Vernal by Randi Cooley Wilson | Dark, thrilling, seductive

July 9, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 8 Comments

Vernal by Randi Cooley Wilson | Dark, thrilling, seductive

Welcome to my tour stop! My favorite New Adult Paranormal series is The Revelation Series. I went crazy when I found out there would be a spin-off series! And let me tell you, it is just as amazing!

The Royal Protector Academy series can be read without having to read The Revelation Series. Still, I highly encourage you to read both series!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Vernal by Randi Cooley Wilson | Dark, thrilling, seductiveVernal
by Randi Cooley Wilson
Series: The Royal Protector Academy #1
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publication Date: June 30th 2016 by Secret Garden Productions LLC
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: YA Reads Blog Tours

Serena has a bright future etched in stone.
Tristan has a dark past that haunts him.
Together, they have a love that can never be.

Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher’s current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she’s ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can’t keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war. When pasts collide with the present, and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie destroy it all?

When you’ve hidden behind a mask for so long, would you reveal yourself for love?

Vernal, the first novel in The Royal Protector Academy series, is a dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale that will take your breath away.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Serena is a gargoyle princess who’s in need of lots of protection. Her current guard is always losing sight of her so she’s assigned a new protector, Tristan Gallagher, without Serena knowing. As soon as these two meet, they are completely drawn to each other, but there are laws that state that Serena and Tristan could never be anything more. Danger is lurking around and soon it will strike.

My world is not filled with happily ever after. It’s full of realism, treachery, and falsehoods.

I love Serena so much. She’s all kinds of sassy, rebellious, and doesn’t take shit from anyone. She also doesn’t want to fulfill her duties of being a princess. Tristan is there to protect Serena and to also show her how to defend herself without using her powers. There was so much sexual tension between these two, it could be cut with a knife! Serena and Tristan’s witty-banter made the story so entertaining. Also, how they met wasn’t under normal circumstances. Serena was in her birthday-suit, enjoying the rain when Tristan first laid eyes on her. From then, things get so amusing.

Some of my favorite characters from The Revelation Series, like Callan, made an appearance! He’s Serena’s father and still so very funny! I’m going to miss his apron sayings. They are the best and fit Callan’s personality. He sent Serena a shirt that said, “My Sperm Donor Rocks“. That is Callan for you. Another hot gargoyle made an appearance and that is Gage Gallagher! *fans face* I absolutely love him and his British accent. I need more of him in this series.

The Royal Protector Academy felt so much like a regular college. There are dorms, classes to attend, but instead of P.E., they get self-defense lessons, and fighting lessons. The friendship between some of these characters like Mags, Serena, and Ethan, is so carefree and fun. You can tell they trust each other, too.

One thing that I found off-putting was the possessiveness that Tristan and Serena have for each other. I know this is paranormal so it’s very understandable, but I found it to be very early on in the story and I wish it could have waited for it to happen further into the story. Another thing that I didn’t like but didn’t mind as much was the information load that got thrown into the plot. This happened with Revelation, but the following books weren’t like that so I’m sure it won’t happen much in this series.

Despite that, the world-building was so vivid. I could see myself in this world, either attending the academy or as a mystical being. A lot of things felt real even if these things don’t exist. Randi has a way of luring the reader with her characters and her writing. I have high hopes for this series since I know for a fact that Randi’s books just keep getting better and better!

The ending just broke me. I knew it would happen since Randi is known for writing those type of endings that leave you wanting more. I went through so many emotions while reading this story, but the ending brought so many feels to my heart and I desperately need the second book to alleviate my heart-break.

Overall, Vernal is seductive, dark, thrilling, exciting, and enchanting.

If you’re interested in this story, don’t forget to check out where it all started in The Revelation Series:

Revelation Restraint Redemption Revolution2 Restoration

About Randi Cooley Wilson

Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years.
Randi and her husband recently moved back to Massachusetts with their daughter where she was encouraged to begin writing again.
Revelation is her first novel and The Revelations Series is her first New Adult Paranormal Romance book series.
“I’ve had a love affair with books, writing and storytelling since childhood. It has been a dream of mine to introduce this world and these characters to you. I hope I’ve done them justice.”


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  • I’m not much of a paranormal reader, but your review has convinced me that I NEED this book in my life! “Your Sperm Donor Rocks” put me in a bit of a giggling fit! I’ll definitely be adding this to my TBR and picking it pronto! Great review, Gen! <3

    • You should start with The Revelation Series! It’s so so so good!

  • Great review, Genesis! Thanks for joining the Vernal blog tour!

    -N

  • Solange

    Restraint

    • Nice! Redemption is my favorite.

  • Great review Gen! I haven’t read anything in this series but I love the idea of the Academy — I love college/boarding school settings and this sounds great!

  • IS VERY ADDICTING !! I JUST READ REVELATION AND OMG………….