NEVER SAY DIE
I’m a vampire-witch hybrid with a fondness for necromancy.
Excuse me if I’m a little dead inside.
I tried to attend a human school, but they didn’t appreciate my behavior. Personally, I found biology class more interesting when the dissected animals fought back. The school didn’t.
My parents searched for somewhere new to send their deviant daughter, and doors open when your father is Dorian Blackwood. Then they close firmly behind once he dumps you inside an exclusive supernatural academy, along with instructions to become ‘a touch more amiable’.
Says the guy who spent his teen years tearing throats out. Luckily, I’ve inherited my father’s sociopathic tendencies and my mother’s magical skills, a lethal yet useful combination when navigating academy life.
Thornwood Academy. Home to the elite who strive to excel—and now me, who strives to leave. Since the supernaturals revealed themselves to the world, the unluckiest human kids join the vampires and witches at Thornwood. Hopefully, the humans aren’t dissected in this biology class.
I don’t care that nobody trusts me, but when the headmaster’s son is found unalived, fingers point at Dorian’s darkling daughter. Ridiculous. I would’ve reanimated the bullying asshole and demanded he perform tricks. Such a wasted opportunity.
If I want help clearing my name, I need to become ‘a touch more amiable’ to the three guys who seem oddly fascinated by me. Somebody doesn’t want the accords between humans and supes to last, and I’m not taking the blame just because I’m a Blackwood.
DEAD TO ME
Meet Violet Blackwood: half-vampire, half-witch, smart, sarcastic and slightly unhinged.
Dead to Me is the second book in Thornwood Academy, a new supernatural academy series from LJ Swallow,author of the bestselling Nightworld Academy books.
The series features a girl who isn’t afraid to use her dark side, a magic school where humans mix with vampires and witches, and where murder stalks the academy and town. Thornwood Academy is a slow-burn romance… almost as glacial as our heroine.
FOR DEAR LIFE
I expected the guys to assist me in solving the Thornwood Academy murders, not add a new victim to the body count.
Following events at the lodge and my unfortunate encounter with the fence post, I’ve no choice but to turn to my father for help. Of course, my blood-covered entourage of guys don’t exactly receive a warm welcome, but at least Grayson walks away in one piece.
With suspects galore, I can’t stay on the edge if I want to find the truth, so I’m forced to insert myself further into the Thornwood Academy social scene. But even a seemingly harmless date in town turns into chaos, wild accusations, and a trip to the hospital. As if that’s not enough, I stumble on my roommate’s secret, which leads to painful compromises.
The closer I grow to Rowan, Grayson, and Leif, the more our lives entangle. After spending my life avoiding a world I don’t understand, I’m grappling with unhelpful feelings for my bonded witch and his powerful magic, the vampire whose blood entices me, and the half-shifter who gifts me strange things. Not to mention attempting to control my dark and deadly side, which presents its own problems.
I can’t decide what’s more challenging—clearing my name of murder charges or understanding this strange new version of myself emerging. And I don’t mean the throat-ripping one.
With two dead and at least one undead, time’s running out before the killers’ next target dies. My enemies might play their strongest hand when I’m least expecting, but they won’t beat a Blackwood. At the end of the day, I’ll wear the crown.
Mystery, secrets, and betrayals abound as I navigate a world filled with danger and shadows while trying to keep those I care about safe. Who knew Thornwood Academy would offer me so much more than my dark heart could ever hope for?
LIVE TO TELL
A stolen tiara. A missing girl. A coven whose secrets protect a killer
Have I uncovered something more sinister than a fatal crime?
Following the disastrous school dance, a powerful coven snatched the tiara, and I’m convinced they’re shielding one of their own from its spell-cloaked evidence. A girl could be dead, and I’m determined to catch the killer.
Dorian refuses to help, claiming there’s no relevance to his investigations. Fortunately, I have my three guys to assist in solving the crime. Although these romantic entanglements are becoming more complex and take me in whole new directions.
Since the fateful night at the warehouse, Grayson’s blood has woven into mine, casting a complicated web over our relationship. And as much as I try, staying away from him proves futile.
And then there’s Rowan. He’s a storm cloaked in quiet as the shadows grow around him, and I could be making this worse. If Dorian uncovers Rowan’s true abilities, Grayson won’t be the only one in danger.
And Leif? He’s completely blindsided by what the shifter elders disclose when we meet with them—and my reaction. I’m surprised at myself, but the moment he walked into the academy after staying away for days I realized I’ve more than a desire to help him.
In my quest to understand the world, I’ve researched the definition of love, which only confuses me more. But one element stands out. I never cared about anybody, but I’m invested in each guy’s safety and happiness.
Am I risking the lives of the people I care about by pulling them into mine? Because the threat against my family is more serious than we realized.
Luckily, pieces of a dangerous puzzle are starting to click into place: witches cozying up to humans, vampires mingling with necromancers, and echoes of the past filling the blank spaces. I swear the tiara and missing girl are linked to the recent murders and threat to the Sawyers. I’m determined to prove this and make Dorian eat his words.