Kindle Unlimited Review: Magical Creatures Academy 1 + 2
Updated: Aug 31, 2019
So, I was curious about this series and decided to treat myself to some nice, cotton candy fluff literature.
Magical Creatures Academy 1: Night Shifter and 2: Lion Shifter, by Lucia Ashta, seemed intriguing. The currently popular academy setting, shifting, magic, all sounded good.
And it was, to a point. The idea of some of the characters was creative, like the surprisingly frightening rabbits that guard the gate, or the pygmy trolls that apparently look like the trolls we know and love (but are also apparently anatomically correct and prone to nakedness).
There were too many attempts to be cutesy and self-congratulatingly clever. It's hard to put into words just why it got annoying... but it's like getting into the seventh season of Gilmore Girls: At first the witty quips and fast-talking are refreshing and entertaining, and then it just starts to get old. Some characters start out being bitingly clever and sharp, others brooding and mysterious, then don't really seem to evolve. In the second book the main character suffers some angst at the loss of her lion powers, but I didn't really feel it. Something about the writing just didn't touch me.
Speaking of the writing, the author just really seemed to think she was clever. To the point that it drew me out of the story, annoyed me, and then made it hard for me to connect to the characters. A lot of times the main character seemed to be narrating, then others she seemed to be talking to herself, or to the reader directly, and it was confusing. That and a lot of the descriptions of things were done in such a way that I guess was supposed to make it sound like a teenager said it, but really it just sounded childish. 'We sat criss-cross applesauce.' Seriously? No one says that outside of elementary school play grounds.
I read the second book because I was intrigued by the story, but by the end of it I couldn't deal with the cutesy cleverness anymore. I won't be reading the third.
I give both 3 out of 5 *'s. The story is interesting, but the characters are two dimensional, never-evolving, and the author needs to upgrade her writing style for the older-than-middle school audience.