Seventh Born (The Witchling Academy #1), by Monica Sanz
Publish Date: September 4, 2018
Published by: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
**Thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me an early print copy in return for a review. This does not affect my opinion of the book in any way.**
Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.
Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.
The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.
I have to admit, when I was first introduced to this book, I had my hesitations about it. It sounded interesting, to be sure, but it also sounded like it had the possibility of being a little cheesy and cliché. I am so glad that I requested it, though, because it ended up being magical, dark, and full of mystery. I was surprised at how quickly I became invested in it, to the point where I couldn’t put it down. Filled with a gothic air and morally grey characters, this book played to my darker side and love of magical mysteries. Continue reading “Book Review | SEVENTH BORN, by Monica Sanz”