Celestial Academy: Essence Review

March 23, 2023

By Kiley Freshwater

Celestial Academy: Essence Review

Thank you Net Galley for providing me with an ARC copy of “Celestial Academy: Essence” in exchange for an honest review.

I took a few days after I read this book to write my review because I still wasn’t sure how I felt about it.

So, I did like this book and it could have been GREAT. I’ll list my positives and negatives and I’ll also definitely be reading book 2.


  • Amazing world building: post apocalyptic – I liked how she created the world with Angels and Demons now on Earth and how that integrated into society
  • Interesting spin on Magic
  • Magic, Angels, Nephilum, demons (main characters)…Might see in the future/mentioned Fae, Shifters,Witches


  • too many “Easter eggs” and too many things or “stories” going on at one time : A little bit confusing and I didn’t feel like it furthered the story line by inserting them
  • loud mouthed opinionated female MC (like to where you don’t want to route for her)…I had a few moments where it’s like, why would you do that? or that’s just plain rude or mean…or can you just STOP
  • Prejudices (society) – Some could see this as a positive or negative…just not my favorite when its the main part of a story
  • Little bit cheesy between the love interests
  • Very very slow burn
  • Zero spice in book 1 (I think this is supposed to be considered New Adult)

Would have thought this was a YA book… There are obviously some “adult” themes but if you’re looking for a “spicy” book…This is not it. (So be careful if you go into it thinking Zodiac Academy) I’m assuming possibly the next book might be a little more. (From what I researched they are considering this series New Adult) The “slow burn” romance was extremely SLOW.

Pretty cool world building, post apocalyptic. Loved her spin on the apocalypse and how this “affected” some humans. So all in all, it was a pretty good book. I’ll read book 2 and hopefully book 1 was just setting things up.

Start reading Celestial Academy: Essence Here : Amazon

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