Hood Academy was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: Hood Academy
Author: Shelley Wilson
Publication Date: 10th November 2019
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Rating: 3 stars
Will she follow the pack…or destroy them?
A dead mother. A violent father. A missing brother.
When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.
Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.
Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.
Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.
Loyalty, friendships, and family bonds are tested as Mia discovers her true identity, but will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?
I haven’t read a werewolf book in such a long time so I was excited to give it a try. This was a very quick read but I had a lot of thoughts as I was reading. I found this plot to be very crazy, all over the place and moved way too quickly. Book 1 basically took place over a week or two and then book 2 took place a couple of months after book 1 and also happened in the span of a week or two also.
I also believe that everything was revealed way too quickly. I would have really enjoyed more suspense and mystery! Although I really liked the characters in this story, I didn’t feel like they were developed enough for my liking. Mia kept telling us that she didn’t trust anyone but almost right away she was confiding in other characters and telling them her secrets and she didn’t know anything about them. I also felt like I never learned anything about our side characters at all. Nothing about their backgrounds or stories which I found to be quite annoying and frustrating.
Another thing about characters which frustrated me to know end was that the trauma and abuse Mia suffered for all those years had absolutely no effect on her at all. It was like she left her home and never had any trauma related issues which is a very false representation of a trauma victim.
We also have a case of insta love. Mia meets this character about three times and has a five minute conversation with him and the next time they meet then end up kissing and getting together which made no sense at all. She doesn’t know this guy at all!
Many of the problems that Mia faces get solved way too quickly. Something will happen and it wil be completely resolved in that same chapter. It was all very convenient. I would have liked these situations to have been stretched longer and made more tense and suspenseful so that I could feel what the stakes were.
Although this story has a lot of flaws I do believe that this is a fun and exciting story if you’re looking for something quick and easy to read.
About the Author
Shelley Wilson is a genre straddling English author of motivational self-help titles and young adult fantasy fiction.
She’s published six non-fiction self-help books including her bestseller – How I Changed My Life in a Year – as well as five young adult (YA) fantasy novels. Book one of her werewolf series was a finalist in the RONE YA Book of the Year Awards and has been combined and re-released with book two under the new title – Hood Academy.
Shelley lives in the West Midlands, UK, with her three children. She has a crazy black cat called Luna and is obsessed with vampires, Tudor and Viking history, and exploring castles.
Find her on twitter www.twitter.com/ShelleyWilson72
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