Review: Foundational Vampire Studies by L.C. Mawson

Can you ask someone on a second date after you bit them on the first? Oops.


Natalie accidentally bites her best friend on a sleepover when she gets kissed. Her parents are horrified because 15-year-old girls just do not do that. (laugh) After much discussion, it is decided that Natalie will attend the newly opened Ember Academy for Young Witches. 

Almost immediately upon arriving, Natalie meets transgender witch Charlotte and lesbian mermaid Lena. Unfortnately she is roomed with the Academy bully who happens to be homophobic and upon hearing that Natalie is bisexual has a conniption.

Welcome to high school.

I had read book one, Basics of Spellcraft, first so it is nice to read Natalie’s origin story. L.C. Mawson lays the groundwork in Foundational of Vampire Studies for the future Ember Academy books. Take a look at my author’s note at the bottom if you want a spoiler as this is NOT mentioned in book one either and it makes a huge impact on how you look at both books.

I gave Basics five stars as this is one series I am looking forward to in 2020. Sign up for the newsletter, and start reading. This is a series you want to start in on in the beginning. Mawson includes a wide range of nationalities and sexualities. It is all inclusive and I LOVE it!!!! Just saying.

I received this book for free by subscribing to Author L.C. Mawson’s Newsletter and give my opinion without prejudice and voluntarily

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Books in the “Ember Academy for Young Witches” series:

#1 Basics of Spellcraft (see my review on 2 December 2019)

#2 History of Magic (See my review on 18 February 2020)

#3 Advanced Healing Spells (See my review on 13 May 2020)

Mx. Phoebe’s note: The prophecy as told by Charlotte: “…the Angelborn and the Vampire would be bound by blood and pain to heal the rift.” 

Editor’s Note: previously published on PRW on 20 December 2019. Edited with updated content & PR standard formatting on 13 May 2020.



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