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Book Review: Cursed Magic by Alexis Calder #NewAdult #Fantasy

I signed up to read ARCs over on Booksprout and came across this gem. I can’t find anything about the author online, though (no website or social media) which is a shame.

About the Book

cursed magic cover

When things go sideways, what a girl really needs by her side is a sexy wolf shifter, a steamy incubus, and a smoldering mage. Prove me wrong.

Everyone has heard of Bloodfire Academy. It’s an elite school that takes the best of the best in the supernatural world. The students at Bloodfire are the children of members of a secret order. Think Illuminati but for the magical world. But even more powerful.

Membership is inherited and it turns out my late mother was one of them. Who knew? Up until now, magic hasn’t really been my thing. But a girl can fake it, am I right?

There’s no faking it when I meet the sexy wolf shifter, steamy incubus, and smoldering mage. Seriously, this semester is going to be hot.

Then the attacks start. I thought I could figure out the magic part, but nobody said anything about monsters. Turns out Bloodfire Academy is more about survival than GPA.

Publisher’s Note: Cursed Magic is a full length, steamy, new adult paranormal academy romance where the heroine doesn’t have to choose. This is book one of three in the Bloodfire Academy series.

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review

Why are all the guys sexy – and hot for the MC? Unrealistic, even in fantasy – but oh-so-fanciful! The swearing does get a little old, real fast.  The scenes from the guys’ POV could’ve been from Tansy’s (and probably more powerful if it were from her POV).

Fast-paced and easy to read, though. Well-plotted, excellent worldbuilding and exciting twists and turns (which eventually explains the attraction the guys have towards Tansy and how she feels about them). The magic, the hidden history and the drama is so much fun to read about. I especially liked the twist in the end.

A funny, magical New Adult read.

Trigger warning: questionable consent in some cases, sex, death, swearing.

*I received an ARC from the author and this is my honest opinion.

4 stars

Have you read anything by this author? What are your thoughts about steamy academy romances?

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Cursed Magic by Alexis Calder #NewAdult #Fantasy”

  1. As a Steven Crowder fan (of change my mind fame), have to admit, I love that tag line–“When things go sideways, what a girl really needs by her side is a sexy wolf shifter, a steamy incubus, and a smoldering mage. Prove me wrong.”

  2. Sometimes it seems like I can’t look up a book without finding alluring-female-at-a-supernatural-school-on-cover somewhere in the search results. I’m not knocking them all. In fact, I recently read a good one. I’m more shocked Amazon doesn’t have a category specifically for these books.

  3. I’m sitting here reading this post thinking “I’ve heard of this…” And then realized I already commented on this. HA!

    Anyway. Hi! How have you been? I am excited for the upcoming YA scavenger book hunt (YASH), and for the Pass or Pages query contest at Operation Awesome with the YA category this October. I hope you’ve been staying healthy and thriving as best as you can this year.

    – J

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