BLOG TOUR: Van Helsing Academy by Stacey O’Neale – REVIEW (+GIVEAWAY)

Dear book-lovers,

Welcome to the stop on blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours for the first book in a new young adult paranormal romance series – VAN HELSING ACADEMY (Supernatural Rehab #1) by Stacey O’Neale. You will find in this post details about the book, author, my review, a link for a giveaway at Rafflecopter and the tour schedule.

Book Details

van helsing academy

Title: Van Helsing Academy
Author: Stacey O’Neale
Series: Supernatural Rehab #1
Publisher: Phoenix Reign Publishing
Publication date: April 28th 2020
Genres:
Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 264

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Synopsis

Welcome to the Van Helsing Academy: a rehabilitation center for vampires, shifters, and witches who don’t like to follow the rules.

Mina can’t remember anything about the night she was attacked. All she knows is what she’s been told: she got separated from her team during a mission and turned up two months later covered in cuts and bruises alongside two dead vampires.

After being blamed for their deaths, she is sentenced to three years at the supernatural rehabilitation center, the Van Helsing Academy.

As Mina searches for answers, lies are slowly unraveled and alliances forged. Soon she will uncover a secret plot that threatens to destroy her family legacy and ignite a war between the supernatural factions.

Van Helsing Academy is the first book in a new YA paranormal romance series. No harem. Perfect for fans of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, and Mythos Academy by Jennifer Estep.


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Author Bio

StaceyAward-winning author, Stacey O’Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for Entangled Publishing. Stacey writes young adult fantasy and adult paranormal romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr. You can also visit her blog at staceyoneale.com

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3.5stars

Review

van helsing academyTitle: Van Helsing Academy
Author: Stacey O’Neale
Series: Supernatural Rehab #1
Publication Year: 2020
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Pages: 264
Source: eARC via Rockstar Book Tours
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended for YA paranormal romance readers who don’t mind a bit cheesy and cliche story set in high school.

My Thoughts

Today I will be very shirt and direct with this review. I was a bit disappointed because I expected to love this book, but sadly I didn’t. The story was entertaining, but with some very unbelievable and questionable things happening throughout it. Like, how is a 16 year old human girl with no extra powers and special skills a part of an official unit who hunt rouge supernatural creatures with super human strengths and speed? Also why would adults allow teens to have orgies which are about fertility and getting pregnant? And these two are just the tip of the iceberg.

The book was written from Mina’s POV. There are vampires, shifters, witches and humans in this world. And then there are Reapers, who are humans and kind of a police force that hunt supernaturals who brake law. We also have a council of course that governs supernaturals and then the Van Helsing Academy, where teens that break rules are sent to be rehabilitated. That’s the place where Mina Van Helsing is sent and our story takes place with a bit of romance, new friendships, betrayal and some secrets unraveling.

I kind of liked Mina, her love interest Sacha and friend Kiera, however, I wasn’t emotionally connected to them and didn’t actually care that much about what happened to them. Mina and Sacha had their banter and cute moments, but it was a bit insta-lovey. The biggest plus – no love triangle.

I was lucking some real and deep emotions to make me feel anything, so at the end it was just an entertaining story with a potential that wasn’t fully embraced.

There was some mystery about werewolves in general and about Sacha. There was some political intrigue and secrets to be discovered. But we also had some cheesy and cliche high school scenes.

“It’s time I get back to my family roots.”

“Mina, what are you saying?” Mom asked curiously.

“I’m going on a vampire hunt.”

I expected more from this book, but it did make me curious about what’s actually happening in this world and what’s going to happen next.


Giveaway

GIVEAWAY (INTERNATIONAL) – $10 Amazon Gift Card (ends May 31st) > enter HERE

VAN HELSING ACADEMY


Blog Tour Schedule

Week One:

4/27/2020 BookHounds YA Excerpt
4/28/2020 Mythical Books Excerpt
4/29/2020 She Just Loves Books Review
4/30/2020 momfluenster Excerpt
5/1/2020 popthebutterfly reads Review

Week Two:

5/4/2020 Smada’s Book Smack Review
5/5/2020 Abellafairytale blog Review
5/6/2020 Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers Review
5/7/2020 Hurn Publications Review
5/8/2020 Moonlight Rendezvous Review

Week Three:

5/11/2020 Journey in Bookland Review
5/12/2020 The Phantom Paragrapher Review
5/13/2020 Twirling Book Princess Excerpt
5/14/2020 Reese’s Reviews Review
5/15/2020 Down The Rabbit Hole Review

Week Four:

5/18/2020 Lisa Loves Literature Excerpt
5/19/2020 Two Chicks on Books Excerpt
5/20/2020 Gizmos’s Reviews Review
5/21/2020 Fyrekatz Blog Review
5/22/2020 A Dream Within A Dream Review

Week Five:

5/25/2020 DJREADSBOOKS Excerpt
5/26/2020 A Gingerly Review Excerpt
5/27/2020 The Book Junkie Reads . . . Excerpt
5/28/2020 Jazzy Book Reviews Excerpt
5/29/2020 TMBA Corbett Tries to Write Review

Thank you for visiting this stop of the blog tour and please check out the other ones as well 😉

Happy reading,
Lady of Bookland

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