Sometimes the ones who save us are the ones we need to fear the most. In a world where dark faeries have stepped in to save the planet from humanity’s mistakes, seventeen-year-old December Thorne is nothing but a shadow. Shunned by her peers, bullied at school, and paid a little too much attention by her sleazy foster father, she lives in constant fear and perpetual solitude. Until the day everything changes. Offered a scholarship to the prestigious Oberon Academy, December finds herself living in a whole new world. Boundless food, clean clothes, a safe place to sleep, and the potential for true friendship make her new life seem almost too good to be true—but the school has a secret. The truth is, Oberon Academy isn’t just a prep school for society’s elite. It’s a training ground for a secret race of magical beings no one knows exists. And they’re preparing for war. Filled with fear and denial, December has a choice to make. She can either return to her pathetic life with her dangerous foster parents, try to survive on her own, or make Oberon Academy her home and discover the truth about who, and what she really is. And that truth could save the world.
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What I loved:
The writing style is engaging enough that even the initial world building is captivating. Details are doled out in small enough increments to not feel like info dumps, but solid enough to create a fully realized setting.
Similarly, the narration hooks the reader from the outset. December makes for a sympathetic, relatable heroine. Her situations, decisions, and rationale actually make sense rather than distancing the reader.
And I would be remiss if I didn't point out the positive female friendship, something that has been sadly, historically lacking in the YA Fantasy Genre. Sasha and December's relationship is far from perfect, but instead it looks like real, attainable friendship.
What Left Me Wanting More
Easton's character would benefit from a little more dimension and a few flaws. Because of that, the romance, while swoon-worthy, doesn't quite reach the level of feels a reader might desire. That said, December as a strong heroine with significant depth and growth more than makes up for this.
All in all, Oberon Academy isn't just a book, it's a world to lose yourself in. Readers who enjoy strong themes of family and friendship, powerful women, and an engaging world wont be able to put this series down.