Series: Spearwood, #1
Published by Self Publish on 2016-01-09
Length: 167 pages
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Avalon, the first female born to the Dragon shifters in centuries, has hidden for most of her life. Running from monsters that rose because of her parents’ past. Sent away for her own protection, she’s raised by a stranger and trained with Paden, Maverick, and Jericho. They must make sure she will prevails once Spearwood calls on her.
Spearwood Book One by A.S. Oren is a newly revamped Spearwood Academy. The book begins when Avalon is a child and spans the time from training with Edgar to when she first arrives at the academy. Old fans of the series will like it and for those that didn’t read the old series, you’ll fall in love with the characters and world.
Avalon is essentially the same girl we met in the original. She’s tough, can keep up with the boys, and doesn’t complain about her curse, she just meets it head on. The differences in the Avalon I know and this one is that she comes to Spearwood knowing who she is and all about the curse. She isn’t innocent and naive which is a good thing. Avalon also knows her heritage. She is part dragon-shifter and part angel. Though the angel part is something she is still learning when Avalon starts Spearwood, the dragon part she has under control.
The boys ❤️ Can I just say I was dying to get back to them?! I’ve missed them! Because this book focuses more on her life before Spearwood, her training, and her family, the boys don’t play as big a role. Maverick, Paden, and a new boy Jericho are raised with Avalon at Edgar’s. They are a part of the Vox, a secret society of dragon-shifters who are to protect the female dragon-shifter that will break the curse. Maverick and Paden are brothers and come to live with Edgar at the same time as Avalon. Maverick is laid back, will do anything to make Avalon smile, and is your typical boy. Paden is the serious one, his smiles are hard to come by but they are so worth it. And then there’s Jericho, a new character to the series who arrives under suspicious circumstances. I haven’t decided how I feel about him.
The plot of this one is really the lead up to Avalon and the boys heading to the Academy. It focuses on their training and what chases Avalon and her family out of their home. There is a ton of world-building and as a fan of the original series I was super-excited. It was nostalgic and I loved returning to the Spearwood world. There’s dragon-shifters, angels, witches, an academy that is reminiscent of Hogwarts, and full of pop culture references.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and cannot wait for more. Avalon is a fun character and the boys…I can’t decide which one I like better. Right now, Paden is my favorite but I’m sure it will change ? A warning for those that are new to the series (or even old fans), the new version is new adult and will feature a reverse harem. While this first book is fairly PG, as Avalon and the boys get above 18, it will not be. So if you like clean reads, then I might skip this one. If you enjoy urban fantasy, this is one book you shouldn’t miss!