Series: Evanders School for Enchanted Personage #1
Published by Indie on 2016
Genres: fantasy, romance, YA
Source: a blog tour
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When a group of mishaps are drawn together at the most prestigious magical school in Scotland, vampires meet banshees, witches meet wolves, and things begin to happen that haven’t happened for an age. For these eight teenagers, turning sixteen has never seemed so terrifying. To learn how to hone their skills, they will discover more secrets lurking behind the shadows of their mythical lives than they ever realised existed. How they survive the school is one thing. How they survive each other will be quite another.
I was honored & excited to be a part of The School of Second Chances (Evanders School for Enchanted Personage #1) blog tour, which starts today. This is book one of the series, and the giveaway and the review for book 1.5 I’ll also be publishing later today, so check back in a couple of hours!
This is an interesting beginning of a series that crosses genre. It’s a YA book (though at times the writing and plot seems more MG/immature than YA, there’s also subject matter that’s definitely YA), that is firmly set in a fantasy world where fairies, vampires, witches, werewolves, and the like all live together, along side humans. There’s also lots of romance happening. I’m not a big romance reader, but love my fantasy, so that’s why I decided to read this series. The romances are actually very sweet, as characters get to know one another and start to fall in love.
There’s a lot of teenage angst in the book, as you can imagine teenage magical creatures struggling to not only deal with teenage hormones, but fantastical abilities, too.
The chapters are all short, which makes the book read very quickly. I actually would have preferred longer chapters, as I felt there could have been more detail, especially in certain scenes (for example, as White is describing her magical world. Part of the magic of the Harry Potter universe is how real it feels, and we don’t quite get that in this series).
About the Author
Elaine White is the author of multi-genre romance, covering everything from paranormal, crime and contemporary. Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Living vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, she lives comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle. The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector’s Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – she has explored the worlds of multiple genres, but remains a romantic at heart. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with reading and writing LGBT romance, offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.