Review: Zodiac Academy 7: Heartless Sky by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

We left Tory Vega, Darcy Vega and the Heirs after they went to battle with Lionel Acrux. After everything that happened, none of them can go back to Zodiac Academy. Luckily Geraldine’s dad and other anti-Lionel Fae have set up a safe bunker far away from the palace.

But everything has changed now and there’s no going back to normal for anyone, especially the Heirs, who Lionel has stripped of their titles for standing against him. To make things more complicated, Darius made a promise to the stars…that no one knows about. He’s ready to face the consequences, yet everyone he knows would try to stop him.

Nobody is safe in Solaria and with a civil war brewing and all Fae most pick a side. Stand with the Vegas or let Lionel and is Nymph army continue the totalitarian rule.

We’re going to be honest: it took us a while to recover after finishing Zodiac Academy 7: Heartless Sky. Peckham and Valenti truly were heartless to put us through that ending. To make things worse, Zodiac Academy 8 doesn’t release until December. We’re impatiently waiting for a cover and description!

Zodiac Academy 7: Heartless Sky took place over exactly one year. It started with the Heirs and the Vegas, along with Geraldine, Gabriel and Lance Orion, settling into their new lives in a bunker. It was funny to see how much as changed since Zodiac Academy 1: The Awakening. Now, everyone loves the Vegas and treats the Heirs and Orion poorly. Even though we like most of these characters now, it felt like karma for previous behavior.

We enjoyed seeing the relationships rekindle here. We ship Tory and Darius, Darcy and Orion, Max and Geraldine and the new addition of a throuple. Out of all the characters, we still have a hard time with Seth. To us, he has always been the worst Heir. They all did bad things, but he seemed to be the one to enjoy it the most. He suddenly wants to be everyone’s best friend and it annoys us. We wish he had to face more consequences for how he tortured Darcy.

The setting changed a lot about the book. For the first time, these characters don’t live at school together. It gave us Harry Potter vibes because Harry, Ron and Hermione couldn’t go back for their seventh year. Instead of going to class and parties, the group spend their time training since the stakes are higher than ever.

The one aspect we didn’t like was the book felt overwritten at times. While we enjoyed it for the most part, there were some unnecessary scenes where not much happened. The action didn’t take place until the very end, so we didn’t get a lot of time to recover. It seemed like a million different things happened to all the characters in the last few chapters, so we probably need to reread the ending before the eighth book releases.

All we know is that all of our favorites better be okay in the end. We’re not too sure that’s going to happen, but it’s necessary. Now excuse us while we refresh Goodreads for updates.

Have you read this series yet? Let us know if book 7 destroyed you in the comments.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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11 thoughts on “Review: Zodiac Academy 7: Heartless Sky by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

  1. Great review! I still haven’t gotten to this series yet but I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed book 7 too. It’s interesting that it gave you Harry Potter vibes as I love that franchise! Thank you so much for sharing.

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