Olde Earth Academy Series by Amabel Daniels (1-2)
Overview: Amabel Daniels lives in Northwest Ohio with her patient husband, three adventurous little girls, and a collection of too many cats and dogs. Although she holds a Master’s degree in Ecology, her true love is finding a good book. When she isn’t spending time outdoors, she’s busy brewing up her next novel, usually as she lets her mind run off with the addictive words of “what if…”
1. Secrecy – Before Layla Holden can start her freshman year at Coltin High, she receives an unexpected invitation to attend a private school she’s never heard of. She doesn’t hesitate to accept, eager to escape the close-minded small town where she’s been taunted and teased for seeing otherworldly creatures. Anywhere has to be better than home.
Yet she’s only permitted to go if she brings her twin sister Sabine along for the ride.
Inside the walls of the castle-like fortress on the isolated campus, the girls find many secrets and hidden mysteries. Layla’s never shied from challenges and is determined to pass her first year. However, with more unusual and bigger monsters lurking at the school, she struggles to keep her ability a secret. On top of the pressure to succeed in the competitive school, she also attracts the attention of a new student, Flynn Madsen. He’s not the only one who’s curious about her, but he seems to have the same gift of sensing these supernatural beings.
In a new school, it’s impossible to know who to trust and what to believe. By keeping her own secrets closely guarded, Layla has to have faith in herself. Not her bookish roomie, not the cute new boy who seems too curious about her. Because sometimes holding your own secrets can overpower the need to unravel others—a fine balance of controlling your fears or letting them destroy you.
2. Discovery – No longer afraid of her ability to see supernatural creatures, Layla looks forward to continuing at the Academy and learning more about her power—without anyone the wiser, hopefully. Easier said than done with her elven date quickly approaching.
When ancient creatures attack, she can’t help but demonstrate what she’s capable of. In doing so, she realizes there is plenty to uncover in Olde Earth’s true mission. The Academy’s council becomes concerned about the strength of the powers she shouldn’t possess yet—enough that they relocate her to new classes. Adapting to schedule changes isn’t so bad, but it’s not all she has on her plate. While she aims to find out who captured the scaled flying horse that saved her life, she also struggles to deal with her irritating sister and a changing friendship with Flynn.
With deceptive instructors, sketchy so-called friends, and the traditional families who insist on keeping the elf lineages as pure as possible, Layla begins to see that the Academy isn’t so much about sharing information as it is for reaping it. Which makes discovering certain truths a competition for survival.