Review: Initiation by Imogen Rose

Initiation by Imogen Rose
Series: Bonfire Academy (# 1)
Publisher: Imogen Rose
Page Count: 411
Source: Bewitching Book Tours

Welcome to Bonfire Academy!

Set in the foothills of the alpine mountains in St.Moritz, this exclusive private school caters to a special kind of student. Enter at your own risk… but if you are human, you may not want to enter at all.


WARNING: This YA story is set in a school for paranormals who are very different from normal human teens. Thus, the language and some scenes might not be appropriate for younger YA readers. Recommended for those sixteen and above.

Review:  When Cordelia Hammer returns to The Bonfire Academy to begin her voluntary third year she could never have imagined how her life would change. The Bonfire Academy is a prep school hidden in St. Moritz, Switzerland that is exclusive to the elite paranormal society. Students come from all over the world to learn how to control and develop their paranormal skills. Since Cordelia’s third year was an enrichment year, she planned to work on her tennis skills and spend time with her boyfriend Quinn. Upon her arrival, Cordelia receives a request to meet with the student council president, Jagger. In the course of their initial meeting Cordelia learns she is to mentor a young girl named Faustine, who is half demon and half human. Cordelia begins to realize that not only will she have to keep Faustine safe; she will also have to try to contain her attraction to Jagger.

Initiation begins with the opening line “Trust No One”. Imogen Rose captures the reader’s attention from that moment and does not let go. The relationship between the characters of Faustine and Cordelia deepen as the book progresses. What begins as a daunting task for Cordelia ends with a strong bond between the girls. The love triangle between Cordelia, Quinn and Jagger has the perfect amount of tension due in part to Cordelia’s loyalty to Quinn and her new love for Jagger. The secondary characters are engaging and interesting.

Imogen Rose paints a vivid picture of life at The Bonfire Academy. Her descriptions of demons, vampires, witches, shape shifters and other creatures are detailed and imaginative. This is a fast paced, well-plotted book that flows effortlessly. The elements of mystery, suspense and adventure are woven together to create a fantastic first book in the Bonfire Academy Series.

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