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I was starting to think I knew what I was dealing with here at the university best known as Villain Academy. Not so much. But can I really trust a shocking revelation from someone who's proven to be my enemy?

There's no way to answer that without diving in. If my mother is still out there alive, I have to uncover the truth. Even if it means putting myself back in the hands of the mages who've betrayed me before.

The other scions have my back now, with all the trouble that's brought them. How much more will they have to sacrifice before we can find some kind of peace? I'm ready to fight for my newfound life, my family, and the guys I'm falling for...but this battle may bring more casualties than I can bear.

Corrupt Alchemy is the fifth book in a university-age paranormal academy series. Expect magical villainy, a tough heroine who bends to no one’s will, a dollop of steam, and a slow-burn enemies-to-lovers reverse harem romance where there'll be no choosing required.

©2019 Eva Chase (P)2019 Eva Chase

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Great story, fantastic narration!

Proving that the series just gets better, I was pulled in yet again. I adore the characters: their development and their dynamic.
The narrators have done a great job in bringing the characters to life and providing enough of a change to differentiate between the characters they’re portraying.
Great job all round

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More please!

Another fast paced, magical book. The way the story is being lead is really good and easy to follow. With 8 books I confess I was a bit afraid that it was going to get boring, but I couldn't be more wrong. Eva creates new challenges for Rory and her men, and its still amazing. At some part I got a bit frustrated with Rory naivete, and what it cost her. On the other side I enjoyed that we could see a bit more of Malcolm. Next book!

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Keep them coming

I couldn't put it down, I sat through the book in one sitting and just wanted more, I can't wait to start the next book.

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OMG! Brilliant

This book is as exciting as the rest of the series. The plot is ever changing full of lots of delicious twists and turns, it definitely left me on the edge of my seat wanting more. What a brilliant cliff hanger ending! The narration is beautifully done with distinctive tones bringing each character to life.

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Keeps getting better!

I don't know how Eva does it, but with every book the story gets better and better! I'm dying with the cliffhanger though lol.

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Love it

I received a free audio copy of this book directly from the author for an honest review.

I honestly enjoy this series so much it has so many twists and turns it’s picked straight up from the previous book and hearing about her real mother is possibly alive?! It has a definite heartbreaking moment in this book but also a great more depth into character building especially with Malcom and Declan. Really want to get to the next book now!

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Still so good I can't wait to get to the next one!

When you thought that now all the Scions have to deal with is how to become one, you are just surprided by the new plot twists that Eva exploits in this installment to make the story even more compelling. Again, the RH component is a true part of the story and not just an excuse and you look forward to it because it completes the relationship Rory builds with each of her guys and leaves hoping that the dynamic they have created through their love makings will continue when they become barons!!!

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Each book has me more hooked

Narration is well established and consistent.

Loving this series of books, they have me hooked.

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Book 5

Great narration and nicely paced storyline that I easily listened to in one day. This story is addicting. So much corruption and plot twists that keep you on the edge of your seat. My only complaint is that these books are too short.

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Devoured

I devoured this over Christmas (which is quite a feat since I usually listen when driving to work) because I was so desperate for the next installment and once again, Chase absolutely delivers. Developments between Rory and Malcolm are perfectly paced, there was intrigue and action (I'm still waiting for the arsehole grandparents to strike back and I have been expecting it for 2 books: thanks for keeping me guessing) My one possible complaint is that I'd have preferred a little more heat

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  • Chris5
  • 17-12-19

Yes! It's a very good day!

Any day one of these books comes out on audio is a good day, because it's like I'm reuniting with my friends after time away. I just always know I'm going to get an excellent vocal performance by Meg Sylvan and Stephen Dexter, and an even better story. In Corrupt Alchemy, a lot of the drive of the story is focused on hunting down a particular family member that was revealed to possibly be alive at the end of the last book. At the same time, Rory's relationship with the guys are still growing. And as for the guys, they're all dealing the fallout from their actions/decisions in the last book. Rory still struggles with discovering not everything is so black and white and there's good and bad on both sides of the coin here. Really, there's so much going on, but I'm being vague so as not to spoil it. All-in-all, it's business as usual at Royal Villain Academy, and I mean that in the best possible way. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book!

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  • Monica K.
  • 24-01-20

Changes

Rory and Malcolm's relationship takes a turn for the better in this book. Rory has to handle two major changes in this book. One is good and one is not. This is a series book but this book you could read as a stand alone because everything got recapped in this book. Which as a person reading this as a series I didn't like that part of the book. Big changes are happening and this book kicks them off, it will be interesting to see what happens now.

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  • Kasumatata
  • 16-01-20

Love the narration

This series keeps on surprising me. Just when you think things can't get much worse, they do. The scions finally start working together, only to be outplayed by other plot twists. The extent of barons's cruelty is nauseating and left me feeling the same helplessness as the main characters. 


The plot is twisted, cruel, unpredictable and I can't help but love it, although I'm on the edge of my seat, biting my nails off because nothing seems to go right. Ugh...

Plot and character development are amazing and the world the author created is expanding with every book.


The narrators of the audiobook are doing an amazing job giving these characters life. The difference between all the characters is subtle but clear and shows off their skills! 

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  • Ravens9308
  • 04-07-21

Malcolm improving in my eyes, Connar better be ok!

So honestly, this wasn't my favorite book so far of the Royals of Villain Academy series by Eva Chase. Don't get me wrong. I still enjoyed it, but it had some slow sections for me so I wasn't gripped like I have been with the other books in this series. I did enjoy the narration of the audiobook, that was still stellar ❤️

In terms of the story, the main focus of this book was finding and recovering Rory's mother from the joymancers. We get to experience the inner conflict that Rory has with what will happen once they find her mother (for her role with the Barons, how the fearmancers will react to the joymancers, if innocent people will die with the battle, etc.). I thought they were very valid feelings and I would have been apprehensive too. I think the assistant is definitely hiding/up to something (I am super suspicious of her btw haha).

I thought Malcolm rose up the ladder in my eyes as one of Rory's men, with him being there for her while onsite. I loved their date in the arcade, brought me back to my childhood memories (especially DDR haha) and made me smile and giggle, it was a nice change of pace with this sometimes darker themed series. I was totally wrong about Debra and I won't give things away, but I didnt see that coming and hope Rory can find strength to overcome that. I wasn't shocked with how Rory was treated while captured by the joymancers. Eva teed it up nicely with making the joymancers more of the bad guys than the actual bad guys (if that made sense haha).

So overall, I thought this book was integral to the plot, but because of how it had to happen was slower for me and somewhat repeating, so I wasn't as enthralled as I had been with the others. Solid 4 stars from me. Oh, I think the new developments with Connar are going to ABSOLUTELY DESTROY ME and I am dreading listening to book 6 hahaha. I kinda want to skip over it and start with book 7 which hopefully has them all back together and not hurt or whatever.

In terms of narration, great job by Meg and Stephen again! I heart was crushed when the devastation started, I laughed/giggled with the date night, and was anxious and dreading what's going on with Connar. I thought the performances were on point, no complaints from me! 5/5 stars on the narration ❤️ Can't wait to dive into Book 6 (even if its going to break my heart and give me heart palpitations 🤣

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  • M. Fritz
  • 14-12-20

Fantastic!

So many feels!!! Mainly, wanting to scream and cry how could you, at Ms. Chase!! I did not foresee two huge events happening in this edition. I literally cried!! What a huge testament to how powerfully these scenes were executed! I'm on pins waiting for the crew's reunion, I'm having some anxiety as they each just seem to keep taking hits. Things are ramping up and uncertainty is a huge cloud overshadowing their actions. Rory is such a positive being, that I have to wonder if something terrible is coming which will fully challenge her ideals and her place amidst the two factions. I am overjoyed to see her depend upon each of her fellow scions! They've all been tested and judged. It's almost time to take down the barons! Will the new character be an ally or a foe! So much angst!!! And I'm utterly addicted to this unforgettable saga! Huge thank yous to Eva Chase for keeping the plot fast flowing and fresh! I love this universe!

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  • Jimmi Rae Evey-Holmes
  • 13-11-20

finding a lost barron

oh my God Rory is going through a roller coaster between the Scions if I'm finding out her mother still alive what more can happen can't wait

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  • Stormer83
  • 05-10-20

So good

Just keeps getting better I enjoyed this book interesting story fun and entertaining can't wait to hear the rest series

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  • Sophy Sorn
  • 12-08-20

So good!

This book is getting better and better. The cliffhanger in every book drives me crazy. Meg and Stephen did an amazing job at narrating

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  • KL Robinson
  • 04-08-20

Loving it

I am loving this series, can't wait to find out what Rory and the guys get up to next

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  • Heather
  • 22-06-20

Team Rory all the way!!!

Ok so Rory was cleared and now she is trying to find her mother. Rory will have to work with Lillian to do this. Meanwhile her relationships with the Scions keep getting hotter. Even Malcolm comes around in this book. We meet some new Joymancers characters and we lean that the Barrons are still up to no good. The Scions will have to deal with consequences from the trial in the last book and Rory will have two surprises in this book. One of them made me cry so hard!!!!

I love the duel narration- Meg & Stephen do an amazing job. Eva is making me anxious as hell, as I can see there are many storm's brewing. I can't wait to see what happen next!