If you enjoy an imagery feast filled with amazing characters and nonstop movement, you will never go wrong with King’s work. I always enjoy finding out what journey I will find in the pages of her works. Truly gifted, the author transported me into this fantasy world that I never could have imagined on my own. Loved every page.
Mikayla is the only daughter in a group of seven children. She’s always felt like the misfit of the family. She doesn’t excel the way her brothers do. Including her parents, her family all has blond hair and blue eyes but not Mikayla. Her hair is red and her eyes are emerald green. It is time for Mikayla to start school in the paranormal academies. Her choices are vast, but without excellent grades or skills, she is limited in her choices. She chooses three schools, but to her bewilderment, she doesn’t end up in any of them. On the first day of school, Mikayla wakes up late and has to ride the bus to school. She meets Thomas who winds up being at the same paranormal school as her, Grave Digger Academy.
Travel to the world of witches and follow Mikayle through her first semester at the Grave Digger Academy. With friends such as Thomas, Cali, and Leo, Mikayla starts to achieve in her courses with the help of a special gift from her mom. Keeping the dead in the ground is the main objective of learning so far at the Grave Digger Academy. What will the first years encounter at the paranormal academy that no one wants to attend?
C.A. King is an amazing author. She has written different books across different genres. I have never gone wrong when I buy a C.A. King book. This book was no different. It is a fun, fast-paced, paranormal story. The attention to detail is what makes this book a must-read. The characters are complex and fully developed. Makayla is the main character who wants to go to a paranormal academy but the small problem is that did not get into her first choices. She was accepted into Grave Digger Academy. There is a difference between “gravediggers” and Grave Diggers. One puts the body into the ground and the other keeps the body on the ground. Makayla and her classmates have a lot to learn about the dead and how temperamental they can be. Join along as we follow Makayla in this story to see what she learns at Grave Digger Academy.
You’ve heard of necromancers, but have you heard about the witches that stop the dead the necromancers have risen? This book takes a very well known dark magic and tells it from the other side. The good guys, the Grave Diggers.
I really enjoyed this book. I love tales about witches and other supernatural beings. This book was filled with fables and had a Harry Potter Vibe to it which was a bonus in of itself.
Makayla, the main character, is an outcast. In her family, she is the only girl, the only one with red hair and the only one sent to the Grave Digger Academy. With Necromancy being illegal, and as far as anyone is concerned, a “dead” craft, the Grave Digger Academy is where all of the untalented and rejected witches go.
Makayla starts off hating the fact that she is there but as time goes on, she realizes that maybe she, perhaps, belongs there. Things seem to be easier for her and all of the fables point to her being there.
The ending leads into another book being written. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series! I also think I found a new author to look into their other books!
Grave Digger Academy by C.A. King is a fun YA book that appeals to all readers. This author has become one or those that I will read even without looking at the book description. Her work is always fantastic and I know that whatever book I read is I’ll enjoy it.
This book is no different whatsoever. I was hooked the moment I started reading. I became invested in the characters and just found them so relatable. I could easily imagine everything they got up to and I just found them to be so entertaining.
The story was well written, as expected. It is fairly fast paced but for me that just added to the excitement. When I started this book I didn’t realise it was the first in a series but I an glad it is – I cannot wait to read the next books.
This is another great book by one of my favorite writers. It is the beginning of a series and I’m already waiting to get my hands on the next book because I didn’t want to put this one down. It’s reminiscent of the Harry Potter and the Simon Fayter book series of which I am huge fans of. This is filled with a lot of twists and turns and as the character is learning to come to terms with her talents as well as unknown family secrets. The main character reminds me a lot of Hermione Granger with her wits and talents so of course that was great to see. There aren’t that many female heroines in most of these young adult fantasy books. And unlike Hogwarts this academy isn’t the most sought-after school. But it turns out to be perfectly imperfect for the characters. I can’t wait to read the next installment of this wonderfully written book.
This is an engrossing read. Makayla, much to her chagrin, is accepted into the Gravediggers Academy as a witch. As she starts schooling, and learns about potions, magic, and stopping the dead from rising, I was reminded of Harry and Ron’s first days at Hogwarts. There is much to see and learn, and Makayla seems to be an unnaturally talented witch, despite her lackluster academic past. Lots of action in this story, and I was so involved in it that it was over before I knew it. Definitely looking forward to another book in this series to see how everything plays out for Makayla and her pals.
Grave digger academy is a fun YA book. Makayla is a spunky and likeable character. The other characters have good depth and are interesting as well. The plot was fast paced and had some twists. The details of the academy made it seem real. I like the world that the author created.
Makayla hopes to be chosen for the school of her choice, like the rest of her six brothers who also attend one of the schools in the paranormal school system. However, Makayla worries that she will be selected for “The Grave Digger Academy”- every students’ last choice, the school for those not accepted anywhere else. At “Grave Digger Academy” they perform spells and potions intended to keep the dead…..well, dead. So when, of course, Makayla is selected for Grave Digger Academy she must face her entire first year alone, with the disappointment of her family heavy on her heart. But Makayla knows she must make the best of it, and when she comes into her powers and realizes that her family has deep secrets that go back generations, she realizes that Grave Digger Academy may be exactly where she was intended to be.
C.A King is an award-winning Canadian author, living in a town that is not too far from my own actually, which made me even happier to be able to promote and praise “Grave Digger Academy”.
The novel is more of a novella, really, at less than 200 pages, and it has short, page-turning chapters. I easily polished this book off in a day. It is also the first in a series of novels, and if the rest are anything like this one, this series will be an instant YA hit.
Makayla is the ideal protagonist- a socially awkward misfit who struggles to fit in, even within her own family. As she comes into herself and makes friends at Grave Digger Academy, it is immediately evident that she will be the one who changes things and makes a difference. She is the character to root for, right from the first page.
With the backdrop of a depressing, neglected school of magic, and quirky, eccentric teachers, “Grave Digger Academy” sets the stage for dark and magical things. The characters were well developed, the plot was poised and had great flow, and the short chapters made the novel a page-turning, addicting experience. I can definitely see King’s “Grave Digger Academy” series becoming the next big YA trend.
An original YA fantasy book. I enjoyed the characters and the twist on magic and witches. There was a fair bit if foundation set in this first book of a series but it is executed well. Mikayla is easily relatable and her back story running parallel with witch folklore was intriguing. Like many academy books this takes place in an academic year. It can be enjoyed by all ages as it is clean and easy to read. Not a cliffhanger as such but I will be checking out book 2.
I was excited to get my hands on Grave Digger Academy by C.A. King. It is a YA paranormal fantasy, that gives us a light hearted look at young Witches at the Grave Digger Academy and one in particular who has newly learned of her abilities and doesn’t want to be there. This book had a Harry Potteresque feel to it, I mean who doesn’t love Potter? and it is a fun read. This adventurous tale flows nicely and is excitingly intriguing. With great world-building, and delightful characters CA has set the scene with multiple layers to be explored and revealed and a plot going forward that looks exciting and promising. It is an Academy that is full of secrets and things that are hidden within the grounds and in the dark. It is a great start to this series.
Reviewed by @jennadb
This is an author I have enjoyed from the first book I picked up from her and I never hesitate to pick up her books. They are well written, fun, entertaining stories that pull me in from the first page. This book is no different. This is a paranormal story that I couldn’t put down until the end. This is a story about Makayla and her last chance to go to an academy. The first couple turned her down but the one that gives her the opportunity she doesn’t want to go to. The curriculum at this place is as it says, gravediggers are just that they dig graves. The problem is that the dead don’t stay buried and they refuse to cooperate. This is an action filled story that I just loved reading. The characters are entertaining and made the story fun and thrilling to read. I highly recommend this book and this author.
Review by @bjwagner
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About C.A. King
I was diagnosed with clinical depression after the loss of my mother, father and husband within three years of each other; all to cancer. 24/7 in-home care, coupled with the loss I felt, left its mark on my psyche.
Depression takes up a lot of my life. Reading and writing are the only things I have found that help (in connection with regular medication), even if only for a short time. To escape to a different world can make a big difference in my mood in real time.
To put things in perspective, when I was at my lowest point, I couldn’t open mail, talk on the phone, or even drive to the store. Walls of sadness surrounded me. As they closed in, tears would fall. There didn’t need to be a reason or trigger.
People ask me why I started writing. My answer is simple: I wanted to create a world into which other people with similar problems could escape. I wanted to share the one place that had helped me for many years.
I have always said that as long as one person finds a little bit of happiness out of my books, I am, in my opinion, an accomplished author. The same is true for every writer out there. Please don’t ever let anyone tell you different.
I read books as well as write them and have visited the worlds many different authors have created. Those worlds not only make me feel better, but give me the strength to face real life again. I want to thank everyone who writes—I want them to know they are making a difference.
Fast forward to today…
C.A. King, USA Today Bestselling Author has over 60 books available across multiple fantasy sub-genres.
Hamilton Spectator Readers’ Choice Award in the Best Local Author category 2017 & 2018 & 2019
Brant News Readers’ Choice Award: Best Local Author 2017
Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards: Best Novella/Short Story 2017 Silver medal
2017 SIBA Awards – Best Novella
2017 SIBA Awards – Best New Adult
2018 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards: Gold Medal in the Fiction – Supernatural genre
2018 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards: Bronze Medal in the Fiction – New Adult genre
2019 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Fiction – Supernatural genre
2019 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Young Adult – Fantasy – Urban genre
City of Brantford Featured Artist February 2020
Burlington Post Readers’ Choice Award in the Best Local Author Category 2020
Toronto Star Readers’ Choice Award in the Best Local Author Category 2020
Cambridge Times Readers’ Choice Award in the Best Local Author Category 2020
Burlington Post Readers’ Choice Award in the Best Local Author Category 2021
Shattered Reality (Summoned Book 1) by C.A. King. This is a wonderful fantasy read. It is basically the retelling of the old fable Medusa & Perseus. Medusa Black is a very successful psychiatrist who has left her estranged family behind her to move to Knollville and her families aging rundown mansion. While in Knollville Medusa meets Perry P a private investigator who is handsome and a bit strange. Medusa doesn’t have great memories of growing up in this mansion because her family believed in all sorts of magic and creepy stuff. The house has always been something she never wanted any part of after leaving. But after her parents death she is here. Perry P is hired by a a mysterious client and he figures he should help Medusa figure out the secrets of the old mansion because it could help them both. The chemistry between them is not expected by either. This book is full of secrets, magic and suspense. Such a page turner. Do yourself a favor and read Shattered Reality today!
Shattered Reality (Summoned Book 1) by C.A. King
Shattered Reality is the first book in the Summoned Series. I absolutely loved, loved , loved this book. I’ve read other books by this author but I must say this is my favorite yet . From the moment I started reading till the end I was lost in the pages. This author gives us a completely new spin of Medusa and Perseus. Her attention to detail makes you feel like you are part of the story. Get ready to be taken on quite the ride. I don’t want to give anything away so I’m just going to say I highly recommend reading this book and you wont be disappointed. I can’t wait for what’s next.
I thought this book was an awesome one. It was my first book by this author but it will not be my last. I thought it was well written and it pulled me in from page one. The main charcters are what made this story really good for me. They were relatable, awesome and hot hot hot! This book had some twists and turns and that just make me like it even more and kept me turning page after page. All of the romance and mystery and magic came together in this awesome story and I cannot wait to read more by this author! I would recommend this to a friend!
Shattered Reality (Summoned Book 1) by C.A. King, USA Today Bestselling Author – Review by Gail Guerrero
Reading Shattered Reality was quick and enjoyable. C.A. King takes you to a place that gives the mind a little shake. Making you question your reality. Could everything really be as it is or is it a mirrored image of a different reality. I really liked the spin with the mirrors and magic. The fact that Mudesa didn’t believe in any of it gave the story a kick. I really enjoyed the plot. The story had a really nice flow and no sidetracking. I did find it annoying that she didn’t believe magic for so long with everything happening around her. Perry is a creepy character for me. The way he appeared through the story. Then you find out why and the pieces fall into place. I also like that I couldn’t figure out the story line from the start. Like I said it’s a good read with a little magic.
‘Shattered Reality’ is an engaging and enjoyable paranormal fantasy story which is a retelling of the ancient mythological tale of Perseus and Medusa and is set in modern times. In this story Mudesa Black is a successful and respected psychiatrist who has left her estranged family behind her. However, having received a phone call Mudesa finds herself heading back home to Knollville and her family’s ageing mansion to face both her fears and her destiny. Meanwhile in Knollville private investigator Perry P’s latest client who has remained anonymous is happy paying him for what he sees as an easy job for easy money. All Perry has to do is watch ‘some dame’ for a few months however the more he watches the more curious he gets about the mysteries at the ageing mansion. Perry is not the only one wanting to unravel the mansions secrets as Mudesa plays detective herself. The pair soon discover that solving the mysteries may bring them both closure but in ways that they did not imagine were even possible.
This was a page turner of a novel which had me hooked from page one. The author is very good at bringing both the setting of the book and also the characters to life due to her detailed and descriptive narrative. The storyline flowed well and the plot had enough twists in it to keep me guessing until the end. I felt immersed in the novel whilst reading it and as it’s book one in the authors new ‘Summoned’ series I look forward to reading book two.
Shattered Reality by C.A. King is the first book in the new Summoned series. I always enjoy a new book by C.A. King and this did not disappoint. Retelling and reworking the tale of Medusa and Perseus into modern times wonderfully I flew through the pages of this book. Mudesa Black, a psychiatrist, who has a new role to take in her life is the main character. Perry P. is a private investigator with a mysterious new client. I have always enjoyed this classic tale and many do not take it on especially reworking to modern times. C.A. King did a great job and created characters I really enjoyed and a story which was fantastic. I look forward to more from this series and the author in the future.
While this book was out of my usual genre, i loved it!! The way the story of Medusa was written had me not wanting to put this book down until the end. It was very well written and I am looking forward to the next book from this wonderful author.
Shattered Reality (Summoned Book 1)
by C.A. King
This book drew me in from the beginning and kept me entertained throughout. I loved this modern take on an ancient tale. There are wonderful characters in this story, Mudesa and Perry. Mudesa is having to go back home to handle her parents affairs after their death. Perry is a private investigator looking for something he was hired to find. This book is full of fantasy, magic, twists and turns. The author does an exceptional job in taking me into a fantastical world that I never want to leave. This is not the first book I have read by this author and it will not be my last. I find this author to be a great storyteller and I cannot wait to read what’s next.
This is a great story that grips you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. The author does a great job of building the characters and making you feel like you re part of their world. I have read several books by this author and I have enjoyed them all.
Mudesa is a successful psychiatrist. She is a logical thinker who know that magic and superstitions aren’t real. But is she right? After her parents pass away she has to return to the home she has left behind. Is returning home a good idea? What secrets were her parents hiding from her? Was all the stories her parents told her about magic and demons true or were her parents mad?
Oh, what a delightful little story Shattered Reality (Summoned Book 1) by C.A. King, was. It reads like a mystery but not the kind you would expect. Great characters, great story line with the added bonus of the deeper introspections of facing your personal demons. It was a quick little read which suited me just fine cause sometimes that’s just what you want. This is what you want, read this one.
A retelling of the Medusa & Perseus in a, updated and original way. Medusa has left her hometown, become a well established psychiatrist, and tried to move on from her past. But an unexpected call that her parents have been killed brings her right back home. Oh, the things that come up in this story. You will be enthralled and won’t want to stop reading. I hope you like it as much as I did. Looking forward to the next book for sure.
Shattered Reality by C.A. King is the first book in the Summoned series. This is a brilliant retelling of an old classic story brought into more modern times. The author has done an amazing job of making the story her own while also keeping the same mythological feel about it.
The story is everything I have come to expect from this author – well written, exciting and completely engaging from the moment I started reading. The characters were really interesting to read about as well. They added to an already strong storyline.
C.A. King really has become one of my firm favourites and this book is just one example as to why. I would highly recommend this book and I cannot wait to see what is next!
King is a master of paranormal and fantasy literature. And I LOVED this take on the classic Medusa/Perseus tale. From the gorgeous cover to just the fantastic tale, fantasy lovers and anyone obsessed with ancient mythology need to purchase this ASAP.
Side note – I want to live in Knollville. The universe King has created there is just mesmerizing.
I just love the worlds that CA King can create for the reader to escape to! I have loved her other works but honestly her paranormal and fantasy novels really are a top fav of mine and always something I will one-click without even reading what the story may entail first. Shattered Reality was one of those must have one-clicks the moment I saw that gorgeous and gripping cover with her name attached. I had no idea what I was gonna get, but man was it a ride I will be eager to retake and reread again in the very near future.
Shattered Reality is a completely new take and spin on Medusa and Perseus. This is King’s mind in the best of ways and she has managed to take an centuries old tale and breathe in new life that makes complete sense. I was blown away with how this is a more modern take on it and felt as if it could actually be plausible and real. Mudusa finds herself returning home, the home she never wanted to revisit after working so hard to build a better life for herself, but her parents have died and she needs to return home. This is one you don’t want to miss reading, especially if you love paranormal and fantasy novels with nods to ancient greek gods. This is one I can’t really tell much more details because I don’t want to spoil the magic that it is. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!
C.A. King is not a new author to me but I have to say that she impresses me with every book I have read by her. This story has the feel of the ancient story of Perseus and Medusa. Who doesn’t love a good fantasy/paranormal with a mythological feeling? This book takes place in Knollville. Ms. King loves to tell us the story. She tells a wonderful story with her descriptive vocabulary. Her characters come to life in the story. Medusa is the main character who has high expectations for herself. There is one small tiny problem one phone call becomes a major problem. Perry P. is a private investigator who takes any case that comes across his desk. These two are the main characters of the story. You do not want to take your eyes off of Medusa and Perry. I will leave you with these descriptions because you will have to read the story to get the details. I highly recommend this story.
This book is cutting edge entertainment from start to finish. I love how it gives us each characters’ perspective but the plot thickens with each chapter. Each characters’ perspective changes the way you see where they’re going down in each action. I loved how quickly Mudesa’s life changed with a single phone call. Perry also is a prosperous investigator who not only likes the work he does but likes to make the money. The suspense will easily drive you insane but bring solace to your heart in how deep it goes. This is a beautiful and fascinating read!
Shattered Reality (Summoned Book 1) by C.A. King, USA Today Best Selling Author
Mudesa is a psychiatrist who strongly believes in reality and science. When her parents die, she is forced to return home. Unfortunately not all of her childhood memories are pleasant. Growing up in a house where the adults believed in magic made for a strange upbringing. Now Mudesa must face her fears once again. Instead of finding closure, Mudesa has more questions than before. With the help of a sexy stranger, maybe she’ll find some answers. Yet some questions are better left unanswered.
This book is filled with mystery and magic. The author will keep you guessing until the end. With twists and turns, you’ll be kept on the edge of your seat. I’ve read many books by C.A. King and have loved them all. She truly is an imaginative and creative author.
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