Spirited

Spirited

Spirited (The Academy of Spirits and Shadows, #1) is a full-length reverse harem (one girl, six male love interests) novel set in an urban fantasy/high fantasy universe.~Brynn of Haversey is a spirit whisperer—a person blessed with the ability to see and speak to the dead. In the country of Amerin, she's one of a select few with magical gifts known as whisperers.Every year...

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Title:Spirited
Author:C.M. Stunich
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Spirited Reviews

  • Jennifer G

    Brynn of Haversey is a spirit whisperer. She has the ability to see and speak to the dead, she can send them to the afterlife. Brynn is a beautiful, curvy small half-breed angel with wings twice her size causing her to be a walking accident. Two left feet doesn't begin to describe her endearing clumsiness. She's an average whisperer who has applied to the prestigious Royal College each year since she reached the age to attend. Each year she has been turned down and this is her last chance. After

    Brynn of Haversey is a spirit whisperer. She has the ability to see and speak to the dead, she can send them to the afterlife. Brynn is a beautiful, curvy small half-breed angel with wings twice her size causing her to be a walking accident. Two left feet doesn't begin to describe her endearing clumsiness. She's an average whisperer who has applied to the prestigious Royal College each year since she reached the age to attend. Each year she has been turned down and this is her last chance. After banishing 2 nasty spirits and retrieving the ghost of a former whisperer on a personal mission for the Queen, Brynn now has her admittance. However, it didn't come as expected. She will be attending with her handler, Jasinda and 3 ghosts who have attached themselves to her. Her lifelong best friend and crush, Crown Prince Air, his cousin the former whisperer Elijah, and a palace thief who holds the Queen's secrets, Talon. Once at the College, Brynn picks up 2 more ghosts. She has also caught the attention of a Traveller's Guild Master, a Griffin, Vexer. While attending classes as a first-year Brynn has a secret assignment directly from the Queen. She is to successfully cast a resurrection spell. Originally, it was to bring back the Queen's family, which now includes the Crown Prince, but also includes Brynn's "boyfriends". To further complicate her crazy life she now knows that she received two blessings, not one from the gods. She has no idea how to use the second blessing and it puts a deadly target on her back.

    Imaginative. Creative. Unique. Amusing. Whimsical. Sexy. Touching. Heartfelt. Exceptional. These are only a few of the adjectives I can use to describe this new series by CM Stunich. This is easily one of my favorite books by this author and since I love her work, this is truly saying something. The characters are fantastic. Brynn has so much potential. I love the tiny little, top-heavy whisperer. Each time she causes a mini-disaster I smile. I grew attached to her as quickly as the ghosts. Her capacity for love, her self-doubt, her heartbreak, her loyalty to Jas, her hatred for Felixa (me too), her amusement for dry jokes, and her desire for her men all resonated with me. I share her desperation to pull off the resurrection spell. Air, Eli, and Vex are delicious. I love the history Brynn and Air share even if I am not a fan of some of his behavior. Eli gives me the warm fuzzies. Everything about this arrogant man appeals to me. And Vex seems to be male/griffin perfection. I'm not sure how to feel about the others yet but they certainly make it interesting!

    Then ... Ship. Ship. Flubbing ship. The Ending. CM ranks among the elite as a Queen of Cliffhangers and this one actually made me lose a feather. I loved this book and am eagerly waiting for the next one.

  • Kayla Pipkin

    OMG!

    You can’t end a book there!

    It just isn’t right!

    Brynn is a spirit whisperer trying to get into the Royal College with her handler, Jasinda.

    They were on their last ditch effort to try and get acceptance when Brynn’s entire life is flipped on its axis.

    She learns thing about herself she never knew, has a Ghost constantly following her now, and an impossible seeming task to perform.

    However, this task becomes the single most important thing to her when more people around her seem to be dying.

    Thi

    OMG!

    You can’t end a book there!

    It just isn’t right!

    Brynn is a spirit whisperer trying to get into the Royal College with her handler, Jasinda.

    They were on their last ditch effort to try and get acceptance when Brynn’s entire life is flipped on its axis.

    She learns thing about herself she never knew, has a Ghost constantly following her now, and an impossible seeming task to perform.

    However, this task becomes the single most important thing to her when more people around her seem to be dying.

    This is probably my new favorite series by CM Stunich.

    I absolutely loved it.

    It is like nothing I have ever read before.

    The concept is something I have never seen written before and I am excited to see where things will lead.

    The characters are great.

    They are well written with hilarious personalities and off the charts chemistry, whether it’s their friendships or something more intimate.

    I do hate that it ends on a cliffhanger though.

    It was just getting to the good parts when it ends.

    I will say that the blurb/synopsis is a little misleading.

    Not all of her boyfriends are ghosts, at least not yet anyways.

    It’s not really clear yet who will be in her harem but of the ones I’m pretty sure on, only 2 are actually ghosts.

    There is another ghost that she has had a somewhat relationship, but I’m not sure on him.

    One Ghost is a teacher and she doesn’t really interact with him til the end so he isn’t a clear decision yet either.

    The other two are not ghosts.

    One is a griffon and very much alive.

    The other is a blade whisperer who likes her but doesn’t really want to admit it. (SPOILER) He actually becomes a ghost at the end.

    So I guess technically only one is not a ghost.

    But 3 of them don’t start off that way but do so within the story.

    That makes it a bit misleading, as I think many will expect them all the start off as ghosts.

    I definitely recommend this book.

    It is amazing and I don’t think you will regret picking it up and giving it a go.

    It was super fantastic!

  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)

    Well shit that was flubbing fantastic!!! It had a slow start and one chapter was infuriatingly long but I got through it and ended up loving this! It’s one of my favorites from C.M. and I need book 2 now!!!

  • C.J.

    I liked this story a lot, particularly the characters. Looking forward to finding out more about them all in the next book. There was a lot going on in this book, it isn’t what I’d call an ‘easy’ read, it is complex and gripping.

  • Claire

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    Oh I guess it had to happen one day, that a C.M. Stunich book would come along that just didn’t hit the spot for me. I mean, it was good, but it just didn’t bowl me over in the way I’ve come to expect from a Stunich novel.

    Spirited features Brynn a spirit whisperer who is determined to make it into the Royal College, she’s also crazy mad in love with the Crown Prince, Air, her best friend since forever. As the book progresses, she meets various

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    Oh I guess it had to happen one day, that a C.M. Stunich book would come along that just didn’t hit the spot for me. I mean, it was good, but it just didn’t bowl me over in the way I’ve come to expect from a Stunich novel.

    Spirited features Brynn a spirit whisperer who is determined to make it into the Royal College, she’s also crazy mad in love with the Crown Prince, Air, her best friend since forever. As the book progresses, she meets various spirits who become attached to her, we don’t learn how this happens and she has no clue. All the spirits are male and they all fancy the britches off of her.

    She’s set on a mission which if she succeeds would mean she could bring the spirits back to life. This mission had me questioning whether these men liked her for genuine reasons or because of what they could potentially get out of her (yeah sue me, I’m a cynic).

    Despite my cynicsm I liked the guys, they had opposing personalities, that grated on each other in most cases. It made for funny conversations and some awkward moments. I also liked how only spirit whisperers could see the spirits unless they had a spirit charm meaning some odd moments happened when the spirits were around and those who couldn’t see them walked in on conversations/sat on them etc.

    The fight scenes were wonderful, fluid and graphic. Very reminiscent of some of the epic fantasy novels I read and I thoroughly enjoyed them. There is a lot of death in this book, and honestly as a fan of grimdark I’m never going to complain at lots of death!

    My issue though was with Brynn, I couldn’t warm to her, she’s head over heels in love with Air, this I have no issue with, and I’ve seen this trope in reverse harem before but the inclusion of additional men has worked really well regardles. But I just didn’t believe it here. She is so friggin’ obsessed with Air that I just didn’t buy it that she was attracted to anybody else. So when she did connect to other men in the group it just pissed me off. The irony being I preferred some of those guys but I just felt they could do better than Brynn.

    I’m hoping that the story progressing in book two will help me get over this hurdle, I love Stunich’s writing and I’m always normally totally convinced by everything she wants us to believe in the story so I’m not going to give up on this story and have the next installment pre-ordered ready to dive back in.

  • Bec

    There are some intriguing parts to this story, enough to keep me interested enough to check out book two. There are also some pretty big plot holes and not much in the way of world building. Overall this was entertaining but yet did drag in places, it's a bit of a mixed bag really. Book two will really make or break this story for me, not sure I'd purchase the book, but am willing to continue on since it's Kindle Unlimited.

  • Lucille

    I really want to say I loved this, but I struggled to finish it. STRUGGLED. The start is great and then it kind of bleh. I don't have a serious investment in any of the characters. The harem promise was lack luster. The things I did like were the world and the magic.

  • Brittain *The Baddest Female*

    I'm not going to make myself miserable by reading a book that I'm not enjoying.

    I've already had a rough day. I got sunburned during my 4 hour soccer practice I had to run. I now have 2 busted up knees and I pulled a muscle in my back because I'm sick and I was coughing too hard. So this is me being not nice because I don't have to be and listing all of the problems I am having with this book.

    1) No world building.

    Nothing. Not enough at least. There are all of these different societies

    I'm not going to make myself miserable by reading a book that I'm not enjoying.

    I've already had a rough day. I got sunburned during my 4 hour soccer practice I had to run. I now have 2 busted up knees and I pulled a muscle in my back because I'm sick and I was coughing too hard. So this is me being not nice because I don't have to be and listing all of the problems I am having with this book.

    1) No world building.

    Nothing. Not enough at least. There are all of these different societies and regions but none of it is explained. There is apparently a culture of reverse harems but no discussion of whether this is because of societal norms or if there are fewer men than women. No discussion of how the magic is formed or the source of the gods. No legends. No awkward jokes. Nothing.

    2) Sexy-on-legs character with only one obvious flaw which is being clumsy.

    Again, being clumsy is not a flaw. Or really I should say that it isn't enough to be the fatal flaw of a character and shouldn't be the point of emphasis, especially if the character is full grown. I expect clumsiness out of a kid growing into their legs. If you are an adult, you have to have enough spacial awareness to not damage yourself on a regular basis. This girl has had wings her entire fucking life and still can't get the hang of them.

    Also, everybody wants to have sex with this girl. She is so pretty and they talk a lot about boobs and ass and all that shit but there is no chemistry between any of the other characters. They all exist to interact with her. Yawn.

    3) Food. Sex. Class. Sex. Politics. Sex.

    Good lord it is every other thought with this girl. Take a fucking break. Go get a massage or something and relax. That kind of thirst ain't cute.

    4) Special fucking snowflake.

    She can't swear. She has unique wings that nobody else has. She has the major plot twist. She is going to save the world.

    Bigger yawn.

    5) Dry as chalk

    The characters are pretty damn flat. They don't have the depth to keep me involved in their stories. They don't have real motivations other than the main character and it is just so boring. I don't care if their lives all revolve around one girl but having them obsess over her is really dumb.

    6) ERRRBODY IS HUNG LIKE A HORSE

    There's no variety there, as with many adult leaning books. But seriously? Everybody is above average? I mean all of these guys are carved from marble and make stallions blush. And they are always like

    . Don't they ever get dizzy or lightheaded? It's like that old joke about God giving man two heads but only enough blood to operate one at a time.

    I'm over it. Why am I having so many DNFs lately? This sucks.

  • Marguerite

    When book 1 turns out to be a long as fuck introduction, it's always a bit of a disappointment.

    But it was quite good.

    And I can't wait to read the next book.

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