Title: The Auctor Trilogy by T. R. Wolf
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by: CreateSpace (Nov. 28, 2016)
When seventeen-year-old Addie Auctor’s mother is murdered by her father, she must confront many secrets that her family has hidden from her. The worst of these secrets is that Addie’s father, Donovan Hawthorne, is still hunting Addie because of an ancient blood feud between her mother’s family, the Auctors, and her father’s family, the House of Hawthorne. In order to be protected from the House of Hawthorne, Addie and her brother, Augustus, are sent to Initiation at an exclusive University, the Wicked Cabal.
Initiation is nothing like Addie expects. She is immediately separated from Augustus and thrown in with four complete strangers – Fallon, Maddox, Liam, and Tempe. Addie must try to forge friendships with her fellow Initiates while they solve clues, battle mystical creatures, and explore increasingly dangerous places.
Readers of all ages will love this adventure filled with suspense, treachery, and romance.
What I Thought
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author!*
Honestly, I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book. After reading the synopsis – and seeing that beautiful cover – I was definitely intrigued. However, I admit, I was a bit hesitant to read it. This is a self-published book, and while there are many amazing self-published novels out there (some of my favorites are actually self-pubbed), there are also some that still need more work, and sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which. All that being said, I loved this book!
This book is very immersive. Almost immediately I fell into the plot and didn’t want to stop reading. There were times where I felt like I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what was going to happen next! There were so many twists and turns, and I loved the adventure that filled this book. I admit, there were a few parts, about halfway through, that seemed to drag on for me a little bit, but overall, I enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed the characters as well. I loved getting to know each and everyone of them. The friendships and relationships that formed throughout this novel were nicely paced and not unrealistic. I look forward to seeing how these characters and their relationships grow in the next book in the series!
Another thing I really loved about this book was how it felt so much like the “good ole’ days of YA.” Don’t get me wrong, I love how there is so much diversity in characters, genres, subject matter, etc. in YA today, but sometimes it’s fun to read “classic” YA books, and this book definitely helped fill that void. The Auctor Trilogy has all of those classic YA tropes (e.g. love triangle, the chosen one, etc.), but it is done so well. To be honest, I thought I was sick of love triangles, but The Auctor Trilogy has set up the possibility of one in such an unique way, I’m really excited to see how it all plays out! I also really appreciated the innocence of this novel. I don’t really recall any swearing, which I found refreshing.
Overall, this was a really fun book! It was filled with adventure and excitement, and I cannot wait to see what happens next. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an adventurous and magical read!
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