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Summary

Welcome to Half Death Academy. That's what they call my new school - because only half the students survive.

Rule number one: Keep your head down and don't mess with the four gorgeous demigods who rule the school.

Rule number two: When the demigods try to kill you, lie down and die.

Too bad I never was very good at following the rules. And when my forbidden power awakens, I'll make them regret they tried to make me their bitch.

Magic Trials is the first book in the Half-Blood Academy series with a badass heroine, four deadly, striking demigods, heart-pounding action blended with super steamy love scenes, and great romance. For fans of Shadowspell Academy.

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For a long moment, we didn't speak as he pounded into me relentlessly and I plunged from the tip to the hilt of him with equally bruising force.

"My woman," he murmured, lust changing him, making him an erotic god. "You were made for me to find and pleasure in this pure ecstasy of my dreams."

"This is actually my dream", I said between breathless moans.

He ignored my correction and commanded. "Come to me in my dreams every night, lamb, and let me have you in every way until dawn." 

©2019 Meg Xuemei X (P)2019 Meg Xuemei X

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wow

omg I love it, the angst and banter is so funny and it has a riveting story I couldn't stop listening looking forward to the next book

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Perfect

I loved it. The voice is pleasant to listen to. The main character is a witty and strong woman. Once you start you won’t be able to stop until it’s all finished. I truly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun and entertaining read that won’t allow you to feel bored for a single second. I can’t wait to start on the second book <3. There is not a single thing I can think of that could have been better written or thought out.

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  • 16-09-20

Pleasantly surprised!

I really enjoyed this book i actually finished it in a day. It was quite a slow start and I was kinda dreading it to be honest as it didn’t sound great.
So I was incredibly happy when the story started to pick up and it got really interesting. I liked the main character she was strong and didn’t take any sh*t!
The Narrator had a nice ,clear and easy to listen to voice.
I was given a free copy for a honest review.

I certainly will be buying the next book in the series!

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My Favorite series by Meg so far

Loved thjs book, the lead character Merigold, is so interesting and fun. I can hardly wait to listen to book 2 to see where her story is going.

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I'm hooked already with this series and want to listen to the next book already.

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Totally enjoyable

Can not wait for the next one.
Really good narration.
Love the feisty character, and the different skills

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Amazing!

So, so good!! And I loved the "French Héctor"!! I cannot wait for the rest of the audiobooks to be released:).

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Fabulous

I received this free and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Enjoyed this so much Marigold is such a strong character I loved her sass . You know when you are listening to a book and someone riles you up so much you are shouting and swearing at them , well that was Paxton for me. Just because Marigold blocked his advances and wasn’t afraid to tell him what she thought of him he decides to try and break her. I can’t wait for the big headed cock womble to get an ass whooping and I hope Marigold is the one dishing it out...... I feel so much better now 🤣

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Fantastic

What a fantastic and unique story, it has a bit of sci fi and paranormal and plenty of twists turns and loops. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for the next one to be released. It’s got enough heat and drama to keep you listening and the narrator has great inflection and pace to push the story to the next level. Fantastic world building

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A Must Buy

I loved this book. The action, comedy, and romance. I have always loved reverse romances, but this one takes the cake. Marigold is a fierce, empathic warrior and her mates complemented her well. I haven't laughed so much while listening to an audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the adventure I was taken on. I requested this book because I am searching for new authors and was pleasantly surprised and engaged. I must get the second book because I know there is more to this story and Marigold. I just bought the complete series, yeah me!

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  • Alli
  • 26-03-20

Love the story; dislike the character voices

I could deal with the “males” voices up until Hector. Once Marnye Young got to his in chapter 9, I just couldn’t. It sounded so ridiculous. I LOVE this series and have read it myself but the audiobook was not for me. Why not use Conner Goff to read the male lines?

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  • Lisa
  • 08-01-20

Amazing

I read Magic Trials and loved it so I decided to start using Audible with a book I knew I already loved. I think I love it even more after listening to it. You will not be disappointed with the story or the narrators! Can’t wait for the others in the series to be released!

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  • Owlina
  • 27-06-21

Not Bad, However...

This will be a full series review. I have listened to a lot of Meg Xuemei X Reverse Harems. I usually love her work, it's sexy with a decent story! Also OMG the steamy factor is what we're here for!

Spoilers Ahead

Pros:
- The sexy and steamy moments are frequent. It's a RH so im here for multiple sex scenes in a book. It does not disappoint with quantity. All MF scenes. No MM at all. One group moment of MMF.
- The story evolved in a great way. I was genuinely surprised at some of the twists that came about.

Cons:
- Yes the sexy scenes were plentiful. However it failed in quality for me. I got annoyed anytime any mention of sex was happening because the scenes sucked. They were short, No foreplay like ever and described a lot of pounding with no substance.
- The constant retelling of the plot. They told the same plot details multiple times over and over.
- The OVERUSE of SOO many specific terms. If I had to hear Pure Male Scent one more time I would scream! Also the pet name usage COOKIE, ROSE BUD, BUTTERCUP AND LAMB need to never be said again!!
- I usually enjoy some alpha male moments but all of the ones past book 2 were awful and unnecessary.
- The narrator change in the middle was annoying
- The accent for Hector was the worst I've ever heard. It literally made me cringe when he spoke.
- Five credits is WAY to much for this series. The books are short and not worth the money.

Honestly the first 3 books were good, so I continued. I hated it all be the end and could not wait for it to be over!!! So my advice is enjoy the first couple then put this series down!

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  • Jess HybridRose
  • 11-09-20

I still don't get it but am intrigued

I am unsure about the story. Is she a mate to all men? I was kinda disappointed in the voices I heard for ANY of them... imagine a demigod with a funny or old voice. But, I wouldn't mind listening to the 2nd book... there are too many questions that are unanswered here.

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  • Lexi Zieve
  • 28-04-20

Magic Trials

Marigold has always been told to avoid the demigods at all costs. She has two younger supernaturals as friends that she is trying to keep safe but it is because of them she is found by one of the demigods. She gets tricked into making a deal with this demigod to join him and attend a school where she assumes she will die undergoing the trials. She fights and refuses to just go along with everyone because the demigods said to. This has some of the bully RH tropes and each of the demigods reacts differently to her but no one knows what she is or where she comes from. But Marigold wants nothing to do with them and just wants to live her own life. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 21-01-20

Magnificent new series!

I loved the start of this new series! I believe this storyline is well written and narrated! This is definitely a Sci-fi Paranormal romance with a amazing amount of action, adventure, intrigue and magic. I definitely can't wait for the next book in this series.
The characters are unique with a fabulous sense of humor. There rapid fire of humor had me laughing out loud and getting odd looks from the people around me. I was pleasantly surprised that twist and turns kept me interested. I would have to say that this is a great supernatural storyline.
I always enjoy listening to Meg Xuemei, she has a amazing voice. She gives the right amount of inflection to set the mood of each character. This narrator makes the characters come to life.

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  • Sara
  • 20-05-22

Yes!

So good, thank goodness for Meg. A lot of RH books involve a clueless, not so alpha female. Meg’s female heroines are always huge badasses and I love it.

Marigold is a scrappy badass bitch fighter who doesn’t take shit. This first book was exciting and hopefully sets up a engaging book series. Can’t wait to delve into book 2.

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  • CR
  • 24-02-22

Great story and narration

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I had read the story previously but it was a new experience to listen to it. I enjoyed both narrators. I particularly liked when Connor Goff spoke when a chapter was from the point of view of one of the demigods. The story is really engaging.

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  • Ravens9308
  • 06-02-22

Good start to this supernatural RH academy series!

I am slowly rotating back in academy audiobooks (there was a rush of them and I mentally was burnt out so I am slowly getting back to them) and I have been really happy so far with Meg's Half-Blood Academy. It makes me reminisce about Percy Jackson's series (but a more adult version haha) that I loved growing up reading. I will say there were a couple things that held me back from giving it a 5 star, but I did enjoy book 1, glad I could continue to listen to the rest of the series because I wanted to know know more after book 1. One thing was some things were repetitive. Some of the internal monologues, or things the guys kept saying (particularly Axel). I think it could have been caught in the writing process and helped smoothed out and I would have given this a 5 stars. But besides that. again a great start to this 5 book series.

In terms of the story I really enjoyed the stubbornness, ferocity, and snarky attitude of Marigold, she stayed true to herself the whole book, putting her coven before herself, then not holding back or backing down from the bullies of the half-blood academy. I did like her banter with the Demi-gods and liked how they slowly realized she wasn't a normal human and that they had feelings for her. I was trying to figure out who her mystery dream man was but that was a great surprise. I really like Axel and was holding back judgement of Zack. But Pigston deserves all the bad things coming to him, after how he continues to treat Marigold. I don't give much of the story away, but Marigold has to go through some trials and proves she is more than what she seems and that she has no clue how to control what is hidden inside her. I think there is bound to be a ton of redemption for the guys in the future books and I am excited to see what Marigold put them through/how she handles it. I also want 1/8 to get her just rewards for being horrible haha.

Narration was good, I like listening to Marnye in past audiobooks. I do think she was over the top too much in some instances and no offense her French accent was tough to listen to when she did dream man. I was hoping this would have been a duet audiobook after seeing Conner listed, but he only got a small portion of the book because of the POVs. I would give the narration 3.5-4 stars.

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  • Kristin
  • 23-09-21

I don't like the woman voice narrating the men!!!

It does get a little dirty so if u don't like that kind of thing stay away! The reason I gave low stars for performance is bc I cannot stand when the narrator does a man's voice! It sounds like a grouchy old lady or sometimes a relaly old man. It made it so hard to picture the actual characters and the frech dude REALLY through me off. I could barely listen to the book unfortunately. I like the Marigold voice but I just can't deal whenever switches to men. it is sooooooo odd!!! I will say when the man did the French Demi of death it was much better!! Wayyyy more realistic. I didn't care for all the cuss words.