Viki’s review: Celestia by Yumoyori Wilson & Aspen Winters

What do you get when your father’s a centaur and your mother’s a powerful magician?

A unicorn shifter…

You’d think being the only known unicorn shifter in the world would have a few benefits. Like, people treating you kindly or getting special treatment from the council. Not in my case. I’d be lucky to get a piece of bread thrown at me.

My name is Celestia Rainbow, and yes, my last name is fucking Rainbow.

Shifters assume that I’m kind by nature, but trust me: I’m fierce, short-tempered and have the mouth of a sailor. Add in my stealthy fighting skills, advanced magic casting, and swift movement, I’m someone you wouldn’t want to mess with. But everyone looks at my shifter side – my ditzy, peaceful half, sprinkling magic dust, and on a mission to end world hunger.

Regardless of my dual personality, I’ve sworn to become a huntress at Aslan Academy. Now that I’m of age–my lucky twenty-fifth birthday just happens to coincide with the entrance exams–I’m ready to prove my worth.

Too bad I’m grouped up with six sinful looking men.

Time to prove to my community, classmates and this attractive bunch of weirdos that unicorns can kick ass too.

Title: Celestia (Unicorn blessed chronicles #1)
: Yumiyori Wilson & Aspen Winters
Published: March 2nd 2018
Genres: Paranormal romance, Reverse harem

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Viki's Review

Hahh, another great RH story. I love them, recently I joined a reader group specifically dedicated to reverse harem reads and since then my TBR just gets bigger and bigger due to being bombarded with better and better recommendations.

Since this was my first book from the author I didn’t go into it with any kind of huge expectations, I was just kinda excited for the whole unicorn shifter thing. The writing was great, easy to get into and had a flowing dynamic, no complaint there. For the most part the book is true to it rainbow colored cover and unicorn theme, alas it has a lot of fluffy and cute elements too it. It usually not my jam but there was a lot of other things in the book that I adored, not everything but a lot.
First of all I think the whole world is interesting and has a lot of potential. I loved the idea of different dimensions and whole magical society. I really enjoyed the idea of a unicorn shifter, which is a rarely used element in these kind of stories. So yes there are a lot of things to the world that’s exciting but unfortunately it’s barely detailed, there is only a small insight into the working of this imaginary world.
I also liked the idea of the hunter/huntress academy, I always enjoyed these kind of books and it’s not a different story either.
The boys are also a definite draw for me, because I loved them. Especially the twins, they were funny and cheeky. Yes maybe some of their actions and characteristic was a bit predictable and cliché but I still liked it.

Now for the things that disappointed me. First of all was the feeling the despite the characters were supposedly 25 and up they acted rather like 16 years old teenagers, their personalities and reactions simply lacked the maturity. It is not necessary a problem because if you look at it from a different stand point, the story is consistent, so if you change up the written down age to the younger atmosphere then the story fits.
What caused the biggest problem for me was Celestia character. There are a lot of things that I liked about her or thought I’m going to like about her but overall she was a pretty annoying part of the story. I found the whole split personality idea interesting and fresh but I had the feeling from the beginning that in the long run it won’t work. Then there is the depressing turn her story takes right at the beginning. I usually like these because authors can spin them in a way that in the end there is a great character growth coming from it and I was waiting for this in here too. However, after she told her poor me story for the fifth time in two chapters it started to annoy me not to mention the whole impact of her bulling was a bit overdramatized for me. Yes, when you are 9, alone, bullied and beaten constantly, it hurts and can break you down. However, when you are 25, talented and powerful and the worst things they throw at you is ‘Look at the unicorn, why don’t you throw some glitter?’  and you break down and hide in the corner, then it’s just not believable. Because the taunts that caused her panic attacks and such were so ridiculous and childish that I didn’t understand the whole situation. So her poor me attitude annoyed the hell out me after a while, not to mention her constant complaining that she doesn’t have friends and such when she didn’t even try. Her character is just not the best and has a couple of pretty big flaws.

Lastly there is that ending, which was surprising as heck and made me feel like the story I read so far and enjoyed for the most part, just went up in smoke and I wasted my time. Anyway I’m going to read the next book as well because as I mentioned I like the boys and the world building, I just hope Celestia character is going to improve a bit in it. Get some confidence girl!!

3.5 stars

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