• Voodoo Academy

  • Gates of Eden: The Voodoo Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Theophilus Monroe
  • Narrated by: Sydney Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Being possessed has its advantages…

Annabelle Mulledy survived a voodoo attack on her family as a child — but it left her possessed by the spirit of a nearly 200-year-old girl. This girl, however, came with strange abilities bestowed upon her in the afterlife. When Kalfu, an evil Loa, discovers Annabelle, he hopes to use her abilities to his advantage — to escape the spiritual realm and take a corporeal form. When Ogoun, the Loa of War, intervenes, he recruits Annabelle to join him as a student at the Voodoo Academy. Will Annabelle master the arts and fend off Kalfu’s spiritual assaults? Or is she ultimately a puppet in a battle between voodoo demigods?

Voodoo Academy is the first book in the Gates of Eden: The Voodoo Legacy series. Theophilus Monroe’s Annabelle Mulledy is a snarky, badass heroine with attitude. Monroe draws on the legend and myth of voodoo lore in a way that neither caricatures the arts as “demonic” nor glosses over the dark side of the voodoo tradition. With dark magic, dragons, vampires, and a slow-burn academy romance, the Gates of Eden: The Voodoo Legacy series has something for everybody.

If you enjoy magic academy fantasy books and occult urban fantasy, especially books with a dark twist, then you will love Theophilus Monroe’s Voodoo Academy. Fans of authors like Michael Anderle, Shayne Silvers, Bella Forrest, or Linsey Hall will love this compelling coming-of-age urban fantasy. Pick up your copy today!

©2020 Theophilus Monroe (P)2021 Theophilus Monroe

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Insufferable

Full disclosure I only got about half way through. The narrator was average. Differentiated characters with voice, but considering since of these characters had started African accents the potential for some real voice acting was missed but that's a could have been not a complaint.

Spoilers ahead

What made me return it was this insufferable critical race theory undertone. the author made the MC a decendant of a slave owner with a slave girl in her head then sent the white girl to learn voodoo. The white privilege card was pulled multiple times before I had enough. To be fair the author dismissed these issues with what I'm assuming is self awareness by having the black ghost be the voice of reason while the mc suffers white guilt on her behalf.

Maybe you'll like that kind of thing but it's not for me.

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Annabelle is going to 'college'

Voodoo Academy is the 1st book in The Voodoo Legacy series. I own all the books, but am working my way through so many things that I am listening to a lot while driving and exercising.

We meet Annabelle and her sister Ashley first in Druidess. They were touched by voodoo at a young age. Fast forward many years, Annabelle and Isabelle(read Druidess as soon as you can to find out about Isabelle) are sharing a body, but haven't quite come to terms with that arrangement. Fast forward, a car accident, a crazy loa, and Annabelle is now a student at the Voodoo Academy. Many adventures to come, a HOT Loa, making friends, and coming to terms with her life as it is, for Annabelle and those around her.

I LOVED the story, and the narration was AMAZING. Sydney was so cute and I think if I imagined Annabelle's voice and attitude, it was nailed by Sydney for sure!

I received an advance review copy of this book, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Fun and Exciting story

Theophilus Monroe has a new take on an old storyline that holds your interest. His characters are very likeable and well rounded. I would like to read more of his books which will start right after I finish this review. His stories occur in a believable other world where magic is real and voodoo works.

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Fast-paced and Thought-provoking

Fast magical academy ride drawing on voodoo traditions in an urban fantasy setting. There's a slow burn romance, dragons, vampires, and more. Annabelle Mulledy accidentally hits someone. When she gets out to help him, the spirit existing in the boy's body, a Loa spirit named Kalfu, enters Annabelle's sister Ashley's bod. . Kalfu bargains with Annabelle for her sister, but is stopped by Auggie (Ogoun), a Loa of War, who teaches at  Vilokan. Auggie invites Annabelle to attend the school, which is located underneath a cathedral, also extending an invitation to Ashley, if room for her opens up later. Annabelle tries to master the arts and protect herself from Kalfu's continued assaults. Interesting relationships between the characters make this a fun read.

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Voodoo academy

This is a fun story and we get to learn more about this world and the magic. I like the voodoo elements and the way it’s described. I had a lot of fun listening to it and am excited to see what’s going to happen next. I love a bunch of the characters and giggles a lot at certain moments. There are some very quirky characters I loved getting to meet. I’m excited for more of this series.

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My feelings on this book are a bit mixed. I’d probably give it a “meh” rating based on the story. What saved it for me was knowing it’s part of a literary universe with another series by the same author which I very much enjoyed. That alone wouldn’t have been enough though.

At times, I enjoyed the protagonist. There were times she had me laughing and I couldn’t get enough of her but at the same time, some of her banter was just insufferable. What really did it for me was this hilarious gay dude she befriends. Sadly I can’t remember his name, which isn’t a mark against the story. I just have a really difficult time remembering names.

Oh em me, that guy was so goddamn funny, he stole the show in nearly every scene he was in. There were times I wished he was the protagonist. I think a bit of what made him great was the narrator giving him personality, but I think even in other formats, he’d be the star of the show.

As for the narrator, good god she was annoying. She kept mispronouncing basic words. I don’t even watch wrestling and I know suplex isn’t sup-lex. That one could be forgiven, but “Ancestrial”, “inother”, and “farmiliar” aren’t words. The constant mispronunciation of basic words has always annoyed me. But even the rest of the performance was lackluster.

Half of the time, I couldn’t tell who was talking because the character voices were often done in the same voice she did the narration in. There’s a character who supposedly has a deep, booming voice. Their speaking voice sounds like any random character or her narrating voice. It made it difficult to follow along in scenes without context clues from the story itself, which defeats the purpose of an audiobook.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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Tightly woven & well-written read/listen

Voodoo Academy (Gates of Eden: The Voodoo Legacy #1), my second read from author Theophilus Monroe . Well written & enjoyable short read. Next up Grim Tidings (Gates of Eden: The Voodoo Legacy #2). I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. Sydney Fry's "Valley Girlish" narration adds greatly to the enjoyment of the book.(RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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One amazing story

The narrator really does a fantastic job with bringing this around and it was so much fun to listen to

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I like the story (previously read) I just honestly didn't care for the narration to much. I sped up to get through the book.

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Super fun book definitely a coming of age story!

I love this series I have both read and nke listened in audio. I honestly loved both but the narrator definitely bring the stiry to life and adds a quirky entertaining aspect to the overall story-line. This book is full of snarky characters that learn to face their inner fears and pull together as a team to fight the baddies. It's geared towards YA readers but honest I truly enjoyed it. Butvi always love all of Theo's books. I also really love the voodoo aspect and the exploration of that. If you get a chance to do the audio version I highly recommend it. Loved the narrator shecdid sn excellent job!

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  • 01-08-22

Great story with sass and lore

I absolutely loved the story. The blend of genderbend Supernatural, steamy lovesick girls and sass, was just my jam. It's an easy listen, just 7 hours and it's fun all the time.
At some points, the narrator seems to be in a hurry and that's a shame.

I really liked the deep dive into vodoo, New Orleans and it's combined history.

Thank you to StoryOrigin for letting me listen to this story for my honest review.

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  • Kirsty Barrett
  • 12-11-21

Great, Funny

Enjoyed the sarcasm and innuendo in this storyline. It kept my attention and had me laughing outloud. Such charaters. First class. Cant wait to read other books as they continue.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 12-10-21

Good story

I had already read this book and enjoyed it so I was happy to see the audiobook available. I wasn’t happy with the narrator although I still enjoyed the story the voices were really off especially her African which sounded more Scottish .

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  • Steve
  • 11-29-21

Very good

This audiobook is a very good listen. The story gets fleshed out a bit and fills in some gaps. How it’s all linked together, amazing how this author remembers what’s gone before. On to the next one. Highly recommended.