Erin R Flynn
My name is Tamsin Vale. I’m the last known fairy and I haven’t gotten busted on that yet. I passed my midterms, which seemed like an impossibility a few months ago given I didn’t finish high school and I’m working on that at the same time. But with a lot of hard work and the support of people I’ve helped and new friends, I’m building a life I didn’t think I could ever have.
It’s still an adjustment. I mean, a few months ago I thought I was human with powers and now I’m hooking up with a dragon prince. Oh, and there’s my powerful warlock professor that I’m also involved with. It’s all casual and fun, but I wonder if it would be more if I was able to connect with them emotionally.
Is it even really smart to try given what else I’m facing? I mean, I am trying to save all of Faerie and find out what happened to fairies. It’s killing me not to know and to move at a turtle’s pace, but one false move and I’m dead… Along with all hope of them returning to this world with me.
Hey, who doesn’t love to work under that kind of pressure?
Artemis University is an ongoing hot burning reverse harem, university-age paranormal academy series with darker elements, strong language, violence, and a heroine who follows her own moral compass of what is right… And who she ends up giving her heart to.
Tamsin has passed her midterms and Mel, Izzy, Darby and Dr Craftsman are spending the break at Townsend Estate. Workers were coming to start the renovations to turn it into something that more reflects Tamsin.The big surprise there is when the first person out of the van is Natalie, one of the scholarship students. Apparently her family’s business is construction and renovations. That’s the reason she’s so good at runes to change things.
We see Tamsin choosing the things she wants for the house, and also opening doors to make Natalie’s family more successful. Working on finishing high school and figuring out what courses to do over the winter break. She and Darby also start doing ‘normal dating’ and his choice is eating challenges he knows she’d like.
The discovery of fae fruit and also the fairy dust from the hellhounds just made Tamsin’s life more interesting. Back at school Natalie and some of the others want to start a business restoring and reinventing used clothing. Of course Tamsin’s going to help with that.
Parts of Tamsin’s life in the human world surface as the elite girls try to get her kicked out. Then there’s those who will go to whatever lengths they can to get her to declare her species. In this case mimicking the biblical plagues, first water to blood that really made a mess. Then the next day frogs, oh boy!
This is a favorite scene.
They were definitely not natural frogs though because they didn’t just ribbit or croak, but they were all saying “declare.”
Cute. We brought our kitchen-sized garbage can and some plastic gloves Izzy had from a hair dye kit she never used outside to start collecting. Others followed suit and I was glad I’d grabbed our rubber cleaning gloves when someone warned not to touch them as they were magic made and could be secreting something.
That crackling of a loudspeaker happened again before Headmaster Edelman came over the magical intercom. “All students are given permission to use their conduits for basic runes. Be advised, we have a few dragons shifted to help with the situation and all the falcon shifters are in animal form as well. Group together and help each other. Meet in the quad if you need help.”
I had no problem with frogs, but so many and jumping all over each other… I wouldn’t blame anyone who freaked out and ran to the quad to hide behind the big dragons. I was seconds from doing it myself.
Hudson showed up in a towel a few minutes later and shifted once he checked he had the room. I smiled at him and emptied the can full of frogs into his huge mouth, others following my lead.
“Thanks, River,” I told him quietly.
He chuffed at me before tilting his head back and downing the frogs. Gross.
Better than being overrun by frogs, that was for sure.
“Wait, should we get rid of them all?” Izzy questioned when we were in the thick of it.
“You want to keep them?” Natalie asked, giving her a shocked look.
“No, but, maybe? Well, I mean—isn’t this the human bible plagues? Water to blood and infested with frogs? Don’t flies come next? Why get rid of the frogs if we might get flies next.”
“Excellent thinking, Ms. Kincaid, but we’re also worried about what the frogs might be secreting,” Professor White said from the other side of Hudson.
“Wait, what if that hurts the falcons or dragons?” I worried.
“Already tested before we realized that might be an issue,” she answered. Their animals and dragons heal from almost anything as well. We were thinking rashes if they came in contact with skin so that won’t hurt them.”
“Got it.” I looked over at River. “We’ll get you a shit ton of Pepto, I promise. A case of Tums at least. I’ll rub your belly and feed you heartburn meds.”
He rolled his eyes at me and huffed. Yeah, yeah, I was always amusing.
“Fine, we’ll get you whatever you want to eat and as much as you want to make up for all the frogs.” I went back to work and didn’t realize until a few minutes later that River was still chuffing and laughing as much as a dragon could.
“What did you say to him?” Professor White asked me.
I shrugged, thinking of what I’d said, and almost flushed red hot. Right, he’d want to eat me. And I’d just agreed… Unlimited buffet. Oh boy.
“They need more help at the quad,” someone shouted over to us.
“Retreat to the quad,” Professor White ordered. “Unload your cans first and let’s make a run for it.”
Even better, Hudson was letting people hop up on him so we weren’t jumping all around to dodge the frogs that had gotten past us. He just smushed them and shook the ground as he walked.
That was going to be a fucking mess to clean up. Gross. So fucking gross.
“How are you doing so much better than the rest of us?” the dean of vamps called over to Professor White.
Was she the dean of witches? Or did they not have one with Edelman as the headmaster?
Someday I’d get a lock on all of this or even remember the guy’s name.
“Clearly our team leader was smarter,” she called back. “We had one step up with a plan and I heard alerted the falcons to shift.”
Oh, me. I was team lead? Okay then.
I handed Izzy our garbage can after I slid off of Hudson. I went to a section on the other side of him where frogs were just piling up and about to overrun the students. I wrote the rune for ice on my hand and shot it out of my hand to cover the piling frogs.
“Good, I have this,” Craftsman said as he moved next to me. He held out his hands and levitated the huge chunk up and to one of the other dragons, who chowed down.
He pointed where he wanted me to do next and I froze another large section before turning and doing another one. Students jumped in to help as more dragons shifted right on the quad.
The falcons started diving in to pick off stragglers and it reminded me of that scene in Avengers where everyone was flying around and crazy all over the place in New York. Yeah, we had our own battle with frogs on a college campus.
Could I get a cool costume for that?
“Shit, I looked it up and the next plague is lice or gnats,” Izzy told us. “So which is it? Fruit flies is different than fucking head lice!”
“We have runes for head lice,” Professor White assured her. “I also don’t know how they would get that on campus so let’s focus on today’s problem, shall we?”
I let out a yelp when I heard gunshots and I wasn’t the only one, but Craftsman gave me a shocked look as I rubbed my hand over my chest.
“We shot down the drones,” Marshall said as he jogged over with a gun in his hand. He blinked at me shrinking away from him. “What’s wrong with you?”
“I don’t like guns.”
He frowned, glancing from it to me. “Why?”
“I’ve had too many pointed at me,” I snapped and turned away. I was hardly the only person who got nervous around guns or didn’t like them. Then again, I was cool with swords and those made people flinch too.
I heard a shout and turned in time to see River knock Marshall away from me. I rolled my eyes at the big dragon. Hudson and his dragon were so damn protective of me.
It was kind of sweet if I was honest.
Flynn, Erin R. Surviving Plagues (Artemis University Book 3) Kindle Locations (2960-3024). Supernatural Script, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
More eating challenges with Darby but also with protection. It’s Tamsin who figures out what’s going on with this before the last of the plagues hit. Not to mention all the plotting going on around her to find out what she is to put an end to this.
Plenty of fun, intrigue, some pretty horrible errors of omission, and sizzling heat.
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Erin is a born Chicagoan who decided to state hop a bit, given she works from home. She currently resides in Georgia with her pup, Lord Vader Flynn. With an eclectic and addictive personality, there isn’t much that doesn’t interest her or she won’t pour herself into if it catches her fancy. She has always been interested in the darker aspects of life and mythologies—especially vampires, shifters, the occult, and anything paranormal.
To date, she has published more paranormal books than she can keep up with the characters for, in different genres with dedicated readers who await each release to her numerous series under any of the three Flynn names she writes.