Zodiac Academy: The Awakening as Told by the Boys by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

Zodiac Academy: The Awakening As Told by The Boys

BY Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti


Book 1.5 in the Supernatural Beast and Bullies series

The Vega twins are alive.

Those five words circle in my mind like an oncoming storm. They change everything about the future we thought had been set in stone. They challenge everything we were raised to be and the stability of the entire kingdom.

They’re coming to our academy looking for the life that was stolen from them, but we can’t let them take it back.

So much hangs in the balance and we can’t risk the arrival of two naïve princesses destroying everything we worked so hard for.

I have trained in dark magic, overcome all challenges and stood in the shadow of Lionel Acrux for far too long already. I won’t let them come between me and his downfall.

Which means they have to go before they discover how powerful they truly are.


Age Recommendation:



Urban Fantasy

Bully Romance

Zodiac Academy: The Awakening As Told by the Boys, is a rewrite of the first book, The Awakening, but from the perspectives of Darius, Orion, Caleb, Seth and Max. When the Heirs found out about the Vega twins still being alive, and their hold on the throne in jeopardy, their families left it in no uncertain terms: do anything you need to get break the Vega's, before they come into their power. It should be easy, right? Two, untrained girls who grew up mortal? What they boys didn't expect was how headstrong the Vega's are, or how likeable they are. When they all find themselves drawn to the beautiful twins for their own reasons, lines are blurred, and what they need to do becomes harder and harder.

Initially when I started this series, I wasn't going to read this. My favorite books in the series are when the Heirs and Vega's work as a team, and are friends, so the idea of going back to the beginning, when the Heirs were just fucking terrible to Darcy and Tory seemed daunting. Then I finished Fated Throne, and the novellas, and I missed these characters. It wasn't terrible. It wasn't great. I think I was hoping for more information then what I got, but really, it was just more thorough on what we already knew - that Lionel is a controlling, manipulative bastard who beats his kids. One thing I did enjoy was getting more insight on how Darius and Orion interpreted their instant attractions to Tory and Darcy. Obviously it was much stronger for them (I suspect because they live their lives by the stars, whereas Tory and Darcy lived as mortals), and I think Orion suspected why he had these feelings, even if he didn't acknowledge them. And Darius ... I know hindsight is 20/20 ... but when you suspect the stars are talking to you, and that something you are doing if going to change fate ... fucking listen. But then where would the angst that we all love come from?

Highlights of this book is the bond between the Heirs, and the different bonds being formed between them and the Vega's. I think if you like these books, and you want to understand the Heirs motives at the beginning of the series, it's worth reading. It just doesn't add any substance to the series as a whole.