The Villain Institute

Megan Linski and Others
    • 4.1 • 42 Ratings

Publisher Description

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHORS Megan Linski and Alicia Rades spellbind readers within a paranormal fantasy prison where supernaturals go to the dark side and villains become the heroes.

Bronze Medal Winner in the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards!

Love is even more dangerous behind bars.


My name is Ava-Marie, and I love living on the dark side.

Getting into trouble is kind of my thing, but one night, I take revenge too far. I’m sentenced to a reform school for magical delinquents... though really, it’s a prison.

As the only supernatural who can control both fire and water, I’m already a target. To make matters worse, I literally share a soul with Charlie, a sexy inmate from the wrong side of the tracks. Surviving at the Institute is almost as risky as falling in love.

But there’s a way out. The Warden is offering a pardon for the team who wins the Darke Games— a sick, twisted competition where more prisoners come out dead than alive.

They think I'm the bad guy. I'm about to show them just how much of a villain I can be.


I shouldn’t be at the Institute. I’m in here because of her— the girl who claims to own half my soul.

After losing my sight, I grew up as an orphan, banished from magical society. I learned enough on the streets to survive the gangs and fight clubs inside the prison. But nothing could prepare me for the Darke Games.

Ava-Marie is my worst enemy, but if we’re going to break out of here, we’ll have to get along. Yet the more I let Ava in, the more I want her. I can’t let my desire for her get in the way of my one chance at escape.

Except it already has. There’s a dark power inside of Ava that terrifies me...

And none of us will be prepared when it unleashes.


The Villain Institute is the first book in the Prison for Supernatural Offenders series. A new adult college paranormal enemies-to-lovers dark romance, this supernatural prison ignites fiery passions and secret adventures. Learn why readers are calling Charlie their next book boyfriend, and Ava a villain to root for!

"Sass, spells, and smolder fans of the genre will crave... their use of voice is devilishly effective in driving both plot and people." - The BookLife Prize by Publishers Weekly

"There’s plenty to adore in this truly epic fantasy adventure that readers are sure to lose themselves in... I highly recommend The Villain Institute as an unmissable read." - K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite ★★★★★

“Because both Ava-Marie and Charlie have a disability, this story is really one of a kind… Linski and Rades have a great imagination” - Boekensteeg ★★★★★

“This was 100% action and magic packed-- and a little bit dangerous. Be ready for a non-stop read that deals with drama and hard emotions.” - Smada’s Book Smack, Vine Voice ★★★★★

Break out of the Institute and order today!

This series takes place in the Hidden Legends Universe, along with the Academy of Magical Creatures series, the University of Sorcery series, and the College of Witchcraft series. The Hidden Legends universe features college-aged protagonists attending magical academies, dual points-of-view, disabled and diverse main characters, and steamy, empowering romances. Each series stands on its own and can be read in any order.

This is a full-length novel over 400 pages. Recommended reading age 18+

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
January 5
Crystallite Publishing LLC
Crystallite Publishing LLC

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