Rating: 4 stars
What do a heartless Dragon Shifter, a cold-blooded Basilisk, an arrogant Lion Shifter and a brooding, tattooed Harpy have in common…? Me. Elise Callisto. Vampire. Angel of vengeance. And a girl on a mission to destroy one of them for murdering my brother. I just don’t know which one did it yet.
When I kicked the ass of a Werewolf who was high on a new and dangerous drug called Killblaze, his final words painted a dark reality for me. The King of Aurora Academy killed my brother. The trouble is, there’s four kings at that school and each of them have motive and cutthroat natures.
Aurora Academy isn’t a place for the faint of heart. To put it lightly, my town is the asshole of Solaria where the dodgiest Fae in the kingdom reside. The school itself is divided by the two gangs who run this town. The Lunar Brotherhood and the Oscura Clan. And guess what? Two of the kings run the gangs at the school, their hatred for each other so fierce I hear a day doesn’t go by without blood being spilled in the halls.
I might be a petite, lilac-haired girl who looks like a fragile doll, but they haven’t been introduced to my fangs yet. And they don’t know why I’m really here. Or that I’ll do whatever it takes to bring down the Fae who took my flesh and blood from me.
I don’t believe in fate, but I do know this… the King who killed my brother is a dead man walking. And I’m prepared to sacrifice my heart, body and soul to ensure I get my revenge . This is a reverse harem series set in the world of Zodiac Academy four years before the Vega Twins were Awakened. Expect some character cross-over, dark and hot romance, and a twisted murder mystery which will leave your head spinning.
Dark Fae is an interesting story told in a world I’m already familiar with that’s mixed with murder, mystery, and intrigue. What I feel like this story does well is the different points of view we get from the characters in this series. I feel like in this book, we get different perspectives that I find interesting to read. Also some that are familiar too since three of the characters in this series were also in the Zodiac Academy series too. What I find interesting about the perspectives we get in this book is that not only did I get to learn more about characters from that series that I was intrigued by when I read those books, but we also get some chapters about events that happened in the past from Gareth, Elise’s brother as well. I find his chapters interesting because we find out what exactly he was up to when attending Aurora Academy and his relationships with the Fae Elise believes are responsible for his death. We get to see his dynamic with the characters Elise is getting close to and get to see what his life was like.
What I also enjoyed when reading this book was seeing the different relationships Elise had with the guys who she suspects might be responsible for her brother’s death. Each of them are so different from each other that its interesting to see her interacting with them and seeing how they each feel about her as well as see what’s going on in their lives in this book. Each of the guys I find intriguing for different reasons, but I find the dynamic at Aurora Academy intriguing as well due to the two gangs that attend the school. I find the gang dynamic at the school interesting because Elise describes the clear division/territories at the school with regards to the gangs. I also find it interesting that if you’re not part of one of the gangs, the leaders will usually try and get you to pick a side even when you make it clear that you have no interest in joining their group.
I also found the two gang leaders themselves interesting as well. You have Ryder Draconis, the leader of the Lunar Brotherhood, who is of the Basilisk Order and has the word pain tattooed on one knuckle and lust tattooed on another. As Elise gets to learn more about him, you discover that there are a lot of dark parts to his past. Then you have the leader of the Oscura Clan, Dante Oscura. He’s a Storm Dragon in a family full of Werewolves and to me, gives off Italian Mafia vibes. He’s also a character that I’m already familiar with due to reading the Zodiac Academy series, which he also makes an appearance in, and is someone in that series I also liked as well and wanted to learn more about. What I found interesting about both of them is seeing their dynamics within their gangs in comparison to how they both act around Elise when she’s around. I also felt like I saw a lot of depth to both of their characters while reading this book as there’s more than meets the eye with both of them but in different ways. And I was invested with each page to learn more.
Another thing I enjoyed about reading Dark Fae is the murder mystery element that’s in this book and Elise’s character. I wanted to learn like she did about what had happened to her brother. And seeing her willing to do whatever it takes to get to the truth of it made me continue reading to find out what would happen next as I know I’m nowhere near close yet to finding out what happened. But with how much I enjoyed reading this book, I’m okay with that as I don’t mind continuing to get lost in the story to see how everything unravels. What I like about Elise is how strong she is despite her brother’s death. Yes, she has some moments where she’s extremely vulnerable, but I feel like those moments from her aren’t common and its understandable since she hasn’t really fully dealt with her brother’s grief.
If I had to choose something with this book to criticize it would have to be the end of this book. Its light in comparison to the books in the Zodiac Academy series, but I felt like I was left with so many questions by it because it felt so unexpected to me. I wasn’t expecting what happened to Elise to happen. It felt like the authors added something plot wise into the story for Elise to want to look into without giving any indication as to how it ties into her brother’s death and that was frustrating to me.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Dark Fae, the first book in the Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac series. Really interesting read with characters I wanted to know more about and told from different perspectives with some familiar faces that I was more than happy to see. Enjoyed getting to learn what happened to Gareth during his time at Aurora Academy and seeing Elise’s dynamic with the guys she believes might be responsible for his death. Also enjoyed learning about how the two gangs operated along with learning more about the gang leaders and seeing Elise’s character continue to develop. Can’t wait to read the next book in this series Savage Fae, to see how the mystery in this series continues to unravel.