August 17, 2020

#BookReview: Hemlock (Academy of the Dead #1) by Rue Volley

Synopsis: Every five hundred years humanity bears a child who has unlimited power over life and death.

And now she's a teenager. 
Rook Dagger spent the first fifteen years of her life safely tucked away in a beautiful cottage on the lake, enjoying home-cooked meals and homeschooling far away from the rest of the world.
But her power couldn't be hidden forever.
The time has come for her to be enrolled in Hemlock Academy, a centuries-old institution designed to cultivate and create the greatest necromancers in the world.
The children who attend will one day be placed among the seven kingdoms of magic, serving Kings and country for as long as they're needed.
To harness the power surging through her veins, Rook will need guidance in the art of giving of life... and taking it away.
This power makes her unique.
Her abilities could make her an unstoppable force of nature, if she wasn't hung up on a boy.
G Gianni--a beautiful distraction with pouty lips, pale skin, and a sharp tongue.
His attention consumes her. His scent entices her. His words infuriate her.
She loves to hate him.
He hates to love her.
And together? Well, together, they could destroy the world.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
My Review: This story plays on the old magic school theme.  I grabbed this one because of the cover that I just fell in love with.  The biggest issue with this one was the writing.  I wanted to love it but it just didn't work out.  I think this one would be a great book for those who are moving from high middle grade stories to younger young adult ones.  


Rue Volley is a USA Today Bestselling Author and award-winning screenwriter who is best known for creating compelling storylines with a multitude of twists and turns that leave her readers virtually speechless.

She specializes in paranormal romances that include otherworldly characters who, regardless of their supernatural abilities, feel oddly familiar, or in other words, human. This, coupled with her easy reading style, a wicked sense of humor, and excellent world-building skills, has garnered her a fiercely loyal fan base over the past decade who support her regardless of what genre she chooses to write in.

Some of her best works include The Dead Boy's Club, 13 Ways to Midnight, Hellhound, The Devil's Gate, and A Vampires Tale of Blood and Light. All of which utilize her skill at piecing together compelling dramas that highlight her love for vampires, witches, angels, and demons across many genres, including young adult, new adult, urban fantasy, and erotic romance.

Rue Volley's work seems to be synonymous with one phrase in the publishing world.
Thoroughly addictive. 

She is accredited with two award-winning screenplays for film, Hellhound (original script, 2014) and Awakening (contributing screenwriter, 2015). IMDb:

Rue is represented by Gladys Gonzales Atwell, Publicist, and Sarah Davis Brandon, Publisher, and Neil M. Schwartz, Editor, and Manager.
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