Review: Initiation by Imogen Rose


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.

When I purchased my e-reader back in 2010, my first purchases were some self-pub titles from various recommended author. Imogen Rose’s Portal was one of those titles, a series I’ve followed since then. I knew I had to read Initiation.

Usually I end my reviews with any “warnings” that might be necessary, but for Initiation I’d like to start out that the paranormal world and beings that Rose has created are very sexual-beings. That’s not to say there is tons of sex in the book, but there are some pretty intense moments. There is also some language that might be found offensive. This book may not be appropriate for all readers. (The author is saying 16 or above, but I say use your best judgement.)

I have to say, I was completely fascinated with Bonfire Academy. In Initiation, all of your typical “creatures” walk the halls – from demons to weres to fey. Yes, there are many of books set in boarding schools that cater to supernatural beings, but there is something different about the world Rose has created. Not everyone gets along, by school rules they have to, but this isn’t your peaceful ‘let’s all co-habilitate’ book. Each creature-type has prejudices against one another.

Cordelia is our main character, she’s at school with the intention to play tennis as much as possible. She gets roped into being mentor to new student half-demon/half-human, Faustine. This is the first time a human has ever been admitted to Bonfire Academy. Without spoiling the plot, as you can imagine it’snot exactly easy. Initiation follows Faustine and the school’s initiation process, as Cordelia and her friends try to fend off and identify threats.

There were a few references about the world that I would love to have expanded on. Especially about their “sychronizing”. I would like to make note that Initiation is a prequel series to a book series about Faustine. I have not read it yet, so I’m not sure if this was discussed in Faustine or if we are just meant to know it. Either way I think most readers will be able to read Initiation without reading FAUSTINE (Bonfire Chronicles) first.

I received my copy of INITIATION (Bonfire Academy Book One) (Bonfi… from the author/book tour in exchange for my honest opinion.

There is also a tour-wide giveaway in case you are interested!

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  1. Amanda, thanks so much for the review. I am glad you enjoyed the book.
  2. laura thomas says:
    Great job on the review Amanda. Book sounds great, added to my TBR. Fingers crossed for the giveaway.
  3. Rhee says:
    Thank you for the giveaway. This book sounds so good!
  4. Preet says:
    This sounds interesting! I think I’ll have to check it out soon.
  5. I love just about every book that takes place at a boarding school! Should be a good read :) Thanks for the opportunity to win!
  6. Chrissy says:
    This book sounds really good. I have added it to my TBR pile along with Imogen’s other books! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
  7. Bri L. says:
    This one sounds cool! I’d definitely be up for reading a YA paranormal that takes place at a private school. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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