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Misfit’s Rise (Alpha Academy #1) by Sara E. Tall

Misfits Rise


Half-human Billie has been exiled from the Realm with the other powerless misfits, even though she’s anything but powerless. When she nearly destroys a human home, they decide to let her return. But the underworld Realm is no Fairy Tale, and magic comes with a price. If she can’t learn to navigate the ancient rivalries and deep-rooted divisions that are threatening to rip the Realm apart, she’ll pay that price with her life.


When a half-human, half-fae outcast is sent from Earth to The Realm to prove her magic, she is in danger for not knowing her place as a Mage.

Billie is a rebel, a misfit, and a loyal friend, but what has it gotten her? Scorn, ridicule, and shame. She’s always thought her dream to attend the Alpha Academy was just that…a dream. But when her magic on Earth was revealed by being bullied, the Union Enforcement Agency (UEA) allowed her into The Realm to attend school. Unfortunately, bullying and distrust continue, but it’s a much deadlier game.

I missed reading a magical YA fantasy filled with Fae, Sorcerers, Witches, Elves, Wizards, and Warriors. The rivalries among the other-worldly species are volatile and dangerous, and Billie puts herself right in the middle despite no one deserving or wanting her help. Billie’s friend and tutor, Lucian, a Sorcerer, is supportive and encouraging at first until something about her magic is revealed. Then she is unfairly left alone again and treated like a social pariah with warnings to not give them reasons to fear her. But Billie is headstrong and determined to go out with a bang.

I love underdogs and Billie is one of those strong characters who deserves to validate her place in The Realm. Regrettably, the ending is a cliffhanger so I will have to wait for the next book to see what happens.

I recommend this captivating YA fantasy to those who love to discover magical secrets and enchanting characters. 

Thank you to Ms. Tall for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of positive reviews.


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Sara E. TallSara has been creating fantasy stories for as long as she’s been able to hold a play sword, around the time she learned how to walk. When she’s not writing she’s either dancing in her basement or outside. She loves to spend time in her home away from home, Yellowstone National Park, the most fantastic place on Earth.

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2 thoughts on “Misfit’s Rise (Alpha Academy #1) by Sara E. Tall”

    1. Thank you so much, Sara, for the shoutout on your blog. I so appreciate your praise and referrals to my reviews. 🙂

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