Title: Fallen Academy: Year Four
Author: Leia Stone
Pub. Date: April 19, 2019
Pub: Independently Published
Genre: Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Lucifer isn’t happy about Brielle’s escape from hell and he plans to make that known to the inhabitants of earth. Chaos has descended on Angel City and the Fallen Army needs to do everything they can to keep it from falling. Meanwhile, Brielle is training for the fight of a lifetime. She’s ready to fulfill the prophecy. Lucy’s going down.
This will be a short spoiler free review. I listened to the audiobook via Audible. Honestly, if I hadn’t already listened to the rest of the series, I might’ve actually DNF’d this.
I don’t know what happened with the last 2.5 books in this series, but they were major let downs.
This final book has like, 3 “final” showdowns, and each one feels like the end of the book, there’s about to be a winner in this battle, and then Lucifer slips away.
It was annoying. I’d think this was it, Lucifer is about to be toast, and then there would be at least another hour.
Needless to say, I lost patience quickly.
I also found Brielle and Lincoln’s relationship annoying as hell. He was moody, overly possessive and just not charming. She was equally as bad, engaging with his bad behavior (which, okay, is a trauma response) with “oh, he just loves me / I love when he’s like that”.
I swear there’s a whole tone shift between book 2 and book 3, which just carries into this book.
And don’t even get me started on the whole baby element. For a character who is only in the book for legit a few chapters, somehow the whole series tonally changes to be about the hardships of motherhood, and I was just left going huh???
I’m usually such a sucker for these kinds of books – paranormal, school setting, save the world and high stakes with some romance – usually rivals to lovers. But this did nothing for me but leave me exceptionally disappointed. By the time I was half way through, and once again tricked into thinking the final showdown was happening, I just wanted the book to be over.
I’m bummed this ended up being a miss, guess I’ll just have to try something else.