First Year

First Year

by Rachel E. Carter

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ISBN-13: 9781946155009
Publisher: Rachel E. Carter
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Series: Black Mage , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 383,649
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Rachel E. Carter is a YA & NA author who hoards coffee and books. She has a weakness for villains and Mr. Darcy love interests. Her first series is the bestselling YA fantasy, The Black Mage, and she has plenty more books to come.

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First Year 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I foung this book to be a pleasant surprise compared to other High Fantasy YA books. The book is beautifully written with enough romance (not overwhelming), action, and magic, along with real lessons in strength and how to pick yourself up after failure. One of the main things I loved the most about this book was the main character, Ryiah. She is so easy to relate too because she is written so realistically. She is not perfect and she struggles through this book, with her training, studying and her heart. She works so hard to achieve her goals and even when things don't turn out the way she planned, she doesn't give up. So many times YA authors make the characters good at everything or over dramatize a character's failure. However in Ryiah's case, she has a step-by-step path to success that made her a character anyone can connect to. She is a strong, stubborn character, but I loved that about her because it was that personality that led her to stand up to Darren. Thank God she didn't fall for him because he treated her like trash (as many YA characters do). Instead a chemistry forms between her and Darren because he helps her and gives her confidence when she wanes it. She sees some good in him and begins to hope for more. Their relationship grew well through the book, easily weaving into the story line without overwhelming the plot with romance. The story still centers around Ryiah and her goal to be an apprentice. I also loved the other characters, such as, of course, Darren. He was a very complex character that leaves you guessing, questioning (and swooning) over his intentions. There is no insta-love between him and Ryiah, though by the end of the book, there is most certainly something there that I cannot wait to see develop more in the next book. There were so many other great characters, such as ALEX (the flirt) and Ella (the loyal friend). Overall this book sucks you into Ryiah's grueling first year (never again will I complain about my gym class) and takes you on a ride with Ryiah as she weaves her way through some pretty hard obstacles (some initiated by the Academy, some by her bastard classmates). I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book and cannot wait to see how the story continues.
BLizCole More than 1 year ago
As a teen I am SURROUNDED by insta-love so  book was awesome. Ryiah was fiery and never let Darren walk all over her. Also Darren wasn't a wimpy little rich boy...you have no idea how happy this made me! Over all this book was an amazing read with a back bone of magic and a surprisingly good relationship. I'm so excited to read book two! 
KatieC87 More than 1 year ago
First thing you should know about me is that I hate insta-love. Books with sappy romances are the bane of my existence (you know which ones I’m talking about). Second thing: I am ALWAYS drawn to the darker characters, think the Darkling in Shadow & Bone, Ignifex in Cruel Beauty, and Warner in Shatter Me.  So when I saw the two main characters in this book were rivals, and that the guy was a jerk, I thought maybe, just maybe this book would be worth reading. Because you know, the whole love-hate thing. But I was still leery because the guy was a prince, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough knight-in-shining-armor books from the medieval or w/e times. Anyway, long story short, I am happy I gave it a shot. Darren was everything I hoped he would be, no sappy princes here. I loved his & Ryiah’s constant sparring. And Ryiah is feisty –she speaks her mind and doesn’t let Darren walk all over her (or whine about how much she loves him). I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates a good love-hate relationship!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time. Another terrible tribble about a girl trying to be one of the boys and teach the stupid lesson a girl can do whatever a boy can do. So sick of such plain force down the throat attempts of feminism. If the girl in this story was so great she wouldn't have needed the Black Mage to make her a special case and accept her as a sixth apprentice after they had chosen the traditional top five for the faction of Combat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys under dog success stories. .................................................................................................................
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I absolutely loved this debut novel by Miss Carter! Now comes the hard part, trying to tell you how much I loved it without spoiling it. Hmmm... Ok I got it! Two words, Ryiah and Darren. Really! lol Ok, on a serious note, there's absolutely nothing not to like about this book. Ryiah is awesome! She is what a heroine should be, Badass! A girl from a humble background, with a big dream, and most importantly, the determination to make it happen. (Ah the beauty of "Never give up!") I'm a sucker for girl power! Love all the other characters as well, Alex, Ella and even the girl we all love to hate, (and we happen to share a name, lol Rachel) Priscilla. Last, but certainly not least, Prince Darren! What can I say about him, I have a soft spot for bad boys, and boy, is he a bad boy! ( come on! that was funny and you know it!) lol I also loved the fantasy aspect of it! I can't wait to learn more about Ryiah's world and embark in the next leg of their journey! February 2015 can't get here fast enough! If you haven't read First Year yet, I don't know what you are waiting for!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it was a great book and should be a great read. If your like me and hate the bullies you might struggle controlling your fictional hate ha ha ;)
Psychospam More than 1 year ago
I have a friend who knows the author of this book. I was skeptical because as a guy I didn't want to be stuck reading a girly book and I was worried this would be like a medieval Twilight with knights. Thankfully it wasn't anything like that. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the sequels.
Rowlinvale More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!
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Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
I liked First Year. It is a fun story to read. Most of the characters were likeable and it was a good start to the series. Ryiah is a Lowborn who has had no formal training in combat or magic. Yet it has always been her dream to become a Mage in Combat. I liked her determination to succeed. Her twin brother Alex is great with magic and is somewhat of a ladies man. He wants to excel in Restoration. Prince Darren, Pricsilla and the Highborns have lived their lives at Court and have all the formal training they need to excel in their faction of choice, Combat, Alchemy or Restoration. The story is set at the Academy. It's a school where teenagers are trained and tested to see who can make it to the end. Out of over 100 only 15 will make it to become an apprentice at the end of the year. The training and school work is really intense. The Highborns and the instructors don't make it any easier on the Lowborns. In this first installment we learn very little background information about any of the characters. It is pretty much focused on Ryiah, Alex and their friends day to day training at the Academy. There is a bit of romance and some friendships develop throughout. The story itself just didn't really develop much more in my opinion. I thought it would be somewhat more developed, characters and plot wise. Overall it was a fun read. I would like to continue the series to find out what happens next with the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a fun read. Personally frustrated when lead protagonists make bad decision even if they know it's a bad decision... still, well though out. Was excited to see where it was going. Short story; hope the next ones are lengthy. Need a new book to read. Happy with my choice. THANK YOU
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters right away. I laughed I cried and I cheared with them. Can't wait to dive into the next book in this page turning adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book i cant wait to buy the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really solid series opener. Very well done and looking forward to book two.
Katherine0894 More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of supernatural young adult stories, First Year definitely did not disappoint. I liked how Carter built her world, she gave the reader information but not too much, to keep them interested and guessing. I really had no idea what the next page was going to hold. I found myself rooting for Ryiah so hard. I'm off to go purchase the second book so I can start reading it as soon as possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had come across this book as a recommendation on Facebook. I wasnt to sure if I was going to like but I was really surprised. The story was well thought it and its a different take on a story about mage's. I do have my pros and cons. The main character Ry had her challenges and you felt her everything she was going through. you got to see what it was like to fail and keep trying so she could become an apprentice but man she could sometimes be a bore. I caught myself spreading through pages at times cause she annoyed me but im glad i stuck it out cause the ending was amazing and i want to know about her true potential with her powers. And don't get me started on Darren. Dark and oh so devilishly "GRR" you know something is going to happen with him and Ry but to see their story start out and how they adapt and change with another. I want more. i can't wait to see what happens in the next book. And Precilla I hate her! she needs to get her ass handed to her. Im really hoping that happens to her in the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Great start to what should be an excellent series. I loved Ry. She was a character I felt I could relate to. She didn't just get what she wanted at the drop of a hat, but she worked hard and even failed a few times. She was real to me. I got a lot of HP vibes, but more in the sense that there was some inspiration from it. There was adventure and intrigue and I loved it. Great debut and I cannot wait to start book 2!
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