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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Edition Language:English

Spirited Reviews

  • ~Victoria~

    Spirited

    The Academy of Spirits and Shadows, #1

    C.M. Stunich

    4.75 Stars

    Now I understand what everyone was talking about, when they said how awesome

    was. This book is probably one of the best ones I've read by C.M. Stunich so far.

    The

    was all kinds of badass and fun. And Brynn's clumsiness made me love her that much more. At first her 'cursing' annoyed me, but I quickl

    Spirited

    The Academy of Spirits and Shadows, #1

    C.M. Stunich

    4.75 Stars

    Now I understand what everyone was talking about, when they said how awesome

    was. This book is probably one of the best ones I've read by C.M. Stunich so far.

    The

    was all kinds of badass and fun. And Brynn's clumsiness made me love her that much more. At first her 'cursing' annoyed me, but I quickly got used to it and frankly even started to enjoy it. I love the fact that instead of stopping to swear altogether, she found an alternative.

    The

    were ohmygod so amazing. Stunich did a better than great job with them. I loved each and every one of them (haven't warmed up to Spicer yet, though) and they were all unique and special, providing different strengths and character traits. I can't get over the fact that I didn't prefer one over the other and liked them equally, which doesn't happen to me very often.

    The

    never left me bored and even though there was a generous amount of describing and internal monologue going on, it didn't bother me at all, another delightful surprise as that's what usually gets me to either lower the rating or dnf the book altogether.

    Aaand I'm not done gloating over this book, so bear with me. Matriarchy.

    I hope I'm using the term right regarding this book, but hell, I loved how women were respected and how well they were treated in Amerin. The fact that they were encouraged to have multiple lovers (it was frowned upon if a man decided to have a harem) and were

    considered weak or a liability easily helped win me over.

    The only two downsides that I could think of were maybe too much dying going on that felt a bit over-the-top and the lack of world-building as I found there was not enough information given about the different regions, their traditions and why things were the way they were. Besides that, it really has been a while since I enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed this one and didn't have much bad things to say about it. I promise it was an honest and unbiased review and there was nothing for me to gain out of it, though *lol*.

    The ending, however..... I'm picking up

    right after I finish the review as it physically pains me not knowing... certain things. Would definitely recommend

    to fans of reverse harem and C.M. Stunich.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • 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!!!

  • Sharon Mariampillai

    Thank you Sharon J for recommending this series to me. This was an incredible read. This is one of my favourite books of 2018. The story was amazing. The characters were amazing. Brynn was amazing. She caused mini-disasters, but I love her so much. I love that she has a big heart. Also, I love her desire for her men. The guys were amazing. I think their individual characteristics made them all better for Brynn. I love that they can be sweet or arrogant. The ending made me want to read book 2. Th

    Thank you Sharon J for recommending this series to me. This was an incredible read. This is one of my favourite books of 2018. The story was amazing. The characters were amazing. Brynn was amazing. She caused mini-disasters, but I love her so much. I love that she has a big heart. Also, I love her desire for her men. The guys were amazing. I think their individual characteristics made them all better for Brynn. I love that they can be sweet or arrogant. The ending made me want to read book 2. The cliffhanger made me sad. Overall, an amazing read.

  • Runningrabbit

    KU

    I found this a sensational read and loved every second. I definitely will be trying more of Stunich’s work. This was such a KU bargain that was a 100% jackpot hit.

    The characters are drawn in full Technicolor and have both depth and complexity as they develop their relationships with each other and with the protagonist, Brynn. The reverse harem aspect is subtly done, leaving the story to gently establish the burgeoning relationships, drawing the reader into each development, g

    KU

    I found this a sensational read and loved every second. I definitely will be trying more of Stunich’s work. This was such a KU bargain that was a 100% jackpot hit.

    The characters are drawn in full Technicolor and have both depth and complexity as they develop their relationships with each other and with the protagonist, Brynn. The reverse harem aspect is subtly done, leaving the story to gently establish the burgeoning relationships, drawing the reader into each development, giving rhe novel the gentleness that begins to establish true love.

    This is a very special read and I am on tenterhooks for more.

  • Sakina Carter

    I really enjoyed this book although I enjoy most of C. M. Stunich books. The world she brings you into keeps you wanting to know more.

    Brynn was adorable. She was entertaining and her relationship with her guys was so cute to read about.

    I am glad I waited to read this because that ending!!

    Can't wait for the next book.

  • 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.

  • Silvia Andrito

    When I started reading book 1 I really liked it, but then a common theme emerged... everybody dies. In an unnecessary kind of way. As I finished book 2 it just got a little too repetitive for my taste. Same situations where people end up the same way... dead. Keep in mind that this series is a reverse harem and it includes a lot of sex.

    I understand that she is a ghost magnet and that she can talk to them, but why would you want everyone around her to be a ghost? It is just so predictable to the

    When I started reading book 1 I really liked it, but then a common theme emerged... everybody dies. In an unnecessary kind of way. As I finished book 2 it just got a little too repetitive for my taste. Same situations where people end up the same way... dead. Keep in mind that this series is a reverse harem and it includes a lot of sex.

    I understand that she is a ghost magnet and that she can talk to them, but why would you want everyone around her to be a ghost? It is just so predictable to the point of being boring.

    Also why all the “I want them all” but “I feel so guilty”? It is supposed to be a different society where having more than one husband is the norm. Why would there be guilt? Why are you trying to present her inner monologue through our standards instead of the ones from the society you created and placed her in? So of course when you are in that situation you will be a paragon of monogamy and just ask them to masturbate so you can watch... what?

    Something else that I didn’t like was that the relationships developed in book one get completely ignored in book two in favor of developing new relationships. I get it that it is a harem and you have all these relationships to develop. However you can’t completely ignore the ones you already worked on, otherwise it just feels like she is trading ones for the others, not like it is all going to work out.

    Beyond that, some of the plot is pretty good. The danger she is in from friends and foes is well developed. As I said when I read book one I liked it a lot, but as the series continues it was more disappointing than exciting.

    Also it ends in a cliff hanger... again. And the second book is very short.

  • 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 (Lady RH) ❀

    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.

    rtc

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