Zodiac Academy: Cursed Fates
by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
Book 5 in the Bullies and Beasts series
After the devastating events at Zodiac Academy, we have to deal with this darker world we're faced with.
Lionel seeks to hurt us, the Nymphs seek to hurt the entire Fae race, and between all of it, we just have to try and survive each day as it comes.
I'm afraid of everything falling apart, but it looks like it already has.
Zodiac Academy: Cursed Fates by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti is the fifth book in their Supernatural Bullies and Beasts series, and starts off immediately where we left off. Darius and Tory are dealing with the consequences of Tory refusing the mate bond with Darius. The physical proof of it in their eyes is a blow to everyone around them, but the inner turmoil and pining they each feel is the hardest part. But despite the curse that is set on their shoulders, it seems lessons are learned. As Darius does all he can to win over Tory's affections after all he has done to her, the other Heirs reign in the worst of themselves for the sake of their friend, and what they find with the Vega's is something they never expected - friendship. As they all try to figure out a way to defy the stars, and give Darius and Tory another chance, though, Lionel is plotting to take the throne for himself. He will stop at nothing to gain it. But is Tory and Darcy, and the Heirs, strong enough to defeat him?
Oh my god guys. This book was fucking huge. Did it have to be? Again, no, but I actually LIKED the filler this book. So much happens in terms of plot in this book, that it's needed. Because this book was heavy. Like ... thank god I was wearing sunglasses on my work commute to hide the tears heavy. Those fluff moments with Darcy and Orion were needed ---------spoiler --------> considering what happens in this book. I mean, I always knew that they would be caught, but I was hoping for a better outcome. But in true self-sacrificing hero style, Orion just had to lie, and get himself imprisoned and powershamed. Ugh. And the way he broke it off with Darcy when she visited him. UGH! I get his reasoning, but its dumb. They suspect their Elysian Mates. Does he think just because she is a royal she would refuse that bond? Why suffer when it's inevitable? <------------. The moments between Tory and Darius were some of my favorite of the book, but were not filler, as it was needed to build up their relationship. It is important to the story, and makes the ending of this book SO MUCH HARDER TO DIGEST. --------spoiler-------> Honestly, I think I will gag if I find out in the next book Lionel and Tory have sex. Since she was forced to give herself to the shadows, forced the guardian bond, and Lionel tortures her to submission, I think it would make me sick to find out he takes advantage of that and rapes her too. I wouldn't be surprised, but it would be difficult to read. <-------------. Another favorite part of this book was .... the bullying is done! FINALLY! I was, frankly, sick to death of it. And the bonds that slowly form between The Vega's and the Heirs were what made this book. And while it was a slow start, after what happens with Orion, their friendships with one another really pick up. Especially Seth and Darcy, which, after everything Seth has done, was surprising. -------spoiler---------> but when they all combine forces and take away the one thing that Kylie loves the most in retaliation for what she did to Orion and Darcy - attention - I fucking loved it. In that moment, I could see Orion's wishes for the Heirs to share the throne with the twins. The six of them powerful and united. <-------------------.
Cursed Fates is really a book of lessons learned. It's unfortunate that the catalyst for it was Tory and Darius becoming Star-Crossed, but we can't deny that it affects everyone around them. Darius finally understands that there are more important things than power, and Tory learns to try to forgive. Seth, Caleb and Max, seeing the consequences of their actions in their brother's eyes and demeanor, learn through Darius the same lesson he learned. And Darcy - well, I feel like her journey and the lessons she needs to learn are coming. With what happened with Orion and the conclusion on this book, I suspect the next book will be her getting stronger - both in terms of power and emotionally - on her own two feet. Either way, after the conclusion of this book, I can't wait to dive into the next one.